Sarah Weeks, Mike Jackson to receive FFA awards.

Mike Jackson and Sarah Weeks have been nominated to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree, Oklahoma FFA’s highest award to recognize outstanding adult support.


The Oklahoma FFA Association will award 90 Honorary State FFA Degrees to supporters April 29 during the 88th State FFA Convention at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.


The degree is the highest state honorary award presented by the FFA and recognizes those who have significantly contributed to the advancement of agricultural education and provided outstanding service to their local program, school and community.


Prior to the awards ceremony, Honorary Degree recipients will attend an honors banquet co-sponsored by American Farmers & Ranchers, Edward Jones, Cimarron Trailers and the Oklahoma Pork Council. The Honorary State FFA Degree plaques are sponsored by Grissoms, LLC.




Shawnee’s Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center drew nearly 10,000 visitors during the month of March. That is the word from Expo Operations Manager Mike Jackson.


Actual estimated attendance was 9,748, he reports during 34 event days.


Four events drew at least 1,000 or more people. Those included the Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale, 1,500; Pottawatomie County’s Junior Livestock Show, 1,000; Okie Nation Hunting and Fishing Show, 1,500; and NBHA Barrel Race, 1,000.



Kinlee Farris, executive director of the Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau, passes this information along.


Interested in directly marketing your business to visitors attending the International Finals Youth Rodeo from July 6-11 in Shawnee for free?


The IFYR is the richest youth rodeo in the world, bringing hundreds of contestants and their families from across the United States to the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center and Shawnee each year. The rodeo features 10 events and 11 performances.


Each year, the Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau organizes welcome bags for each IFYR contestant that include coupons, visitor guides, information on places to eat, shop and play while they are in town.


If you are interested in adding your coupon, flyer or promotional item to the bags, please call the CVB at 405-275-9780. Please note you will need to provide 1,100 of your item/flyer for the bags. The deadline for receiving items is Friday, June 20 delivered to the Expo Center office in the conference center.

Volunteers will stuff the welcome bags for the IFYR contestants and their families beginning around 8:45 a.m. Monday, June 30, upstairs conference center.


During Shawnee’s Traffic and Safety Committee meeting Tuesday evening, April 22, two new members will be sworn in. They include Peggy Rider and Paul Roberts.


The Commission will appoint a vice chairman, according to the agenda.


The meeting, open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.


Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and Maud High School are teaming up for a blood drive on Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who is healthy and 16 years* or older is urged to attend and donate.


Each donor will receive a “feel bold” T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points. Blood donors can choose to forgo the T-shirt. Then, funds designated for this item will be contributed to Global Blood Fund, a nonprofit that supports struggling blood centers abroad.


Donors with OBI provide every drop of blood needed by patients in Angelic Family Hospice, St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, all metro-Oklahoma City area hospitals and some 140 other medical facilities across the state. One in every seven people entering a hospital will need blood. There is no substitute for human blood, and it has a limited time for use. That is why some 600 donors are needed each day, according to OBI.


Of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about 10 percent actually do. Each donation can save as many as three lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.


Appointments to donate are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting





After completion there will be a mentor service available for those who feel they may need help with their initial cases. Please call Pottawatomie County CASA Director Mary Brazier at Youth & Family 405 275-3340, or come into the office at 326 W. 11th, for application or information.



Shawnee’s Rotary Club will sponsor its annual Lobster Boil again this year. It’s been scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at the drive-by at BancFirst at Federal and Harrison.


Tickets are $20 each. They are available from any Rotarian. Live lobsters that day can be picked up at 4 p.m., and cooked lobsters are available at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.


The proceeds of this event go to help with projects which benefit the local community. More details, including ticket prices, will be provided in the near future.


The Lobster Boil was rejuvenated last year after not being held for several years.


Audrey Seeliger, executive director of area United Way, announces that local non-profit organizations that wish to apply for United Way of Pottawatomie County funding for the 2015 calendar year can contact the United Way office at 273-4012 or email to request a funding application. Deadline to apply is April 23, 2014.


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