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INTERNET ADDRESS FOR FCCLA — www.okfccla.org AUGUST 2003 2003 Rookie Camp Provides Basic Training for Future Success Oklahomans Score Big in Philadelphia Sound off 1,2. . . sound off 3,4 . . . count it on down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Twenty-nine of Oklahoma’s newest FCCLA members spent two days learning about FCCLA and its many opportunities at the 2003 Rookie Camp. The “basic training” included knowledge of FCCLA national projects, training on etiquette and self-esteem, and many activities designed to strengthen communication skills and teamwork. Four campers were chosen to speak at the “Troop Salute” banquet. State officers Ambia Cail, Jesseca Thomas, Jordan Carter and Jessica Sabedra led the troops. Campers also donated items to the Ronald McDonald House. A graduation ceremony ended the camp session. Representatives from the following schools attended the 2003 camp and can serve as speakers for district leadership meetings and provide inside information on the many activities: Alex, Aline-Cleo, Bray-Doyle, Broken Bow, Canton, Chandler, Chisholm, Edmond Memorial, Jenks, Keota, Lone Grove, Oologah, Sterling, Tushka, Valliant and Wright City. If you are interested in attending the 2004 Rookie Camp, registration forms are available on the Oklahoma FCCLA Web site at okfccla.org. For the second year in a row, several Oklahomans received prestigious awards at the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting in Philadelphia. Charla Matthews and Anthony Pettus received the Alumni Achievement award. This award is given to a person who, as a student, was a member of an FCCLA, FHA/HERO, or New Homemakers of America chapter and, who, in adult life, has exemplified the mission and purposes of FCCLA. Charla served as a state and national FHA/HERO officer while in high school. She has been a member of the Oklahoma Alumni and Associates Board and was the director of Rookie Camp for two years. Charla teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at Edmond Memorial High School. Anthony served as the first male state president of the Oklahoma association in 1995. He currently is working as an account manager. continued on page 11 1 Operation: Read That Book! Oklahoma FCCLA chapters have the opportunity to participate in a new initiative adopted by First Lady Kim Henry, which focuses on early childhood. The project is to help children be successful in school. This effort will complement the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, which has been signed into legislation by the Governor. FCCLA chapter members can develop community service projects that incorporate reading to children, teaching English as a Second Language, or tutoring. Chapters can also work with local doctors and health care professionals to provide books for children during wellness visits. The First Lady will be visiting the 14 “Success by Six” communities in September and October. The 14 communities/coalitions on the tour include Ada, Bartlesville, Durant, Enid, Guthrie, Lawton, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Shawnee, Stillwater, and Tulsa Co. If your community or coalition of communities is interested in becoming a “Success by Six” Community, contact Bobbie Rogers, central region program specialist, at 405-743-5466. lying ics Bul Bas Last December Oklahoma FCCLA was awarded a $3,000 national STOP the Violence grant to produce a video showing three scenes about bullying. The 2002-2003 State Officers researched the information, helped write the scripts and acted in the video. The video, scheduled to be finished by summer conference, will be distributed to the advisers for use in their chapters this fall. Lights, Camera, Actio n! 2 Action for Healthy Oklahoma Kids Begins Children’s Nutrition and Fitness Push Health care professionals face an alarming trend of obesity and overweight in children and adolescents that could lead to long-term poor health consequences caused by poor eating and physical activity patterns. Today, there are more than twice as many overweight children and almost three times as many overweight adolescents as in 1980, say officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). “According to the 2001 Surgeon General's Call to Action, overweight issues among children and adolescents are generally caused by lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these two behaviors,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Leslie Beitsch. A state initiative has been formed to mirror the national Action for Healthy Kids initiative that seeks to improve the health of children by creating healthier school environments. The state counterpart, Action for Healthy Oklahoma Kids (AHOK), was formed to strategize and implement programs that will help reduce obesity among Oklahoma children. AHOK maintains an expert panel that is available to speak at formal and informal community events, conferences, workshops, PTA/PTO meetings and other forums to explain ways that parents and concerned citizens can improve nutrition and physical activity in schools. Co-chairs of the AHOK initiative are OSDH Director of Child and Adolescent Health Division Beth Ramos, and Judy Duncan, health and physical education coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The AHOK team members represent a variety of health, education, fitness and nutrition organizations throughout the state. FCCLA is the only student organization that is a team member at the national and state levels. AHOK adopted the following Healthy Schools Summit Commitment to Change goals for the state initiative: * To provide age-appropriate and culturally sensitive instruction in health education and physical education that helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors to adopt, maintain and enjoy healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. * To provide food options that are low in fat, calories and added sugars, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy foods. * To encourage the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by the school and/or community-based organizations outside of school hours. “To accomplish these goals, AHOK will address the fundamental need to incorporate nutrition and physical education within the school environment. Components of the AHOK campaign include a broad media campaign, public education, and the development of a pilot program in selected elementary schools,” Beitsch said. For further information about AHOK, visit this Web site: www.actionforhealthykids.com or contact the OSDH Child and Adolescent Health Division at 405/271-4471. 3 Oklahoma Alumni and Associates Wants You . . . “FCCLA Wants You . . . Accept the Challenge” was the theme for the FCCLA national leadership meeting in Philadelphia. Oklahoma Alumni and Associates challenge by Cheryl Lively you to join OAA and become active in an organization that seeks to fulfill many goals and purposes, including: • Uniting former FHA, HERO, and FCCLA members and others interested in promoting a strong bond between the community and FCCLA; • Raising the visibility and promotion of FCCLA and FACS education; • Supporting and promoting FCCLA chapters and FACS education on its many levels; and • Cooperating with the Oklahoma Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and the national association. The Oklahoma Alumni and Associates Board of Directors include DeAnn Pence, Karin Warfield, Erin Grim, Dr. Neveleen Selmat, Patricia Hudson, Trudy Waggoner, Robin Morris, Bill Biard, Brenda Brixey and Cheryl Lively. We have accepted the challenge, and with your support, we will continue programs such as Rookie Camp, annual Alumni and Associates Scholarships, and other state FCCLA projects. With your active involvement, we will be able to serve the Oklahoma Association of FCCLA. There are three types of membership in the organization: Alumni membership, Associate membership and Lifetime Membership. Alumni membership is open to former FCCLA members, FHA members and NHA members. Associate membership includes current and former FCCLA, FHA, NHA, or HERO chapter advisors, individuals from the community and community organizations, and profitable organizations and businesses that wish to support FCCLA. Lifetime membership is available for those who wish to make a more substantial contribution to the organization. Accept the Challenge How about it? Are you ready to accept the challenge? 4 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS State President Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Dacia Brooks and I am honored and excited to have the privilege of serving as your 2003-2004 State President. I am a 17-year-old senior at Bray-Doyle High School where I am active in track, FCA, National Honor Society, Oklahoma Honor Society, and, of course, FCCLA. Peter J. Daniels once said, “Success is understanding that life is choices, not chances.” Since eighth grade, I have faced many choices involving FCCLA, and I have come to realize that you will never make a wrong choice as long as you follow your heart. The choices I have made have led me through serving on my Local Executive Council, District Executive Council, and Star Events and now to my greatest accomplishment yet, serving as your State President. I set the goal of becoming a state officer as a freshman but never imagined I would get the opportunity to serve as State President. Mrs. Burton and Charla Barnett were influential in my life when it came to pursue a state office. My parents, Jimmy and Renee Brooks and Brenna Burton, have also been great influences and have helped me so much. I want to tell them, my school administration, my teachers and every member of FCCLA thank you for all of your help and support. In closing, I would like to promise you that I will use this year and this opportunity to the best of my ability. H. J. Brown said, “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” I challenge each of you to take every opportunity presented to you and strive to meet all of your goals. Never forget that with God anything is possible. Once again thank you, Oklahoma FCCLA. State Secretary Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Ambia Cail, and I am truly honored to be serving as your 2003-2004 FCCLA State Secretary. I am a 16year-old junior at Wanette High School. Along with being a very active FCCLA member, I serve as my school’s Student Council and BPA president. I am also active in FCA, FFA, Beta club, NHS, and am captain of the high school academic team. I also play varsity basketball and varsity fast and slow-pitch softball. I have served as my local chapter’s secretary and president as well as the Oklahoma FCCLA Central Region Vice President for the 2002-2003 year. I am also a gold medal STAR event winner at the regional, state, and national levels; and a state and national Spotlight on Projects presenter. I could not be who and where I am today without the love and support of many people. I would first like to thank God, for through Him, all things are possible. Also, I would like to thank my favorite brother, Jared, and great father, Bo. Special thanks to my mother and adviser, Marla, for all you put up with! I’d like to give a shout-out to the awesome Wanette FCCLA chapter, my friends, and the 2002-2003 FCCLA Secretary. I couldn’t have done it without you guys! And last, but certainly not least, you, the members of Oklahoma FCCLA! You are what keeps this great organization alive. FCCLA wants you. Accept the challenge! I’d like to leave you with this thought: “Only you have power to decide your attitude toward each day. Life's a garden: DIG IT!” Thanks again, and God bless. When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself. – Martin Walsh 5 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS National Network Member Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Kandace Deisher, and I am truly blessed to be serving as your 2003-2004 National Network Member. I am 16 years old and a junior at Chandler High School. I am involved in many school activities. Some of these include Chemistry Club, Gifted and Talented, FCA, State and National Honor Societies, and last but not least, FCCLA! I became involved in FCCLA my freshman year when my local chapter allowed me to hold the office of Freshman Representative. I didn't know much about the organization, but I quickly grew to love it after attending Rookie Camp. Over the past two years, I have become an active member by participating in STAR Events and community service projects, attending meetings, holding offices, and making many new and exciting friends along the way. FCCLA has given me the opportunity to expand my horizons by providing me with countless experiences that will last a lifetime! Being elected a State Officer is a great honor, but I know I could not have achieved this without the help of several wonderful people in my life. I would like to begin by thanking God, for He has truly blessed my life in so many ways. I would also like to thank my very patient and caring parents, Phil and Sherri Deisher, as well as my loving and supportive sister, Tiffany, for always being