On Feb. 13, 2017, the Extension Education Association of Austin County sponsored a soup, sandwich, and dessert meal in honor of the Austin County Commissioners Court and many of its community partners. The theme for this year’s event was “Love One Another”. This is an annually sponsored event which recognizes the hard work and efforts of many of our community partnerships. The event was coordinated by the Expansion Committee, which was co-chaired by Gaye Farr of West End EEA and Mary Smentek of North Austin County EEA. Committee members include Annette Balke, Marie George, Laura McCarthy, Gloria Havemann and Pam O’Brian. This awesome opportunity gave E.E.A members the chance to visit one on one with the court in order to share organizational highlights and the benefits of Extension Education in Austin County. In addition, the group recognized collaborative efforts and the long-standing relationship between EEA and the Austin County Fair Association. In addition, a host of EEA members participated in the 2017 Cultural Arts Contest. The event was coordinated by the Cultural Arts Committee, which was co-chaired by Joan Buenger of Bleiblerville EEA and Debra Kollmann of West End EEA. Committee members include Malinda Schramm, Sheryl Murras and Gloria Havemann. The Cultural Arts Contest gives members an opportunity to exhibit knowledge and skills, which express individualism and creativity.
Members who placed first and second in their individual category will advance to District Competition in Victoria, Texas, this spring. Those advancing to District are:
Category 1 Afghans, Tablecloths, Bedspreads and Throws
Category 3 Craft Painting
Category 4 Decorated Garments
Category 5 Fabric Creations
Category 7 Garments and Accessories - Handmade
Category 8 Handstitchery
Category 10 Holiday Decorations
Category 11 Jewelry
Category 12 Painting and Drawing
Category 13 Paper
Category 14 Traditional Scrapbook
Category 16 Photo b/w & color
Category 17 Quilts smaller than 50x70 – hand quilted
Category 18 Quilts larger than 50x70 – hand quilted
Category 19 Quilts smaller than 50x70 – machine quilted
Category 20 Quilts larger than 50x70 – machine quilted
Category 21 Quilts any size – hand or machine quilted
Category 22 Recycled Items
Category 23 Wall Hangings
Category 24 Misc.
Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. If you would like to learn more on how you can get involved with EEA in Austin County, please contact the County Extension Office for more details.