Oklahoma Association of Conservation District Area Meetings Scheduled for October & NovemberFri, 03 Sep 2021 04:52:25 CDT
Although we’ve just entered September, it’s important to plan ahead for Area Oklahoma Association of Conservation District meetings scheduled for October and November!
The OACD Area IV meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in Duncan, and will be hosted by the Stephens County Conservation District at the Stephens County Fairgrounds located at 2002 S. 13th Street Duncan, OK 73533. We are also offering a virtual attendance option via Zoom.
The OACD Area II meeting on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Chandler and will be hosted by the Lincoln County Conservation District at Lakeview Ridge on Bell Cow Lake located at 341070 East 890 Road Chandler, OK. The meeting will also be held virtually via Zoom for those unable to
attend in person.
The OACD Area I meeting on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Fairview will be hosted by the Major County Conservation District and the Dewey County Conservation District at the Fairview Community Center located at 206 East Broadway, Fairview, OK 73737. The meeting will also be held virtually via Zoom for those unable to attend in person.
The Area III meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2021 in Broken Arrow and will be hosted by the Muskogee and Wagoner County Conservation Districts at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 200 W. Albany Street, Broken Arrow. The Area V Meeting on November 10, 2021 in Poteau will be hosted by the LeFlore County Conservation District at the Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau Campus, 1509 S McKenna St., Poteau. More information will be coming soon on the Area III and Area V meetings.
For those of you able to attend in person, we are looking forward to seeing you for the first time in well over a year. For those attending virtually, we are working hard to create a meeting experience that is interactive for you. The OACD Area Meetings are one of the two times per year where we can gather to share opportunities and challenges with each other.
Our agenda this year includes guest speakers from partners such as the Nature Conservancy and American Farmers and Ranchers. We’ll also hear from districts on projects and building leadership pipelines. As always, there will be important programmatic updates from our USDA partners at NRCS and our state partners at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
We do want to encourage you to invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is always a good idea to extend an invitation to them for the area meeting. It is one way that we can strengthen our relationship with our legislators and local officials.
Registration: The registration fee for in-person is $40. This includes lunch, breakfast, and printed materials. The registration fee for virtual is $30. NRCS employees will register through the state office. NRCS will be directly billed for attendees. Guests, spouses, youth contest winner attendees wishing to attend the lunch must pay $15.00. We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon. Cancellation or moving from in-person to virtual is available until October 20, 2021. After October 20, 2021, no refunds will be made. For more information, please go to https://www.okconservation.org/events
Youth Contests: The Youth Contests will be coordinated by the Employees Association.
For Area IV, please send all posters, essays, along with entry forms for the speech contest to your OACDE Area Director, John Dee Butchee, by October 13th. Please do not send these entries to OACD or OCC. If you have questions concerning the youth contest, please contact John Dee from Jackson County Conservation District at 580-482-4312 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District at 918-214-4165.
For Area II, please send all posters, essays, along with entry forms for the speech contest to your OACDE Area Director, Jeanne Wisdom, by October 13th. Do not send these entries to OACD or OCC. If you have questions concerning the youth contest, please contact Jeanne from Noble County Conservation District at 580-710-3059 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District at 918-214-4165.
For Area I, please send all posters, essays, along with entry forms for the speech contest to your OACDE Area Director, Heather Ludwig, by October 13th. Do not send these entries to OACD or OCC. If you have questions concerning the youth contest, please contact Heather from East Canadian County Conservation District at 405-262-1958 ext. 3 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District at 918-214-4165.
Please register each child attending the youth contest luncheon on your form. Your registration form is how we know what children are attending. We do not announce every winner only the ones
that are attending in person. If you do not communicate that a youth contest winner will be present, their name will not be called at the awards ceremony. If you have late registrations for youth contest winners, text or email the first and last name and award to Sarah at 517-763-8609 or email@example.com Conservation Award Nominations are due two weeks prior to your area meeting.
All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms at www.okconservation.org do NOT send these to your OACD Area Representative.
The Outstanding Conservation District award winners are decided using the annual report that you submit to OCC on September 1, 2021. No extra application is required for Outstanding District. The prizes for the State Level winners for the cooperator and director contest are $1,000/each.
The prize for the Outstanding Conservation District is $2,500.
Please contact Sarah Blaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-763-8609 with any area meeting questions.
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