Bryan County’s Oklahoma Home and Community Education Inc. (OHCE) and the Bryan County Fair Board held an appreciation luncheon for members Wednesday. The Luncheon was held at the Clay Jones Community Center in Durant.
The luncheon honored OHCE member Dorothy (Dot) Curtis and Fair Board member Bob Rogers as well as recognizing long standing members of OHCE and this year’s OHCE scholarship recipients.
Dot Curtis has been a member of OHCE for 41 years. She has served as vice president for two years and Chairman of Family Issues for approximately six years. She is also treasurer of the Eager group in the OHCE.
Curtis assists in charities such as Meals on Wheels, Loaves and Fishes and the Soldier Care box project which she initiated in 2004.
Curtis also participates in Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox project, helps procure car seats for the Bryan County Foster Parent Organization and is active with Pennies for Friendship.
“I didn’t know I was so wonderful,” said Curtis after receiving her award.
Bob Rogers is a Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate and has served on the Bryan County Fair Board for 26 years. Rogers is currently treasurer for the board.
Rogers retired from the Durant Fire Department in 1998 after 25 years of service. He was elected in 2008 to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree.
Rogers is the recorder for both the Bryan County Free Fair and the Bryan County Junior Livestock shows. According to County Fair Board member and last year’s honoree, Larry Conditt, “It may be hot or it may be cold,” but Rogers is there to help at the fair.
OHCE President Pat Accountius announced Tashona Robinson and Mariah Dunn as this year’s OHCE Scholarship recipients. Neither recipient was able to attend the luncheon so Accountius presented photos of the girls receiving their scholarships.
Curtis’s granddaughter was also in attendance at the luncheon. As a former recipient of the OHCE Scholarship, she has gone on to be a 7th and 8th grade science teacher.
Nine other OHCE members were recognized for years of membership at the luncheon as well. Guests honored were: Ivy Hughes of Eager for five years, Barbara Summerlin of Calera for 10 years, Joni Anderson of Calera for 15 years, Lilie Harris and Jolene Reid of Mead for 20 years, Rosemary Dorman and Gloria Nation for 25 years, Ruth Wade of Eager for 30 years and Jean Hancher of Calera for 35 years.
OHCE and the Bryan County Fair Board are responsible for organizing the Bryan county Free Fair each year. The fair will be held September 5-8 at the Bryan County Fair Grounds on South 9th Ave. in Durant.