Jack Hudman and Fredia Rice retire
|At the retirement reception on May 3, from left, are George Stunkard, OCC Area III Commission member, Fredia Rice, Jack Hudman, and Mike Thralls, OCC executive director.
Cotton County Conservation District hosted a reception on May 3, 2013, to honor Jack Hudman and Fredia Rice, retiring with a combined service of 75 years to natural resource conservation in Oklahoma.
Jack Hudman served on the Cotton County CD board of directors for 52 years. Her served two terms as president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts in 1974-1975. Both Jack and his late wife Joy were inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame — Jack in 1990 and Joy in 1998. Upon completion of his 50th year as a district director, in April 2011, OCC presented Jack with a Conservation Commendation "For 50 years of leadership and service to the Cotton County Conservation District and for championing the conservation of natural resources at the state and national level."
Fredia Rice worked as secretary at the Cotton County CD for 23 years. George Stunkard, OCC Area III Commission member; and Mike Thralls, OCC executive director; presented Fredia with a Conservation Commenation "For your 23 years of service to the Cotton County Conservation District and your dedication to the National Land and Range Judging Contest and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District Employees." Fredia has served as area director and president of the OACDE and has been a volunteer at the National Land & Range Judging Contest for many years. At the OACD Annual State in February 2013, OACD presented Fredia with a special recognition award "For Outstanding Service to Oklahoma Conservation."