there for me. To Mrs. Cynthia Snider, my incredible advisor, thank you for always pushing me to accomplish my goals and for believing in me. I could not have made it this far without you. Also I would like to thank the Chandler school system and administrators, along with my terrific local chapter members, for their encouragement. Last, but most definitely not least, I would like to thank, YOU, Oklahoma FCCLA members. You inspire me to be the best State Officer that I can be! This year I challenge you to never hold back and never take anything for granted. FCCLA can take you far if you will let it. So I encourage you to get out there and experience everything it has to offer you. Let’s make this year the best one yet! Regional National Officer Candidate Good day, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Jesseca Thomas. It is with great pleasure that I will be serving as your 2003-2004 Regional National Officer Candidate. I am 17 years old and attend Caney High School, “Home of the Cougars.” I am an active team member of FCCLA, the most dynamic organization of all, and also Lady Cougar Basketball, High School Academics, 4-H / FFA Livestock show team, and Pleasant View Church youth group. In 2000 I was headed to high school, and I had no idea when I enrolled in FCCLA that I was about to begin a journey. This journey would take me from coast to coast, and all along the way, allowing me to meet wonderful “All American” people. It was successfully participating in FCCLA STAR events, community service 6 projects and holding district offices for the past three years that prepared me to serve on the State Executive Council. And, I can already say FCCLA has challenged me to constantly strive to be a better person. There are so many people who have made a positive impression on my life. My loving parents, Joe and Shonda Thomas, and my sister, Lindsay, who’s always there to help me out when my load gets a little too heavy. You know, some people have a stylist, personal assistants, and managers. I have that and more with my advisor and friend, Mrs. Clinta Smith. Mrs. Smith, thanks for all of your hard work and dedication. Everyone should always have an “ace in the hole.” For me, that would have to be my Aunt Sherri Brown, who’s always been there for me when the chips are down. Caney Public School Faculty and Staff, thanks for your constant support and encouragement. Above all else, I thank my Lord Jesus Christ for his blessings, and I hope through this experience I will be a good witness. 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS National Officer Candidate-At-Large Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Challis McDonald, and I am currently serving as your 2003-2004 At-Large National Officer Candidate. My second year on the State Executive Council has given me the chance to install officers; deliver speeches on the local, state, and national levels and to expand my ties with you, the members of Oklahoma. This year I am a senior at McAlester High School where I participate in FCCLA, Student Council and band. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word crisis. One brush stroke stands for danger, the other for opportunity. In a crisis, beware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity.” This quote by Richard Nixon can be used as a reminder to look past burdens and failures. Where there is a crisis, we have people dedicated to bettering the overall condition. As FCCLA members, we are truly blessed with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many. Not ordering the last piece of pizza during lunch or smiling at a person in the hallway that you don’t normally talk to are simple ways to brighten someone’s day. I hope that you strive to make the days easier for people around you even if they don’t return the favor. Remember: Even the tiniest things can make a difference. Many things would not have been possible without the support of many people. I’d like to thank my awesome advisor, Mrs. Richardson, for her friendship and understanding nature, my parents for always going the extra mile to help me in every way possible, Mrs. Burnside and Mrs. Brown, for always looking after my best interests, my Aunt Nancy for all of her help and support, Luci and Amy for their incredible friendship that will never be forgotten, my supa fly chapter for their vivacity and boundless energy, the 2002-2003 and 20032004 State Executive Councils for sharing your character and talents with the world, and finally, YOU, the aweinspiring members of FCCLA!!! All of you are truly amazing individuals. I am honored to be serving you this year and thank you for everything you've given me. You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own. In closing, I’d like to leave you with this quote by Shauna Thompson, “The Bible says that God will never give you a burden that you cannot bear, so when you have a problem that you think is impossible to fix, take it as a compliment: God thinks you can!” Good luck this year and God Bless!!! Northeast Region - Vice President Zig Ziglar once said, “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right thing.” This year, as a state officer, I hope to be both effective and efficient for FCCLA. Hi, my name is Brad Doublehead, and I am serving as your Northeast Region Vice President. I am a 16-year-old junior at Stilwell High School. I am involved in soccer, FCS, French Club, Academic Team, Student Council, and, of course, FCCLA. I have been in FCCLA for three years and participated in STAR Events, community service projects, and our annual FCCLA banquet. I have served as a local officer, district president, and now I proudly serve as a state officer representing the Northeast Region. During the three years I have been in FCCLA, I have learned awesome leadership and life skills that will help me further my education and succeed in life. I would like to thank my local chapter members, our school board, and the administration for their support. I would also like to thank my wonderful parents, Mike and Donna Doublehead, and my advisor, Mrs. Diane Eubanks, for always being there when I need them. I am going to leave you with this quote: “Your attitude is more important than your aptitude.” Remember, it doesn’t matter how much you know about FCCLA— it’s your attitude toward FCCLA that counts! 7 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS Southwest Region - Vice President Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! It’s Jess here, your FCCLA State Southwest Region Vice President. I am so excited to be serving you this year! It is such an honor! I know I can speak for the whole State Executive Council when I say I am proud to represent you. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. FCCLA is such a big part of my life, and I will do my best throughout this year! Although FCCLA is one of the main focuses in my life, I have been involved in many other activities at Marlow High School, where I will be attending as a senior this year. Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Principal’s Honor Roll, Vision Team, Peer Mediators, Varsity Cheerleading and managing the Varsity Boys Basketball team have kept me very busy over the years. I would again like to thank you all for supporting me. That is what being a team is all about. Keep in mind that Oklahoma FCCLA is just that, a team, and we are all working towards one common goal—that is to better ourselves and each other. In order to do this, we must support each other on a daily basis and encourage others to strive to do their best. Also, I would like to thank God for putting me in a position to serve others at this level and my parents and family for showing the support that I challenge all of you to have. Keep your heads up, and keep reaching for the stars. North Region - Vice President Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Sarah Harrod, and I feel incredibly privileged and honored to have the opportunity to serve you as your 2003-2004 North Region Vice President! I am a 16-year-old junior at Yale High School, where I am active in Student Council, Beta Club, speech and drama, debate, choir, volleyball, basketball, DARE Role Models, National Honor Society, class officer and, of course, FCCLA!!! Outside of school, I also attend Yale First Baptist Church and am a member of the Oklahoma Baptist All-State Youth Choir. My involvement in FCCLA began my freshman year when my advisor started a junior parliamentary procedure team. Four other freshmen and I worked hard and made it all the way to the national level. This past year, we went on to State as a Senior Team. We never could have imagined how much we would learn through participation in STAR Events. I am currently our chapter’s president and have held other offices, too. I’ve attended STOP the Violence Training and participated in countless activities within my school and community. I have been a member for almost three years now and 8 have had the opportunity to do so much! I’ve made friendships to last a lifetime and developed skills that will help me to succeed in the future. I’m positive that I will never forget the experiences I’ve had and memories I’ve made through FCCLA! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for all the help I’ve had along the way! Most importantly, I would like to thank God for guiding me through my decisions. My parents, Jon and Latina Harrod, for encouraging me to always do my best. My little sister, Emily, for her hugs and smiles when I need them most. My best friends for helping me reach my goals. And my advisor, Joan Hix, who has become my second mom, for all that she has devoted to me and to this organization. The Yale FCCLA Chapter for being so on fire for the organization. And definitely you, Oklahoma FCCLA! You ultimately choose the success of our organization! I want to challenge each and every one of you to never give up—no matter how discouraged you may become. Remember there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Try to focus on that light, not on the darkness around you. Dreams are one of the greatest gifts we have, so strive to reach them and never cease to keep dreaming! I’m looking forward to this coming year; I can’t wait to see what we can do with teamwork. Thank you, and may God bless you! 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS Southeast Region - Vice President Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! I am Jordan Carter and I am honored to be serving as your state FCCLA Southeast Region Vice President. I am a 16-yearold junior at Kingston High School. Along with being a member of FCCLA, I am involved in Student Council, Oklahoma and National Honor Societies, Who’s Who, Stay SAFE, PAL, and also serve as president of my class. I am active in sports, lettering in varsity football, basketball, golf and track. I can’t even begin to count all of the ways FCCLA has changed my life and given me a jump-start on closing the “GAP.” Since I became a member, I have been presented with wonderful opportunities. Participating in STAR Events on the local, state, and national levels; traveling to meetings; and meeting new friends has allowed me to grow as a person, gain valuable experience, and have fun! The best thing is that all of these opportunities are available to all members! “FCCLA wants YOU! Accept the Challenge.” And in the process, help yourself and others narrow the “GAP.” I would like to challenge you with the key to closing the “GAP.” It is in the acronym itself. “G” is for “GOAL-SETTING” that motivates and challenges us. “A” is for “ATTITUDE,” which is our self-fulfilling prophecy. For whether we think we can or think we can’t, we are usually right. “P” is for “PERSISTENCE,” which develops mental toughness and builds character. We can reach high performance levels and close the “GAP” if we continually apply these three qualities to our daily lives. The goal of FCCLA is to help students close the “GAP” and achieve their maximum capabilities as a person, then as an FCCLA member. “FCCLA” wants YOU! Accept the Challenge.” All of us have a “GAP” between what we can be and what we are. Central Region - Vice President Hello, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Sara Hodge and I am honored to serve as your 2003-2004 Central Region Vice President. I am an 18year-old senior at Harrah High School, where I am involved in Honor Choir, Honor Roll, and our AWESOME organization, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America!!! When I joined FCCLA my freshman year, I never thought I would make it to a state office. From being an active member, to working and helping the community, and making tons of friends, FCCLA has given me the opportunity to become successful in life. I have been blessed to be a local officer for three years, a district officer for two years, and now your Central Region Vice President. Thank you, FCCLA, for giving me the chance of a lifetime that I will cherish forever. I could not be here without the help of many people. First of all, I would like to thank my parents, Frank and Kathy Hodge, for always supporting me in what I wanted to do and standing by me when times got rough. To