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Carle Place Homemaker’s Club Holds Last Meeting Of The Year

Members of the Carle Place Chapter of Nassau County Homemaker’s Club met at the last meeting of the year for the installation of their new officers recently.

The club, comprised of over 50 members, meets nearly every Wednesday night of the school year at Carle Place High School to practice their three main objectives: education, community service, and friendship.

Diane Austria has been a member of the group for 10 years.

“When I first met the chapter, I saw that they were a great group of multi-talented women, who would be able to share their experience, and teach me a wide variety of skills,” Austria said. “I really enjoy the camaraderie of the group, their interest in helping the community and their fellow members, and the many different crafts that I have learned to make over the years.”

The members contribute their homemaking talents at meetings to pass on their skills, which include home management, cooking, sewing, needlework, and arts and crafts.

The classes consist of fun-filled activities that range from creating pipe cleaner Christmas trees or unique jewelry items to lessons on how to play Mahjong.

When the club is not busy with such creative activities, members donate and volunteer for community service events. “That’s an integral part of our commitment,” says President Joan Talamo.

The ladies give their personal suggestions for charity events to support, which have included United Cerebral Palsy, Veteran’s Hospital in Northport, Neighborhood House, Mary Brennan Inn, New Mother’s program, Dress for Success, Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, Cornel Cooperative Extension, and Momma’s House.

The club’s big heart also works at touching the lives of others and “returning much more than taken of time, effort and kindness,” a line taken from their Homemaker’s Creed, which is read aloud at the start of every meeting.

For example, the club adopted a family who had lost everything to Sandy. “We got a wish list from them,” Talamo explains, “and we bought them appliances and anything that they needed so that they could start again.”

In addition, the club sponsors a yearly scholarship for a student at the Carle Place High School and provides formal prom wear for underprivileged students.

The last meeting of the year included a potluck supper and the installation of new officers, led by members Pat Carroll and Carol Caravella. Each officer was presented with a humorous symbolic gift that represented her integral tasks.

Registration for the Carle Place Chapter of Nassau County Homemaker’s Council begins in September with a $13 fee for new members. The club provides friendship and growth for any person who seeks to improve his or her knowledge, skills, family life and community.