RENSSELAER CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) recently held their Annual meeting at the Brunswick Community Center. Dr. Christopher Watkins, statewide Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension provided an overview of the first 100 years of Cornell Cooperative Extension and relevance across the state. The 2018 election results were announced. Additionally, recognition of the 2017 Golden Shovel Awards, outgoing Board of Directors, Program Development Committee volunteers and staff milestones were included in the program. Unique this year was a thank you to the retiring Rensselaer County Executive, Kathy Jimino for her support of CCE and the residents of Rensselaer County for 16 years.
As a grass roots organization, CCE relies on the involvement and leadership of residents of Rensselaer County. The Golden Shovel recipients this year were – Marie Heller of Melrose, Teresa Murphy of Rensselaer, Donna Millet of Rensselaer, Kris Brock of Schaghticoke, Stacy and Bill Film of West Sand Lake. CCE is rich with many dedicated and hard-working volunteers and are very thankful for all their supporters and volunteers year round.
CCE of Rensselaer County would like to welcome Mike Reger of Rensselaer for being elected and Ken Johnson of Castleton, Tina Rose-Turriglio of Valley Falls and Joanne Tilley of Hoosick Falls for being re-elected to the Board of Directors At-Large; Matt Eckhardt of Stephentown and Val Lavigne of Schaghticoke for being elected to the Agriculture Program Development Committee; Jennifer Clarke of Castleton, Edward Engel of Brunswick and Mark Hill of Schaghticoke for being elected and Irv Stephens of Troy for being re-elected to the Horticulture Program Development Committee; Sharon Bedford of Troy and Tracy Neitzel of Wynantskill for being elected to the Family and Consumer Science Program Development Committee; and Kelli Grab of Brunswick, Julie Lant of Hoosick Falls and Susan Spiess of Schaghticoke for being elected and Mary Haynes of Hoosick Falls and Kate Tubbs of North Greenbush for being re-elected to the 4-H Youth Development Program Development Committee. 2018 terms will commence January 1, 2018and conclude December 31, 2020. We look forward to Growing the Next Century.
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–Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County
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