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Vol. 1 —  No. 12
December 14, 2001

Current Events

Retirement Reception: A retirement reception is planned for Sheila Forbes, Extension Program Specialist, 4-H Youth Development. The reception will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., December 20, in 102 Ag Hall. Sheila is retiring after more than 32 years of service to OCES.

Retirement Reception: Loretta Maggard, Kiowa County Extension Secretary, is retiring from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service after 25 years of service. Please join in the celebration by attending a retirement reception on January 2, 2002, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Kiowa County Extension Office, 300 S. Main, in Hobart.

In-Service Slated January 10: Extension Educators are encouraged to make plans to attend the 21st Century Community Learning Centers in-service slated January 10 at OSU. Participants will become aware of the 21st Century Community Learning Center legislation and funding as a potential resource for improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Oklahoma counties. Enrollment deadline is January 4. For more information, contact Sue Williams at 405-744-6825.

Retirement  Reception…Finally!: Ken Pinkston, Extension Entomologist, retired July 1, 2001. However, he is currently teaching ENTO 2003, "Insects and Society", on a contract basis, so he isn’t really gone. Since there was not a chance to have a retirement reception earlier, one is slated for Friday, January 18, 2002, from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the third floor of the Noble Research Center. Letters of recognition or best wishes are welcome and will be collated into a "Best Wishes" book which will be presented to him. Please send letters no later than January 16th, to Geraldine Smith, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 127 NRC, Stillwater, OK 74078‑3033. Fore more information, call 405-744-5527.

Elevator Business Conference: OSU and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission are sponsoring the “Facilitating Direct Wheat Shipments to Mexico” seminar on January 22-23, 2002, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Oklahoma City. Participants will learn about topics such as the buyers’ needs and wants, identifying the features of the buyers’ business environment, qualities of wheat needed by the international buyer, governmental and business rules and regulation, transportation and storage, and opportunities in the Mexican market. Registration deadline is January 10. For more information, contact Patricia Rayas at 405-744-6468.

Poultry Litter Meeting: Potential poultry buyers and sellers will have the opportunity to network during the Delaware County Litter Marketing Event. The meeting is slated January 31, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. at the Jay Community Center at Jay, OK.



Happy Holidays: This is the last issue of Extension  News for 2001. Publication will resume on January 11, 2002. Best wishes for a safe and joyful holiday season.

Dates for the Calendar: A couple of special dates have been set on the OCES calendar. April 3, 2002, is the date for the 5th annual 4-H Legislative Day at the Capitol. State and district 4-H officers, along with State 4-H Ambassadors, take this opportunity to learn more about the legislative process, as well as educate government leaders about the positive aspects of the 4-H program.

April 23rd has been set as the OCES day at the capitol. The schedule of activities will be similar to that of past years with an informational meeting in the morning, followed by lunch in the 2nd floor rotunda with legislators invited. The afternoon will be open for office visits. When the State Advisory Council met last week, they urged us to bring 4-H'ers as a part of each county delegation. We will plan to do so.  More information will follow. 

Partnership Announced: During a teleconference scheduled for January 15, 2002, JC Penney will be announcing a new partnership with 4-H to all of its stores nationwide. This partnership to promote and conduct quality after-school programming will provide both funding and visibility to enhance 4-H programming in after-school settings. All Extension Educators, 4-H Youth Development, in Oklahoma who have a JC Penney store in their community are encouraged to contact their JC Penney store manager and ask to be present at the January 15 teleconference. It will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., CST.   

 Conversation Was A Success: Oklahoma's State Conversation on Youth Development for the 21st Century was held at the Westin Hotel in Oklahoma City on December 7.  More than 400 youth and adult participants representing a wide variety of youth serving organizations were present. A number of state officials were also in attendance, along with Congressman Frank Lucas. Lucas was instrumental in securing federal funding for the State and National Conversations. The results of the State Conversation will be made available to counties on the 4-H website, and it will be sent on to be a part of the National Conversation deliberation. Oklahoma legislators will also receive the report. Thanks to all who served as facilitators and recorders. Thanks also to all counties for your efforts in sending or bringing a diverse group of well prepared participants.  Their discussions resulted in a successful State Conversation and a quality report!  

Invitation Extended to OCES Employees: OCES employees with five or more years of service still have time to join Epsilon Sigma Phi, an honorary Extension fraternity. New member dues are $40; renewal fees are $35; and lifetime membership dues are $150. Checks should be made payable to Epsilon Sigma Phi, and mailed to Janie Morrow, ESP Treasurer, 930 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73107-6120.  

