Ruth Cherry of Edgecombe County was inducted into the North Carolina Family & Consumer Sciences Hall of Fame during the Extension and Community Association centennial celebration Oct. 27 at North Carolina State University’s Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
Ruth Cherry became a Home Demonstration club member in Edgecombe County as an 18-year-old bride and gives Extension credit for opening so many doors for her. Not only was she state president of ECA, she was state president of Farm Bureau Women, a member of the NC Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the first woman county commissioner in Edgecombe County. She served as chairman of the Edgecombe-Martin Electric Membership Cooperative Women’s committee. In the 1990s she was one of the leaders of the group who was successful in getting extended telephone service to all county residents so that calling Tarboro did not cost extra.
The Extension and Community Associations were started in 1913 by Jane S. McKimmon as girls canning clubs. The name of this Cooperative Extension organization for women changed over the years to Home Demonstration Clubs and later to Extension Homemaker Clubs. But the clubs’ mission of service to home, family and community has remained the same for 100 years.
Ruth Cherry is one of 27 inductees into the second class of the FCS Hall of Fame.
The Jane S. McKimmon FCS Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a highlight of the Oct. 27 centennial celebration, as well as the unveiling of an ECA leadership program, in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro.
The program was hosted by The Honorable Sharon Decker, N.C. Secretary of Commerce.