The Colorado Master Farm Homemakers Guild is hosting the National Guild's 90th annual meeting at the Clarion Hotel in Greeley September 27-29.
In 1928, 60 farm women from 12 states were present with the first Master Farm Homemaker Awards. This was a new program announced in February by Dan Wallace, Managing Editor of the Farmer;s Wife, a magazine published in St. Paul, Minnesota. F.W. Beckman, Editor, and Bess M. Rower, Women's Editor, were the initiators of the idea of the award.
The purpose of the program was to give recognition to the contribution which farm women were making to the nation as homemakers and as voluntary community leaders. The aim of the Farmer;s Wife Magazine was to sturdy rural living, to put the spotlight on it's improvement and to bring a new day of recognition to all farm women. The features of the program were "that the women chosen must be actual farm women" and that they must also be nominated by their friends and neighbors for this honor. The program was carries out in 22 states in 1928 and 1929 with the cooperation of extension services and Land Grant colleges acting as sponsors. In 1930 at the annual meeting in Madison, Wisconsin, a Constitution was adopted and the National Master Farm Homemakers Guild was on its way.
In 1933 the program, adopted by the national Guild, stresses improving reading facilities for rural people and equalizing educational opportunities for rural children. Two national committee reports were discussed and adopted - "What is successful Rural Life?" in 1936 and, "Forecast of Changes Which Lie Ahead" in 1941.
Skip ahead to the present time and much has changed. For instance, one question asked on the first nomination form was, 'Do you have a water system in your home? If not, how far must water be carried and who carries it?"
One of the first societies to join The Associated Country of the World (ACWW), the Guild voted to affiliate at its annual meeting in Chicago in July of 1934 when Mrs. Lydia Lynch of Kentucky was President. When ACWW held their triennial conference in Washington, DC in 1936, Guild members from 16 states attended. For all of them it was their first meeting with ACWW from overseas. They met with 7,000 rural homemakers from the U.S. and abroad. The ACWW, based in London, England, has many society members from different areas in the world, each having an Area President. The U.S. is one area. The Area Presidents meet at different times during the triennial period to carry on the business of the ACWW which is to help with the needs of people over the Earth. It works with the World Health Organization and has a representative at the United Nations. There are many projects available and the Master Farm Homemakers choose which one to support.
In the United States, there is an umbrella organization named The Country Women's Council which covers its ACWW member organizations which as FCE, Farm Bureau Women, MFHG, NVON, etc. The Country Women's Council Organization has a full slate of officers and the National Presidents of the ACWW member organizations make up the board of control. The Council keeps the affiliates up to date on the activities of ACWW between triennials.
The Colorado Master Farm Homemakers Guild was organized in 1954. There are nine districts in the state and each may have one winner each year. They must be nominated by an organization and must have at least 51 percent of their yearly income from agriculture. Entry blanks are available at county extension offices or by contacting Sandra Tanner, 30815 Shear Road, Yoder, Co. 80864.