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Mission Statement

  • Offer Educational Opportunities: To promote and extend education aimed toward improved family and community living in cooperation with Family Living Programs, Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin-Extension Walworth County, and Wisconsin Assocation for Home Community Education, Inc. 
  • Improve Leadership Skills of Members: By encouraging the active participation of all members in carrying out the business and programs of the WAHCE Association.
  • Provide Service to Communities: Promote understanding and appreciation for all people and cultures.

What is WAHCE? 

HCE is a diverse group of adults who gather together to have fun and work hard while learning about new topics, learning about each other, and supporting the community through projects and events. Find out more about who we are and what we do! - What is HCE?

The WAHCE, Inc. is a nonprofit, educational and charitable organization. Membership is open to all individuals without regard to race, sex, color, ethnic background, residence or economic circumstances. Our objective is to provide educational programs for members and their communities that will meet current and future social, economic and environmental needs.The organization is unique in that the members extend the information they receive from the University of Wisconsin Faculty and other reliable sources to the membership and the community.

For more information on becoming a member of Walworth County HCE, please Click Here

WAHCE is an all-volunteer organization. Its success depends on the support and involvement of its members. Members are encouraged to: 

    • Share their talents and expertise.
    • Share leadership responsibilities as a program leader or officer.
    • Support fund raising projects.
    • Assist with Community Outreach projects.
    • Recruit new members.

Program planning and leadership training are provided by a collaborative effort of WAHCE, Inc. and the University of Wisconsin Extension – Family Living Program.

UWEX faculty serve as advisors to both the state and county councils.

Click the link below to view a PowerPoint presentation on how HCE is working to provide clean water to people throughout the world!

powerpoint Water Filters In Nigeria

Smart Gardening Day 

8th Annual Smart Gardening Day!

Saturday, March 22, 2014; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn
Cost: Adults – $7/class or $25/4 classes; Youth (<18) – $2/class or $5/4 classes
Deadline for registration is Friday, March 14, 2014

Gardeners as well as non-gardeners will find something of interest at Smart Gardening Day, a joint collaboration between Walworth County Home & Community Education, Master Gardeners, and UW-Extension. Attendees can choose one or up to four classes from the 12 planned for the day.  A raffle of garden-related items will be held to benefit and HCE Wisconsin Bookworms program, and Masters Gardeners will hold a used garden book sale.  Lunch and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information or to register, take a look at the Smart Gardening Day Brochure.

Good News

Good News is our quarterly communication that is sent to all HCE Members. This keeps members in tune with what is going on within our county and the state organization 

Walworth County HCE Executive Board consists of:



Mary Vander Veen 


Eileen Guthrie 

Education Program Coordinator 

Barb Papcke 

Family & Community Life

Winnie Shelton


Audrey Wuttke


Emma Peterson 


 DuAnn Webb

International Program Chair 

* All club Presidents are also on the Executive Board. 

What are Individual Members or Members-at-Large?

Members-at-large want the benefits of the organization, but cannot attend regular club meetings. Their work schedules may not coincide with local meeting times or there may not be a club in their area. 

Where and When do Clubs meet? 

Some clubs meet in members’ homes while others meet in a public meeting place. The clubs usually meet once a month, from 6-12 times a year, at a time of day or evening most convenient. 

What do WAHCE members do? 

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