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Vol. 2 —  No. 10
May 17, 2002

Current Events

Farm Bill Education Program: The Farm Bill Education Program in-service will take place on June 7 at El Reno. The purpose of the in-service is to provide state and county staff with an understanding of the new act, to encourage local and multi-county meetings to improve awareness, and to encourage field staff to act as presenters at those local meetings.

Conference Slated: The 34th Annual Beef Improvement Federation Conference will take place July 10-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. The theme of the conference is “Focus on Efficiency.” For more information contact John Evans, Animal Breeding Extension Specialist, at 405-744-6060, or jle@oksate.edu . The Beef Improvement web page is located at http://www.beefimprovement.org/ .

Join Hands Day: The purpose of JOIN HANDS DAY is to bring youth and adults together to improve their own communities. On June 15, all Americans are encouraged to reach across generations and work with new friends in identifying and fixing problem conditions right where you live. The possibilities are limited only by the imagination. New partnerships can be born and fostered in an effort to bring more young people into leadership roles in many organizations. More information is available at http://www.joinhandsday.org .

Announcements

A Note of Thanks: The expression of sympathy you have shown our family has been wonderful. The cards, letters, telephone calls, food, contributions, flowers, and visits have been so very helpful. Your thoughtfulness and kindness during this difficult time is greatly appreciated and will be remembered. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our family as we deal with our tremendous loss. Sincerely, Joyce Martin and children.

Winters Honored: KWHW Radio in Altus has recognized Ida Fay Winters, Jackson County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, as the “2002 Jackson County Working Woman of the Year.”

Governor’s Commendations Awarded: Gov. Frank Keating presented Rodney Holcomb, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics, Bob LeValley, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, and Glenna Williams, Oklahoma Nutrition Education Program State Coordinator, each with a “Governor’s Commendation” during the Quality Oklahoma Team Day 2002 at the State Capitol. Holcomb and LeValley were recognized for their leadership with the OCES Value Added Products Program, and their assistance to wheat producers in Alva to develop a New Generation Cooperative and the largest pre-proofed bread dough plant in the nation. The pair also received a “Motivating the Masses” award. Williams was recognized for the ONE Program’s success of a 211 percent statewide increase in productivity among all agencies participating in the program. There are 36 counties in Oklahoma participating in the ONE Program through OSU.

Rhyne Gets Published: An article authored by Mary Rhyne, Kay County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, was featured in the April edition of the Ponca City News. This article was picked up by a clipping service and forwarded to the Kettering Foundation, who then included it in a weekly mailing they send to more than 350 people across the country. The article was titled “Oklahomans Prepare to Assist with Controversial Public Issues,” and discusses National Issues Forums.

Coordinator Being Sought: A motivated 4-H volunteer is being sought to coordinate the Oklahoma delegation to the Southern Region Volunteer Leader Forum at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia. Applications and letters of reference must be received at the State 4-H Office by June 28. Contact Karla Knoepfli at 405-744-8882 for more information. A position description is available at http://clover.okstate.edu/fourh . Click on the Volunteerism link.

Grants Available: Oklahoma Extension professionals and a team of 4-H volunteers may apply for a grant to attend the Southern Region Volunteer Leader Forum, slated October 3-6 at Eatonton, Georgia. Up to $500 will be awarded to one county team in each district to attend the forum. Grant application information is available at http://clover.okstate.edu/fourh . Click on the Volunteerism link.

Dates Have Been Set: The 2002 Fall Public Policy Institute dates have been set for November 10-12 in Woodward. The Public Policy Institute is part of the Citizen Engagement Through Public Deliberation Extension Program. OCES partners with the Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation. OPPD is a partnership of statewide and regional organizations and groups that are interested in fostering citizen involvement in public decision making through public deliberation. OCES coordinates the partnership. Registration materials will be available after July 1. For more information, contact Sue Williams at 405-744-6825, or Renee Daugherty at 405-744-5776.

Bull Testing Schedule: The 2002-2003 central bull testing schedule for Oklahoma Beef, Inc., is now available through the Animal Science Extension office at OSU. Those interested in this can get a copy by calling 405-744-6060, or go to the OBI Web page at www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/OBI/ .

Condolences to: Sherry Grussing, TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, and her husband, David, on the death of her father-in-law, Warren Grussing. He passed away May 2. Funeral services were held May 6 at the First Presbyterian Church at Armstrong, Iowa.

Condolences to: Kim Anderson, Professor, Extension Grain Marketing Specialist, on the death of his father, Chester D. Anderson. He passed away May 4. Funeral services were held May 8 at the Checotah Church of Christ.

Condolences to: Carrol Belair, Nutrition Education Assistant, Kay County, on the death of her mother, Fredia Coffey. She passed away May 7. Funeral services were held May 9 in the chapel of Roberts and Son Funeral Home in Blackwell.

Personnel Actions

APPOINTMENTS

Jana L. Feken, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 5-13-02.

Bradley J. Bain, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County, effective 5-31-02.

Aaron L. Henson, Extension Educator, Ag/4-H Youth Development, Tillman County, effective 5-20-02.

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SEPARATION

Nakita D. Coe, Communications Specialist—50% FCS, effective 5-17-02.

Coming Events

May 18: State 4-H Trap and Skeet Shoot (El Reno)

May 18: State Hippology Contest (Shawnee)

May 23: OSU Turfgrass and Ornamentals Field Day (OBGA, Stillwater)

May 23: Northeast District CED Meeting (Muskogee)

May 24: Northeast District Area Specialist Agents Meeting (Muskogee)

May 28: In-Service—Core Curriculum: Level Two (Oklahoma City)

May 28: State 4-H Interviews (Stillwater)

May 29-31: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

June 3-8: Oklahoma Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp (Beaver’s Bend State Park)

June 4: Peach and Grape Field Day (Perkins)

June 6: Northwest District P-Card Training (Woodward)

June 7-9: Southwest District 4-H Horse Show (Lawton)

June 8: Northwest District 4-H Horse Show (Freedom)

June 13-15: CNEP Statewide In-Service (Stillwater)

June 13: 4-H Day at Big Splash (Tulsa)

June 18: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBA)

June 20: In-Service—Sugars and other Sweeteners (Stillwater)

June 20-22: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 22: Lane Field Day (Lane)

June 23-25: Oklahoma Pecan Growers’ Annual Meeting (Shangra La Resort)

June 25-26: Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers’ Conference (OSU-OKC)

June 27: Healthy Cooking—Quick and Easy (Duncan and Lawton)

June 28: In-Service—PowerPay (Watonga)

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