my fantastic advisor, Mrs. Valeria Wilson, thank you for believing in me and supporting me the entire time. You are a great friend. To the rest of my family and friends, thank you for the prayers and always being there to build me up. A big thank you goes to Harrah’s School District for encouraging me and to the FCCLA local chapter. Thank you for supporting me; we have all worked hard and I am proud of all of you. And last but certainly not least, I want to thank Oklahoma’s FCCLA for giving me a chance. You are the people who make this organization so awesome. This year I challenge you to go for your dreams no matter how hard or difficult you think it might be. Remember “if you believe it, you can achieve it.” Thank you. 9 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS Occupational/Child Care Vice President Hello Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Brandy Cruse and it is an honor to serve you as the 2003-2004 Occupational Early Child Care and Education Vice President. I am a 17year-old senior at Tushka High School, and I attend the Kiamichi Technology Center at Atoka. I am the starting catcher for the Tushka Tigers softball team. When I joined FCCLA my freshman year, I wasn’t active. After I saw how much fun everyone was having at the district meetings and convention, I knew I wanted to be more involved. My junior year I served as the Southeast District II Music and Recreation Officer. I had the privilege to attend DOT (district officer training) camp at Roman Nose, and it was a blast! Now I have the honor of being a part of the State Executive Council, and I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t possibly describe the feeling that I had as I sat in that chair waiting for the State Executive Council announcement. My mother, my advisors Mrs. Colette Harper and Mrs. Peggy Chambers, and my special friend, Kody Simpson, who was the 2002/03 State Skills-USA VICA Parliamentarian, were sitting with me and I could hear them quietly whispering my name. It was so awesome! Now I have 11 new friends whom I will treasure forever. FCCLA has taught me so much. I’ve grown as a person and developed many valuable skills, which I will use throughout life. There are many people whom I would like to thank for helping me reach my goal. First and foremost, I would like to thank God, because only through Him are all things possible. My parents, Jimmy and Vickie Cruse, for always loving and supporting me and always telling me to never settle for less than I am worth. My sister, Emily, and brother, Van, for keeping me on my toes. My special advisors, Mrs. Harper and Mrs. Chambers, for the countless hours they have helped me prepare for FCCLA leadership, State STAR Events, and my future. I would also like to thank my local chapter’s Kiamichi Technology Center-Atoka and Tushka High School for their encouragement, my best friend, Kody, for all of his support and understanding, and, of course, the Oklahoma FCCLA members. Without you, I would have missed this wonderful opportunity. Remember to “Wish Well.” What you offer others, you experience yourself. May every new sunrise bring you close to your dreams. Thank you and God bless. CREED We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. We face the future with warm courage and high hope. For we have the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious values. For we are the builders of homes, Homes for America's future, Homes where living will be the expression of everything that is good and fair, Homes where truth and love and security and faith will be realities, not dreams. We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. We face the future with warm courage and high hope. 10 2003-04 FCCLA OFFICERS Occupational/Food Service Vice President Greetings, Oklahoma FCCLA! My name is Kari Janise Helmuth and I am honored to be serving as your 2003-2004 Occupational Vice President of Culinary Arts. I am an up-and-coming senior at Bradford Christian Academy, and I will soon be starting my second year in the Culinary Arts program at Northeastern Technology Center in Pryor. I am active in many organizations: The War Counsel Keystone Club, Student Council, 4-H, Youth Court, and FCCLA. I attend the Salina Assembly of God church, where I am an active member of my youth group. I also teach a class called Missionettes on Sunday nights. To fill my spare time, I play a variety of sports, shop, hang out with my friends, and play the keyboard and sing. I also enjoy meeting new people, going new places, and spending time on the lake, camping, fishing and boating. A fellow student, Nichole Hoffman, started working with children in a project called PROJECT CEEP. In this project, Nichole shared her love of foods with mentally and physically disabled children at Claremore and went weekly to their school to do “food crafts” with them. Some friends and I took this idea and expanded on it, taking the same food crafts to various schools around our district and teaching other kids about foods. This work was extremely rewarding, and Nichole is now a recipient of a Leaders At Work scholarship for her efforts. Because of FCCLA, I have taken one more step out of my comfort zone. This step has allowed me to understand the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. I have made some of my best friends through FCCLA, and I know that the experiences I am gaining are invaluable. I have many people to thank! At the top of the list is God, who is the biggest thing in my life. I love Him so much! Next, I would like to thank my wonderful parents, Robert and Donna. Mom, Dad, thank you for loving me and supporting me in all that I do! The same goes to my beautiful older sister, Amber. I love you all. Next, the professionals I would like to thank include my advisor, Karen Wilson. Thank you for encouraging me to run for office. It’s been a life-changing experience. I also give a shout-out to the excellent staff at Bradford, who have acted as a support system and sounding board throughout the years and during the time I was running for office. Last, but certainly not least, Maggie Gurley! My brilliant Keystone advisor is almost entirely responsible for shaping me into the leader I am becoming. Thank you, Maggie, for taking time out for a shy and backwards girl so long ago! You have no idea the effects that time spent with me has had on my life nearly four years later. It's been an honor working with you. So, Oklahoma, my challenge to you is this: Take a step outside your own comfort zone. You have within you all the qualities necessary for success. So I encourage you to seek out those qualities and use them to the best of your abilities. It doesn’t matter if you are timid and shy or daring and bold, or simply see yourself as mediocre. This year is the year that you can take your talents and shine! from page 1 Oklahomans Score Big in Philadelphia Nicole Hoffman, a student at Northeast Technology Center in Pryor, was named as one of two Outstanding Leaders at Work in the culinary arts area. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship to Johnson and Wales University. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Nicole was recognized during the business meeting at the National Leadership Meeting in Philadelphia. She presented her project during the Spotlight on Projects section of the meeting. Congressman Wes Watkins received the National Honorary Member award. Congressman Watkins was instrumental in securing funding for the original STOP the Violence grant with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice. He continues to support all student organizations in Oklahoma and was recently named as a state honorary member. 11 Chapter Chatter Beef Timberlake FCCLA members hosted a barbecue beef luncheon for the community’s volunteer firefighters and their families with grant money from the Oklahoma Beef Council. Jill Troutt, chapter president said that this was just one way that chapter members could express their appreciation for the time and energy donated by the firefighters. Keyes FCCLA hosts a Red Cross blood drive every January. This year we had 51 donors and 47 usable pints. We love to do this, and our community is great to donate food and money to help with the blood drive. The FCCLA raises enough money to give a t-shirt to each person who tries to donate. We serve sandwiches to the donors. We feel this is a way to help save lives in the Oklahoma Panhandle and Kansas area. In April, the Picher-Cardin FCCLA sponsored the Red Cross blood drive. We had 21 first-time donors. The Alva High School FCCLA serves breakfast and has a motivational speaker. We think this is a great service project because it gets the members involved and lets others learn about FCCLA. Developmental Toys for Brain Connections . . . One of our major community service projects this year was making developmental toys for our county health department. To get the project off to an enthusiastic start, our first guest speaker was the early childhood director from the Health Department. She showed many toys that were made from simple items found around the house like pop bottles, plastic lids, toilet paper rolls and milk cartons. She also talked about early childhood development, brain connections that need to be made early and how these toys play a part. We collected the milk cartons from the school cafeteria to make blocks. We made little books from Ziploc® plastic sandwich bags and binoculars from toilet paper rolls. We cut out different shapes for matching games, made many display card setups, and “touch and feel” bags for infants. The toys were then taken to homes where there is no money for toys and where the importance of mental and physical development at an early age needs to be encouraged and provided. All members were involved, and we used one meeting as a chapter workday. In response to the war with Iraq, the Washington FCCLA collected information on military personnel who were family or friends of students at our school. Special forms were filled out and posted on the main bulletin board by the media center. The bulletin board represented all areas of the armed services. The students felt it was important to recognize that some of our faculty and students had loved ones in harm’s way, and this reminded everyone that freedom comes with a price. It was a very nice “family” recognition sponsored by FCCLA. Tushka High school FCCLA participated in the Beef Student Body Project. Students distributed beef samples at local ballgames and local grocery stores. They also hosted a local cookoff contest. Arkoma FCCLA hosted an “Unsung Heroes” appreciation dinner for more than 80 community leaders. Funds for the dinner came from the Oklahoma Beef Council beef grant. Community Dewar FCCLA collected items for two hometown boys in the military and sent them to Iraq. The Newcastle FCCLA members participate two afternoons and evenings each month to help with the unloading, sorting, packing and distribution of food and clothing to approximately 165 families in our community and surrounding communities. 12 ▼ ▼ Chapter Chatter The Morrison High School FCCLA chapter teamed up with the National Honor Society chapter to collect coins for the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Our school has a student with cystic fibrosis, so this campaign was very important to us. We collected a total of $507. We were very proud to send this money to the foundation for research aimed at finding a cure. The Choctaw High School FCCLA worked with the Art Department to provide a fund-raiser for hunger. The Art Department made artistic bowls with grant money from the Empty Bowls foundation. The bowls were sold at auction to remind others of all those who have an “empty bowl” at meal times. Members served soup to the bidders and provided display areas for the bowls. The money raised went to feed the hungry. Empty Bowls is a national program and promotes service-based opportunities for high schools. The Wynnewood FCCLA collected money for the Ronald McDonald House. At the last home football game, FCCLA members stood outside the gate collecting money to benefit families with sick children. This activity teaches students that it is better to give than receive and that everything does not always go smoothly for families. Sometimes you have to pull together to make things work out. As a community service project, the Noble FCCLA members from both senior and junior high chapters elected to participate in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign at Christmas. Our members manned all of the kettle stations at Cross Roads mall for four hours. We were able to collect $514.36 for the Salvation Army. This is the third year we have participated. As part of a school-wide community service project to raise money for a toddler in need of a liver transplant, Del City FCCLA hosted a citywide wintertime flea market. It was fun and gave everyone a way to clean out their closets after Christmas, raised $1,000 for Josh, brought the community into the school and increased awareness of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The Heavener FCCLA sponsored two blood drives. Each year the Fairview FCCLA has a community scavenger hunt for charity, and this year we donated the items to the Women’s Crisis Center of Enid. In January for our monthly meeting, we invited a speaker from the center to visit for a day to explain the purpose of the center and to talk to chapter members about dating violence. The junior high students also participated because so many of them are dating. For the second year, the Chisholm FCCLA Chapter members made childsize quilts for the children at the Enid YWCA Crisis Center Shelter. Quilting expert, Mary Butler, taught members how to make the quilts. Members also made “Care Cloths” for YWCA Children. Care Cloths are washcloths with pockets stitched in them, which are filled with personal care items and tied with a bow. Local dentists donated toothbrushes and toothpaste, and soap and shampoo were obtained from local motels. In the Horn of Plenty spring food drive, members collected 400 pounds of canned food. The Checotah FCCLA students catered a luncheon for ex-POWs at their annual meeting. Students prepared food, made table decorations and gave speeches at the luncheon. The McCloud FCCLA helped the community with a food drive for our local people in need. In April, we selected two flowerbeds outside the FCCLA department to clean out and then planted shrubs, flowers, and grasses to beautify our school. We had four workdays after school—one to clean out and repair beds that were damaged, one to plant a redbud tree and rose bushes, one to plant shrubs and flowers and grasses, and one to mulch both beds to control weeds. We have received lots of compliments on how pretty they look now, and they will continue to grow and look prettier. 