By Crystal Thompson
The Kremlin Homemakers is a club formed 76 years ago by three Kremlin women: Rose Cady, Laura Purdy and Mary Winters.
The club is made up of local homemakers interested in helping the community. During the club's early years members made soap, canned food and helped out around the community.
Today's Kremlin Homemakers continue the tradition of community service and friendship. The 13 members meet monthly for lunch and a program such as a special speaker or craft. The group discusses and plans various community activities and projects.
The club participates in a Secret Pal exchange, where each member draws a name of another member, along with their birthday and anniversary dates. The members are then responsible for providing a gift to that person on their special days.
The group funds projects by selling community birthday calendars, which can be found in almost every house in Kremlin. The calendars list the names of community members' on their birthdays and anniversaries.
The Kremlin Homemakers participate in several community service projects. The biggest one being Senior Citizen Day. On Senior Citizen Day a meal and entertainment is provided for community members over 60. The Homemakers also participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program by cleaning ditches twice a year.
On the last Sunday of November, the Homemakers sponsor Christmas in the Park. Volunteers string lights on the trees in the Kremlin Park. Hayrides and caroling are offered, along with hot drinks, cookies and a visit from Santa.
The Kremlin Homemakers also provide welcome baskets for new families to the community. They volunteer at the Hill County Courthouse, the County Council and a rabies clinic held in the spring. The group takes pride in the long tradition of services they provide to the Kremlin community.