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Vol. 9 – No. 19
September 18, 2009

Current Events

Corn Maze is Part of 4-H Centennial Celebration: Mark your calendars for Oct. 10 and be part of a fun celebration for the Oklahoma 4-H Centennial. Each year P-Bar Farms, located on I-40 between Hydro and Weatherford, opens its corn maze to the public. This year’s maze design is the 4-H Centennial logo. Activities will take place all day Oct. 10, and three different ticket packages are available. The morning package is $12 and includes entry and ticket into the maze from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and access to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo and playground. Pumpkins are available for an extra charge. In addition, visitors will receive a hot dog lunch and be able to take part in interactive stations and crafts. The evening package is from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and costs $20. It includes entry and ticket to the maze, which is haunted after dark; access to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo and playground; a chuck wagon meal consisting of brisket, side dishes and a drink; interactive stations and crafts; Corny Olympics for teams of 10; a concert with the Christian band Beautiful Chaos at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; and a pumpkin decorating/carving contest. In addition, the National 4-H Youth Science Experiment, Biofuel Blast, will be demonstrated. An all-day pass is $30 and includes all of the activities listed above. For those who cannot make it on Oct. 10, the maze is open Sept. 12 through Nov. 14. Ticket order forms are available on the 4-H Web site at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu.

Two Educational Workshops Slated in October: Oklahoma State University is teaming up with Langston University to host the Small Stock Carcass Composting Workshop Oct. 20. The objective is to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resources by increasing the number of small-scale goat, sheep and poultry producers and homeowners to recycle a portion of farm or home waste through carcass and backyard composting. This workshop will take place at Langston University. The second workshop, scheduled Oct. 21 is hosted by OSU. Enhancing the Adoption of Organic Farming will take place at the OSU Botanical Garden and the objective is to provide attendees with information that covers basic production concepts and techniques, as well as information on acts, certification rules and marketing of organic products in Oklahoma. Registration is $45 for each workshop and includes lunch, workshop materials and refreshments. The OKSARE program is able to cover the cost of registration for county Extension Educators and Area Specialists. Please register before Oct. 16. For more information contact Janelle Malone via e-mail at janelle.malone@okstate.edu, or by telephone at 405-744-3669, or visit http://www.sustainableag.okstate.edu/.

Green Tie Gala: The culmination of 4-H centennial activities this year is the Green Tie Gala. Slated Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Skirvin-Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, this special event will carry out the theme of the centennial celebration – Honoring, Celebrating, Envisioning. Tickets are $125 for adults and $100 for youth up to age 19. Fifty dollars of the ticket price is a tax-deductible donation. A limited number of tickets are available. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to place orders as soon as possible. Orders will be filled as they are received. Table sponsorships are available for $1,000 for a table of 10. Ticket order forms are available on the 4-H Web site at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/, or by calling 405-744-4493.


4-H Centennial History Book: Get your copy of Oklahoma 4-H: Generations of Clover, a compilation of Oklahoma 4-H’s history, featuring pictures, stories and county histories. Pre-order yours today for $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Books may also be picked up at the State 4-H Office once available. Special bulk discounts apply on orders of five or more and 10 or more. Order two ways: Visit http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu and download the book order form, or call with your credit card ready to 405-744-4493 ($3 processing fee on all credit card orders). Books will be available in spring 2010. For more information, call Jessica Stewart at 405-744-7960.

Seats Still Available for Trip to Greensburg: A few seats are still available on the tour/in-service bus trip to Greensburg, Kan., Dec. 9-11.  Greensburg was hit by a tornado in May 2007, and the town was leveled.  Greensburg has since developed a recovery plan that has garnered national support for building the town back using sustainable resources. Objectives of the tour/in-service are to study disaster preparedness and to learn about technology for building back green. Scott Frazier, Renewable Energy Extension Engineer, will provide in-route presentations on the chartered bus, and we will spend an entire day in the city of Greensburg hearing from that city’s Director of Emergency Management, City Manager, the local Extension Educator, and various other officials. The group will tour the historic courthouse that is building back using “green” technology, the 5-4-7 Arts Center, which is the only LEED Platinum Building in Kansas to date, the new business incubator established to encourage business owners to remain in the town and build back their businesses instead of moving elsewhere to start over, a silo home designed to withstand strong wind forces, and the fair grounds that was built back by volunteers including 4-Hers from across the country. Grant funds have been secured to pay for the chartered bus expenses and to provide $319.14 in travel expenses for each participant. Contact Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District FCS Program Specialist, by Oct. 15 if you are interested in going to receive registration and out of state travel request information. Participants will be selected on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Congratulations to: Janice Cranor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, on the birth of her granddaughter. Jade Shawn-Marie McPeak was born Aug. 4, weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Jade’s parents are Jason and Emmie McPeak.

