Local Group Dissolves After a Collective 272 Years

Front row from left, Pat Bunker, Betty Kodis and Ann Roach. Back row from left, Myrna Dross, Theresa Kodis, Jean Picard, Lois Eddleman, Extension Home Economist Paula Roybal Sanchez and Retired Extension Home Economist Lana Schulte. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Eight Los Alamos women have served this community through their membership in the Los Alamos County Extension Association of New Mexico collectively for 272 years – that’s nearly 39 years per person.

During this time, they have been involved in learning and providing service to the community through various projects and programs.

Now the time has come for the group to dissolve, which it will do at the end of this year.

Just as they have served the community all these years, the women’s final order of business at their Thursday lunch meeting was the disbursement of their funds, which they voted to give to organizations that help others including LA Cares, Los Alamos 4-H Clubs and the college scholarships program of Extension Association of New Mexico.

The Extension Association of New Mexico was formed in 1941, as Extension Homemakers, in cooperation with the Extension Service at New Mexico State University.

EANM helps extend adult education throughout New Mexico. The mission of the Extension Association of New Mexico is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through: Education, Leadership and Action.

Its objectives are:

  • To strengthen, develop, coordinate and extend youth and adult education in home economics, agriculture and related subjects in conjunction with the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University.
  • To provide an opportunity and means for educators to cooperate in progressive improvement of the family and community;
  • To encourage members to take an interest and to participate in public affairs; and
  • To abstain from participation in partisan politics. An individual member may not use the name of EANM or any office help in the EANM to endorse a political candidate.

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