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MSU Extension association reps attend Public Issues Leadership Development Conference

Each year, our Michigan State University (MSU) Extension associations choose a representative to attend the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference held in Washington, D.C. This year, April 10 through April 13, a large Extension crew attended. MSU Extension educators Denise Aungst, Wayne Beyea, Karen Fifield, Frank Gublo, Christine Heverly, Gail Innis, Stan Moore and Garret Ziegler joined Mike Kovacic, Katie Nicpon and me.

On Monday, we took part in several sessions focused on the conference theme ‒ Innovation: The Story of Extension. One thought that I really want to share is that MSU Extension is an agency that helps people across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. We have an impact on our communities and our neighbors throughout their lives. It is such a powerful imprint that we are privileged to impart. Through our work, we as individuals and as an organization leave our legacies in the communities that we serve.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had the opportunity to meet with our senators and congressional representatives, and their staff members and thank them for their continuing support of MSU Extension. MSU Extension receives federal funding through the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 that established the Cooperative Extension Service, and every year we say, “thank you,” and share the great work that we do because of their investment.

Denise Aungst, Wayne Beyea, Karen Fifield, Frank Gublo, Christine Heverly, Gail Innis, Stan Moore and Garret Ziegler joined Mike Kovacic, Katie Nicpon and Jeff Dwyer with Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Denise Aungst, Wayne Beyea, Karen Fifield, Frank Gublo, Christine Heverly, Gail Innis, Stan Moore and Garret Ziegler, Mike Kovacic, Katie Nicpon and Jeff Dwyer with Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Denise Aungst, Wayne Beyea, Karen Fifield, Frank Gublo, Christine Heverly, Gail Innis, Stan Moore and Garret Ziegler joined Mike Kovacic, Katie Nicpon and Jeff Dwyer with Senator Gary Peters.

Denise Aungst, Wayne Beyea, Karen Fifield, Frank Gublo, Christine Heverly, Gail Innis, Stan Moore and Garret Ziegler joined Mike Kovacic, Katie Nicpon and Jeff Dwyer with Senator Gary Peters.

A final important highlight for me personally was the opportunity to get to know my MSU Extension colleagues and learn about the work that you’re doing and the outstanding impact that you’re making. In a world where we’re wearing so many hats and sometimes only see the faces of those we share offices with, it is so important to have opportunities to meet each other and get to know each other from all over the state.

 

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MSU Extension educators receive MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Award

Michelle Neff, Michigan State University Extension Clare County educator, and Karen Fifield, MSU Extension Montmorency County educator, both received the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff (MAE4-HYS) Distinguished Service Award at the 4-H Spring Conference held May 9–12 at Kettunen Center in Tustin.

 The Distinguished Service Award is the highest state honor that 4-H staff can obtain through the MAE4-HYS. The award is given to current MAE4-HYS members who have at least 6 years of employment in Extension 4-H Youth Development, including some statewide involvement in coordinating events, programming or both, and who have proven evidence of positive change resulting from their work.

 MAE4-HYS recognized Michelle Neff for her management of the 4-H Club Read Program and her implementation of the CHARACTER COUNTS! curriculum. The association also recognized her service as a Farm Bureau board member, her work with 4-H volunteers on the establishment of a permanent Clare County 4-H Youth Program Endowment fund with the Michigan 4-H Foundation, and her involvement in the formation of the Teen Livestock Committee.

 MAE4-HYS also recognized Michelle’s involvement in statewide efforts with the Citizenship, Leadership and Service (CLS) Team’s Teen Leader Project. Currently, her role includes serving as the co-facilitator for the Statewide Academic Success Work Group under the Life Skills Work Team.

 Formerly an Extension program associate, Karen Fifield became an Extension educator in the Health and Nutrition Institute on June 1. Since 1998, Karen has served MSU Extension Montmorency County. MAE4-HYS recognized Karen for her work with 4-H including the Sunrise Side 4-H Camp, Achievement Days, 4-H Days at the Mill, 4-H Leadermeet, Open Skate Fun Day and the Montmorency County Fair. MAE4-HYS also recognized Karen’s involvement at the regional level with the animal science committee and in the planning of two livestock judge’s clinics offered in 2010 and 2011.

 Karen has been instrumental in promoting healthy food at the 5-county Sunrise Side 4-H Camp, planning and shopping for healthy meals as well as preparing and serving them. At 4-H camp she’s taught kitchen skills, CPR and basic first-aid training. With little or no support staff, she has taken on additional duties in the MSU Extension office with a positive and optimistic attitude.

 Congratulations, Michelle and Karen!

Karen Fifield and Michelle Neff receive MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Awards

Pictured (l to r) Karen Fifield, then MSU Extension Montmorency County program associate currently MSU Extension educator, and Michelle Neff, MSU Clare County Extension educator, both receive the MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Award at 4-H Spring Conference held May 9–12, 2012, at Kettunen Center in Tustin, Mich.

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4-H Livestock Judging Clinic a success

The 4-H Livestock Judging Clinic held Saturday, September 18, at the Kalkaska County Civic Center/Fairgrounds was a huge success. 4-H and fairs in rural areas are often challenged to find judges. The main goal of this clinic was to develop a group of adults that would eventually serve as judges for 4-H livestock shows. Ninety-two people attended, including 77 participants from 18 counties, 10 presenters and five North Region 4-H staff members.

 Barb Duvall, Michigan State University Extension educator, would like to extend thanks to Diane Brazier, program instructor; Dee Miller, Extension educator; Karen Fifield, program associate; Leah Herrick, 4-H assistant; and Mary Moore, support staff member, for helping make the clinic a success. I second that!

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