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Vol. 5 – No. 22
November 18, 2005



4-H’ers Prepare for National Congress: Twenty-five Oklahoma 4-H’ers will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to attend National 4-H Congress slated November 25-29. For more than 80 years, National 4-H Congress has provided youth with a quality, educational, and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently can provide. The group will participate in educational workshops and a community service project. This year’s theme is “Lead, Learn, Grow.”


Oklahoma Makes a Splash at the Southern Region Water Conference:  in Lexington, Kentucky, October 23-26.  The Oklahoma group traveled to the conference in Lexington, Ky., that took place October 23-26. The 14 specialists and educators attending the conference were Mike Smolen, Mitch Fram, LaDonna McCowan, Maifan Silitonga, Doug Hamilton, Hailin Zhang, Mike Kizer, Al Sutherland, Jason Hollenback, Jamie Mundy, Ron Vick, Josh Payne, Tim Propst, and Chongo Muendende.  Fram, Smolen, Hollenback, Sutherland, and McCowan presented reports on water quality work at OSU, and Zhang and Hamilton presented workshops on Nutrient Management for Lawns and Landscapes and Animal Waste Lagoon Management.  Approximately 200 people from all 13 states in the Southern Region, plus Kansas and Missouri, attended the conference. Smolen and McCowan served on the team that planned the conference program.

 Contract Renewed: A special contract between OCES and the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Family Support and Prevention Service has been renewed for FY2006 in the amount of $29,200. The contract is to provide technical assistance and support for 17 District Child Abuse Prevention Task Forces and assist with provision of Healthy Families America training for Oklahoma child abuse prevention/family support programs. Debbie Richardson, Child Development Assistant Extension Specialist, is the coordinator and principal investigator for the project.

Dunlop Earns Certification: LaDonna Dunlop, Family and Consumer Science Educator, Oklahoma County, and Registered Dietitian, earned the “Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.” This program is offered by the American Dietetic Association and its Commission on Dietetic Registration. Dunlop currently teaches weight management workshops in Oklahoma County.  She would like to thank OCES FCS for the Irma Manning Professional Development Award which made this training possible.

Oklahoma to Receive 2006 Military 4-H Grant: Alan VanDeventer, Comanche County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, has been instrumental in garnering a grant for the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program. CSREES National 4-H Headquarters, U.S. Army Child and Youth Services (CYS), and U.S. Air Force Family Member Programs (FMP) continue their commitment to provide military youth around the world the opportunity to experience 4-H clubs. Military 4-H Grants provide funding through State 4-H Military Liaisons, to counties for establishing 4-H clubs on military installations and for integrating these clubs with 4-H programs. This funding also provides 4-H opportunities to youth of National Guard and Reserve members who are more geographically dispersed. 4-H Headquarters, Army CYS, and Air Force FMP have collaboratively provided more than $2 million over 3 years to support 4-H clubs in 31 states and U.S. Territories. While the Army and Air Force have made the commitment to cover all curriculum and registration costs for their youth in 4-H programs, this grant funding is used for staff, enrollment materials, 4-H programs, 4-H media, newsletters, travel for state and county staff to installations, and training for military 4-H leaders. For more information regarding Military 4-H grants, contact Marlene Glasscock at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., at glass@humec.ksu.edu, or Sherri Wright, National Program Leader, National 4-H Headquarters at swright@csrees.usda.gov.

Web Site has New Look: The Oklahoma 4-H Web site has a new look. The content is the same, but the site has been reorganized and streamlined to make it easier to navigate. The new address is http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu, however, the old link will direct users to the new site.

Congratulations to: Bridget Paxton, Program Assistant, Pushmataha County, on the birth of her third grandchild. Morgan Averee Clark was born November 2. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She joins sisters Madison and Maylee.



OEAFCS Educators Bring Home Awards: OEAFCS members brought home numerous awards from the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences conference that took place recently in Philadelphia. Award winners include:

Edwina Kelly, Lincoln County, Extension Educator of the Year Award           

Brenda Miller, Northeast Area FCS Program Specialist, Continued Excellence Award                                  

Susan K. Pearson, Hughes County, Distinguished Service Award                               

Jean Bailey, Dewey County,   Florence Hall Award                                       

Mary Rhyne, Kay County, Southern Region Marketing Package                    

LaDell Emmons, Pittsburg County, 2nd Place Southern Region Radio Spot     



Rickey D. Clovis, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek Nation, Okmulgee County, effective 10-24-05

Lisa D. Saxon, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development/Community Education, Seminole County, effective 10-31-05

 Diana G. Hartley, Extension Educator, Community Development, Cleveland County, effective 11-7-05

 Travis N. Peery, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective   11-14-05

 Gary L. Sherrer, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Dean, and Director, DASNR Dean's Office, effective 11-15-05

Title Changes/Transfers

Richard I. Rexwinkle, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Osage County, effective 11-1-05 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Osage County)


None to report


November 25-29: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)

November 29-30: Northeast District and Southeast District Ag In-Service Training (Wilburton)

December 1: Annual FCS and 4-H Fall Statewide In-Service (Oklahoma City)

December 9: Southwest District 4-H In-Service (TBA)

December 13: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies In-Service (Stillwater)

December 15: Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Meeting (Chickasha)

December 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

January 4-8: Denver Western 4-H Roundup (Denver, Colorado)

January 12-13: Southeast District FCS/4-H Retreat (Sulphur)

January 19-20: Southeast District FCS/4-H Retreat Snow Date (Sulphur)

January 24-26: OCES Conference (Stillwater)

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