Extension Review

Extension Review by Virginia Delvaux Clay County Extension Educator The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service has seen many changes in the last 10 years. With change come new titles, new programming, and new job responsibilities.

The Clay County Cooperative Extension Service has joined forces and is now part of the South 2, Field Education Unit (FEU) that is comprised of the seven southeast counties in South Dakota � Bon Homme, Clay, Hutchinson, Lincoln, Turner, Union and Yankton. Thirteen Extension educators have been assigned specialty areas in our Field Education Unit. These educators in turn provide programming and educational resources for cliental within the FEU.

Due to a staff retirement our FEU is currently without one educator in the specialty area of agronomy. This position will be filled in the near future. If you have any questions regarding the changes feel free to call or stop by the Clay County Extension Office.

This year marks the 100th birthday for the South Dakota 4-H program. Currently we have some 5,500 adults and 60,388 youth who participate in the state 4-H program. Several promotional activities are planned for the year.

One activity that we need assistance with is recognizing adult volunteers who have given of themselves for the 4-H program. One hundred adults will be inducted into the South Dakota 4-H Hall of Fame. Nominations must be submitted by May 1.

If you have someone you would like to see considered for this honor, please call their name into the Clay County Extension Office � 677-7111.

May 1 is also the deadline for youth ages 13-19 to sign up for the South Dakota 4-H performing arts program. The Performing Arts Troupe will gather for a weeklong camp June 16-22 at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

The program gives youth the opportunity to be involved in a full stage production, a theatre arts learning experiences including music and dance, and develops life skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership. Troupe members will conduct several shows at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron July 29 � Aug. 4. Application forms can be obtained at the Clay County Extension Office.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the youth and adult volunteers who help to support the Clay County 4-H program. April 21-27 has been designated as National Volunteers Week. Without the hours of volunteer help our programming efforts would not exist. I would also encourage all youth and adults to volunteer their time and talents to community projects. When we work together the job task magically becomes easier. And when the job is done, everyone can look back and feel great about what the group has accomplished. Take time to volunteer and enjoy the good feelings you deserve.

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