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Gaston Co. Extension & Community Association (ECA)

ECA members visit Dinah Gore kitchen 2019ECA members visited the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens at NC State as part of a local foods educational program.


ECA is a state volunteer organization supported by NC State Extension.

MISSION – To strengthen families through:

  • Leadership development, volunteer opportunities, and education support
  • Information from NC State University and North Carolina A&T University

ECA HELPS OUR COMMUNITY BY

  • Supporting NC State Extension programs and community projects
  • Providing educational scholarships
  • Teaching craft classes (such as crochet, knitting, paper crafting, quilting, and sewing)

BE PART OF ECA

Everyone is invited to attend our monthly meetings, as well as be a part of our special interest groups. Please contact pam.bryson@gastongov.com for schedule details during COVID-19:

  • Gaston Co. ECA Monthly Meeting – 1st Thurs. @ 10 a.m. during Jan., Feb., Mar., Oct, & Nov.; 1st Thurs. @ 6:30 p.m. during Apr., May, June, Aug., & Sept. (Note: no meetings are held during July and December)
  • Creative Needlers ECA – every Wed. @ 6-8 p.m.  (contact:  Rita Kincaid)
  • Lucile Tatum ECA – four meetings to be announced (contact:  Martha Spurrier)
  • Martha Goebel ECA – 1st Tues.@ 10:00 a.m. (contact:  Mary Upton)
  • Quiltmakers ECA – 3rd Thurs. @ 6:30 p.m. (contact:  Patti Wells)
  • Scrappers ECA – TBD (contact:  Betse Cordell)

Gaston Co. ECA Executive Board 2021:

  • President – Audrey Hunt
  • President-Elect – vacant
  • Secretary – Billie Taylor
  • Treasurer – Dana Croston   
  • Advisor – Patti Wells

Standing Committees – members include:

  • Building Committee – Jean Caldwell, Peggy Dameron, Jane Falls, Sandy Hamrick, Pat Mantooth, Martha Spurrier, and Patti Wells 
  • Ceramic Room Committee – Betty Agerton, Pat Mantooth, and Pamela Myers
  • Marketing Committee – Dana Croston, Sandy Hamrick, and Patti Wells
  • Program Committee – Pamela Myers and Patti Wells
  • Scholarship Committee – Martha Spurrier, Billie Taylor, and Patti Wells

Ad Hoc (Temporary) Committee – members include:

  • Cookbook Committee – Dana Croston, Karen Rhyne (coordinator), and Nina Tarte

STATE REFERENCE LINKS 

COUNTY REFERENCE LINKS 

MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS

2021 GASTON COUNTY ECA SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000) APPLICATIONS

ECA proudly awards a Gaston County scholarship to a student each year. Both youth and adult students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, April 8, 2021. Click on the link to download the applications:

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RUN 2021 – VIRTUAL EVENT

Saturday, April 17, 2021 

It’s time to plan for ECA’s participation in this virtual run, with proceeds benefiting the ECA scholarship fund. We need walkers and/or runners to participate in this virtual event. Donation/info form available online:  

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/2021cfrun

Contact Information

Pam Bryson, 704.865.3291

Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia, NC

Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (closed 12 – 1 p.m.) | Monday – Friday

Follow us on Facebook:  @gastoneca

Written By

Linda Minges, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLinda MingesExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Linda E-mail Linda N.C. Cooperative Extension, Gaston County Center
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