Oklahoma & National Extension Associations of Family and Consumer Sciences

History & Constitution

The OEAFCS governing documents as set forth by the association are the Constitution and Standing Rules.

OEAFCS Constitution

OEAFCS Standing Rules

Oklahoma National Presidents



The Oklahoma Home Demonstration Agents; association was organized October 10, 1940. The organization meeting was held in the Annex of the college cafeteria during the annual Extension Workers Conference. The organization was an out-growth of several things:


·         The County Agents of Oklahoma had a very successful state organization

·         The Home Demonstration Agents knew there was a national association of Home Demonstration Agents.

·         Home Demonstration Agents felt a need for a closer association with each other

·         Some of the districts had an organization of its Agents.


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:


1.    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.

2.    Membership. “Those eligible for membership shall be agents actively engaged in Home Demonstration work in counties.”

3.    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.



The Constitution has been amended and rewritten many times since the original.


A meeting has been held each year since the beginning in 1940.


OFFICERS (Address at time of office tenure)

Listed below are the Presidents who have served the Home Demonstration

Agents’ Association:


1940-41 Minnie Hamilton, Kay County, Newkirk

1941-42 Elizabeth Ward, Pittsburgh County, McAlester

1942-43 Lenna Sawyer, Tulsa County, Tulsa

1943-44 Josie Davis, Stephens County, Duncan

1944-45 Gladys Thompson Logue, Kay County, Newkirk

1945-46 Ruby Nowlin, Seminole County, Wewoka

1946-48 Elizabeth Crane, Major County, Fairview

1948-49 Gertrude Hove, Washington County, Bartlesville

1949-52 Irene Woods, Carter County, Ardmore

1952-54 Emma Chandler, Pawhuska, Osage County

1954-56 Lucille Clark, Seminole County, Wewoka

1956-58 Wilda Schaefer, Kay County, Newkirk

1958-60 Martha Schultz, Caddo County, Anadarko

1960-62 Martha Mote, Pontotoc County, Ada

1962-64 Cleo Stiles Bryan, Garvin County, Pauls Valley

1964-66 Tommie Lou Hunter, Stephens County, Duncan

1966-68 Margaret E. Fitch, Canadian County, El Reno

1968-69 Mrs. Richard Ward, Muskogee County, Muskogee

1969-70 Riletta S. Marshall, Muskogee County, Muskogee



1970-72 Betty Dahms, Payne County, Stillwater

1972-74 Frances Henderson, Kingfisher County, Kingfisher

1974-76 Anna Lee Rouk, Mayes County, Pryor

1976-78 Lucille Worthen, Kay County, Newkirk

1978-80 Virginia Price, Cherokee County, Tahlequah

1980-82 Jan Montgomery, Choctaw County, Hugo

1982-84 Virginia Walker, Washita County, Cordell

1984-86 Mary Lou Swander, Garfield County, Enid

1986-88 June Cash, Canadian County, El Reno

1988-90 Ora Lee Kirk, Sequoyah County, Sallisaw

1990-92 Linda Murray, Tulsa County, Tulsa

1992-94 Janie Morrow, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma City

1994-96 Mary Selk, Payne County, Stillwater



1996-98 C. Kaye Tipton, Noble County, Perry

1998-2000 Ida Faye Winters, Jackson, Altus

2000-2002 Debra Greene-Garrard, SW District Office, Duncan

2002-2004 Jan Maples, Okfuskee County, Okemah

2004-2006 Karen Armbruster, Woods County, Alva

2006-2008 Brenda Sheik, CNEP Evaluation, Okeene

2008-2010 Recia Garcia, NW District Office, Enid

2010-2012 Ginny McCarthick, Johnston County, Tishomingo

2012-2014 Susan Routh, Grady County, Duncan

2014-2016 Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County, Shawnee

2014-2018 Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County, Miami

2018-2020 Radonna Sawatzky, Custer County, Arapaho


Necessary committees are appointed to conform to National.


Each year the Association selects outstanding Extension educators to attend the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Demonstration Agents Association and Association of Extension Home Economist) meeting where they receive national recognition. The minimum number of voting delegates shall be two. Voting delegates are based on the number of active members.

Number of Active Members         Number of Delegates

1 – 62                                                             2

63 – 87                                                           3

88 – 112                                                         4

133 – 137                                                      5


The number of Distinguished Service Awards and Continued Excellence Awards is based on the active membership in the State Association. All applications of members who meet the criteria for Extension Home Economist of the year will be submitted to Nationals.



Oklahoma has been represented at all of the national meetings since organizing.



National Handbooks are given to the President and President-Elect of each state.

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