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AgriLife Extension Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers by Johanna Hicks

AgriLife Extension Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers by Johanna Hicks
  • PublishedNovember 10, 2021

Outstanding Extension Supporter of the Year, Karl and Kelli Ebel family – pictured left to right, Johanna Hicks (Extension Agent), Christian Ebel, Karl Ebel, William Ebel, Mario Villarino (Extension Agent)

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

The Extension staff of Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently held a banquet for the Advisory Board, Master Volunteers, and other Extension supporters. Without our support system, the impact and reach of our agency would not be nearly as great. Several individuals were recognized for their contributions during the year.

During the first ten months of 2021, Master Wellness Volunteers contributed 824 hours of volunteer time. Certificates were presented to the following: Marjean Allen, Joann Brennan, Pat Connally, LaTarra Giles, Susie Faltesek, Patsy Neal, and Nell Shipp. Also contributing hours but unable to attend were Wendy Johnson, Kim Sellers, and Sylvia Millsap. Several of them were also recognized as recipients of two state awards for Innovative Youth Programming and Outstanding Teamwork. Congratulations to each of these ladies.

The highlight of the evening was presentation of the Extension Supporter of the Year. The award went to Karl and Kelli Ebel and their sons. The Ebel family has been a big supporter and participant in the Hopkins County 4-H program, as well as participated in numerous Extension programs and serving at the host of a Grasslands Field Day. We are honored to have this outstanding family in Hopkins County and look forward to continued partnership with them.

Master Wellness Volunteers receiving certificates for their hours of contribution in 2021: left to right – Joann Brennan, Patsy Neal, Pat Connally, Susie Faltesek, Nell Shipp, LaTarra Giles (Hicks on second row)

Master Wellness Volunteer State-wide Training

I am excited to announce the 2022 state-wide training cohort for the Master Wellness Volunteer initiative. Registration opens November 15 and closes January 14. This training allows those who have a passion about health and wellness to share that passion with others via community events and more. The first and last training days will be held face-to-face while the remaining sessions involve self-paced on-line assignments. You will receive 40 hours of training in the areas of food safety, health, child nutrition, and more. You will obtain knowledge and skills to live a healthier lifestyle and encourage others to do the same.

The course for new applicants is $75, or $25 for college students. The first session is January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Office. Interested individuals are asked to contact my office at 903-885-3443 and I’ll send the application. Current Master Wellness Volunteers may take the recertification course at no cost.

Closing Thought

Consider the world of good we could do by simply being involved.

By Johanna Hicks

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Written By
Taylor Nye

Taylor Nye is the editor of Front Porch News. She has degrees from the University of Wisconsin in human biology, Latin American studies, and public health. She has previously worked at the Wisconsin State Journal, Tucson Weekly and Sulphur Springs News-Telegram. As a sixth generation Hopkins County resident, she loves celebrating our heritage and history.