13 This year Sallisaw FCCLA started a canned food drive called “Trick-orTreat for canned goods.” Instead of going around Halloween night collecting candy, the FCCLA members collected non-perishable food items. The members had fun dressing in costume, plus they learned about community involvement. We donated our food to a local church that was making food baskets for the holidays. Next year we hope to get more community awareness on this project, get members involved and collect more food. Chapter Chatter The Haworth chapter has a Senior Citizen Prom. This is a hit with the seniors in our community. The Madison Middle School FCCLA made blankets for the Ronald McDonald House. We bought polar fleece to make eight blankets. We finished the edges and monogrammed them with FCCLA and the names of the members who worked on each blanket. We then took a trip to Tulsa and delivered them personally and toured the Ronald McDonald House. Of course, we ate at McDonald’s before returning home. The Miami FCCLA chapter spent a Saturday morning acting as live mannequins. They chose clothes from the racks and stood or sat in the windows of a store on Main Street. It was a ploy to draw attention to the Community Crisis Center’s resale shop. This center provides clothing for mothers and their children who run away from abusive situations (very often with only the clothes on their backs). We were trying to raise money to offset operating expenses and fund supplies for the Crisis Center. The Central Middle School chapter held a “Let’s Roll with FCCLA.” Our most outstanding activity this year was making 86 candy kiss roses for Teacher Appreciation Week. This activity took hours of cooperation time before and after school! It helped the students to know each other better! They loved wrapping the kisses, adding the stem, covering it with green floral tape and adding the leaves! (They even made some as gifts.) For a final touch, we made circles with hearts and ribbon with a sign that said “Let’s Roll with FCCLA!” The Henryetta FCCLA members raised about $450 for the March of Dimes. We participated in the Walk America Walk and won first place in our section for t-shirt designs. Krista Watson, Stacy Tipton, and Kimberly Tedlock wrote and performed a skit about family time for our October meeting. Other activities for the year included Red Ribbon Week, and a Teacher Appreciation Dinner. A funny thing happened to us as we left the state convention. Our bus wouldn’t start. Who knew a locked back door would prevent the bus from starting? We were relieved to find that out after making a phone call to our school! The Okemah community held a “Support Our Troops” parade, and each student organization helped. FCCLA members made 3,000 red, white, and blue ribbons and handed them out to spectators to wear in support of the troops. The Mayfield Middle School FCCLA chapter coordinated a school-wide drive to collect supplies for the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman. We worked with approximately 50 advisory classes school-wide. We had a contest to see which class could collect the most donations. Then we rewarded the class that donated the most items in each grade level (6th, 7th, 8th). The reward was a cookie and coke party. The Waurika FCCLA Chapter sponsored a toy drive for the Jefferson County Toys for Tots. Basketball fans were asked to meet the “Basketball Challenge” by bringing a new toy for a donation prior to the WHS basketball game. In addition, each class at WHS was asked to participate in a “Pocket Change Challenge.” FCCLA hosted a pizza party for the senior class, who collected the most money. All in all, Waurika students donated $444 to help the children in Jefferson County. FCCLA members Ashley Costner and Susana Ruiz take donations during the toy drive preceeding the Waurika High School home basketball opener. 14 ▼ The Plainview FCCLA chapter donated 25 baskets of personal items, plus four laundry baskets with household items and kitchen tools to the Ronald McDonald house. Each member had to donate items or money to earn a trip to tour the house and then go ice-skating and to the mall. We donated $163 in cash in addition to the personal items. Everyone who participated felt great about helping others. Chapter Chatter The Minco FCCLA hosted its first blood drive at the school. The group’s effort resulted in the donation of 34 units of blood, which exceeded their goal. Many of the donors were students, donating for the first time. Two chapter members put together a “Basket for Baby” as a community service project. The baskets contained diapers, blankets, bottles, and baby care pamphlets and were delivered to lowincome parents in the community, thus promoting FCCLA’s interest in Families First. A project for Northwest Classen FCCLA was conducted in February during FCCLA Week. Students wanted to do something for an elementary school in a poor neighborhood that many had attended as children. With the help of Camp Fire USA, we collected over 400 books and hand delivered them to every student in Pre-K to Grade 4 at Eugene Fields Elementary. The children were delighted to receive their very own book and were equally pleased to have the opportunity to talk to FCCLA students. Members of the Caney FCCLA sorted through dozens of boxes of nonperishable foods, which were collected by members to be donated during the holidays to families in need. Pryor High School FCCLA members participated in Operation Shoebox by providing 20 shoeboxes to be sent to children in different countries. Shoeboxes and lids were wrapped with Christmas paper, and members brought small items for children up to age 14. Items included personal care, small toys, small school supplies, hair decorations, socks and candy. Each box was labeled for a boy or girl and the appropriate age. The Timberlake FCCLA chapter worked with an area day care center to provide activities and snacks for the center’s toddlers. Cherokee FCCLA does a project with the Department of Human Services, “Adopt an Angel,” in which members make 60 angels to hang on Christmas trees located in both local banks. Members of the community then adopt an angel and purchase presents for needy children. Bristow FCCLA members selected the local nursing home as one of their target community project areas for 2002-2003. Members made holiday items and visited the nursing home on three different occasions. FCCLA members wanted to bring a little joy and recognition to the local residents. Candy cane reindeers were made for Christmas, cards for Valentine’s Day and door decorations for St. Patrick’s Day. These projects benefited both the residents and the FCCLA members as they interacted with each other. Westville FCCLA had its first Family Fest Day. The high school officers planned the year’s projects and came up with Family Fest ’02. They did all the planning and contacted media, businesses, and outside agencies to make this an outstanding day packed full of family activities. This activity was provided free of charge to 350 people. FCCLA did an awesome job for a small community with limited resources. The Caney FCCLA and the Caney FFA partnered together to present a patriotic program for the entire student body. The presidents from each organization interpreted each fold of the American flag. The Caney FCCLA honored one of its member’s father who was being sent to Iraq with 2,500 calling card minutes collected by FCCLA members to help him keep in touch with his family. ▼ ▼ Okarche FCCLA obtained a grant from Walmart to work with senior citizens. The chapter chose to work with Cimarron Rehab and Care Center. They planned crafts and activities for an hour after school twice a month. Probably the most fun and memorable project was the Victorian Style Show. To prepare, students made a basic hat by laminating two pieces of bulletin board paper together with white glue. While damp, the hats were molded over bowls and left head-shaped to dry. With FCCLA members’ help, residents added feathers, lace, ribbon, and flowers to make lovely hats for wearing and decorating room walls. FACS I Class researched and wrote the style show script. FCCLA volunteers wore borrowed Victorian dresses. Care center residents proudly wore their fancy hats during the style show, and many modeled while the narrator described their hats. One resident, Pearl, added a hangtag to her hat and reported that she had actually met Minnie Pearl. 15 Chapter Chatter The Bluejacket FCCLA chapter completed their annual community project. We made 22 lap quilts of different colors and designs for the elderly at two Bluejacket residential care homes. Each quilt was judged for construction and creativity. Each class was divided into groups. Each group had to design its quilts, and then cut and sew each piece together. Many embellished their quilts with designs from the embroidery machines. We also came up with creative names for the quilts. “The students came up with some really interesting and colorful designs. I was very pleased with how well all the quilts turned out. The residents seemed very excited about the quilts they received,” said Mrs. Maxanne Kline, our chapter advisor. Ms. Faith Jones, a judge, agreed, “I think the students really made the residents feel extra special. I’m so glad they had an opportunity for this type of learning experience. There were many wonderful, creative ideas and designs.” Before delivering the quilts to the residents, students displayed their quilts in a quilt show in the library for the whole school to enjoy. Winners were: First Place- Arin Bruce, Amanda Bible, and Angela Shaffer for “Rainbow Bright.” Second Place- Jake Malone and Brian Wakefield for “Dallas Cowboys.” Third Place- Kacie Bruce, Andrea Morgan, and David Moss for “Wild Africa.” Broken Arrow High School FCCLA members greeted guests attending the Tulsa Home and Garden Show sponsored by the Tulsa Homebuilders Association. Members worked in threehour shifts to greet approximately 25,000 visitors to the Expo Center at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. 