Grady County's Oklahoma Home and Community Education group took time during their Fall Council to give the floor to Lenora Winkler, whose son, Jordan Winkler, lost his life in Iraq.
Lenora received a "Home of the Brave" quilt from OHCE. She read poetry about her son to the group, who had gathered in the Grady County Fair Grounds Community Room on Oct. 22. A standing ovation was their response.
This exchange took place during the last council meeting of the year, before OHCE celebrates 100 years of opening their hearts to the community, one stitch at a time, on May 8, 2014.
Joyce Stockton, Rural Neighbors OHCE, announced that 100 lap robes had been delivered to veterans and that more would be on their way soon.
Not just confined to cloth, OHCE has lent support to the community in other ways. Willie Jackson, OHCE, announced that over 1,300 pieces of fruit had been given to the needy during their "drive by fruiting." Extending a helping hand worldwide, over $270 was raised for their "Water for All" program.
For the youngest community members in Grady County, OHCE has embarked on their statewide project, "Raising Young Readers." OHCE members visited nine classrooms around the county to read to students, provide a story related snack and provide books for the children to enjoy.
One of OHCE's opportunity's to shine, the Grady County Fair, was a great success for the group.
Shirley Burns announced that 91 "Down Home Cookin'" cookbooks were sold at the fair. The cookbook is still selling at a regular pace and the printer can hardly keep up, Burns said.
OHCE did face some challenges in the kitchen at the Fair, Kathy Stidham, Lucille-Blue Bonnet OHCE, said. There were not as many volunteers this year, but the members of OHCE–and some enlisted family help–still sold over 1,500 Indian tacos. This was just ten short of last year as well as closing an hour earlier than last year's fair.
This year's Fall Council theme was "Hee Haw." Some members opted to dress in the classic television show's trademark farmer duds. Pat King, Lucille-Blue Bonnet OHCE, led the decked out members in a few ditties from Hee Haw.
The craft show, which will take place on Nov. 15 and 16 at the Grady County Fairgrounds, was discussed. Stidham said that the construction at the Grady County Fairgrounds will require some alternate parking, such as using the west side of the building, rather than the more commonly used east side. More info to come.
Susan Routh, OSU Extension Educator congratulated Grady County OHCE on their success with their programs this year.
The OHCE Winter Council meeting will be Jan. 28, 2014.