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 you go. Interpretation is key to the sustainability of our organization.

With that in mind, the next deadline for Texas Extra articles to me will be March 31, 2014. Contact your district editor for district deadlines.

I look forward to hearing from you all,

Lorrie Coop

Texas Extra Editor

Message From Our President

Happy New Year!061 Ft Bend

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 in Extension are in a constant state of change.  While we continue to provide updated research rooted information on traditional topics, we also strive to be prepared to address emerging issues that face our clientele and our communities.

Some of us embrace change more quickly than others.  As Family and Consumer Sciences professionals, we understand that our field will forever be in a state of transformation.

The TEAFCS deadline for NEAFCS awards is quickly approaching.  Awards are due to Julie Smith, 1st Vice President by January 27.  I hope that you are in the process of completing your awards applications to highlight the outstanding programs occurring in Texas.

This year we have added state awards that are more reflective of some of our programming efforts.   Also new this year, is our Professional Development Scholarship.  Two (2) $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to TEAFCS members pursing post graduate degrees.  Those applications are also due to Julie Smith by April 1st.  (Awards information and applications are available on our website,   Things are moving full speed ahead for the 2014 TEAFCS Conference.  I hope you are making plans to attend the conference in Bryan July 29 – 31.  Registration information will be coming out soon – hopefully.  District 9 has been busily preparing for a great conference.

I know this is a busy time of year for many of you.  You are catching up with work that accumulated while you took some time off, working on end of year reports, setting goals for 2014 and getting back into the swing of your programming.   Keep in mind that your attitude can make all the difference in the work you do, the relationships you have, and how happy you are. Stay positive and set the tone for others around you. Creativity, inspiration, and energy are born out of a positive attitude.


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 to complete the applications – especially since the first of the year is challenging to prepare award applications.

ALL materials for NEAFCS  awards need to be submitted electronically by midnight on 1/27/14 to  It would be nice if all attachments were in pdf or jpg/gif format to ensure integrity of fonts, spacing, etc. – make sure to have your name on all files and award category/info. Also, please note the following in your message when emailing information to me: NAME, AWARD CATEGORY/CATEGORIES, INDIVIDUAL/TEAM (LIST MEMBERS), DISTRICT, and REGION.

The hard copy can be sent to me soon after (please do not spend a lot of money to send the hard copies to me overnight, etc) – I just need to have them in hand within a few days after the electronic to ensure plenty of time to review and have ready to forward. The electronic files will be disseminated for judging in Texas – the hard copy will be reviewed and forwarded to National for those applications that are chosen as winners. Note that you will NOT get the hard copy back. With our membership numbers – we can submit up to 4 in every category once again this year.

For DSA and Continued Excellence Awards – your application information only needs to be sent electronically – I do not need a hard copy since it is not forwarded.

The committee has completed Program Award criteria for new state level awards which will consist of:

Better Living for Texans

Nutrition, Health and Wellness

Family Development and Resource Management

Family Life, Parenting, Financial Management, Housing, Clothing, etc.

TEAFCS Awards: The TEAFCS Ad Hoc Awards Committee (consisting of: Joanna Pack-Andrews County, Michelle Allen-Austin County, Courtney Davis-Bowie County, Sally Garrett-Fayette County, Sheri Halsell-Haskell County, and Lorrie Coop-Knox County) has completed Program Award criteria for new state level awards which will consist of:

Family Development and Resource Management

Family Life, Parenting, Financial Management, Housing, Clothing, etc.

Better Living for Texans

Nutrition, Health and Wellness

These are non-BLT related programs

4-H and Youth Development

Curriculum Enrichment

Multi-County Programming

Interdisciplinary Programming

Judging criteria and the online application are attached and will be placed on the TEAFCS web site as well. ALL applications for TEAFCS awards will be completed and submitted electronically. The deadline for the TEAFCS Awards will be April 1, 2014.

We will continue working on the Service Awards and plan to implement those in 2015. If you have suggestions for criteria or names, please share with any member of the Ad Hoc Committee.

