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The Delaware County Home Economists organization is hosting an anniversary reception to celebrate 50 years in the community Sept. 9.

A reception is being held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Summit Room at Willow Brook West, 100 Delaware Crossing West, Delaware. Eight of the Founding Members are still active in the organization and will receive special recognition.

Since 1964, a group of Home Economics professionals have been meeting in Delaware County to exchange ideas and learn of new advances within the profession. They have been serving the Delaware County community in careers such as teachers, professors, dietitians, extension specialists, community organizers and family life specialists.

Dr. Ruth Dohner, program coordinator of the Family and Consumer Sciences at The Ohio State University, will give a short presentation on Family Consumer Sciences education and Barbara Brahm, Interim Director for The Ohio State University, Southwest Region, Extension Department, will be speaking on Extension programs in Delaware County.

All retired and practicing Family and Consumer Sciences professionals in the county are invited to attend. Reservations can be made by contacting Dee Allenspach at 614-436-9358 or deespach@msn.com

Because the name of the profession was changed to Family and Consumer Sciences in 1994 there is a misunderstanding that Home Economics education is no longer taught. However, in the Delaware City, Big Walnut Local, Buckeye Valley Local, Olentangy Local school districts, and the Delaware Area Career Center, there are twenty-two teachers offering Family and Consumer Sciences classes.

Ohio colleges offering a post-secondary degree in Family and Consumer Sciences are Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, University of Akron and Youngtown State University. These programs prepare students in fields such as early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college and Extension education; administration and management for a variety of service-oriented and human services businesses; food-related professions; and research in all aspects of Family and Consumer Sciences, among others.

The motto for the profession is “creating healthy and sustainable families.”

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