Canadian County group honored for promoting family stability

‘Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week’ declared

Canadian County Commissioners Marc Hader, Dave Anderson and Jack Stewart (back row) present a proclamation declaring May 1-7 as “Oklahoma Home and Community Education Week” in Canadian County. Canadian County’s OHCE members attended the weekly county commissioners’ meeting May 2 to accept the proclamation and present home-baked goodies and snacks to the commissioners. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Armed with a copious collection of yummy home-baked goodies and snacks, a group of Canadian County women was honored May 3 for protecting family stability.

The mouths of the three Canadian County commissioners were watering at Monday’s weekly meeting when Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) members arrived to present their admired annual gifts as a “thank you” for the county’s steadfast support.

It was all part of a time-tested tradition that occurs each year during OHCE Week in Canadian County, so declared by official proclamation May 1-7.

Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson read aloud the proclamation, which acknowledged the efforts of local OHCE members to preserve families as the “catalyst” of today’s society.

“The stability of the family is the primary purpose of society,” Anderson said. “Oklahoma Home and Community Education is a strong influence.”

Anderson and fellow county commissioners Marc Hader and Jack Stewart heaped praise on the group.

“Marc, Jack and I look forward to this day each year,” he said. “We have always appreciated the gifts that are brought.”

OHCE members covered the conference table with their tasty love offering at the May 3rd commissioners’ meeting inside the Canadian County Administration Building, 201 N Choctaw.

“We would be willing to proclaim it more than once a year,” Commissioner Stewart said, prompting hearty laughter from the audience.



Donna Jung, Canadian County’s longtime family and consumer sciences’ extension advisor, was among eight OHCE members attending Monday morning’s meeting.

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

The organization strives to continue to focus on “significant betterment of strong family life for communities across our state” through this agreement, according to the Canadian County resolution.

“I appreciate the values of you ladies and the things we share,” Commissioner Hader told the group. “While we’re a fast-growing county and we’re large in population, this county has kept its faith and work ethic in place.

“You symbolize a lot of the ‘passing on’ (of family values) from one generation to the next.”