Local Extension Education Club honored at convention

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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ATTEND CONVENTION - Members who attended the Texas Extension Education Association State Convention in Temple were (from left) Dixie Range, Extension Agent Tanya Davis, Bobbie Ashley and Linda Hood. Submitted photo

Wise County Extension Education Clubs were represented at the annual (Texas Extension Education Association) State Convention in Temple Sept. 13-15 by Bobbie Ashley, Linda Hood and Dixie Range of the Greenwood Extension Education Club. “TEEA, A Wildflower Bouquet” was the theme of the three-day conference.

Receiving special recognition at the first general session was Wilema England from the Greenwood EE club for her 60-year membership in the Texas Extension Education Association, and the Greenwood Extension Education Club received a special tribute for making a difference for 83 years in the community of Greenwood.

Despite only having one club, Wise County was named District 3’s Outstanding County during the Honor Roll of Counties report due to the efforts and report of the Greenwood Club. The Honor Roll of Counties reflects the volunteer work that clubs have done in their community service projects during the past year, and it’s a tribute to the dedication of the Greenwood EE members.

Delegates also gained information on educational programs that will be used in their local Extension Education clubs during the next year. Topics included: “Hunger the New Face In Town,” “Who’s Got the Power” and “Wind.” These programs will spread across Texas by TEEA members who carry this information to their local communities. Special health issues of rural area women were emphasized through a pink party where discussion and actions were outlined to help educate these communities in breast cancer awareness activities through local TEEA clubs.

Texas TEEA includes more than 7,000 members. The group’s mission is to work with Texas AgriLife Extension to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development and community service.

The new year for Extension Education clubs begins soon, and new members are welcome. Clubs currently formed are the Greenwood and Oak Grove EE clubs. As an EE member, you make new friends, participate in fun, fellowship and educational programs. Extension Education Clubs are managed through the County Extension office. Families are the heart of the community, and educational programs serving the needs of Wise County families are at the heart of the work carried out through the Extension program.

Membership is open to any adult regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. Annual membership dues are $7. If you are interested in joining, please call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 for specific dates and times of club meetings.

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