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Fall programming in full swing
Donna Krug

Happy Fall! The past few mornings my bike commute has been so enjoyable. The cool crisp air reminds us that fall is here. In our world of Extension, October signals the beginning of a new program year. It is the perfect time to enroll kids in 4-H for the first time or re-enroll members through the online process. 

Speaking of 4-H, I want to remind you that we are looking for someone to join our team as the 4-H and Youth Development Agent in the Hays office. You can find more information about the application process on our Cottonwood Extension website. I hope you will share this information with someone who is passionate about working with youth in our area and encourage them to apply. 

Since my retirement date is just four short months away, our Cottonwood District Board will be conducting a search for a district director with community vitality programming responsibilities. That position description and application process will be advertised beginning Oct. 18 with interviews set for early December. The district director serves as the administrative leader of the Cottonwood District’s budget and fiscal operations; personnel management of local staff; and overall program development and delivery. If you know someone with these skills encourage them to apply. 

A couple of weeks ago, I highlighted the upcoming open enrollment period for individuals with Medicare coverage. Appointments will be available in both our Great Bend and Hays offices, so just give me a call to set up a time. There is no charge for this service, and it really is a good idea to review your prescription drug plan each year. That way there are fewer surprises after the first of the year. 

Another upcoming workshop that I will be leading is a ServSafe class for food handlers. This workshop is set for Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 1 – 4:30 p.m. at the Great Bend office meeting room, 3007 10th Street. A $15 registration fee holds your spot and participants will receive an up-to-date manual and refreshments. 

hether you are an occasional food handler at your churches’ soup supper, or you work in a food service-related job, this class is excellent. Participants will receive a certificate of completion to share with their employer. Class size is limited so call our office at (620)793-1910 to sign up. 

Take a look at all of the upcoming activities in the Cottonwood District in our electronic newsletter on our website and on our FaceBook page and join us when you can!

Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her at 620-793-1910 or