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The Extension & Community Association (ECA), formerly known as the “Extension Homemakers Association”, is an adult volunteer organization closely affiliated with N.C. Cooperative Extension. By being an ECA member, you can be an off-campus student and receive research-based information from North Carolina State University and A&T State University. You will also become part of a dynamic volunteer organization that promotes personal growth and development and seeks to enhance the quality of life for others in the local community.


The mission of the North Carolina Extension and Community Association is…

To Strengthen Families & Communities through:

  • Leadership Development
  • Volunteer Work
  • Educational Support
  • Research-based education from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University


  • Public Policy Education
  • Health, Nutrition and Wellness
  • Environmental Education
  • Citizenship & Global Issues
  • Housing
  • Financial Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Cultural Arts


Membership dues is $12.00 per year. New members are always welcome. Currently, there are five active ECA Clubs in Cleveland County:

  • Belwood Club (Les Dixon, President)
  • Boiling Springs Club (Betty Bridges, President)
  • Ellie Jolley Club (Nellena Lee, President)
  • Lawndale Club (Clara Carter, President)

Affairs of the local Extension & Community Association are governed by the Cleveland County ECA County Council:

Sonja Jones, President
Nellena Lee, First Vice President
Shirley Bridges, Second Vice President
Lorinda Richards, Secretary
Mary Jane Seagle, Treasurer
Joan Parrish, Advisor
Nancy Abasiekong, ECA Liaison Agent

Cleveland County ECA Issues Plans of Work are coordinated by issue area coordinators and vice coordinators:

  • Developing Leadership & Community Capacity– Lou Reese & Betty Bridges
  • Promoting Safe & Healthy Environment –  Mary Lee Jones & Lorinda Richard
  • Building Strong Families – Les Dixon & Willie Mae Johnson
  • Building Healthy Families – Ruby McKinney & Brenda Eaker
  • Fostering Family Resiliency – Loretta Justice & Jean Anne Privett
  • West Central District Office Secretary – Mary Sue Boyles

The Cleveland County Extension and Community Association develops an annual Calendar of Events that lists some of their scheduled events, including leader trainings, area meetings, County Council Meetings, etc.

Cleveland County ECA Cultural Arts Contest Winners (Fostering & Family Resiliency)

Name Item Category Place
Betty Bridges Floral Jacket Sewing 1st
Loretta Justice Knitted Green Prayer Shawl Knitting 1st
Shirley McBride Knitted Wine/Red Prayer Shawl Knitting 2nd
Lorettea Justice Needle Point Owl Hand Needle Work 1st
Jean Ann Privett Gourd Bumble Bee Heritage Skills 1st
Loretta Justice Sharp Top Basket Baskets 1st
Loretta Justice Sterling Silver Tie Tac Jewelry 1st
Lorinda Richard Christmas Sleigh Flower Arrangement Christmas Decorations 1st
Wanda Crotts Pottery Snow Men Pottery 1st
Daphne Bridges Yo Yo Quilt Quilts 1st
Jean Ann Privett Large Basket Artifical Flowers Flower Arrangement 1st

West Central District Cultural Arts Contest Winners:

Name Item Category Place
Daphne Bridges Yo Yo Quilt Quilts 1st
Loretta Justice Sterling Silver Tie Tac Jewelry 1st
Wanda Crotts Pottery Snow Men Pottery 2nd
Lorinda Richard Christmas Sleigh Flower Arrangement Christmas Decorations 3rd
Loretta Justice Sharp Top Basket Basket 3rd
Loretta Justice Knitted Cream Prayer Shawl Knitting 3rd

For more information view the North Carolina ECA web page and 2009 Yearbook.

For more information about ECA in Cleveland County, e-mail nancy_abasiekong@ncsu.edu or view the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension Webpage for more information on ECA in Cleveland County. http://cleveland.ces.ncsu.edu

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