About 10 years ago extension agents and leaders began talking about having an event similar to the Chamber of Commerce Awards that recognize outstanding community leaders. The Extension Program would honor men and women who have had a long standing commitment to the Extension Program. Those folks were to be selected from 4-H or Youth Leadership, involvement in Ag and Natural Resources, Community Development or a great impact on the Extension Homemakers and Family and Consumer Sciences program, the 4-H Center or Fair activities. “They all shouldn’t be dead either” said one committee member. “We want them and their families to know how much we appreciate all their dedication.”
Another thing to look for is that they not only contribute to one area of Extension but might be involved in more than one program, serve on the Extension District Board or County Extension Council.
“There are eight people and one community partner we will recognize this year” says James Paul Switzer, chairman for the planning committee.
“We want to do a program this time of year.” says Gary Carter. “We did Farm Home City from 1986 through 2003. Then we decided we wanted to do something different.” This is it – “The Extension Leadership Event.”
Bill Roberts will tell you “It was Judge Alex Barnett who actually came up with the title, Extension Hall of Fame, to recognize the ones getting awards. Come this year” he says “to see whose names get added to the roster. When you are in the Extension Office look at the plaque to see all the names that have been added in eight years.”
“Karen Angelucci, a native of Harrison County, will be our after-dinner speaker” says Bonnie Teater, one of the committee members. “She will be talking about gardening and have her books available for signing and purchase.”
The Extension Leadership Event is a great opportunity to get out of the house or off the farm after all this bad weather to see old friends. The Extension Leadership Event will be held Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m., at the Harrison County High School cafeteria. The event is open for everyone to attend. If you are interested in attending, you need to call the office and make reservations for the meal by no later than Friday, March 11, 2011.