Beckham County Makes A Difference:  Beckham County OCES office personnel, 4-H’ers, and Oklahoma Home and Community Education members joined forces to help the Beckham County Child Welfare Services. The group put together a “Caring Package” for boys and girls, from infants through 16 years old, who had been removed from their homes because of neglect and abuse. The caring packages contained personal grooming items, socks, underwear, coloring books, journals, stuffed animals, toys, and books. The groups collected more than $1,000 worth of donations for the caring packages.

County 4-H leaders and HCE members wanted an ongoing service project that could include both organizations, and reinforce the six principles of Character Education.  This project was perfect for this goal. The goal was to make 40 of the caring packages, but due to the outpouring of donations, 87 caring packages were completed.  

New Staff on Board: The Northwest District extends a warm welcome to three new staff members. Lafonda Thompson is the new Extension Secretary in the Ellis County office. She replaced Mamie Chamberlain, who had served Extension for more than 50 years. In addition, Melissa Wells has joined the Extension family as a Program Assistant (.50FTE) and ONE Program Secretary (.50FTE) in Logan County. She started her duties on November 30. Marty Albright is the new Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, in Cimarron County. She began her job on December 3.

Extension Calendar: The web address for the Extension Calendar is or http://calendar.okstate.edu. Some Extension personnel are unable to access the calendar through the second address listed. Please be sure to bookmark this site for future reference. When adding events to the calendar, you will come to a screen asking for “name” and “password.” You should leave the “name” blank. The “password” is events.

Support Staff Recognized: The Northwest District Secretaries hosted a Secretarial In-Service in Enid on December 5-6. The theme was Opening the Door to a Positive Team Member.

The “Secretarial Award of Excellence” was presented to Diane Zimmerman, Texas County, who was named the Jr. Award Winner (1-5 years of service), and Beth Peters, Grant County, was recognized as the Sr. Award Winner (more than 5 years of service). Congratulations!


Personnel Actions


Charles K. Nickell, Extension Educator, Ag/4-H, Seminole County, effective 10-31-01  

Laura A. Payne, Extension Associate, Horticulture & LA, effective 11-1-01

Tari Lynne Lee, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H, Craig County, effective 11-12-01

Martha L. Albright, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H, Cimarron County, effective 12-3-01  

Nancy E. Michael, Technology/Training Specialist, DASNR Computer Services, effective 12-10-01

Jared Kellenberger, Technology/Training Specialist, DASNR Computer Services, effective 12-17-01

Nakita D. Coe, Communications Specialist – 50%, Coop. Extension, FCS, effective 1-1-02            


Mary K. Conry, Sr. TV Producer/Director, Ag Communications Services, effective 11-30-01  

Ronald H. George, former District Extension Director (currently working on Extension Special Projects for the Associate Director), Northeast District, effective 12-31-01


Gloria J. King, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H & Interim CED, Beckham County, effective 1-3-02  (was: Extension Educator, FCS/4-H, Beckham County)           




Coming Events

December 18: Northwest District CED Meeting (Woodward)

January 3-4: CCA Training (Stillwater)

January 5: Northwest District 4-H Mall Day (Enid)

January 5: Northwest District Parent/Volunteers Conference (Enid)

January 7-9: OAAA Annual Conference (Oklahoma City)

January 9-14: Denver Western Roundup (Denver, CO)

January 10: In-Service - 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Stillwater)

January 11-12: Horticulture Industries Show (Tulsa)

January 12: In-Service – Getting Off On The Right Foot (Jenks)

January 12: In-Service – Getting The Most Out of 4-H (Jenks)

January 14-15: Second Annual OK/AR Turfgrass Short Course (Tulsa)

January 14-15: In-Service – 4-H Wonderwise (Oklahoma City)

January 14: 2002 KOMA Beef Cattle Conference (Dewey)

January 16: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

January 17: Southeast District FCS/4-H In-Service (McAlester)

January 17-19: Oklahoma Nursery and Greenhouse Trade Show/Conference (Tulsa)

January 19: In-Service – Getting Off On The Right Foot (Lawton)

January 19: In-Service – Getting The Most Out of 4-H (Lawton)

January 19: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and Archery Shoot (Woodward)

January 22: In-Service – Land and Range Judging in Oklahoma (Watonga or Oklahoma City)

January 23: Living With Diabetes (Poteau)

January 25: In-Service – Getting the Most Out of the 4-H Experience – 4-H Volunteer Core Comp. Training (Stillwater)

January 25: In-Service – Reducing Risk in 4-H (Stillwater)

January 25-26: Southeast District 4-H Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

January 29: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

January 31: In-Service – Stream Trailer Training (Kingfisher)

January 31: Delaware County Litter Marketing Event (Grove)


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