Fairfield ECA Club: One of the First in Orange County

— Written By Spotlight shinning on fraze ECA Volunteer Spotlight

In the “olden days” the North Carolina Extension & Community Association (ECA) clubs were known as the NC Home Demonstration clubs, a name some of you may remember even if you’re not from here. In the early 1900s, there were very few Extension FCS agents (called Home Economists at that time) so these clubs were established as a way to collectively educate the community about family living, health, home sanitation, child education, etc. As early as 1923, these kinds of clubs began “sharing” time with others teaching them what they have learned from the Extension Agents.

The  Fairfield Friends Club, better known as Fairfield Club, was established in 1935, along with other clubs in the county. The club was named for the area of Orange County where many of the founding members lived near the Fairfield Presbyterian Church.  As part of Orange County ECA, this club has always provided strong support to the 4-H Youth Development programs and clubs where their children and grandchildren learned so many leadership skills. One of their annual projects is preparing and serving dinner to patients and families staying at the SECU House in Chapel Hill. The SECU House is a safe and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for life-saving procedures and serious illnesses. Thanks for the things you do to serve others!

Image of Fairfield Club members

Some Fairfield members: (left to right) Shari Latta, Jerry Gregory, Charlene Cook Summers, Evelyn Poole-Kober, Kim Scarlett, Rose Dunn.

If you want to learn how to join our great volunteering organization, contact Ivelisse Colón, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at 919-245-2055 or email to ivelisse_colon@ncsu.edu.