History of OEAFCS
At the time of the meeting, the Home Demonstration Agents, the four (4) district Agents, and the specialist attended the meeting. After much discussion, both pro and con, Miss Elizabeth Ward made the motion that was seconded by Miss Elizabeth Crane that the Oklahoma Home Demonstration Agents organize. The motion carried and the following officers were elected:
- President – Miss Minnie Hamilton
- Vice-President – Miss Nina Craig
- Secretary – Miss Eva Stokes
The president then appointed a committee to draw up a Constitution for the organization. This committee was composed of Miss Jewel Graham, chairman, Miss Nettie Coryell, Miss Elizabeth Ward, and Miss Neva Harveson. The group adjourned to meet October 18, when the proposed constitution would be presented. October 18, the Home Demonstration Agents’ Association met and adopted the proposed constitution. The constitution provided for a treasurer, and Miss Ruth Seney was elected. Other things provided for in the constitution:
- Object of this Association shall be to provide a permanent state organization for Home Demonstration Agents of Oklahoma whereby professional standards for raised; fellowship among its members is promoted; a centralized means for the exchange of ideas and methods is provided; and a cooperation is given to the Oklahoma County Agents’ Association.
- Membership. “Those eligible for membership shall be agents actively engaged in Home Demonstration work in counties.”
- Executive Board shall consist of the four elective officers and a counselor from each of the four extension districts; each counselor to be elected by her own district.
NEAFCS Past Presidents
Susan Routh has served in the Oklahoma State University Extension Service for 17 years. She served as the Grady County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for 13 years, the Area Coordinator for Community Nutrition Education Programs for four years, and the Interim Family and Consumer Sciences District Program Specialist for the south region of the West District for three years. Susan served as the 2021-22 NEAFCS President. Susan’s goal as President was to help elevate the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences and to encourage members as they recruit the next generation of FCS professionals. During her term as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President, Susan served as a representative of NEAFCS on the national Alliance for Family and Consumer Sciences, a consortium of Family and Consumer Sciences organizations and representatives. Susan was elected as President-elect during the 2021 virtual NEAFCS conference. Prior to serving as President, Susan served NEAFCS as the 2013-15 Southern Region Director, 2017-19 Vice President for Awards and Recognition, 2020-21 President-elect. She also served as the 2022-23 Immediate Past President.
Barbara Tricinella was FCS Educator in Tulsa County for 23 ½ years. She served as
NEAFCS President during ‘97, president-elect ‘95-’96, and site coordinator for the
national meeting in Tulsa, ‘91. Barbara also served as southern region director and
professional improvement chair in ‘94-’95. On her first day of work the ground was
covered in snow. She says she was snowed under from that day on for the next 23 ½ years!
Cleo Stiles Bryan was an Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Home Demonstration Agent/Extension Home Economist for 35 years beginning in 1939. Her father came to Oklahoma from Kentucky in the Oklahoma 1889 Land Run, and settled on land in southwest Oklahoma where he farmed. She was one of 11 children. She received her BS degree from Central State College and her MS from Oklahoma A & M College (OSU). Before she retired in 1973 she was President of the National Association of Extension Home Economists. That year she was one of the U.S. Representatives at the International Federation for Home Economics in Helsinki, Finland. From there she went to Leningrad and on to Moscow to work with a soviet women's committee to try to improve relationships among the women of the world. She was the first HDA in the nation to meet with the Federal Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). She also received the Superior Service Award from the U.S.D.A. As NAEHE Historian she wrote a twenty-volume, fifty year history of the association after she retired. She wrote a cookbook published in 1989 titled "Seems Like I Done It This A-way" where she took recipes from good cooks who didn't use exact measurements, and "translated" them to measurements so any cook could make them. Half her cookbook is a story of life in Oklahoma during her childhood and many materials from her career in Extension. Here is a sample:
What is a Professional? Someone with:
- P - Perspective - Participate
- R - Rules to see it through
- O - Opportunity the help another
- F - Focus on the Future
- E - Excellence
- S - Sincerity
- S - Simplicity
- I - Individual
- O - Objectives
- N - New Paths
- A - Accountability
- L - Love
She was a great person and she was very supportive of the association and all her coworkers. This award is to honor someone who has worked tirelessly for the association during the year.