Rogers County Home and Community Education Group (OHCE) has zoomed into 2021 with a full schedule of meetings, workshops, projects and activities planned for the new year. Members are slowly coming back after a year of cancellation with determination to continue their worthwhile causes. Not that they weren't busy in 2020 making from four to five thousand masks with most of them being given away. With dwindling funds because of the lesser activities OHCE was still able to keep their commitment of awarding college scholarships to family members.
Executive meetings for the county resumed in February with new president Marsha Bacon taking the gavel. The meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at the Rogers County building. The six local groups hold separate meeting throughout the month. Members also attended Zoom meetings that offered state training from OSU and an award meeting from the NE district of OHCE. Online auctions were held as well as door prize drawings. Rogers County's member Wanda Clifton won the main prize of $100.
Annual awards for Rogers County were presented on March 9th in person at a scaled back non-banquet banquet. Oowala member Beulah Haynes read her Life Essay entitile "Memories." Cheryl Ragan's story "Bullet and a Birth" was read by Night-Timers member Virginia Ashbrook. Members of five, ten, fifteen and thirty-five years received recognition and a certificate. Carolyn Dormier of Holiday Hills won the Secretary of the Year Award and received an engraved pen. New officers for the group were installed by Educator Penny King. They are Marsha Bacon President, Carolynn Roberts Vice-President, and Mary Bacon Vice-President elect.
Members registered for the North East District meeting met on March 16th at the Rogers County building to take part in the zoom meeting as a group. They received goodie bags and several small craft projects to work on as the demonstration was presented online. Rogers County Members of the year received recognition as district awards were announced for each category. They are Carolyn Dormier Rookie Member, Euvah Bryant heart of OHCE, and Glenda Payne as OHCE Member of the year. Carolyn and Euvah are members of the Holiday Hills group and Glenda, past president of the county, is in the Oowala Group.
The major award of the Hattie Dugone Memorial Award was presented to Shelia Burnett of Holiday Hills group. This award was established by the family of Hattie Jones Dugone to recognize an outstanding member according to their commitment to Leadership, Service, and Education and is a monetary prize.
At the March Executive meeting held on March 17th some of the plans and projects for 2021 were scheduled. A workshop making fidget mats for area nursing homes will be held on April 27th, 10 a.m. at the Rogers County Building. These mats are made with accessories such as zippers, buttons, and textures to occupy the elderly as they age. The public is invited to attend and bring a sewing machine if possible. Others will be designing, cutting, ironing and packaging the mats to be distributed in the Rogers County Area.
The Holidays on Parade fun day is being planned for the fall. It is usually held the first week in May which is deemed OHCE week. This year instead a smaller craft day will take place on May 4th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Rogers County building. The cost is five dollars per person and will include all supplies and a baked potato with trimming lunch. The event is open to all. Reservations can be made by calling the OSU Extension Staff in the county courthouse at 918-923-4958.
The next meeting will be held Wednesday April 21st. A workshop to make pillowcases for kids with cancer is scheduled July 27th. Plan are to have a Barn Quilt painting day in June. Stay tuned for details on how to be a part of this fun happening.