16 ▼ Stigler High School FCCLA made donations of personal items to the nursing home and women’s shelter. Lone Grove FCCLA members worked with the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City this year. One project was to sew stuffed bears for children staying at the house or to give to parents to take to children in the hospital. Either way, the child could have a cuddly new friend. We also collected toiletry articles for the house, including soaps, shampoos, conditioners, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc., to be given to people who left home in an emergency situation without time to pack necessities. FCCLA members also donated 30 rolls of Red Rose Cookies to provide the comfort of home-baked cookies. Medford FCCLA joined with the March of Dimes to raise money to help educate the community about premature births. Over $569 was donated to the March of Dimes. Stephanie Soucek, area chairperson, met with the students, along with the local health department nurse. Information was also distributed to elementary students to take home for their parents. The economic situation in Oklahoma this year underscored the need to support our Oklahoma food producers and manufacturers. The Shawnee Middle School FCCLA students recognized the importance of the MADE IN OKLAHOMA coalition. We studied the coalition’s connection to jobs and its contributions to our state’s economy. For fun, we had a MADE IN OKLAHOMA PANCAKE FEAST, using Shawnee Milling Company’s Pancake Mix and Griffin Food’s Pancake Syrup. We also held a MADE IN OKLAHOMA poster contest. ▼ Chapter Chatter The Turner FCCLA collected donations for the March of Dimes. We had a competition between Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, as to who could collect the most dimes. The winning class would receive free sno-cones. We went to each individual class and did a presentation, using posters to explain what March of Dimes does to help prevent birth defects. At the end of the week, all FCCLA participating members had a rock-a-thon where we stayed up all night in our FACS room and watched movies and played games (lock-in). We had a great time. It was a fun project. The Jenks High School chapter service project was “Blankets for Afghanistan.” The students collected donations from various businesses in the community and netted $200 to purchase fleece fabric. On March 11, FCCLA members and their parents gathered in the clothing lab to complete the blankets. We were able to attach notes to the blankets written in the Afghan language, and we found a local mission group to transport the finished products. The students felt they played a small part in easing the suffering in this region. An all-community carnival was organized and executed by the Cameron FCCLA with a record number of booths and participants to help community organizations as well as school groups earn money for their projects. Members also made a donation to the Ronald McDonald House by collecting tabs to be recycled. A donation project was carried out for the Women’s Crisis Center by finding out what they needed; members collected 300 personal items including shampoo, towels, and face cloths to donate to the center. The Temple FCCLA has also held one or two blood drives a year for the past three years. This year we had a theme: “FCCLA & OBI wants your BLOOD.” The drive was held on Halloween and was very successful! The Kansas FCCLA and FFA members planned, prepared, decorated, and served a teacher appreciation luncheon for 140 Kansas teachers and staff. The food was prepared and served in the FACS department. We received many notes of thanks and praise for the good job that was done. This is the second year for the event, and it has become the social event of the year for Kansas School employees. October is the month for Soper FCCLA to raise money for cancer research. We had a health fair for the public. We handed out pink ribbons to remind people that October is breast cancer awareness month. The chapter raised $500 for cancer research during our annual walk-a-thon. The chapter traveled to Oklahoma City and delivered our check to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. We toured the facility, and they published an article about us in their national magazine. The FCCLA chapter at Hilldale High School has collected pop tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City. In the 2002 school year, we collected over 109,000 tabs and this year we collected 85,000. We involve the whole school and some of the community in this project. We make our delivery when we go to Oklahoma City for the State Convention. Touring the home is quite an eye opener. The week before the convention we have a contest with the homeroom classes. The class to collect the most tabs wins a breakfast that we prepare. This year the winning class delivered 34,000. They want that breakfast, and FCCLA enjoys preparing and serving it. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf (OSD) FCCLA chapter made 50 “comfort bears” for the Murray County Health Department. These bears are given to children when they receive immunizations. In November and December, the chapter collects food for the needy. An outstanding community service project for the Grove FCCLA this year was making 60 Christmas stockings for the Grove Headstart Program. We filled them with candy canes, coloring books, crayons, and fruit. Grove FCCLA and FACS classes participated in the county fair and won over 100 ribbons and $400 in premiums. We smashed aluminum cans for two hours in the rain for the Grove Humane Society so that they could sell the cans to help pay for the upkeep of animals in the shelter. Yukon 11/12 FCCLA chapter held the annual FCCLA blood drive in March. It was held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Two years ago, 89 usable units of blood were collected. Last year, that was raised to 133. This year, it was raised to 159 units! Members worked really hard to get donors signed up and worked with local businesses to obtain door prizes, which were awarded throughout the day. 17 Chapter Chatter Tushka High School FCCLA’s community service project was to help prevent missing children. We fingerprinted our elementary students and handed out flyers at our local Walmart. Pictured are Brooke Burnett and Carli Ray at Walmart, and Mechell Griffith, Brooke Burnett, and Lauren Smithart helping with the fingerprinting. The Carney FCCLA began an aluminum can recycling project. We started this to help keep our campus clean. We placed buckets in many classrooms and a large trash can next to the pop machine. We collected 8,848 cans. We made an impact on making our campus look neater. We held our annual blood drive in October. Again, we had fun and a successful drive. Even with bad weather, we collected 29 units. We had several first-time donors and many student donors. ▼ ▼ 9-11 The Kiamichi (Idabel) Technology Center Food Service chapter served a barbecue dinner in downtown Idabel to all police officers and fire fighters to express our appreciation for all they do for our community. They dressed up for the day and had a great time. Cameron FCCLA’s STOP the Violence Committee did an all-school assembly in memory of 9/11. Committee members and FCCLA officers put together a PowerPoint presentation and performed skits promoting patriotism and consideration for your fellow man. During their State Convention trip, the Tushka FCCLA members took the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. 18 Chapter Chatter The Boynton-Moton High School FCCLA students dressed in patriotic clothing and visited the Senior Citizens Center to help promote STOP the Violence. Students talked on topics of non-violence, sang patriotic songs and pinned “in memory” badges on each senior citizen. Badge read: In Memory of Sept. 11, 2001, Tragedy Victims. New York City and Washington D.C. ▼ ▼ In May the Picer-Cardin FCCLA served lunch to our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Pioneer-Pleasant Vale’s chapter members better understand the effects of alcohol on the body functions now that they have experienced the feelings of intoxication induced by wearing “Drunk Goggles” provided by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. While wearing the goggles, the students tried to walk forward while retaining their balance, finding it challenging or impossible. This activity was preceded by a video of an actual DUI victim, who described the medical impact on herself and her family. The video showed her almost unrecognizable face throughout the 28 re-constructive surgeries that followed the accident. The Purcell Junior High FCCLA chapter encourages everyone to enter the competitive events. The events provide students an opportunity to achieve personal goals. Students get very excited when they succeed at something that they have worked so hard to accomplish. The competitive events are educational and provide students the opportunity to participate and get involved with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Education The Washington FCCLA made a trip to Oklahoma City to view the Titanic exhibit. It was a very emotional experience for the students who toured with a boarding pass of an actual passenger. Most of the passengers they represented did not survive! The Cleveland High School Child Care class helped with the school’s day care facility. FCCLA created information sheets for parents regarding child abuse, car seats, shaken baby syndrome, and toilet training. The students did an excellent job! The Waukomis FCCLA chapter implemented the first-ever crossing guard program at the elementary school. The members trained the fifth-grade guards and supervised them through a probation period. Organ recipients (liver and heart) were invited to speak to FCCLA members about the critical need for organ and tissue donations in Oklahoma. With so much “misinformation” about this subject, students were given firsthand accounts on how important organ/tissue donations are to many who are on waiting lists to receive these gifts of life. Students learned how to make decisions and to inform others trying to make the decision in a crisis mode. Students signed donor cards and distributed these cards throughout the student body. They educated these students about their choices and encouraged them to “give the gift of life.” 19 Chapter Chatter This year the Putnam City North FCCLA chapter started a mentorship program with one of our feeder elementary schools, Northridge. In our class chapter meetings, students would suggest character-based learning activities to be presented to four thirdgrade classes. During class, the students would then research, make a lesson plan, and present an activity to the class. The class would vote on which one, sometimes combining two or more into the presentation they would use at Northridge. We received such a tremendous response that we will be returning to Northridge in the fall. The students at Bixby High School enjoy their visits to the preschool to read to the students at the end of their day. Then we all go do something fun following. Example of one of their favorites is Photo Polaroid Treasure hunt. They have their picture taken hugging a turkey or their photo made in a pumpkin patch. The Dale FCCLA members viewed SADD’s “Contract for Life” video a few days before the Labor Day weekend. The story describes real life events leading to the formation of the SADD organization. Members learned that the Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for travelers in Oklahoma. They met at lunch to prepare Lifesaver candy mints with a “message.” As students and faculty rushed out of the building on Friday afternoon, members handed out mints with the “Buckle-Up” or “Seat Belts Save” message attached. Some members even passed out the mints with a message on their bus. As spring break approached, members again prepared the mints with a message and handed them out Friday afternoon. During FCCLA week, the Meeker FCCLA wrote and performed an original skit for the local day care center. Following the skit, we served the refreshments we had prepared. 20 The Plainview FCCLA chapter was given a quilt that was made by a former Family and Consumer Sciences teacher (Home Economics at that time). This quilt was used to raise money for our senior scholarship fund. We sold Plainview Supporter stickers for one dollar. Each time a sticker was sold, the person’s name was put in for an opportunity to win the beautiful, handmade quilt. We raised over $300 for our scholarship fund. We were able to draw for the quilt during our banquet activities. We only gave a $100 scholarship this year because we did not have very active senior members. In years past, we have given up to $500 scholarships to individuals. With the school’s financial cutbacks, teachers at Okemah schools were not going to be recognized for their efforts during National Teachers Appreciation Week, or sending our students to State in Girls Softball, Academic Team, and Golf Team. So FCCLA members pulled together and prepared a before-school breakfast honoring Administration, Faculty, and Support Personnel. For the students, FCCLA members made posters saying our organization supported them and then made individual care bags containing our Otis Spunkmeyer cookies that we sell. This helped to lift morale. The Western Heights High School FCCLA had 29 members active in the STAY program this year. Students were trained at our school, and other schools were invited to attend. We also held training at Timberlake High School, where 19 students were trained to be peer educators. STAY members taught AIDS prevention to 12 biology classes at the high school and to all sixth- and eighth-grade science classes at the middle school. Hammon FCCLA sponsored a program where 18 students became Red Cross certified as STAY (Students Teaching AIDS to Youth) Peer Educators. The STAY team will teach HIV/AIDS prevention programs to students across the state. The Agra FCCLA members wrote and performed a skit for students 7th through 12th on STOP the Violence. A guest speaker from Project Safe in Shawnee concluded the assembly. The Glenpool FCCLA had a guest speaker from Date Rape, Consumer Credit Counseling and Department of Human Services who spoke on child abuse. Members of the Caney FCCLA helped the Caney volunteer firemen and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau with a fire safety campaign in March. Students in K-4th grades learned what to do in the event of a house fire. Students were led through a simulated burning house by members of FCCLA. Students were taught to get low