The Homemaker announcement is a part of the Monroe County Truthful Girls Day program.
This yr’s competitors for Monroe County Homemaker was one of the uncommon in its historical past.
There have been solely two contestants this yr.
However what made it much more fascinating is that the 2 contestants have been mom and daughter. The winner was Jean Burns of Monroe; the runner-up was her daughter Daybreak Burns of Monroe.
Their household has confronted a whirlwind of challenges up to now couple of years. Jean Burns was widowed simply up to now yr. There additionally have been three different shut kinfolk who died lately. Certainly one of Daybreak Burns’ kids has particular wants, which requires a lot of her consideration. By all of it, one other member of the family defined, Jean Burns took her function as household caretaker fairly severely.
Brenda Reau, emcee, mentioned throughout the ceremony that each girls are famous for his or her volunteer work at their congregation, Monroe Full Gospel Church, along with household tasks. They each volunteer with Trip Bible Faculty and help in fundraisers for the youth group. The mom additionally sings within the choir, makes blankets for homeless shelters and in addition is on the committee for church dinners and funeral dinners.
Afterward, Jean Burns mentioned she is understood in her household for her fried rooster, deviled eggs and pineapple cake.
The Homemaker contest has been held in Monroe County since 1972.
“The spine of our nation and success of our nation relies on what occurs within the dwelling,” Reau mentioned.
“Join this. It’s a very good expertise,” Jean Burns mentioned to future contestants after successful the title. In spite of everything, she had entered this system repeatedly earlier than lastly successful.
The keynote speaker was grasp gardener Marie Eastwood with “Let’s Use These Herbs.”
Whereas “recent is all the time your best option,” she mentioned, Eastwood additionally defined the way to dry herbs to be used throughout the off season.
Her concepts included stitching an “eye pillow” out of cloth scraps or a sock to stuff with dried rice and dried herbs, then heating up the small pillow and inserting it on one’s face. She mentioned this may be very stress-free because the scent of the herbs comes by way of the warmth. An herb sachet made in the same manner with cheesecloth or a child’s sock might be added to tub water to for a calming deal with.
Girls Day program traditions embrace reward baggage for the viewers members. Compliments could possibly be heard among the many crowd as friends peeked of their baggage and in contrast their randomly chosen surprises similar to novelty socks, books and hand gel. The drawings for added prizes included film ticket packages and a jewellery reward certificates. Each the Homemaker winner and runner-up additionally acquired reward certificates.
Monroe County Homemakers of Extension sponsored the speaker; the Girls Day sponsors have been Mall of Monroe and Carroll Ochs Jewelers.