Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction course offered

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Sewing is enjoying newfound popularity thanks to shows such as “Project Runway” and “Fashion Star.” If you have a basic knowledge of garment construction, want to perfect your skills and help others learn to sew, I invite you to look into the Master Volun-teer in Clothing Construction Program. From now until the end of June we are recruiting for the next class of Master Clothing Volunteers.

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service began this program nearly 22 years ago when Kentucky public schools began to take out sewing in their curriculum.

This was a way to help the Extension family and consumer sciences agent with sewing related programs in the community.  

Anyone interested in the Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction Program should have a basic knowledge of sewing and garment construction.

They need to be committed, interested in continuing in-depth training and dedicated to helping others learn the art of sewing.

The program is highly selective with only two individuals selected annually from each of the state’s 14 Extension areas.

Carroll County does not have any Master Clothing Volunteers so I would really like to have some applicants from our county this year. If you are interested, please call or stop by the Carroll County Extension office and I will discuss the program further with you and get you an application. County applicants will be screened and then move on to the Northern Kentucky area. An area committee will make the final selections based on an interview and the individual’s sewing and communication skills.

Those selected must attend a statewide training Oct. 9-13 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez to begin the certification process. At Jabez, candidates will receive training on subject matter, record keeping, teaching and communication skills. Volunteers will also make a written commitment to give back 100 service hours to Extension and the community within two years by leading educational programs in clothing construction and basic sewing.

Once volunteer requirements are met, you will become a “Certified Master Volunteer” recognized by the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and known as a trained professional aide in this area.

Carroll County Fair

The Carroll County Extension Service is making plans for the 2012 Carroll County Fair June 2-9.

4-H/youth and open class entries will be accepted from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, June 1 at the exhibit trailer just inside the fair gates. Judging will be done that afternoon with exhibits on view that night after 5 p.m.

We need volunteers to assist us enter exhibits and to work with the judges on Friday morning and afternoon, June 1.

During fair week, we also need volunteers to host in the exhibit trailer in the evening, weekend afternoons and evenings. If you are interested in helping, give me a call at the Extension office at 732-7030.

Fair catalogs listing the exhibit categories can be picked up at the Extension office, The News-Democrat office and other county locations. All entries must follow specifications listed in the fair catalog; any items not listed will not be accepted. Ribbons and cash will be awarded.

Dates of interest

May 16:Senior Event planning meeting, 1:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office

May 28: Extension office closed for Memorial Day

May 31:First 4-H Camper Orientation, 6 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office. All 4-H campers must attend one of the two camper orientation meetings in order to attend camp. Campers will also sign up for camp classes. The next camp orientation is June 19.

June 20: Food Preservation Workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.