to the ground and feel for heat on doors. The “T” off is the kickoff to the Christmas season in downtown Broken Arrow. The Broken Arrow High School FCCLA members circulated information about FCCLA to the public. ▼ Chapter Chatter Lindsey Thomas of the Caney FCCLA is shown with her display “Mission Possible” that she entered in the Spotlight on Projects competition at the State Convention and the State STAR Events’ Chapter Service Project. Her project focused on the Caney after-school program in which Caney FCCLA volunteers once a week. ▼ ▼ Our community received a grant to build a child advocacy center. The centers are used to provide a safe, comfortable place for victims of abuse to be examined, interviewed, and counseled. Our FCCLA chapter and interior design class developed interior design plans for the new center. The committee in charge of the center used these to develop the color scheme and decorating concepts. FCCLA students made screens in their art class to match the center’s area rug and then painted those on the hall of the center. We recruited an art student to paint a mural on the wall of the examination center. The grand opening was in April this year, and FCCLA students served as hosts and hostesses for the event. To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Pryor High School FCCLA members went to the Headstart program and read a Dr. Seuss book to the children. Members discussed the children’s favorite books with them. Children colored a picture of a birthday cake, and then FCCLA members helped them complete activities about Dr. Seuss characters. This year the Drummond FCCLA chapter sent four students to Red Rock Canyon to attend the STAY training. Those trained were Will Shreve, Misty Shoemaker, Ashley Warren, and Shannon Burk. The team worked with the Red Cross educators to become certified peer educators during their three-day stay. The team conducted various programs for students of different age levels at Drummond school throughout the year. The team was invited to Waynoka School to do their HIV/AIDS presentation for Sally Eggleston’s FACS classes. During the day, the team did five presentations for students ranging in Grades 8–12. They did skits, played games and presented the facts about HIV and AIDS. Mrs. Eggleston fed her chapter and the STAY team pizza for lunch so the students could get acquainted. The STAY team enjoyed the experience of working with students from a different school and felt like this was a wonderful learning experience for everyone. ▼ Drummond STAY Team enjoyed playing games with Waynoka students during their HIV/AIDS presentation. 21 Chapter Chatter February was designated “Black History Month” at Yukon High School, and our fourth-hour FCCLA minichapter wanted to do a creative, educational project. Mrs. Walls investigated and found a project that also related to the unit we were getting ready to begin. Mrs. Walls located a book, Sweet Sara and the Freedom Quilt, that described how the slaves made and used quilts as maps to show other slaves how to follow the Underground Railroad to Canada and freedom. The story tells how the quilts are made by hand, and since we had not yet taken the Sewing Safety test, Mrs. Walls decided we would follow the storyline and make our quilt by hand as well. We worked for two weeks on this project and the Art department created a poster to convey information about the story. At the March school board meeting, we presented the quilt and poster to the administration and talked about some of the interesting things we had learned about black history while we worked on the quilt. The quilt and poster (which was framed) now hang in the administration area for all to see. We enjoyed getting to sit around and talk as we learned how to sew by hand. Tushka Chapter member Cuba Ainsworth presented illustrations on eating healthy to local daycare centers, after school programs, and our lower elementary grades. Carney FCCLA held a seat belt safety program with the help of many sponsors, which included the Department of Highway Safety, Lincoln County Commissioner Ted O’Donnell, Aso Pogi, Mr. Ramsey, Mr. Osborn and the entire Carney faculty and student body. We placed seat belt signs on Highway 177 coming into town from the north and south. Ted O’Donnell donated the signs and labor to our project. Kyle Avers and Mindy Nettles used this project in Regional FCCLA Competitive Events held in Enid. They placed second from a group of six. John Marshall FCCLA hosted the inaugural Clothing Industry Round Table event. Forty students attended to hear five speakers. Grant Mathiews from Cunningham Interiors talked about Interior Design while Twolla Posey from J. Ballard talked about modeling and talent. Mary Harding from Helen Enox Fine Fabrics discussed fabrics and showed examples of clothing she had made. QuiQuia Calhoun talked about designing and showed pictures of wedding dresses and prom dresses she had made. Marilyn Vrooman talked about her travel bag business and how to go about making your own designs. The students listened and talked to all the speakers. 22 ▼ Six members of the Caney FCCLA were invited to present HIV/AIDS education workshops to all 7th and 11th graders in Atoka County in April. More than 500 students were educated about HIV/AIDS. These six girls spent their fall break at an American Red Cross training workshop to become certified to teach HIV/AIDS workshops to others. Pushmataha County OSU Extension Center chose Rattan High School FCCLA Chapter as a pilot chapter for a seven-week in-depth program, “PREP” (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program). PREP focuses on teaching students the skills associated with good relationships through specific steps and enlightening exercises. It is a research-based approach to teach students how to communicate effectively, work as a team to solve problems, manage conflicts without damaging closeness, and preserve and enhance commitment and friendship. PREP is a fresh approach based on 20 years of research in the field of relationships. Mrs. Laverda Johnson with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Center came to our parenting and family living classes once a week for seven weeks with informative resources, games, and discussions on friendship and marital relationships. ▼ Yukon High School FAS students had a project in quilt making for Black History Month. Chapter Chatter The Ringwood chapter planned and carried out a tutoring project for our Hispanic students in Grades 3–6 enrolled in the ESL program (English as a Second Language). The project lasted for nine weeks, and sessions were held after school from 3:20 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The children were served snacks and then received help on homework, studying for tests, etc. There were 18 Ringwood FCCLA members who participated in this project and up to 18 ESL students attended each session. In addition to the tutoring, members also planned several cultural sharing sessions with FCCLA parents and ESL parents. During the first sharing session, learning activity bags were distributed to Hispanic parents with preschool-age children at home. These bags were prepared by our members and contained five different activities for parents to work with their children to achieve school readiness. A Ringwood member who is bilingual, translated information for Hispanic parents. Also during this session, several Hispanic mothers demonstrated how to make flour tortillas. The FCCLA moms then tried their hand at making them. Several delicious fillings had been prepared to sample with the tortillas. During the second session, the parents were invited to attend a class on basic cake decorating. Once again with the help of our translator, the mothers learned how to ice a cake for decorating and how to complete simple decorating techniques with several of the basic tips. Everyone took home a completed “Easter Basket” cookie at the end of the session. The Cameron FCCLA PSI team (Postponing Sexual Involvement) taught six lessons to seventh graders, using the PSI curriculum. Members were trained at a weekend retreat, where they learned how to do presentations and to work as a team. Arkoma FCCLA visited Representative Neil Brannon’s office at the state capitol during the State Convention trip. Representative Brannon is the former superintendent of Arkoma Public Schools. The Keota FCCLA video editing business produced and sold prom, graduation, all-sports highlights and banquet videos as a project and fundraiser. We raised over $600. The Drumright FCCLA Spring Fever Reliever was where we sold pop, ice, and spirit bracelets. Fund-Raisers Holidays The Howe FCCLA chapter created an in-house fund-raiser for our chapter. Members have a bread kit for bread or cinnamon rolls, which they make and sell to groups to use as a fund-raiser. Orders are taken and filled as needed. The Mannford FCCLA made candy, packaged it in decorated bags or boxes and sold it during Valentine’s for a fundraiser. The students had learned to make candy as a parent/child activity and thought it would be fun to make it for a fund-raiser. There was a need in Geary for catering. The Beta Club, FFA, Chamber of Commerce, and Sports Banquet were all going to hire someone outside the community to cook their meals. The Geary FCCLA members offered their services and were accepted. The trouble with fund-raisers in small towns is that the community becomes drained of money to help support all the activities that go on at school. We saw an opportunity to help other organizations and decrease fund-raising from the community. Our FCCLA members almost fight for a position to serve at the banquets. It’s great to see them really getting into it! Since most of our members belong to other organizations, that eliminates some from helping and gives others a chance to volunteer. We hope to create a Web site to advertise our catering business this next year and make more money! The Picher-Cardin FCCLA held the 20th annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Tea. This year’s theme was “A Real Tea Party for Senior Citizens.” The FCCLA members made snacks, cookies, and tea sandwiches; decorated the room; made nametags; and served the guests. The guests are grandparents of FCCLA members and other senior citizens in our area. The Carnegie FCCLA took orders and sold more than 400 cookies at $1 each. We baked, decorated and delivered them by Valentine’s Day. In December, Heavener FCCLA members were Santa’s helpers when the Kansas City Southern Santa Train visited Heavener. Some helped children climb onto the train while others handed out bags of candy. The Hobart FCCLA donated Christmas ornaments made by the students to raise money for the handicapped. The Valliant High School FCCLA worked with the counselors in our school to organize an Angel Tree. People from our community selected “angels” to buy gifts for, and 50 children had a merrier Christmas because of our efforts. 23 Chapter Chatter The Drumright FCCLA planned and organized a school-wide Halloween lunchtime party. The Okemah Parenting class held an Easter egg hunt and petting zoo for kids in our community. The students also helped host elementary parties. For Valentine’s Day, the high school students taught manners and held a dress-up tea party for the kids. They helped them make corsages and boutonnieres to wear, finger foods to eat with special dinner ware, and invitations to invite their parents as guests. It was a fun experience for all. FCCLA held a school-wide Christmas Tinsel Ball (formal dance) for everyone. The Personal Clothing Management class had designed and sewed Barbie doll clothes, and students brought dolls and cases as their admission to the dance. The dolls and clothes were donated as Christmas gifts for less fortunate children. Cyril FCCLA hosted a Halloween Style Show at the Cyril Nursing Home. Students from first and second grades modeled their costumes for the residents. FCCLA members were the emcees. Cashion FCCLA made “Boo Bags” for our elementary students. The bags consist of Halloween safety tips and also a few pieces of candy, stickers, etc. The FCCLA members decorate small brown paper bags and put the treats in them. On the day designated for Trick-or-Treat in our town, the FCCLA members dress in costumes and present a short program, including the information on the handout. The children who don’t participate in Halloween activities receive a Harvest bag. The Valentine’s Store, held for the fourth consecutive year, was once again a success for Agra FCCLA. Students created many items, and all of the displays were designed by students. The store netted a profit of nearly $1500 as well as being a service to a small community. The Okeene FCCLA sponsors the annual Secret Angel at Christmas. Children from families in our school are identified with special needs. Each child school-age or younger receives a shirt, pants, shoes, and present. The family is also given a food basket that contains everything needed to make Christmas dinner. It also includes many hygiene products. Our group identified 26 families this year. People in the community donate gifts and clothing for each