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Women's Cooperative

Program Overview

AFR Women's Cooperative builds community involvement through serving the AFR membership by offering initiatives and educational opportunities throughout the year. Activities are to assist in building leadership skills and networking through cooperation. For more information regarding the Women’s Cooperative, contact Adult Education Coordinator Megan Albright at (405) 218-5416 or by emailing [email protected]


2017 OYE AFR Women's Cooperative Wanted Blood Drive

Initiative Grants

AFR Women’s Cooperative is offering a new grant opportunity to participate in the 2017 Wanted Blood Drive Initiative. Local and Counties can apply for a $200 grant to assist in the cost of hosting a Wanted Blood Drive in their local community. A limited number of grants will be awarded and applications are due April 15, 2017. 

"Wanted" Blood Drive

AFR Women’s Cooperative has teamed up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to challenge local and county membership to have a blood donor from every county throughout the state. The Wanted Blood Drive will take place from February until December throughout 2017. 

The top award will be given for the most units donated at a single blood drive. We will also give awards for the most creative blood drive and the most new donors to locals and counties.

(L to R) Suzanne Gilbert, Geneva Bolenbaugh, Debi Thompson, Crystie Shebester, Stephanie Miller, Donna Newsome, Pam Livingston, Julie Brown

State Council

Each year eight women are elected to guide the AFR Women’s Cooperative. This group selects initiatives for the Women’s Cooperative to champion throughout the year. They also coordinate volunteer activities for members and assist in planning an annual women’s conference. 

2016 "Paint Your Path" Conference

Women's Conference

As leaders in our state the Women’s Cooperative’s main focus is to help women become better leaders in their communities by providing the annual Paint Your Path Women's Conference.  

Topics covered at the conference include: Advocating for Agriculture and Women, How to Get Involved in the AFR Women's Cooperative, Networking and Development for Women in the Workplace, Women's Safety, Light Your Path, Marketing Yourself and Your Organization, Social Media 101 and Getting Involved in Your Community. Ladies favorite event is the professional artist led painting opportunity.  

The AFR Paint Your Path Women's Conference is held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Women in Ag and Small Business Conference the first week of August each year. AFR covers the registration fee for ladies to attend the OWIASB conference that also attend the Paint Your Path Conference as well.     

Enjoy a day with ladies from across the state at this wonderful event. 

Retreats

Part of what makes the Women’s Cooperative great is the networking and learning about agritourism businesses across the state. For 2016 each district held a day retreat to tour unique and educational businesses and landmarks to the local area. 

Northeast Women's Retreat- Ladies enjoyed a private tour of the Jenks Aquarium, lunch at Los Cabos, an Oklahoma antiques 101 demonstration and then antique shopping in the Jenks area. 

Northwest Women's Retreat- Ladies from across the state were able to visit the Little Sahara State Park, Waynoka Historical Society Museum, a behind the scene look at The Menagerie Bradt's Mammals and More and a fantastic lunch at Cafe Bahnhof. 

Southwest Women's Retreat- Ladies enjoyed the Anadarko Heritage Museum, lunch at the Woods & Waters Winery & Vineyard, Jahn's Pumpkin Hill and a tour of the D&L Christmas Tree Farm. 

Southeast Women's Retreat- Ladies enjoyed a behind the scene tour of the Shawnee Milling Company, a private tour of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, lunch at the Harvest Creek Farmers Market & Cafe and a tour of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort. 

Women's Out of State Retreat

Women’s out of state retreat is a three-day trip focusing on networking and experiencing a unique tour of the agriculture industry in Kansas. Dates TBA!