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Vol. 7 – No. 25
December 14, 2007

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Season’s Greetings: I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a safe and Happy Holiday Season as this will be our last newsletter for 2007. Thank you to each of you for the work you have done on behalf of Extension throughout the past year. I look forward to another great year in 2008 and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

                                                                                                                                   Jim Trapp

Current Events

Extension Conference Registration Deadline is Today: Avoid the post-holiday crush of too many activities that got put off for Christmas. Get online at http://orangehub.okstate.edu and register now for January’s OCES Conference in Stillwater. It is more than just professional development and skill building, it is a fun way to get connected, develop working relationships with fellow professionals who are more than just names in a phone book, and see how what you do is important to total Division efforts related to teaching, research, and extension. It is an opportunity to meet and interact with people engaged in solving cutting-edge issues facing society, such as the featured first-day speaker, Dr. Steve Van Wie, a veterinarian who responded to the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom, witnessed firsthand the consequences of disease control efforts, and now works with producers across the nation on ways to survive an unexpected and devastating bio-disaster. In-depth information on the tentative agenda, concurrent sessions and registration fee was sent to you by e-mail this week. If you did not receive such, please contact the Staff and Program Development Office at 405-744-7969. Remember, the deadline to register is today, Dec. 14.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hotline for Uninsured Ice Storm Damage: The Oklahoma Emergency Management Department has set up a toll free number for residents and business owners who have uninsured ice storm damage. Those calling in will help state officials identify and document the need for federal individual assistance as a result of the recent devastating ice storm.  The call center is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The number is (866) 560-7584.

Important Dates: Please put the following important dates on your calendar:

April 2, 2008, 4-H Day at the Capitol

April 22, 2008, DASNR Day at the Capitol.

New Address: The Kiowa County OSU Extension Office has moved.  The new address is 302 N. Lincoln, Hobart, OK 73651. Telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Condolences to: Bill Stacey, Northeast District Director, and his wife, Mary, on the death of his father-in-law. John J. Gleese passed away Dec. 6. Funeral services took place Dec. 10. Condolence cards may be sent to Bill and Mary at 201 Gladd Road, Fort Gibson, OK  74434.

Condolences to: Chad Webb, Noble County Extension Educator, Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, and his wife, Robin, on the death of his father-in-law. Kenneth Schuster passed away Dec. 9. Funeral services took place Dec. 13 at the Methodist Church in Mangum. Condolence cards may be sent to Chad and Robin at 309 N. 10th St., Perry, OK  73077.

AWARDS

Edwards Honored: Jeff Edwards, Extension Small Grains Specialist, was honored as “The Wheat Promoter of the Year” during the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association 2007 Annual Convention and Trade Show. He was recognized for his efforts in promoting the wheat industry in Oklahoma.

4-H Volunteer Leader Receives National Honor: Brad James, a 4-H volunteer leader in Texas County, recently received the Gold-Level Presidential Service Award for volunteerism for his service to the nation’s youth. This is the highest award level a person can achieve through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. In addition, he received the Lifetime Presidential Service Award for Volunteerism due to giving more than 16,000 hours to the 4-H program. He received his awards in a ceremony that took place in Washington, D.C. James has served for more than 20 years as a volunteer in the 4-H program, including the last 13 as an organizational leader. He is a state certified shooing sports trainer in both the archery and air-rifle disciplines. He has assisted with livestock judging and leadership, as well as citizenship activities such as the Ronald McDonald Campaign, Relay for Life, and many more. He is the husband of Arlene James, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Texas County. All three of their children were active in the 4-H program, and even though the children have graduated, his volunteer contributions continue.


PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

J. Terry Pitts, Area Extension Specialist, IPM, Southwest District, effective 12-3-07 

Ryan J Sproul, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Kay County, effective         12-17-07

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations/Retirements

Lisa D. Saxon, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Seminole County, effective 12-31-07

Sarah L. Kimball, Asst. Extension Specialist, Ag Economics, effective 1-2-08

COMING EVENTS

December 14-15: 4-H Teen Lock-In (Ada)

January 9-13: Denver Western Roundup (Denver, Colo.)

January 12: 4-H Mall Day (Enid)

January 19: North Central 4-H Parent and Volunteer Conference (Ponca City)

January 22-24: OCES Conference (Stillwater)

January 30: Northwest District Livestock Judging Contest (Enid)

February 2: Southwest District 4-H Parent/Volunteer Conference (Lawton)

February 2: Southeast District Share-the-Fun (Konawa)

February 18: 4-H Teen Action and Growth (TAG) Training (Oklahoma City)

February 22: Southeast District Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

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