Friday, November 02, 2012

Greene County Extension Council Adopts Business Plan and Launches “Friends of Greene County Extension”

Elected members of the Greene County Extension Council met on Monday, Oct. 29 and voted unanimously to approve the first business plan written for a county extension council in Missouri.

A committee of Greene County residents worked for several months on the business plan and looked at the long range needs of University of Missouri Extension in Greene County.

“This business plan is in addition to our existing bylaws and policies and looks at a business direction for the council that goes beyond the stream of revenue received from the county commission,” said Carl Allison, chair of the Greene County Extension Council.

The business plan can be found online at The document outlines the present role of MU Extension in Greene County and steps council members have agreed to take in order to strengthen MU Extension locally.

An important part of the business plan is a fundraising effort known as “Friends of Greene County Extension.” Council members and county residents at the council meeting Oct. 29 donated $4,155 to kick-start the campaign.

A giving form that can be used by individuals wanting to support extension by becoming a “Friend of Greene County Extension” can be found on the Greene County Extension website at

George Deatz, a community volunteer and past president of Friends of the Garden, served on the Greene County Extension business plan committee. He says the importance of direction provided by the plan cannot be overstated.

“Greene County Extension is an important Park Partner and has a huge impact on the Springfield Botanical Gardens,” said Deatz. “Helping keep Greene County Extension as a strong partner is very important long term to residents of Greene County and the Botanical Center and gardens.”

The Greene County Extension Council is an elected governing body established in Missouri state law as a function of county government.


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