Luncheon held to honor county officials

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The Extension Education Association of Austin County sponsored a soup, sandwich and dessert meal Feb. 12 in honor of the Austin County Commissioners Court and many of its community partners. The theme for this year’s event was “EEA – Reaching the Heart of the Community.”

This is an annually sponsored event which recognizes the hard work and efforts of community partnerships. The event was coordinated by the Expansion Committee, which was chaired by 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 EEA 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. A host of EEA members participated in the 2018 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, Karen Landrum, 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 the District Competition in Victoria this spring. Those advancing to District are:

Category 3 - Craft Painting

1. Joan Buenger

2. Debra Kollman

Category 4 - Decorated Garments

2. Jesse Kokemor

Category 5 - Fabric Creations

1. Doris Glenewinkel

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 6 - Fiber Arts

1. Pat Byas

Category 7 - Garments and Accessories - Handmade

1. Bonnie Schulz

2. Doris Glenewinkel

Category 8 - Hand-Stitchery

1. Jessie Kokemor

2. Doris Glenewinkel

Category 10 - Holiday Decorations

1. Doris Glenewinkel

2. Joan Buenger

Category 11 - Jewelry

1. Doris Glenewinkel

Category 12 - Painting and Drawing

1. Debra Kollman

Category 13 - Paper

1. Bonnie Schulz

2. Joan Buenger

Category 14 - Traditional Scrapbook

1. Joan Buenger

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 15 - Digitally Produced Scrapbooks

1. Bonnie Schulz

Category 16 - Photo Black/White & color

1. Joan Buenger

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 17 - Photography – Photo Paper – color

1. Doris Glenewinkel

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 18 - Photography- Any Other Medium

1. Bonnie Schulz

Category 19 - Quilts smaller than 50x70 –hand quilted

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 20 - Quilts larger than 50x70 –hand quilted

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 21 - Quilts smaller than 50x70 –machine quilted

1. Debra Kollman

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 22 - Quilts larger than 50x70 –machine quilted

1. Debra Kollman

2. Bonnie Schulz

Category 23 - Quilts Twin size or larger– hand or machine quilted

1. Bonnie Schulz

Category 24 - Recycled Items

1. Bonnie Schulz

2. Joan Buenger

Category 25 - Wall Hangings

1. Bonnie Schulz

2. Betty Thiel

Category 26 - Misc.

1. Bonnie Schulz

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.

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