What a whirlwind the past two weeks have been! After 26 years at our 12th Street location, our Great Bend office has officially moved to our new space at 3007 10th Street. As I am writing this, I still have several boxes to unpack in my office and our meeting room/kitchen area needs to be organized. We had amazing help the day before Thanksgiving to move the heaviest items. Only one desktop hit the pavement on the trip down 10th Street, but luckily was retrieved by a policeman with just minor damage. Besides help from Barton County Road and Bridge and jail trustees, we appreciated help from several 4-H families.
December programming winds down by the middle of the month so that you can spend time with your families and our team members will do the same. When our Executive Board reconvenes in January 2022, we welcome several new members to our eight-member board. Donna Maskus and Kelsey Stremel will be joining from Ellis County, while Alexa Straub and Lori Waters will begin four-year terms from Barton County. We also had board member, Richard Dougherty, resign, so Rita Stolz was appointed to serve the remaining two years of his term. Board members continuing to serve our Cottonwood District include Kathie Rondeau, Allen Roth, and Tatum Kimzey.
As we look forward to providing research based, make a difference programming, for the residents of the Cottonwood Extension District I invite you to let any of our team members hear from you. We work with four Program Development Committees (PDC’s) to help us meet the needs of our families. K-State Research and Extension is truly a grass roots organization, because of our leadership structure. Our program areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Science, 4-H and Youth Development and Community Development, are so necessary as we navigate a world that has changed. Consider serving on one of our PDC’s and making a difference in your community!
Feel free to drop by during office hours and visit us at 3007 10th Street. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Jan. 6th, 2022, when we will host a Great Bend Chamber coffee, ribbon cutting, and open house. Details will be shared on our website closer to the date.
Donna Krug is the Family & Consumer Science Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her at 620-793-1910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.