Texas County Federated Republican Women

Photo by Christy Porter
Owen Meusch (left) and Diane Beers (right) listen intently to Eric Meusch (center) as he continues to answer questions after speaking at the TCFRW’s meeting.

By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

  The Texas County Federated Republican Women held their monthly meeting Sat., March 9 with special guest Eric Meusch at Dunky’s Ice Cream and Diner in Licking.
  After a warm welcome, the group said the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Following regular business, Eric Meusch, Agriculture Educator, Texas County MU Extension was introduced and spoke to the gathering.
  Meusch stated, “(I and my office) are focusing on Texas County, to coordinate the inputs of the extension to meet the needs of the people in Texas County. I am getting to know what the people’s needs are, what is of interest and of use to the people of Texas County.”
  He announced several programs available to the community: a Woodland webinar program that is currently in progress, a beef and foraging conference that is planned for Thu., Mar. 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and a fruit tree care and pruning workshop scheduled for Sat., Mar. 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. Patrick Byers, regional specialist on horticulture will be conducting the hands on workshop which will be held locally. They are currently narrowing down the location; if interested please contact the extension office. There are also plans to conduct a grazing school with the soil and water district.
  “There’s plenty to do, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to get involved with different people, looking at their ideas, looking at their wants and trying to come up with programs that they would benefit from,” said Meusch.
  4-H and youth programs are always popular. Meusch and his son, Owen had just come from a 4-H event prior to the program. Livestock and shooting sports are popular and successful among our youth. “We have star youth, consistently ranking high and at state level in shooting events. “ Meusch shares, “The safety, participation and success of the shooting programs goes a long way in insuring our second amendment rights.”
  Says Meusch, “Statistically Missouri, and even more so Texas County, rank low in areas of health issues and rural poverty. In these areas, we are a weak county, in a weak state; the extension addresses these areas in the county. What the university and planners are trying to do is create opportunities for like-minded people to meet each other.” There is a new health and nutritionist in the Texas County office, Brandy Sutherland, a Community Engagement Specialist that will work together with other specialists covering three Missouri counties. 
  Meusch was raised in Rolla; his father was raised in Ellis Prairie and his mother is from Houston. He completed his education with a graduate degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture. The Peace Corp and career opportunities kept him in Southeast Asia working in fisheries. The past eight years Meusch has been farming full-time; he understands the “frustrations and challenges it can present.”
  The MU Extension office can be reached by phone at 417-967-4545, by website at extension.missouri.edu or on Facebook. They are also reaching people by submitting news press releases and newspaper columns.
  After Meusch’s informative talk, updates on previous business by the TCFRW were given, proceeding to new business.
  The 8th district Missouri FRW spring meeting will be held April 13 in Houston at Lazy L CafĂ©; registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with guest speaker Anne Schlafly Cori, Chairman of Eagle Forum.
  Plans are well underway for Texas County Republicans 2019 Lincoln Day to be held Sat. April 27 with U.S. Representative Jason Smith as speaker.
  In conclusion of the meeting, the drawing for the hummingbird feeder and food door prize was won by Larry Wrest.
  The next Texas County Federate Republican Women’s meeting will be held May 11.



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