child. Two businesses donated the money to buy items not selected from the Angel Trees, which are set up inside our two banks. The FCCLA and National Honor Society sponsor a Halloween House, and the entry fee is a canned good. These canned goods help to fill the Christmas food baskets. The NHS and FCCLA organize a class competition between Thanksgiving and Christmas to see if each class can meet a challenge to donate the hygiene items needed for the baskets. Adult volunteers from the community deliver the baskets the week before Christmas. This project takes hours of planning and participation to carry out. It is a very successful, useful and rewarding project for our members and the community. The Chouteau FCCLA chapter started making and selling “Love Pops” last year. These cans of pop have mints hot glued to their tops and have a balloon and tag attached for the sender to include a personal message. The students have learned to manage their time making, selling and delivering them. We deliver FCCLA Week. Not everyone can afford roses, but many can afford a “Love Pop” to send to their Valentine! At Christmas, the Minco FCCLA members volunteer to participate in what’s called the Angel Project. Groups of 7-10 members get together and buy gifts for their angels. The Southwest Youth and Family Services agency gives the angel list to the members. After the gifts are purchased, they are delivered to Youth and Family Services in Chickasha, where they are then given to parents to provide their children’s Christmas. The Minco FCCLA has been doing this project for five years. Also during the Christmas season, the Minco FCCLA chapter participates in a “Kris Kringle” Secret Pal gift exchange. The students draw names if they want to participate and then exchange gifts for one week. On the last day, a gift revealing the secret pal is exchanged and participants enjoy a pizza party. Exchanges include Christmas cards, ornaments, candy, hobby gifts, and a final nice gift. The members really look forward to their surprise every day and try to figure out who their pal is. Glenpool FCCLA members helped with the annual Angel Tree by wrapping the donated items and preparing them for delivery. 24 ▼ Chapter Chatter The Temple FCCLA has an annual Food Drive that gets the entire student body (K-12) involved. Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the elementary grades compete with each other to bring the most food items. The junior high and high school students also hold competition. Competition is fierce to see which class earns a day out of Encore, wins the Pizza or Cookie Party, and to just help those in need. The Hominy FCCLA chapter cancelled their usual Christmas Party exchange and used that money to buy Christmas presents for a family. It really seemed more like Christmas that way. For Christmas, the Kiamichi (Idabel) Technology Center Food Service chapter had a canned food drive, which netted two big boxes of groceries that were donated to local nursing homes. The Talihina FCCLA Chapter presented a Halloween safety workshop to the Talihina KiBois Head Start/Preschool and the Talihina kindergarten classes. The students dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes and visited the younger kids with safety information. The FCCLA members enjoyed getting involved with these young students, who seemed very excited to learn about the safety tips for Halloween. The Wagoner FCCLA Chapter gives a Thanksgiving Dinner each year for a local retirement village on the Thursday night before Thanksgiving. The chapter cooks the turkeys at school during the day, and members sign up to bring side items for a real Thanksgiving feast! In addition to providing the meal and eating with the residents of the center, the Wagoner chapter plans an afterdinner program. The program includes inspirational poems, stories, and readings and musical talent acts by the members. The retirees participate in sing-along hymns. This project started several years ago when one of our members’ grandmother lived there and asked her grandson to bring some friends out to the center because the residents got lonely for young people. Since that time, the grandmother has died and the young man has graduated, but it is such an excellent project that we continue the tradition! The Sperry FCCLA’s Families First Committee sponsored a Valentine Day activity that involved all the K-5 elementary students by having them write a story titled “Why I Love My Family and Why They Love Me Right Back!” The students also had to draw a picture of their family on the back of their poem or story. The FCCLA members then judged the entries and awarded a first- and second-place winner for each class. All the contestants received certificates with the first-place winners awarded a wheeled overnight suitcase with a stuffed animal, candy and a family game inside to share with their families. Members of Sperry FCCLA received many compliments from elementary teachers and parents for this fun activity that the whole family could work on together for Valentine’s Day! Members of the Cameron FCCLA chapter adopted two angels at Christmas from the Leflore County Youth Services agency and purchased gifts for them. The 11/12 FCCLA Chapter at Yukon High School was very busy this year. Here is a recap of the highlights. In October, members planned and implemented a Halloween carnival for the kindergarten students in the Yukon Public Schools. Various activities were planned to include Halloween safety, fun crafts, and the preparation of fun Halloween snacks! FCCLA members spent the day at each of the seven elementary schools to spend time with both the morning and afternoon kindergarten students, and it was a great time for everyone involved. In December, the principal requested that FCCLA prepare a traditional Christmas luncheon for the staff at the 11/12 building. Turkeys, hams, and all the side dishes were prepared and served by FCCLA members. The dinner not only allowed the members to show off their culinary abilities but also gave them the opportunity to plan for, increase recipe yields, shop for, and prepare food for 60-70 people. It was a great success! 25 Chapter Chatter Meetings Hinton FCCLA works together as a group. This year our members worked hard to have a great SWII District meeting. We performed skits, games and made a great day incorporating “Leader of the Pack” leadership qualities at Red Rock Canyon. We also hosted a leadership guest speaker, Stewart Kennedy, for our student body, Grades 7-12. FCCLA students participate well, perform skits, and demonstrate great leadership qualities. We have 67 members, and all do their part. We are strong and awesome!!! We believe you can have fun and learn! The Indianola FCCLA members work hard to recruit new members each year. They host a RUSH week full of activities to encourage students to pay their dues on time and recruit members. Members select a theme for each day and dress up to match the day’s theme. We have an FCCLA emblem search with prizes or discounts on dues. The week always ends with a big social that goes along with the new theme. At the end of the year, the FCCLA banquet draws a crowd. We had over 180 people attend this year’s awards program and installation of new officers. It was a huge success. One of the most outstanding events for the Midwest City FCCLA chapter is the Family Night Supper. We have a catered dinner with parents, administrators, and community leaders in attendance, along with chapter members and advisers. During the meeting, we install our officers, have entertainment, conduct a silent auction fund-raiser to assist with service projects, and get out the message about FCCLA. Nowata FCCLA had a get-acquainted swim party to start the school year. In January we had a local cook-off at our chapter meeting. We had a guest speaker on physical fitness at one of our meetings, and he demonstrated body-building techniques and set up gym time for our members. The Wellston chapter was devastated this spring when one of our own was fatally injured in a horse accident. Amanda Jo Westermeir was an active freshman in our chapter. The members were so very upset by her passing that they wanted to do something to help ease the pain. The chapter began working on a quilt, which we named the Mandy Jo Pointless Wonder. The chapter finished this quilt in four school days. The quilt was auctioned at the Rodeo. Working with the FFA chapter, we sold lunch on that afternoon for $3. Together these two activities raised $2,000 for the Amanda Westermeir Scholarship to be given away in May of 2004. FCCLA members at Western Heights High School joined DECA for a lock-in to create an interest in our organizations. We played games, had a scavenger hunt, watched movies, and had a volleyball game. (We even did our planning for the rest of the year and next year.) A Back-to-School Blast will be held for the third year at WHHS. FCCLA and our advisor are again in charge of food. We have served over 600 students and parents for the past two years. All clubs set up tables, encourage students to join, give away prizes, and inform parents on activities. This year we are planning a volleyball game between classes and water balloon wars between clubs. The event will end with a soft ball game. www.okfccla.org Membership Christopher Howk and Meghan Martin from the Dewar FCCLA chapter were selected as district officers—President and Secretary. We are working to raise money to send Christopher and Aaron Burwell to the National Leadership Meeting. We had our end-of-year banquet on May 15 with over 100 in attendance. Awards were given and the new officers for 2003-2004 were installed. Members, parents, administrators, and school board members attended the banquet. The Caney Valley FCCLA members had an FCCLA banquet this year for members and their families. The members prepared all of the food. The Haworth chapter has a lock-in where members spend the night in the gym or cafeteria. They work on service projects and bond with one another. We also have a family night, where the parents and students play games and enjoy a potluck dinner. 26 In May, the Heavener FCCLA hosted a luncheon to honor the graduating seniors in FCCLA. The seniors were given a chef’s apron. All members autographed the aprons with fabric markers. Due to a successful membership campaign for the Plainview FCCLA chapter, we had a record 89 members. Each member was presented with an FCCLA t-shirt and official pen. Chapter Chatter Members of the Pryor Jr. High FCCLA have the opportunity to earn their FCCLA pin through the FCCLA degree award program. Members must participate in four educational activities, four service projects and go to one state-sponsored FCCLA activity (includes district, STAR events, state convention, etc.). This year 31 members earned their pins and were presented with them at our end-of-the-year awards luncheon where we were treated to an 18-foot-long Subway party sub!! This encourages active membership in our great organization. The Teacher Appreciation luncheon was a great success for the Madison Middle School FCCLA. We made lasagna, jello, salad, garlic bread and pie. We decorated in a zoo theme and gave the teachers prizes and thanked them for working in our “zoo.” It was really fun, and the teachers all felt appreciated. We knew several of our students and staff were related to soldiers in Iraq, so we decided to participate in Operation Shoebox. We rallied the student body to donate things on a specific list, and then we divided it all into boxes and addressed them. We had to raise the money for postage. We sent 14 boxes to Iraq. We received some thank-yous back from the soldiers, too. The Hobart FCCLA’s most enjoyable activity was providing a secret surprise for each teacher every morning for a week. It put the students and the teachers in a pleasant mood for the day. The Mustang FCCLA members conducted a workshop on adoption. Speakers from Deaconess Home presented options. For FCCLA Week, members made Valentine cards for teachers, collected items for and toured the Ronald McDonald House, and the chapter officers presented violence prevention information at a luncheon. Glenpool FCCLA members prepared treats for the school board meeting and snacks for the faculty and staff throughout the year. They also had a luncheon to honor their members who were seniors. The Nowata FCCLA chapter went bowling after our District Meeting and had a pizza party. FCCLA members of Caney held a car wash the last day of school to raise funds for the National FCCLA Leadership Meeting in Philadelphia this summer. This event was planned and organized by our members. Miscellaneous Forty members from the Dewar FCCLA chapter attended the State Convention this year. They spent the night and attended the FCCLA Frontier City Event and enjoyed time at Penn Square Mall and the Omniplex. We finished our trip with dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse. The Boswell FCCLA members have participated the last couple of years in a “Career” field trip. This year we went to Dallas to tour the Mary Kay Cosmetics corporate headquarters. We had a very good tour guide who told the history of Mary Kay’s