Author Archives: courtney.latour

From the editor…

I hope everyone had a great time at the Centennial Conference. I know I did. The speakers were excellent and the networking opportunities were most beneficial. I really enjoyed seeing others from around the state and hearing about the great things we are doing in this organization. I came back energized and ready for the next 100 years. As we look to our future and ways to impact others, please remember that what you do every day is important and helps create our legacy. Tell your story as… Read More →

Message From Our President

Happy New Year! I can hardly believe it’s already 2014.  As we begin another year and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Smith Lever Act which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System.  We can take a look back at the visionary leaders such as Seaman Knapp, Jane McKimmon and Edna Trigg and marvel at their foresight in addressing emerging issues for their time.   (For more information n on the Smith Lever Anniversary, visit ) Most of us have come to realize that we… Read More →

AWARDS UPDATE – Julie Smith, 1st Vice President

NEAFCS Awards: Time is of the essence in preparing for submission of NEAFCS Awards! All NEAFCS Award information is available at: In order to have applications judged and submitted to National by their February 15th deadline, I am asking that awards be submitted to me by Monday, January 27, 2014.  This is going to be a tight turn around for me and the Awards Committee Judging Teams, but I am confident that we can make it work. I am giving you all as much time as possible… Read More →

Highlights From Around the State: North Region

In November Districts 1,2 and 3 came together one final time for the North Region 4-H Summit in Lubbock before District 3 became part of the new Central Region. Joan Gray-Soria conducted a poly mesh wreath-making class one evening to showcase a partial cost recovery idea.  Everyone had a great time and learned a new program to take back to their counties.  

Highlights From Around the State: D3

After attending the session on wreath-making in Lubbock, Lorrie Coop brought the program back and conducted a class for county employees focusing on holiday decorating. Thirteen people participated in the first class and two more classes have been filled for January, 2014.  

Highlights From Around the State: D4

On Friday, December 13th, District 4 EAFCS members enjoyed morning refreshments at The Sanford House Inn & Spa in Arlington along with professional development sessions about the March of Dimes 39-weeks Promotion and CFP Ellen Timberlake’s overview of The Money Times of Your Life.  

Highlights From Around the State: D5

New Agents in District 5! Newton County – Cathy Pearson Cathy Pearson was named the Newton County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent.  Cathy has an extensive background within Family and Consumer Sciences and has great plans for programming in Newton County!   Panola County – Vickie Lacy Vickie Lacy was named the Panola County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent.  Vickie has worked with Extension in the past and comes back with many new ideas and plans for her community!   Tyler County – Jennifer Page Effective… Read More →

Highlights From Around the State: D7

Happy New Year everyone!  I’d like to introduce myself.  I’m Karen DeZarn, your President-elect.  I’m the FCS and 4-H agent in Lampasas County (District 7).  I’ve worked for extension for 20 years and for AgriLife for 4 years.  I’m very excited to be a part of the TEAFCS board.  I’ve met some wonderful people and hope to give back to our great organization.  I’d like to encourage you to think about being an officer.  Those needed are President Elect, 1st Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Being an officer… Read More →

Highlights From Around the State: D9

Grimes County Back to School Health & Safety Day The Back to School Health and Safety Day Event is to support needy families in Grimes County. The Grimes County community has an extremely large population of limited resource families. $15.9% of the   Families in Grimes County live in poverty. Often these children begin school with limited or no school supplies. Although there are many resources and service available throughout the county that assists needy families many of these families are unaware of the available resources and services… Read More →