Thursday, February 21, 2013

“Friends” and Partnerships with MSU and Drury Topics of Greene County Extension Council Annual Meeting Feb. 25

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

The University of Missouri Extension Council for Greene County will host its 2013 annual meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.

The evening’s guest speaker will be Chrystal Irons, a business development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. She will provide an overview of what MU Extension is doing to grow small business in Greene County.

In addition, the Greene County Extension Council will honor two individuals from Springfield for their long-term commitment to MU Extension programs. The two recipients of this year’s “Leaders Honor Roll” will be: Jay Garrott, professor of architecture and director of the Center for Community Studies at Drury University and Anson Elliott, head of Agriculture program at Missouri State University.

The meeting will include a complimentary meal for invited guests, a short business meeting, an update on the “Friends of Greene County Extension” campaign and the oath of office for the newly elected Extension Council members conducted by Greene County Clerk Richard Struckoff.

The newly elected Extension council members are: Sharon DeRubis, Springfield, Mo.; Mary Frances DiGirolamo, Springfield, Mo.; Mary “Susie” Joplin, Springfield, Mo.; Geri B. Olmstead, Republic, Mo.; Lisa Bakerink, Springfield, Mo.; Matthew Simpson, Springfield, Mo.; Dewayne Long, Springfield, Mo.; George Deatz, Springfield, Mo.

Council officers for the coming year will also be voted on at this meeting.

Members of the public that want to attend the meeting may do so free-of-charge but will not be able to join in the meal portion of the event.

“The dinner will start promptly in order to allow enough time for our award ceremony, the swearing in of new council members and our guest speakers,” said David Burton, civic communication specialist and county program director for MU Extension in Greene County.

For more information on MU Extension educational programs and services in Greene County, contact the extension center at (417) 881-8909 or visit A copy of the program for the meeting is also posted to the website.


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