OHCE district meeting held in Durant

By Jessica Breger Staff writer jbreger@civitamedia.com

March 11, 2014

The annual Oklahoma Home and Community Education Southeast District Meeting was held in Durant this year celebrating 100 years of the Cooperative Extension Service.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System.

Cooperative Extension Service is a branch of the US Department of Agriculture which aims to use research based education to improve daily life.

The meeting was held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Durant, and hosted by Bryan, Carter, Johnston, Love and Marshal counties.

During the meeting, district awards were given. McCurtain County’s Pat Chapman won the OHCE Rookie Award.

McCurtain County’s Kathy Fentress won the Heart of OHCE Award and Bryan County’s Lynda Loftin won the OHCE Member Award.

Following the morning business meeting, guests enjoyed lunch and a performance by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Dancers recreating the life of a Choctaw male.

The dances included Raccoon Dance signifying children at play, stealing partners signifying courtship, the wedding dance, the snake dance signifying family and farming life, the four-step war dance and the walk dance signifying old age and death.

After the performance, guests broke off to attend one of several gardening, craft, nutrition and home improvement workshops.

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