OHCE members take top honors | Lifestyles

Nearly 270 Oklahoma Home and Community Education members from across the state gathered recently in Oklahoma City for the group’s annual statewide meeting.

Those attending from Cherokee County included Anna Hoseney, Kittie McBrayer, Susie Eden, Heather Eden, Sam Eden, Tommy McCollum, and Brooklynn Cookson. This year’s theme was “OHCE Lights the Pathway to Past, Present and Future.”

This statewide conference is a great way for members to get together to share ideas and update other groups about projects going on in their home county. OHCE groups across the state are dedicated to continuing education in all aspects of home and community life. Members work on a wide variety of projects that have a direct impact in their local area. Our state meeting is an opportunity to share our successes and learn about new things to try at home.

OHCE contributes to the communities by putting into practice research-based methods for improving family life. It offers participants an opportunity for self-development and for improvement of community interest and life.

One of the highlights of the conference is the recognition of award winners during a special Awards and Reports Ceremony. Cherokee County won the top honor of having the most award applications completed. Award winners from our county included Wilma Baldridge, Francine Ridenhour, Glenda McCollum, Ann Lamons, Susie Eden, and Heather Eden. These members received awards for many different projects completed during the past year.

Our hearts were heavy during the awards ceremony due to the passing of one of the most outstanding members and wonderful women I have ever worked with, Glenda McCollum. Glenda’s granddaughters accepted her awards along with her husband and OHCE member Tommy McCollum. The state meeting provides an opportunity to recognize those who have been…

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