Saturday, February 22, 2014

Greene County Extension Council Members Enjoy Successful Legislative Day in Jefferson City Feb. 18

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Three Greene County Extension Council members and County Program Director David Burton travelled to Jefferson City on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to take part in University of Missouri’s Legislative Day.

University of Missouri Extension Association (UMEA) worked with Extension staff and volunteers from across the state to make the day a success for the 350 who attended.

Council members Mary Sue Joplin, Katie Steinhoff and Tamra VonFoerster represented Greene County and visited elected officials with districts in Greene County. The volunteers had productive meetings with Missouri State Senators Jay Wasson and Bob Dixon as well as Missouri State Representatives Sonya Anderson (District 131), Eric Burlison (District 133) and Lyndall Fraker (Dist. 137).

In addition, the council members were able to visit with Representative Jeffrey Messenger (Dist. 130) who met with them in the House Chamber.

Outgoing Greene County Extension Council chair Carl Allison also joined the group for a portion of the day and also visited with Representative Ken Austin (District 136) in his office.

During their visits with legislators, Extension council members thanked elected officials for their support of higher education funding and discussed ways that MU Extension is making an impact in Greene County.

“Legislators had lots of questions about our local funding as well as the impact our programs are making on the economy,” said Burton. “We had information packets for each of the legislators and our volunteers were well received. I’d say overall it was a very good day.”

One-hundred percent of Greene County residents can benefit from the economically sound advice and unbiased, research-based information and education available from University of Missouri Extension programs in Greene County. Specialists with MU Extension offer educational programs that make lifelong learning fun and help people help themselves. More information is available at or by calling the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


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