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Front Page September 26, 2017  RSS feed

TEEA members enjoy trip through the hill country on way to state conference

Submitted by Michaelene Perry
Reporter for Leon EEA and TEEA District 8

Donna Barrilleaux, Buffalo EE with Nyanza Price, TEEA President Elect and Clara Jones, TEEA District 8 Director. Contributed photo Donna Barrilleaux, Buffalo EE with Nyanza Price, TEEA President Elect and Clara Jones, TEEA District 8 Director. Contributed photo TEEA members from Leon EEA attended the 90th TEEA State Conference at Horseshoe Bay Resort September 12 and 13, 2017 with the theme “The Great Outdoors.” It all started on the Monday before the conference with the trip through the “hill country” of Texas. Driving through the back roads to Horseshoe Bay stimulated our senses of sights and sounds. By the time we arrived at the resort we were hooked to having a wonderful time. In our free time we had opportunities to hit the golf or putting courses, tennis courts, yacht club, spa gardens, fitness classes, or lounge around the pool.

Of course the two days of the meetings were filled with Early Bird workshops, Delegate Education and Optional Member workshops, Cultural Arts competition and viewing, Country Store with handmade crafts for sale made by the two Host Districts — 9 and 11. Also there were the business meetings, election of new officers, and voting of amendment changes. The District 8 party at the Yacht Club and the Closing Banquet were fun, entertainment and enjoyable eating.

JP Borah’s 1st place Cultural Arts entry. 
Contributed photo JP Borah’s 1st place Cultural Arts entry. Contributed photo In the Cultural Arts competition Leon County EE members brought home two first place rib- bons: Category 12-Paintings and Drawings-Pam Groba-Leona-Centerville EE and Category 22-Recycled Items-Rhonda Exley-from Normangee EE. Second place winners are: Category 10-Holiday Decoration- Rhonda Exley from Normangee EE and Category 17-Quilts-smaller than 50 x 70”-hand quilted- JP Borah, Normangee EE. Congratulations to all the entries from Leon, District 8 and all over the state. Leon County was also recognized by TEEA with the Honor Roll of counties for their outstanding contributions in community service and their outstanding educational programming from District 8. To equate that for all Texas counties throughout the state EE contributed the equivalent of $4,663,295.96 for community service and program dollars. Yes, that $4 million+ showed our TEEA members’ involvement with services for Texans. Congratulations to Leon County for their hard work and volunteer hours.

Topics of some workshops kept with the full conference theme with “The Incredible Gourd,” “Tropical Exotic Bird Show,” “Gardening for Wildlife,” “Hill Country Wild Flowers” and “Rice- The Great and Healthy Grain.” We learned how to a) use 5 household items to make cleaning materials for your house, b) start finding resources to discover your family tree outline, c) identify sleep issues keeping you from a good night’s sleep, d) work with chocolate to make candy, e) understand causes, effects and options for hearing loss, f) plan and control your aging years and g) make mats from plastic grocery bags.

Wednesday’s Keynote speaker – the Mystery Guest – just happened to be Elvis Presley (or a facsimile of him). He kept all entertained and “Rockin’” for over 45 minutes as we all went back in time to remember our younger days. With the closing banquet we witnessed installation of new officers and board members. Leon County has been honored with Nyanza Price, Oakwood EE Club who is now the President-Elect at the TEEA state level. We are proud of her skills and professional manner to represent our county and district. We will support her endeavors for this year and for her two-year term in 2018 when she will become the state president.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Leon Extension Education Association please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife office for information in one of the 5 clubs in Leon County. You can call 903-536- 2531 for more information.

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