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Vol. 4 – No. 2
January 30, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS

Calendar Item: Extension Supporters Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, April 6, 2004. Please place this date on your calendar. We appreciate your past support and look forward to your participation in making this event a successful one again this year. Please begin now making contact with your Extension volunteers and 4-H’ers asking for their commitment to attend this important event with you on Tuesday, April 6. As soon as the State Advisory Council completes the planning process, we will forward more detailed information to you.

 President Schmidly Hosting Town Meetings: As part of OSU’s strategic planning process, President Schmidly will be hosting a series of town meetings during the month of February.  The events include:

Tuesday, February 17               Tulsa                          6:30 – 8:00 p.m.                       (location TBA)

Monday, February 23               Oklahoma City            7:00 – 8:30 p.m.                       (location TBA)

Thursday, February 26 Stillwater                     6:30 – 8:00 p.m.                       (location TBA)

PLEASE NOTE:  The February 26 event will be simulcast to a number of locations across the state.  We have been asked to help publicize these locations and to help invite participants.  The expected locations are Altus, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Elk City, El Reno, Enid, Goodwell, Hugo, Lawton, McAlester, Miami, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Ponca City, and Woodward.

We will have additional information to you, hopefully early next week, concerning the details.  I would ask that you utilize newsletters, newspaper columns, radio interviews, etc. to help get the word out.  Also, the President has asked if you might send letters to key leaders.  We will provide a suggested draft letter for you to use.

Over the last week, several of you have helped set up some of these locations – thanks much for those efforts.  Your responsiveness has been much appreciated – we have had several very positive remarks.  This is a great opportunity to show that we are an important part of the OSU System and that through your efforts, we touch lives throughout Oklahoma.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OEAFCS Annual Meeting: The Oklahoma Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences will have its annual meeting April 14-16 in Oklahoma City. The FCS Impact Teams will meet April 14 at the Oklahoma County Extension Office. For more information contact Micah Treadwell at 580-335-2515.

 Sharing the Warmth: The Washington County 4-H officer team collected more than 100 winter coats that were donated to Mary Martha Outreach in Bartlesville. The coats were disturbed to the less fortunate.

 ESP Has New Officers: The 2004-2005 officers for the Oklahoma Omicron Nu chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi are Charles Cox, president; Keith Boevers, vice president; Dana Baldwin, secretary; Loveta Hammond, treasurer; Ted Evick, director, Southeast District; Lynda Latta, director, Northwest District; Brenda Miller, director, Northeast District; and Pam Varner, director, Southwest District.

 Oklahoma State Fair: September 14 is the date for 4-H entries and judging at the Oklahoma State Fair. Counties need to note that this new date may conflict with their county fair dates. If a county needs to switch the fair to which they take their 4-H Exhibits, they should complete the form in the "State Fair Resource Notebook” and return it to Kevin Hackett by July 1, 2004. Exhibits may be picked up on September 27.

State Fair 4-H Classes Mailed: The 2004 State Fair 4-H Classes were mailed January 26. County Educators who did not receive this should contact Kevin Hackett, Northwest District 4-H Program Specialist, at 580-233-5295, or email at hacketk@okstate.edu. The information also is available on the 4-H Web site at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/.

 Manual Available: The “Small Gas Engines Volunteers Manual” is now available for people who use cut-away engines. For more information contact Harry Field at 405-744-8424.

 Congratulations to: Karla Jodoin, Communications Specialist, Tulsa County, and her husband, Jeff, on the birth of their son. Carter Forrest Jodoin was born January 17. He weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long.

 Condolences to: Janice Curtis, retired Carter County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the death of her mother, Betty Meridith. She passed away December 7. Graveside services were held on December 10 at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the MCM Food Pantry, First Presbyterian Church, 5000 W. Broadway, Muskogee, OK  74401.

 Condolences to: The family of Ed Gregory, a 35-year veteran of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. He passed away January 22. A memorial service was held January 26 at the New Covenant Christian Church in Oklahoma City. He served as an Extension Educator in Stephens and Oklahoma counties, and as District Director for the Central District of Cooperative Extension. Memorials may be made to the OSU Foundation, Stillwater, or the Alzheimer's Association, Oklahoma Chapter, in Oklahoma City.

COLLEGE CORNER

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Carolyn S. Clifton, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Okmulgee County, effective 1-12-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Jason P. Hollenback, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Delaware County, effective 1-5-04 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

 Justin T. McDaniel, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pontotoc County, effective 1-5-04, (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Coal County)

Joe L. Benton, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pottawatomie County, effective 2-16-04 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Cleveland County)

 Amy Bull, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 2-16-04 (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Washington County)

 Marty G. New, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, effective 3-1-04 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and interim CED, Noble County)

Separations

None to report.

COMING EVENTS

January 31: Southeast District Share-the-Fun (McAlester)

January 31: Dewey County Shooting Sports Contest (Taloga)

February 4: Adopting Healthy Behaviors (Oklahoma City)

February 5: Oklahoma Volunteer Management System Update and Introduction of Oklahoma Club Management System (Fairview)

February 6: Beef Cooking School (Fairview)

February 6: Carnegie Cotton Conference (Carnegie)

February 7: 4-H Day at a Cowgirls Game (Stillwater)

February 7: Northwest District Winter Shooting Sports Contest (Woodward)

February 14: OSU Horse Judging School (Stillwater)

February 17: Oklahoma Volunteer Management System Update and Introduction of Oklahoma Club Management System (McAlester)

February 18: Beef Cooking School (McAlester)

February 18: Family Economic Well-Being Basic Training: Module 3 – Taxes, Retirement Planning, and Estate Planning – CORE (McAlester)

February 18: Junior Master Gardener Program (McAlester)

March 5: 1st Annual OSU Horse Show Judges Workshop (Stillwater)

March 6: OSU Youth Trail Class Clinic (Stillwater)

March 15: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Durant)

March 16: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Norman)

March 17-20: Kansas City 4-H Global Conference (Kansas City)

March 18: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Muskogee)

March 25: Pesticide Mode of Action In-Service (Norman)

March 27: Southeast District Zoo Snooze and Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

March 27: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Guymon)

March 27: State 4-H Hippology Contest (Stillwater)

 

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