Who is TEEA?
In 1912, Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg was hired as the first home demonstration agent to bring hands-on instruction to people who otherwise would have had little or no access to it. Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service is an educational outreach agency of The Texas A & M University System. Through the first half of the 20th century, these home demonstration agents went to homes throughout rural Texas and provided practical demonstrations and advice on vegetable gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, household management, family health, poultry-raising and other aspects of daily life.
In 1926, club women attending a farmer’s short course at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Texas A & M University formed the Texas Home Demonstration Association (THDA). The Texas Home Demonstration Association was reorganized in 1931 with the mission to promote and provide community instruction on diet and health, food production and preservation, landscaping, fitting garments, poultry production, millinery and sewing.
According to Humanities Texas, at their zenith around 1940, these clubs boasted more than 57,000 women in almost 3,000 clubs statewide. Today home demonstration agents are called family and consumer sciences county agents. They do the same thing which is teach families how to make the most of their time, money and resources plus diabetes awareness and education, child vehicle passenger safety instruction, parenting, financial literacy, and a variety of other family-centered topics.
In 1978, the Home Demonstration Association changed its name to the Texas Extension Homemakers Association (TEHA). Then in 1993, to conform to the name change of the National Family and Community Educators Association (NAFCE), TEHA changed its name to Texas Association for Family and Community Education, Inc. (TAFCE). In 2000, Texas disaffiliated from NAFCE due to the enforcement that all state members would have to pay national dues of $12.50 and changed its name to Texas Extension Education Association, Inc.
Today, in Fort Bend County there are 4 TEEA Clubs – Booth-Thompsons, Countryside, Kountry Kousins, and Pecan Crackers. If you are interested in learning more about TEEA, contact Jacque at your local extension office at 281-342-3034, ext. 7024. Education in community based, small-groups is still the main focus of the organization. After 100 years, TEEA still has much to offer in terms of education for the family across the great State of Texas.
Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 281.342.3034 five working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.