CHAPIN – A college degree in home economics gives a three-way education for the price of one – general education, science, and professional education- several hundred FHA chapter, county, and state officers were told at the recent annual District 3 leadership workshop of the South Carolina Future Homemakers Association at Chapin High School.
This was pointed out in a workshop summary by Miss Ella Wyman, District 3 supervisor of Home economics, State Department of Education.
Speakers during the workshop included Dr. W. D. Smith, dean of Winthrop College, who spoke on “Home Economics, a Basic Part of Our Total Education,” and Mrs. Ellen Epps, director of public education for South Carolina Civil Defense, who discussed “Future Homemakers and Civil Defense.”
Doctor Smith told the Future Homemakers that “we live in an age when woman’s role is uncertain, and professional training today is accepted as an insurance policy by women. A sound general education is the best foundation for any profession,” he said.
He pointed out that most women are likely to become wives and homemakers. They should be educated to seek knowledge, yet want to be a homemaker, he said.
“Home economics is a field of knowledge, of strength, and research,” he said, noting the many career areas for home economist. These include scientist, research, food and nutrition, housing, home furnishing, extension service, textiles, teaching and child development.
“There is a little uncertainty about what women are going to be. So we are very fortunate to have an organization like the Future Homemakers,” Doctor Smith continued.
Mr. Epps noted that after the recent experience in South Carolina it is hardly necessary to mention the necessity of Civil Defense. Preparedness is always needed in the home. “If each FHA member will prepare your home and urge classmates to prepare their homes, South Carolina will be well on the way toward home preparedness,” she said.
The program feature group interest workshops for the various officer groups.
District officers leading the workshop included Anne Watts of Blaney, presidents; Trudy Koch of Chapin, vice president; Joan Derrick of Eau Claire, secretary; Linda Mangum of Pageland, treasurer; Stella K. Poole of Wagener, reporter; and district advisors, Mrs. Margaret E. Hall of Blaney and Miss Willie Mae Trotter of Batesburg.