The Osage County Oklahoma Home Community Education (OHCE) clubs gathered recently to install new officers, enjoy mini workshops, and consider means of expanding their membership numbers.
Clubs represented were Burbank, Sand Creek (Pawhuska, Bartlesville, and Wynona), and the Fairfax DoBees.
Attending from Burbank were Haley Lessert, Thomasine McWilliams, Minnie Moore, JoAnn Rowe, and Renee Weyl. Sand Creek attendees included Dee Chambers, Randy Fuqua, Frances Quillin, Cynthia Rowe, Anita Springer, Lakita Tanner, and Frances Gardner. Representing the DoBees were Gladys Buechler, Teresa Robertson, Sharon Thomason, and Charlene Wilson. Special guests were Stephanie Tanner, Jessica Jantzen, Tina Avallone, Wanda Worley, and Kathryn Swan.
Outgoing President Renee Weyl said, "OHCE is a strong advocate of community education, such as nutrition, promoting better use of our environment and better living conditions for all."
Osage County’s OHCE was federated in May of 1934. Their motto is, "Service before self, for the good of the community." The OHCE is a strong advocate of America’s military. Sand Creek members Randy Fuqua and Anita Springer are actively involved with the ‘Quilts of Valor’ program. "Now in its third year, the ‘Quilts of Valor’ program has provided over 500 hand-pieced quilts to military personnel, said Springer.
During lunch, members and guests were invited to tell a little bit about themselves. DoBees member Gladys Buechler was recognized as a 50-year member. At 95 years young, Sand Creek member Frances Gardner has initiated numerous OHCE community-service projects, including ‘Boo Boo Bears’ for hospitalized children, Tooth Fairy pillows, and Christmas stockings for December newborns. She also appeared in two recent movies.
Mini workshops were conducted by Stephanie Tanner and Sharon Thomason. Tanner demonstrated how to make an all-natural expulsion, using coarse ground sea salt and baby oil jell. Thomason demonstrated how to make a creamy hand lotion, using Vitamin E, baby lotion and Vaseline. Recipes for both are included.
Tina Avallone of Tallgrass Prairie Flowers & More judged table decorations provided by the three OHCE clubs. She complemented each group for their different interpretations and creative use of materials and in keeping with the holiday season. In announcing the Burbank Club as the winner, Avallone said, "I loved how you paid attention to the current trends, your symmetry and attention to detail. Burlap is very popular. I particularly loved how you decorated the back of each chair with burlap ribbon and holiday sprigs."
Wyle announced a brass plaque will be on display at the OSU Extension Office and will feature the name of this and subsequent Table Decoration winners.
Dee Chambers of Sand Creek was installed as President and Renee Weyl of Burbank as Treasurer for the OHCE Osage County Council. Other Council officers are Vice President Anita Springer of Sand Creek, and Secretary Lakita Tanner of Sand Creek.
"OHCE fills the void created when public schools did away with Home Economics," Chamber noted. "We cover a lot of education topics, including sewing, cooking and canning."
Wyle added, "Canning has changed over the years. OHCE keeps up to date on the latest trends and offers tips to our members. Many of these tips are available through Pawhuska’s OSU Extension office at no cost to the public."
Both Chambers and Wyle encourage anyone interested in learning more about OHCE to contact Jessica Jantzen or Will Cubbage at the OSU Extension office. Call 918-287-4170 or visit the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 108 E. 7th in Pawhuska.