RENSSELAER CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County (CCERC) recently held their Annual meeting at the Brunswick Community Center and announced the 2023 election results. Preceding the annual meeting, brief updates from Terrie Ann Cottrell the Rensselaer County Dairy Ambassador, Mike Swartz the President of the Rensselaer County Farm Bureau and Megan Myers the Rensselaer County Soil and Water Manager were provided. Jeanie Scott of Averill Park was elected to her first term as a Board of Director At-Large. Matt Grab of Troy was re-elected and Diana Albarran Sollohub of Averill Park and Keith Wagner of Poestenkill were elected to their first terms on the Agriculture Program Development Committee. Chris Roblin of Averill Park was re-elected and William Steller of Hoosick Falls was elected for his first term on the Horticulture Program Development Committee. Donna Bradbury of East Schodack was re-elected and Laura Holmes of Troy was elected to her first term on the 4-H Program Development Committee. Nancy Clement of East Nassau was re-elected and Alexander Little of Troy, Pearl Higgins of Cropseyville and Mindy Fowler of Averill Park were elected to their first term on the Family and Consumer Science Program Development Committee. Terms are three years and will commence January 1, 2023. CCERC thanks all the candidates willing to run on the 2023 ballot as well as the nominating committee for all their hard work in creating a very competitive ballot.
This year was closer to normal, as the COVID 19 threat started being less demanding on our operations. After the CCERC annual meeting and a good meal, the 2023 CCE Golden Shovel Awards were presented, outgoing Board and Program Development Committee volunteers and staff milestones were high-lighted. Staff members Marge Reilly and Marcie Vohnoutka were recognized for 15 years and Kim Mullen for 25 years of outstanding service to the community and CCE. It was announced that Eileen DePaula, 4-H Program Coordinator received a Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator Association and the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals. Outgoing Board and Program Development Committee members present were thanked for all their dedication and hard work: Jane Luskin of Valley Falls as an At Large Board of Director member, Jennifer Hurd of West Sand Lake as a Board Member and 4-H Youth Development Program Development Committee member and Dianne Mosher of the Family and Consumer Science Program Development Committee. CCERC celebrated the 2022 Golden Shovel recipients: Beckers Farm of Rensselaer, Chris Roblin and Betsy Kauffman both of Averill Park, Debbie and Randy Thrasher of Troy, Dianne Mosher of Petersburgh and Luke Winnicki of East Greenbush. CCE is appreciative of the many dedicated and hard-working volunteers and are very thankful for all their supporters and volunteers year-round.
CCERC looks forward to continuing to Grow the Next Century in their new home at 99 Troy Road, East Greenbush – effective in late December. The CCERC office will be relocating as part of the Rensselaer County Re-Imagining Facilities plan. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please reach out by calling 518-272-4210, or emailing email@example.com. Programmatically, CCERC has something for everyone, check us out at www.ccerensselaer.org, or visit us on Facebook.
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