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Vol. 7 – No. 11
June 1, 2007



gardenFest 2007: The 6th Annual Summer GardenFest will take place June 9 at the Oklahoma State University Botanical Garden, 3425 W. Virginia. This year’s keynote speaker will be Steve Owens, host of Oklahoma Gardening. Educational workshop topics include rustic structures in the landscape, gardening for wildlife, small trees for Oklahoma, soap making, cotton spinning, tussie-mussies, butterflies, and water gardening. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Stiegler Set to Retire: A retirement reception honoring Jim Stiegler, Department Head, Plant and Soil Sciences, will take place June 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Noble Research Center Atrium. Anyone wishing to contribute to a memory book should send submissions to Jonathon Knopfel, 364 Ag Hall, OSU, Stillwater, OK  74078, or by email at jonathon.knopfel@okstate.edu. Items must be submitted by June 15. For more information contact Janet Rich at 405-744-6130, or email at janet.rich@okstate.edu.


Oklahoma 4-H’ers Meet the Challenge: Oklahoma 4-H’ers came together and raised more than $2,300 to help the Extension families in Greensburg, Kan., who lost their homes in the tornado a few weeks ago. Charles Cox, State 4-H Program Leader, challenged the group during State 4-H Roundup that if they raised $2,000 in 24 hours he would shave his head. The club members enjoyed seeing Charles lose his locks on stage during Roundup’s closing assembly.

            In addition to these funds, the group also presented a check for $1,662.89 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity as part of the Dime Drop project. They are raising money to help fund a home for a low-income family.

            The Ronald McDonald Pull-Tab Campaign netted 4,180 pounds of aluminum, which means approximately 836 families could be housed at the Ronald McDonald House for a week. Through the Ronald McDonald Kids Helping Kids Campaign they raised $31,180 this year.

            The goal of the “Each One Reach One” program was to have active members recruit, enroll, and mentor one new member in their local club. Twelve clubs participated and enrolled 39 new members.

New State 4-H Officers Elected at Roundup: Eight new leaders emerged during the 86th State 4-H Roundup as they were elected to serve as the 2007-2008 state officer team. The new officers are Jerret Sanders, president, Caddo County; Matthew Sandmann, reporter, Atoka County; Matthew Taylor, secretary, Pontotoc County; Alyssa Latty, songleader, Pittsburg County; Stephanie Bowen, Southwest District state vice president, McClain County; Randy Gordon, Northwest District state vice president, Dewey County; Tanya Steidley, Southeast District state vice president, Pittsburg County; and Cody Clovis, Northeast District state vice president, Muskogee County.

Congratulations to: Kari Nunneley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, and her husband, Brad, on their birth of their daughter. Kylie Nunneley was born May 22, weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Good News


Highfill Inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame: Carrie Highfill, a food science sophomore, has been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame. She received this honor during the 86th State 4-H Roundup that took place recently at OSU. This is the highest award 4-H’ers can achieve at the state level.




Marcy L. John, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Alfalfa County, effective 6-14-07

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June 1: Parenting Education: Program Planning and Resources (Stillwater)

June 6-7: CNEP/Healthy Families Annual In-Service (Stillwater)

June 7-8: State Master Gardener Continuing Education Conference (Claremore)

June 9: Summer GardenFest (OSUBG, Stillwater)

June 9: OSU and USDA-ARS Agriculture Center Field Day (Lane)

June 12-13: Swine Project “Barn Talk” (Stillwater)

June 13-15: Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 15: Statewide County Directors’ Meeting (Stillwater)

June 21-23: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

July 5-15: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

July 8-10: OHCE Annual State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 9-11: OSU Livestock Judging Camp (Stillwater)

July 12: Grady/Canadian Field Day (Chickasha)

July 14: 4-H Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 19: OSU Big Three Field Days (Stillwater)

July 25-27: OAE4-HA Annual Conference (Durant)

August 1: Northwest District 4-H In-Service Training (Woodward)

August 9-10: Master Cattleman Summit (Stillwater)

August 14: Introduction to 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies Unit 1, 2, 3 (TBA)

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