Highlights From Around the State: North Region


In NovembNRber 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, DecemD4ber 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!

Newd5hton 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 Lacyd5g

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 PageD5f

Effective October 1, Jennifer Page was named the Tyler County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent.  Jennifer has a Bachelor and Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has taught in the public school system and recently worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.  District 5 is excited to have Jennifer as a co-worker!

Shelby County – Jheri-Lynn SmithD5e

Effective December 2, Jheri-Lynn Smith was named the Shelby County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent.  Jheri-Lynn comes to Extension with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Education from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Horticulture from Texas Tech University.  She is excited to assist the community in Shelby County!

Polk County – Emily Rice D5d

Effective October 1, Emily Rice was named the Polk County Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent.  Emily has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Stephen F. Austin University.  She will be an excellent addition to District 5!


Rusk County – Liz Buckner

Members of the RD5cusk County Step Up and Scale Down Class IV pose for their group graduation photo on Veteran’s Day 2013.  These participants also participated in the Rusk County Step Up and Scale Down/East Texas Medical Center Diabetes Education 5K and Fun Walk as the grand finale of the program series.


Members of the Rusk Cd5bounty Step Up and Scale Down/L.E.A.N. Coalition met with the Commissioners’ Court to share program successes for the 2013 year.



We also wish Wendi Green the best in her retirement. She has been the agent in Cherokee county and will be retiring in February.


Highlights From Around the State: D7

D7Happy 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 does take some time, but the rewards are well worth it.  Please give me, Dianne or any of the current officers a call if you have any questions. My number is 512-556-8271.  There are also some national committees that need members.  Let’s be sure Texas and the southern region is represented at the national level.  Check these out on the national website.  Let’s pay it forward in the new year.

The District 7 FCS agents met in Sweet Water on  December 17th.  They celebrated the Holidays with a cookie and ornament exchange.  They are keeping busy with the following programs and activities: Janet Nelson – Coleman Co. – Diabetes Texas Style One-day program and a Cooking School utilizing the Texas Style recipes, Kathy Aycock – Tom Green Co. – Multi-County FPM – 2 classes and 4 classes of Food Handlers.  They’ve had a 93% pass rate!!, Linda Wells – Burnet Co. – Friend to Friend,  new TEEA  club and the new District Director is from her county, meetings re: multi-county Dinner Tonight sponsored by Scott & White will include Burnet, Llano and Lampasas, Karen DeZarn – Lampasas Co. – BLT partnership with Adult Probation, Friend to Friend Event, Jan Yanez – Coke/Sterling Cos.- FPM, Food Handlers, Dinner Tonight, Spotlight on Smokeless Tobacco, The Land Expo coming up, FRED, Tasha Baxter – Nolan Co. – reported about the Texas Tech grant in the collegiate school in Roscoe,  this has broadened the number of 4-H projects/leaders. Judy Gully – RPL – D7 FCS is fully staffed – recruit for D6 5 positions open. The group divided into clusters to rotate hosting future meetings.  We are working on a newsletter to share district wide.  We voted to give Ashley Piercy, Scurry Co. FCS agent $100 to help her after the fire.

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 faD92milies 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 that they offer.

The Cooperative Extension Program through Prairie View A& M University designed the Back to School Health and Safety Day event in order to assist families in preparing for the new school year. The event was held at the Grimes County Fair Grounds. The Back to School Health and Safety Day Event provides families with an opportunity to receive the basic school supplies for the new school year.

More than 300D91 bags of school supplies were issued to school age participants. Each bag was valued at $12.00 each. Participants were also introduced to many of the available county resources agencies and had the opportunity to learn about their services. The participants were engaged in workshops about Bullying and Packing a Cost Effective Lunch. One participant stated that, she was so glad that this event was being conducted, because she had no idea on how she was going to get supplies for 5 children. The health fair participants were not only given school supplies for the upcoming school year, but they also received health screenings, glucose screenings, spinal screenings, and vision screenings.