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September 8, 2011

                                                                                                     Article by Betty Oliver, FCS/AEHC Volunteer Coordinator

The Governor’s Mansion was the site of a ceremony on September 7th  where the Cooperative Extension Service was awarded one of the Top 10 Awards for volunteer work in the state of Arkansas. The award was made for total volunteers and hours given by volunteers.  They included Extension Homemaker volunteers, 4-H volunteers and Master Gardner volunteers.   The Extension Service is so proud of this award as it acknowledges all the work our Extension Groups do for our communities, for Arkansas Children’s hospital, for UAMS Rockefeller Cancer Research Center and UAMS Neonatal Department, for local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, food pantries and for so many other county and community projects.   Present at the ceremony accepting this award (shown in the picture above left to right) were Dr. Tony Windham, Associate Vice President for Agriculture Extension; Betty F. Oliver, FCS/AEHC Volunteer Coordinator; Noah Wasburn, 4-H Youth Development Program Director; Dr. Anne Sortor, Associate Director-FCS and 4-H Youth Development and Janet Carson, Extension Horticulture Specialist. 

 In addition to the wonderful projects mentioned above, many of you have given large amounts of time to County and District Fairs during the months of August, September and October.  All these hours count, even your attendance at club meetings, workshops, leadership training meetings and church activities.  You can see how important it is that all Extension Homemakers, Master Gardeners, and 4-H volunteers keep an account of their volunteer hours and turn them in to their local clubs. The clubs in turn should report to the County Extension Office where the FCS Agents will keep a running total of the hours.  We report our hours to the Department of Volunteerism once a year.  The Cooperative Extension Service would like everyone to know what great volunteer organizations are included under our umbrella.

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