Oklahoma

Counties across Oklahoma participated in a statewide 4-H project to celebrate the centennial of 4-H.

The project was coordinated by the 2001-2002 state 4-H officer team and consisted of the development of two identical 4-H centennial quilts, said past State 4-H Northeast District Vice President Rachel Keeling.

"The state officer team wanted to come up with a project that we could take on as part of the celebration of 4-H's 100th birthday," Keeling said. "The state officer team decided that the quilt project would be a neat celebration for all Oklahoma counties to participate."

The state officer team asked the counties to submit two identical quilt squares that were machine or hand appliquéd or embroidered. Each square is representative of 4-H in each of the 77 counties.

Karla Knoepfli, state 4-H volunteer and leadership development specialist, created the center and corner squares of the quilts, and Edwina Douglas, Lincoln County family and consumer science and 4-H Extension educator, pieced and quilted the quilts.

Keeling said the state officer team hopes the centennial quilts can be a visibility tool for 4-H.

"We want the public to know that 4-H is still alive," Keeling said. "We've made it through 100 years, and we are ready to go for 100 more. We hope that people can see this and be proud of what 4-H has done for the youth of America."

She also said the state officer team hopes that this quilt project honors the many past and present 4-H members. The quilt is our way of showing pride in their 4-H efforts and what they are doing or will do in their adult lives.

Keeling said one of the quilts will be auctioned on-line from the Oklahoma 4-H Web page and the second will be used as a display.

The quilt and each county block can be viewed by logging on to http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh. There will be open bidding from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Contributions over the appraised value of the quilt are tax deductible, and funds raised will be used to refurbish the Oklahoma Room at the National 4-H Center during Oklahoma's centennial year in 2009.

"The state officer team is proud of this effort and hope that many will see the quilt and be reminded of all the endless possibilities and memories 4-H offers," Keeling said.

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