Special to the Reporter

Delegates from the Dinosaur Valley Extension Education Club recently attended the Texas Extension Education Association, or TEEA, state conference held in Wichita Falls.

The theme for this year was “Fly Away with TEEA.” Delegates Janelle Gartrell, Billie Jean Pickens and Alice Lance attended education workshops, state officer elections, bylaw changes, awards to the Honor Roll of Counties and Education Programs, “Traveling Awards" and installation of new state officers and district directors.

Education programs available to the community this year included “Don’t Be a Target for Medicare Fraud,” “Connecting Generation” Part 2, and “Laughter As a Natural Resource.” The leadership education program was “Creating a Vision and Establishing Goals” and a program for county clubs was “Engaging Members — Let go Your Lego.” Also, a craft program that can be demonstrated to the community was presented.

Presentation was made of the total amount of dollar and time donated to scholarships (4-H members, alumni and adult TEEA members), support to the 4-H Center in Brownwood and free education programs and services to communities and organizations in the total amount of $5,867,621.71. The “Honor Roll of Counties” and “Program Award” go to the county (ies) in each of the 12 districts that provide the most volunteer hours and the most educational programs in the previous year.

District 8 also received the “Traveling Award” for the fourth year in a row and will be on display at the County Extension Office for the next year when engraving is completed. This award is given to the district with the most members to attend the conference.

Recognition was also given to the four alumni Young Adult scholarships, the 12 district State 4-H scholarships, the two Adult Career scholarships, first timers at the conference, members longer than 50 years, clubs established longer than 50 years, the Texas Treasure Award and the Leadership Award.

Officers from last year's election were installed, with Janelle Gartrell serving as the new District Director for District 8. Somervell County is one of eleven counties in the district.

The TEEA first came about in 1912, when the first Texas home demonstration agent was appointed. The organization has grown from teaching young farm girls how to grow, prepare and can tomatoes to providing education, leadership and community service to its communities under the County Family Consumer & Science Agent. TEEA works hand in hand with the 4-H program, county extension agent and the Texas A&M System.

For more information on help with community service projects or education needs in the Somervell County area, please contact Josh Blanek at the Somervell County Extension Office, 897-2809 or 897-2289.