OHCE Fun and Fundamental study bird tips
PECKHAM — The Fun & Fundamental Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) Club met at 10 a.m. Tues, Jan. 11 in the Peckham Christian Church Annex.
President Frances Bohannon called meeting to order and led in flag salute. She gave devotion based on John 16:25-33, that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer, God has overcome the world. The OHCE Creed was said in unison. Roll call was held, telling of everyone’s favorite bird. Roll call was answered by Bohannon, Anita Denny, Kathy Fitch, Betty Glasgow and Ella and Roger Wenman. The minutes were read verbally from tablet, as there was a printer glitch, and they were approved. Bohannon gave Treasurer’s Report from last meeting. A Dec. 28letter from BancFirst said they have saved our tree for next year, and told of the prize winners.
One member is facing a thyroid and gluten problem, where you can’t eat any wheat products. There does seem to be Red Mills gluten-free flour, but another friend with the same trouble had told her nothing works for bread, although she can eat corn or rice. A TSH 3.8 home testing kit can be obtained, and shows when thyroid is low or high. The condition causes weight gain, hair loss, nail thinning, skin problems, constipation, moodiness and dry eyes.
The sewing tip given was to measure a one-quarter inch seam, put a one-quarter mark on the fingernail.
The Standards of Excellence form had been received, and club members were to turn their information to the secretary so she can get form filled out and turn to Extension Educator by Jan. 31.
Vice President Fitch reported next meeting is Feb 8, with Carolyn as Lesson Leader on “Affordable Decorating Trends.” An offering was taken, and Club Collect was said. Bohannon, as host, gave the lesson, “Birding in Oklahoma – Attracting Birds.”
Oklahoma has many different birds, among them are turtledoves, yellow bellied sap sucker, red headed woodpecker, blue jays, northern cardinal, ruby throated hummingbird, juncos and Oregon juncos, scissor-tailed flycatcher and bluebird and eastern bluebird. Food is important, but water is also essential for birds. Make the feeder or water dish at least 3 ft. above the ground. They especially like winter berry, a cousin to holly, as it has bright red berries and drops leaves in winter, and many other plants birds like. Roger added that birds need feed, water and shelter, and seldom do people supply all three. He said bird houses should be cleaned regularly.
The mMeeting adjourned for lunch.