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August 18, 2013

OHCE members get energized at state meeting

NORMAN — Members of the Cleveland County Oklahoma Home and Community Education organization met recently in Norman for the group’s 78th state OHCE meeting.

Brenda Hill, Cleveland County Extension educator and county OHCE advisor, said she was excited with this year’s turnout of nearly 400 members.

“It is important for the group to get together annually so they can exchange ideas, learn new things at educational workshops and recognize the achievements of members over the past year,” Hill said.

Jorge Atiles, associate dean for Extension and Engagement and assistant director for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University, agrees.

“It’s exciting to see how our OHCE groups are moving forward and continuing to be the best they can be,” said Atiles, who also serves as the OHCE state advisor. “I always come out of this meeting reenergized and filled with such gratitude for being a part of this organization.”

OHCE members, Hill said, are extremely active in the communities in an effort to enhance the lives of Oklahoma families.

“I’m excited OHCE members have returned home full of new ideas to implement in their communities,” Hill said.

Pam Vaughan, OHCE president, said the conference went well and the group was excited to be at their new meeting location, the Embassy Suites in Norman, and enjoyed the educational workshops.

“Gayla Mosteller, our vice-president for programs, worked hard to schedule popular and interesting sessions,” Vaughan said. “Our members always seem intent on taking materials with them to use in programs in their own counties. What’s great is they tailor the programs to fit individual needs.”

Guest speaker Scout Cloud Lee, a former contestant on the television show “Survivor,” is an entrepreneur. She inspires each person to “catch the fire of their spirit.” She also is an author, storyteller, singer, songwriter, rancher and corporate executive who lives by the slogan “light the fire within.”

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