rise to fame. She was a very good example of hard work, perseverance, and success. ▼ An educator who works with deaf students trained Mustang officers in signing. ▼ Mustang officers meet to plan programs and activities that will have a broad appeal to members. ▼ 27 Chapter Chatter The Henryetta FCCLA made sewing kits for high school and middle school teachers. ▼ The Wagoner FCCLA Chapter had several fun activities during FCCLA Week that were designed to make members feel special. Signs were made and attached to each member's locker during the week, and goodie bags with candy, gum, and a stress ball were made and given to each member. We also held a party at Pizza Hut for FCCLA members and gave away door prizes. Members of the Caney FCCLA pose for a picture after enjoying the Titanic Exhibit at the Omniplex in Oklahoma City following a full day at the State Convention. ▼ Mustang Mid-High FCCLA was “Leading the Pack” this year with 27 affiliated members. Students participated in STAR Events, and 19 members attended State Convention in Oklahoma City. We had an exciting FCCLA week. We collected items for the Canadian County Youth and Family Services, had special gifts each day for members, participated in random acts of kindness, and had a members luncheon. To go along with our district Character Education plan, FCCLA got involved with Character Education-Respect/SelfRespect-Take Pride in Your School! We did this by cleaning the walls of the entire school. FCCLA made a HERO wall for our service men and women. We finished the year with “Good-bye Memories,” a make-and-take memory page representing each member’s year in FCCLA. As you can see, Mustang Mid-High FCCLA is at the front of the race and ready for a new and exciting adventure next year. The Etta Dale Junior FCCLA chapter's year was shortened by tragedy as we lost one of our precious members, Jesse Whitman, in an auto accident. After State Convention, we spent the remainder of the year dealing with this loss. Chapter members purchased a memorial monument and had a dedication with a tree planting to honor Jesse on the last day of school. Chapter members also presented his family a scrapbook to share our memories that we had in FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences activities. The Weatherford FCCLA made patriotic ribbons for students, teachers, and staff. Wal-Mart donated the ribbon, and the students made and distributed the ribbons throughout the school. Shanleigh Kelly, Heather Matz, Lauren Ledford, and Kayla Heger of the Weatherford FCCLA prepare patriotic ribbons for staff and students to wear to express their pride in America. ▼ 28 Chapter Chatter A few innovative socials that the Bokoshe FCCLA holds each year are the lock-in and the swimming socials. The lock-in is great! All of our members gather here at the high school in Bokoshe around 7 p.m. and eat dinner and play games over night. Most of the members enjoy it because we all like staying up all night long and hanging out with our friends. The swimming social is hosted by our advisor at her house. Most members gather at the school, and we take a bus to her house where we get to swim and have a barbecue. We usually have the biggest turnout in attendance at the swimming social since we all like the idea of free food. Bokoshe had a large group at their swim social. Bokoshe’s lock-in turned out to be great fun. Oklahoma Union FCCLA member Jana Hazen submitted the recipe, “Hawaiian Tomato Beef,” that was made in the Family and Consumer Sciences lab during a meat unit. Learning to prepare beef is one of the activities made possible by the beef grant from the Oklahoma Beef Council. Oklahoma Union FCCLA members Jessica Bowers, Lacey Davis, and Danielle Smith proudly show off their meat recipe, “Hawaiian Tomato Beef.” The Kiamichi (Idabel) Technology Center Food Service chapter hosted two chefs from the Art Institute college in Dallas to cook and speak to our students for the whole day. The chefs prepared Hungarian goulash and spatzle. The chapter also toured the Luby’s Cafeteria in Texarkana, Texas, to show the class the kind of work environment they will face once they graduate from this course. Hawaiian Tomato Beef 2 pounds round steak, cut into bite-sized strips 1 small bunch of celery, cut crosswise into slices 1 onion, chopped ground pepper, soy sauce, and Tabasco sauce - to taste 1 tomato, diced 2 Tbsp oil Saute steak in the oil. Add onion and celery and saute lightly. Serve over rice and add ground pepper, soy sauce and Tabasco to taste. Sprinkle the tomato over the top. Serves 6-8. ▼ 29 ▼ ✃ Chapter Chatter National Programs Families First, was selected as Woodward FCCLA’s chapter focus activity. Members brainstormed ways that we could encourage members to strengthen ties to their families. Members decided to have a “Family Christmas Dinner” to kick off our Family First projects. Members were encouraged to invite one or two family members. Over 85 people attended. It was a great success. The Foods class prepared the dinner, and members provided entertainment. Prior to having the dinner, members were asked to write a short response to “What My Family Means to Me.” These responses were then shared at the dinner party. FCCLA members first used the FCCLA Planning Process to work through all of their activities. They identified the concerns they were interested in, set a goal, formed a plan, acted, and then followed up. Members in the Foods class were able to use their skills to help with the meal for the Family Christmas dinner as well as the “Little Buddies” cooking sessions. The FACS I class made gingerbread houses for the Family Christmas dinner’s table decorations. They then used their creative talents and computer skills to create a tray liner for McDonalds. FACS I class members also made pants for the Head Start program as part of their sewing projects. The Parenting class practiced their skills by reading to children and sponsoring the coloring contest. The members who helped with the school presentations got to practice their public speaking and presentation skills. The Housing class learned more about the plight of refugees and began to understand the importance of home and housing to people who have been driven from their countries. Students in the Adult and Family Living class were able to apply what they had learned about the elderly in their aging unit as they visited with the residents of the nursing home during the Valentine Party. Nowata FCCLA members did individual monthly projects for our Families First project. Jesseca Thomas, Lindsay Thomas and Chelsie Crites of the Caney FCCLA caught up with Pistol Pete at the State FCCLA STAR events competition in Stillwater. ▼ Tushka FCCLA took part in the FACTS Project by hosting a mock wreck where students witnessed how EMS, the fire department, and Meda flight work together. Members learned the dangers of drinking and driving, and not wearing a seat belt. ▼ Tushka FCCLA took part in the Families First project where students educated others on the dangers of smoking and substance abuse while pregnant. Pictured are Deanna Rawlins and Stormy Keeler. ▼ Chapter Chatter The Fairland FCCLA believes that Power of One is an excellent activity. Many “not-so-popular” students believe they are not as important as those students who are “more” popular. However, activities that engage just one student prove the power of one is important. The Minco FCCLA Chapter organized several events this year that were outstanding activities. The first was Critical Issues Day where the entire student body was invited to attend various workshops promoting FCCLA National Projects. One speaker spoke on overcoming obstacles, his blindness from an accident, which promotes Families First—meeting the challenge and overcoming obstacles together. Another speaker spoke on teen choices, which focuses on Student Body—helping young people make informed and responsible decisions about their health. MADD representatives spoke to the students about drinking and driving, thus promoting FACTS. Another speaker from a local bank educated the students on financial matters and concerns with credit, which focused on the national project Financial Fitness. Small groups of students rotated to each speaker, and then an assembly for the entire student body wrapped up the day. ▼ STOP the Violence The Dibble FCCLA STOP the Violence campaign has been working for years. Even though we have never been able to attend the training sessions, we have studied and worked hard to bring the concepts to our school. After we had a shooting scare this year, the students really took off with the program. We held workshops for the lower grades, worked on communication skills in the elementary and middle school, and held a STOP assembly for the High School. Two FCCLA state officers were speakers and we had a style show. The “Pajama Pant Parade” was very successful and the students were very impressed with our state officers. Northwest Classen’s Chapter participated in STOP the Violence for the fourth year! This year, chapter members decided to take a new approach and address the bullying issue in elementary schools. Members participated in the October training and then held campus training in November, including other campus club members who wanted to participate. Students from FFA, College Club, Asian Club, Drama Club, Pride and Tri-M volunteered. We had a kick-off celebration in December, giving high school students the opportunity to “sign the wall” and pledge to not use violence as a way to solve problems. In late March and early April, two teams went to Mark Twain Elementary in Oklahoma City to conduct STOP the Violence Training for every student in every class. The twoday training left the children as well as the high school students empowered. What a great project! After a fight at school, which was broken up and discouraged by students before an adult was even on the scene, Hammon FCCLA awarded a certificate to the two boys who broke up the fight after just one swing for their “Participation in Stopping the Violence in our School.” Since the other students who were present when the fight began didn’t stand around cheering the fight on and were helpful in explaining the facts about the fight to teachers, they were also rewarded. Hammon FCCLA presented a certificate to every student in Grades 7– 12 at the awards assembly at the end of the school year for “Having a No Tolerance Attitude for Violence in Our School.” We felt this was well-deserved since the general attitude of the students after the fight was to condemn the actions of the student who started the fight. The presentation of the award, which had been planned for months before the assembly, was very timely. That very week, national news reported a student hazing incident where girls were put through humiliating and violent attacks by upper classmen while other teens stood around cheering and even videotaping. We felt it was important to acknowledge our students’ actions, which were the opposite of this violent behavior by other teens. We are very proud of our students and since the Hammon FCCLA has started our “STOP the Violence” campaign, it is very common to hear students step up and say “STOP the Violence!” whenever they see any students arguing or confronting each other at school. 31 Chapter Chatter The Ponca City FCCLA conducted eight assemblies for fifth-grade students at their elementary schools. We presented an anti-bullying workshop, using a group motivator, small group sessions led by FCCLA students, a video, and closing group challenge. The response was excellent and we have been invited to five additional schools for next year. ▼ Hammon FCCLA members hosted an assembly called “Together We Stand” as part of our STOP the Violence campaign this year. The assembly is a 14-projector, 3-screen multimedia program put on by Camfel productions. We wanted to fill our auditorium, which seats 500, so we invited other school districts and FCCLA chapters to attend our assembly. Three schools— Hammon, Vici and Butler brought all of their students in Grades 6–12. Cheyenne, Leedey and Canute sent FCCLA members or just junior and senior students. There were also some students there who were sentenced to the assembly by a judge as part of their community service in juvenile court. The assembly was a great success and taught students to accept diversity in other people. It stressed that even though we are all different, we have a lot more in common than we have differences, no matter what our race or skin color. We all want to be accepted for who we are, and we all have the same basic needs. In February, the Weatherford FCCLA chapter had a breakfast meeting that featured a guest speaker who had lost her granddaughter to domestic violence. As a follow-up to this meeting, our members made 22 baby quilts and blankets that were donated to a nearby shelter for battered women and their children. One of our seniors, Jessica Wilson, is shown with some of these quilts. 32 ▼ ▼ The Tushka FCCLA participated in Career Connection by taking members to industries such as Custom-Molded Plastics in Durant.
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