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Vol. 8 – No. 4
February 22, 2008

Current Events

Open House is Today: Kiowa County Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting an open house today, Feb. 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to view the new facility at 302 N. Lincoln, Hobart, Okla. The new office is located at the Kiowa County Fairgrounds beside the Fair Exhibit Building.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pottawatomie County Educator Goes Online: Is Sonya McDaniel, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, the new Rachel Ray? McDaniel is partnering with the Shawnee News Star in an innovative effort to deliver Extension education online. She currently has two cooking demonstrations on the Internet that can be found at www.news-starextra.com/food. McDaniel said the newspaper is sponsoring all of the taping and editing, as well as paying for the demonstration food, Web site maintenance, and advertising. Two more videos will be added in March. Local 4-H’ers will be helping with an upcoming demonstration by making fun, simple “kid friendly” foods. She said if things continue to go well, the newspaper wants to continue every month.

Garcia to Service on National 4-H Task Force: Recia Garcia, Northwest District Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, and co-facilitator of the 40-plus member Family and Consumer Sciences impact program team “Healthy Oklahoma” (Food, Nutrition & Health) will serve a two-year term on a National 4-H Task Force. She has been invited to serve on the Task Force for the National 4-H Program mission mandate: Healthy Living. The national 4-H organization is investing significant time re-examining the program in relation to core mission mandates. The aim of the Healthy Living Task Force, staffed from both National 4-H Headquarters and National 4-H Council, is to:

  • Create an overall unifying definition of what Healthy Living broadly includes;
  • Establish philosophical standpoint and research base for programming;
  • Identify indicators and evaluation tools to measure impact in this area;
  • Work to identify and leverage funding and activities;
  • Create a five-year strategic plan.

Beginning February 2008, Garcia will be actively engaging in a two-year process of delineating the Healthy Living mission mandate requiring a minimum 5% commitment of time including two face-to-face meetings in Washington D.C., monthly conference calls, and sub-committee work related to specific tasks.

2010 Auction Results: OCES educators, state specialists, and administration joined forces at the DASNR/OCES Conference to raise funds to support the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents (OAEAA) in hosting the NACAA 2010 Conference in Tulsa.  The auctions, sponsored by OAE4-HA and OEAFCS, garnered 58 donated auction items which brought in a total of $2,446. Those volunteering to handle the logistics of the auction were: OCES retirees;  Mary Selk, Dottie Goss, Billie Chambers, Wayne Shearhart, and Curtis Richardson; Collegiate 4-H Members Kate Chambers and Emily Gregory; OCES staff Nathan Anderson, Jean Bailey, Bill Burton, Charles Cox, Debra Duncan, Recia Garcia, Patty Hood, Donna Jung, Joyce Martin, Tom Manske, Sonya McDaniel, Brenda Medlock, Brett Morris, David Nowlin, Jandra Pricer, Dea Rash, Mary Rhyne, Tom Royer, Radonna Sawatzky, Brenda Sheik, Kristy Spalding, Melanie Taylor, Alan Vandeventer, Mike Webber, and Kyle Worthington. A list of auctioned items, donors, and successful bidders can be found at http://fcs.okstate.edu/oeafcs/Documents/2010%20Auction.doc.

Workshop Presenters Needed for State 4-H Roundup: The 87th State 4-H Roundup will take place July 30-Aug. 1 on the OSU campus. Volunteers are needed to present educational workshops to youth ages 13 to 19. 4-H Roundup is an excellent recruitment tool for OSU.  State 4-H staff have surveyed the youth and a large majority of these individuals attend OSU because of their experiences while on campus attending Roundup.  The State 4-H Office has once again set a goal to have workshops from every department in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Branch, State 4-H Events and Activities Coordinator, at 405-744-8891.

Congratulations to: Mary Howell, DASNR Ag Research and Extension Office, OSU, on the birth of her grandson. Kason Earl Skaggs was born Dec. 27, 2007, weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18 ½ inches long.

Congratulations to: Gina Riddle, Pontotoc County secretary, and her husband, Jeremy, on the birth of their son. Jax Daniel was born Jan. 25, weighed 10 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Jax joins his sister, Jersey, 7, and brother, Brennon, 3.

Congratulations to: Alyson Weathers, Lincoln County NEA, and her husband, Cody, on the birth of their daughter. Stormy Renee was born Jan. 27, weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Congratulations to: Bridget Paxton, Secretary, Pushmataha County, on the birth of her grandson. Griffin Clay Dyer was born Feb. 20, weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Jennifer L. Tresslar, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 2-4-08

Megan L. Logan, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Seminole County, effective 2-6-08

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations/Retirements

None to report

COMING EVENTS

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

March 2: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Oklahoma City)

March 12-15: Kansas City 4-H Global Conference (Kansas City, Mo.)

March 17: OSU at OYE (Oklahoma City)

March 18: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (LeFlore County)

March 25: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Tulsa)

March 26: Cedar Eradication and Utilization Plus Brush Control (Holdenville)

March 29: Southeast District Horsemanship Clinic (McAlester)

March 29-April 3: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

April 1: Record Book Awards Applications due by noon (Stillwater)

April 2: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 3: Southeast District Speech Contest (McAlester)

April 3: Record Book Awards Applications Judging (Stillwater)

April 5: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Ponca City)

April 5: Enid Area Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day (Enid)

April 5: Southwest District Meats Judging (Duncan)

April 9-11: OEAFCS Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

April 12: Northwest District 4-H Meats Contest (Enid)

April 26: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest, Air Rifle and Archery (McAlester)

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