Congratulations to:  Jane Fuhlendorf, Executive Associate, Office of the Vice President for Agricultural Programs, and Sam Fuhlendorf, Sarkeys Distinguished Professor, NREM, on the birth of their grandson. Kai Amos Noles was born Sept. 9, weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 22 inches long.  Kai’s parents are Catie and Jonathan Noles of Stillwater.

Condolences to: The family of Carl Lee Long, retired CED in Nowata County. Carl passed away Sept. 5.  Funeral services took place Sept. 12 at Hillside Christian Church, Nowata. He retired from Extension in January 1991.


FCS Educators Attend National Meeting, Receive Awards: Seventeen delegates from Oklahoma attended the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference  in Birmingham, Ala., this week. Several members were honored for their years of service and excellence in programming.  This conference marks the 75th Anniversary of NEAFCS.

National Award Winners

·             LaDonna Dunlop, Extension Educator,  FCS/4-H Youth Dev., Oklahoma County received a national award for her work with a Healthy Lifestyles Grant. 

·             Gale Mills, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Dev., Washington County, received the National SDA Clean Homes…Safe and Healthy Families Program Award of Excellence.

Southern Region Award Winners 

·            Susan Routh, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Grady County – Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award

·              Janna Kelley, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Pontotoc County; Debbie Sharp, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Murray County; Sonya McDaniel, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator, Pottawatomie County; Megan Logan, 4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator, Seminole County, and Becky Walker, 4-HYouth Dev. Extension Educator Pontotoc County – Newsletter Communication Award (Cyber Savvy Parents)

·             Debbie Sharp, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Murray County & all FCS and CNEP Area Coordinators from the Southeast District – Educational Curriculum Award (Gourmet on the Go)

·             Sonya McDaniel, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator, Pottawatomie County – Internet Education Technology Award (Food Corner Website)

 Distinguished Service Awards

    Ranel Lasley, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator, Caddo County

    Debbie Sharp, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Murray County

 Continued Excellence

    Jana Kelley, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Pontotoc County

 Those attending the conference include several current and retired Extension Educators.  Retired Extension Educators and Lifetime NEAFCS members included Betty Brannon, JoAnn Brannon, Dorothy Wilson and Barbara Tricinella, past NEAFCS president. Current Extension Educators who attended include Recia Garcia, OEAFCS State President; Ginny McCarthick, OEAFCS President-Elect; Gloria King, Southwest District Extension FCS Program Specialist; Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Extension FCS Program Specialist; Brenda Miller, Northeast District Extension FCS Program Specialist; Glenn Muske, FCS Interim Asst. Director; LaDonna Dunlop, national award winner; Gale Mills, national award winner; Ranel Lasley and Debbie Sharp, Distinguished Service Awardees; Susan Routh, Southern Region Award winner; Susan Moffat, Comm. Dev. Extension Educator/CED, Cleveland County and Donna Jung, FCS/4-H Youth Dev. Extension Educator, Canadian County.



 Andrea J. Williams, Ext. Educ., FCS/4-H Youth Dev., Roger Mills County, effective 8-31-09

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September 19: Oklahoma State Fair Judging Contests (Oklahoma City)

September 19: Ag Youth Day/Cowboy Football Game (Stillwater)

September 21: CPR/First Aid: Recertification (Stillwater)

September 28: Oklahoma City State Fair Release Day (Oklahoma City)

September 29: Tulsa State Fair Judging Day (Tulsa)

September 29: Fire, Wildlife, Timber, and Cattle Grazing Annual Field Tour (Clayton)

September 29-30: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Weatherford)

October 6: COACH: Empowering Older Adults to Shop, Cook, and Eat for Good Health – The Individual Approach (Oklahoma City)

October 6: Fire Effects on Woody Vegetation - SE (Clayton)

October 7: Healthy Oklahoma Impact Team In-Service (Guthrie)

October 7: National Youth Science Day (Statewide)

October 8: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III – A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (Oklahoma City)

October 9: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Oklahoma City)

October 11: Tulsa State Fair Release Day (Tulsa)

October 12: Clover Classic Golf Tournament (Blanchard)

October 13: Fire Effects on Woody Vegetation - NE (Tahlequah)

October 13: Organ Wise Training (TBA)

October 13: Southwest District OHCE Membership Meeting (Lawton)

October 15: Fire Safety (Stillwater)

October 16: Southeast District Leadership Conference (TBA)

October 19: FEWB Fall In-Service (TBA)

October 20: Educating Non-industrial Forest Landowners (TBA)

October 20: Small Stock Carcass Composting (Langston)

October 21: Enhancing the Adoption of Organic Farming (Stillwater)

October 21: Biofuels Field Day (Chickasha)

October 21: CE-FCS Ambassadors Board of Directors Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 20-21: Southwest District Secretarial In-Service Training (Weatherford)

October 22: Growing Strong Families Impact Team (TBA)

October 28-29: Northwest District Secretarial In-Service Training (Stillwater)

October 29: Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference (Chandler)


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