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2017 OYE AFR Women's Cooperative Wanted Blood Drive

Women's Cooperative Initiatives

We love where we live and we want to help our communities grow. Each year the Women’s Cooperative finds fun, new initiatives to be involved with locally and statewide. 

The AFR Women's Cooperative teamed up with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to challenge members to donate 50,000 meals in 2015 and 50,000 meals in 2016.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma estimates one in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger. When you dig deeper into the stats, one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day.  Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation! The council encouraged members to bring canned goods as well as financial contributions to their local food banks during the "Drive Away Hunger with AFR" campaign. 

In 2017 the Women's Cooperative State Council turned their attention to needs throughout the state ensuring the blood supply in Oklahoma. The AFR Women's Cooperative "Wanted" Blood Drive encourages members to host a blood drive in their local community. In cooperation with Oklahoma Blood Institute the state council set a goal for AFR members to have a donor from every county across the state in 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.

2016 Award Winners | Photo Gallery

Initiative Grants

New this year AFR local and county organizations can apply for a Women's Cooperative Initiative Grant. Each grant is an opportunity for your local or county organization to receive funds to host a blood drive. There will be 10- $200 grants awarded across the state. Together we can save lives! 

For more information or to apply for a grant please click below: 

Women's Cooperative Conferences

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 includes: 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 of 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. 

Check back for dates and details about the 2017 events! 

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

Executive Council

An Executive Council of eight individuals will help guide the direction of the Women’s Cooperative each year. This council will plan activities and conferences for the Cooperative, as well as drive initiatives throughout the year. 

2016 Southeast District Retreat


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. 

Be on the look out for details about our Out of State Retreat in 2017! 

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