Group promotes family stability in Canadian County

Commissioners proclaim ‘Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week’

Canadian County Commissioners Jack Stewart, Marc Hader and Dave Anderson present a proclamation declaring May 2-8 as “Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week” in Canadian County. Canadian County’s OHCE members attended the weekly county commissioners’ meeting May 3 to accept the proclamation and present home-baked goodies to the commissioners. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A group of Canadian County women working to protect the stability of families is being recognized this week.

Ten Canadian County members of Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) attended the May 3rd Canadian County Commissioners’ meeting to accept a proclamation declaring May 2-8 as “OHCE Week.”

Canadian County District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader

“The family is the building block of our society and culture,” District 1 County Commissioner Marc Hader said. “It’s been ‘under assault’ for some time.

“I appreciate you ‘keeping the faith’ and trying to instill great values and ethics into future generations.”

Canadian County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart read the proclamation during the weekly commissioners’ meeting, calling the OHCE’s work a “noble endeavor.”

“We believe the family is the catalyst of our society,” Stewart said, “and the stability of the family is the primary purpose of society.”

OHCE strives to focus on “significant betterment of strong family life” in communities across Oklahoma, according to the official proclamation.

Members statewide “stand for the responsibility to safeguard the primary ideals for family life,” Chairman Stewart read.

74,855 MASKS!

The statewide OHCE organization is being honored for its efforts to “flatten the curve” during the COVID-19 crisis in Oklahoma.

Sharing their talents and sewing skills – along with donated fabric – members volunteered more than 73,427 hours of their time to create some 74,855 personal protective masks for the safety of fellow citizens.

“That’s more than one per hour, at that rate,” noted Stewart, the District 3 county commissioner.

OHCE members on May 3 presented the three county commissioners with some home-baked goodies for their support.

“Thank you, ladies, for all the work that you do for the county, and the treats that you bring each year,” District 2 County Commissioner Dave Anderson said. “It’s been a long year for all of us, and I’m glad to see that we’re finally moving in a positive direction.”

OHCE partners with the OSU Cooperative Extension Service to deliver science-based programs and resources to Oklahomans.

Donna Jung, Canadian County’s longtime family and consumer sciences’ extension advisor, was among OHCE members attending the May 3rd meeting.


In other business at the Monday morning meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Hiring Lawn Professionals to provide landscaping services for the Canadian County Administration Office and courthouse in El Reno. Three companies submitted quotes with Lawn Professionals having the lowest overall price.
  • An interlocal agreement between District 1 and the City of Piedmont to grind up a couple miles of chip seal roads to prepare for an overlay.
  • A resolution naming Chesapeake Lane Northeast for 9-1-1 purposes. This is an unincorporated private road in a new development on an 80-acre tract near Piedmont in District 1.
  • Transferring a 2004 Ford F150 XLT pickup from the county children’s justice center to the county free fair department. Commissioner Anderson said this pickup is a “well-traveled vehicle,” having been transferred previously from free fair to the county assessor to District 2 and to the maintenance department.
  • Acknowledging the recent retirement of a German Shepherd drug dog from the county’s juvenile center.
  • An agreement for three Canadian County sheriff’s deputies to provide uniformed security services on Canadian Valley Technology Center campuses in fiscal year 2022. The sheriff’s department previously provided two deputies to CV Tech, but this will be increased due to expansion of the Cowan Campus at S.W. 15th and Czech Hall Road.

Undersheriff Kevin Ward presented the weekly Canadian County Jail report showing 242 inmates in custody, with 191 in-house and 51 in other county jails. Some 21 inmates await transfer to the state Department of Corrections.