Wednesday, February 26, 2014

County Residents Invited to Serve on Greene County Extension Council Committees

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Extension Council is opening its council committees up to members of the public and inviting county residents to volunteer for service.

Council committees can organize their own meeting times and places, select their own committee chairs, appoint non-council members and give updates at council meetings on the last Monday of each month.

“Serving on a council committee is a fun way to serve Greene County and to get some exposure to Greene County Extension,” said David Burton, county program director in Greene County and a civic communication specialist for MU Extension. “With our recent staff reductions, the volunteers who serve on these committees really help to further the reach and programming of MU Extension in Greene County.”

Those wanting to serve should contact the Greene County Extension office with their contact information and the committees on which they wish to serve. Email can be sent to or call (417) 881-8909 to sign up for a committee.

The existing committees that are available for signup include the following.

ELECTIONS: Work on logistics of council election.  Recruit potential candidates.

BUDGET & AUDITS: Review past budgets, prepare budget for new year and conduct council audits.

PERSONNEL: Review policies for Greene County Extension and conduct review of council staff.

4-H ACTION: This committee works closely with 4-H volunteers in the county.

MEDIA & MARKETING: This committee works to evaluate and improve local media and marketing efforts by helping to produce content and materials.

ACTION COMMITTEE: Assist in coordinating and implementing action steps with the Commission and others to improve county funding.

AGRICULTURE: This committee will make decisions regarding agriculture programs in the county and funding for farm visits in the county. Programs for this committee include soils and crops, Annie’s Project and Salute to Century Farms.

This team is responsible for developing contributions to Greene County Extension for operations of the local office and programs while also expanding membership in the Friends of Greene County Extension.

HISTORIC SCHOOLS: This committee is responsible for developing the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance program for Greene County Extension. Including in this is a local tour of historic schools and a statewide “Century Schools” recognition program that has the potential to generate funds for our office. (This committee is currently filled and closed).

For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.

More information is available at or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


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