Safe holiday shopping, weather and Ag in the Classroom were just a few of the topics discussed at the annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Winter Rally on Dec. 5-6 in Norman. More than 70 OKFB women gathered in District 8 for educational workshops and fellowship.
“I am so pleased with the turnout at this year’s winter rally,” said Kitty Beavers, OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee chairman. “The Women’s Leadership Committee is an integral part of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and I’m so glad we all had the opportunity to get together and enjoy each other’s company while also attending educational workshops.”
The rally, held every year in December, began with a trade show where OKFB women could purchase goods from several vendors from across the state. The rally also featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on numerous items. The silent auction raised $613 to benefit the White/Reinhardt Foundation.
During the opening lunch on Friday, the OKFB women heard from Mona Adkisson, Seminole resident and author of “Nevertheless, I Live: Hope for a Hurting Heart.” Adkisson spoke to the crowd about maintaining hope despite the twists and turns of life and keeping those who are hurting in mind during the holiday season.
Friday afternoon and Saturday morning were booked with educational breakout sessions. Session topics included crime trends, Ag in the Classroom, weather, safe shopping and several crafting projects.
The dinner on Friday evening featured special guests Kaylee Hughes, Miss Perfect Cheer, and Ashley Thompson, Miss Okmulgee, and musical entertainment from the acapella singing group from the Beta fraternity at the University of Oklahoma and Toby Baldwin.
The OKFB women heard from Debbie Greenlea who decorated the White House in Washington, D.C., for Christmas. Each member in attendance also received a charm bracelet to add charms to each year at the conference.
Next year’s rally will be consolidated with the Women’s Leadership Committee Summer Conference on Oct. 30-31.