The 2017 Friends of Extension and Annual Meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County (CCE Tioga) was held Monday, Dec 4, at 6 p.m. at the Owego Treadway Inn. Executive Director Andy Fagan welcomed the 50 guests.
After a buffet dinner, Fagan offered a presentation highlighting program goals and impacts, starting with the CCE Tioga mission “to help people put knowledge to work”, emphasizing that CCE helps people “grow food, improve health, and empower youth.”
He recognized and thanked the Board of Directors. Collectively, the educational programs of CCE Tioga, which for the October 2016 to September 2017 year included Agriculture, Dairy and Field Crops, 4-H Youth Development, Community Horticulture, Community Health and Wellness, Family Development, Youth Employment and Reality Check, reached over 13,122 individuals through direct education and thousands more indirectly through the media.
Fagan ended by sharing the framework used by CCE educators while planning and developing quality educational programs, which include the Community Capitals Framework to show how programs improve overall quality of life, the Protective Factors Framework for guiding parenting programs, and the 4-H Positive Youth Development Outcomes for youth programming.
He also announced that CCE Tioga will be pilot testing the new “Community Food Systems Framework for Change” to guide agriculture and horticulture programs.
Fagan then welcomed staff members to come up and recognize their “Friend of Extension” award recipients. These are individuals who have contributed significantly to the success of one or more of CCE’s programs.
Each received a plaque from CCE Tioga, as well as a certificate of congressional recognition from Congressman Reed and a citation from Assemblyman Friend.
Melissa Watkins and Jody Tatich recognized David Van Dusen for his help with the 4-H Program, especially the Animal Science Club for many years.
Jackie Spencer recognized Inga Wells for her help with the Family Development Program and a garden at the Waverly Family Resource Center.
Barb Neal recognized Nancy Eckstrom for her support of the Agriculture and Horticulture Program, especially her leadership role in establishing the Tiger Farm at Tioga Central School.
Lisa Weston-Bialy recognized Sheri McCall for supporting the Community Development and Public Issues Program, particularly her assistance with the Youth Employment Program.
Barb Neal introduced and recognized Marcia Eames-Sheavly as the Campus Collaborator award recipient for her leadership of the “Seed to Supper Program.”
Finally, Fagan recognized Kathy and Fred Goodrich as the Friends of CCE Tioga award recipients for on-going support of the 4-H Livestock Sale, the Tractor Safety program, the Youth Employment Program and more.
The evening ended with the annual business meeting of the CCE association. Treasurer Marty Borko called the meeting to order and read the minutes for the previous year. The minutes were approved.
Gerald West, DVM, introduced himself as a candidate for the Board of Directors. Ballots were distributed. Eligible voters voted to elect Dr. West, who will serve a three-year term starting in January 2018.
Fagan announced the election results, the winners of the silent auction, and that staff collected $390 to add to the CCE Tioga Endowment Fund administered by the Community Foundation of the Twin Tiers. An anonymous donor offered to match up to $200 of contributions.
To learn more about CCE Tioga, you can call their offices at 687-4020, or visit tioga.cce.cornell.edu.