Doug Shock, North Webster, was presented the Friend of Extension Award at the annual Purdue Extension meeting for Kosciusko County this week.
Joan Younce, county extension director, presented the award to Shock noting his numerous areas of work within the local extension program. He was a member of the Dairy Calf Feeder Steer Committee from 2004-2009 and served on the Auction Committee. He has been an active Purdue Council on Agriculture Research, Extension and Teaching member for eight years, the longest any one has served in Younce’s 25- year tenure.
It was noted Shock has contacted state legislators on behalf of Purdue Extension, served as president and vice president of Area X P-Caret, which is eight counties from Elkhart to Lake counties.
He has gone to Washington, D.C., to talk with Indiana congressmen about Purdue Extension, has attended spring and fall meetings, state legislative luncheons each year and more.
Shock and his wife, Jill, who is an elementary teacher, have three children all of whom were 10-year 4-H’ers.
Also recognized were Nancy Adams of Winona Lake for completing two terms on the board and Beth Banghart, Syracuse, for completing one term on the board.
During the election of officer, David Lash, Mentone; and Jennie Nelson, Claypool; were elected to the county extension board as new members with Ed Boggs, Warsaw; Paul Miller, North Webster; and Gary Parker, Warsaw, being reappointed.
The program for the evening was an interactive presentation regarding diversity in the county presented by the extension staff. Questions were geared to population, what civil rights are protected by federal law, what class is not protected by civil rights, the percentage of hispanic/latino population in the county, that groups’ participation in extension programs, what programs extension service offers.
Fabiola Holsclaw, who was born in Mexico and has lived the last 20 years in Warsaw, provided some insight to what extension can do to reach the hispanic/ latino population in the county. She pointed out just inviting members of that culture to events will result in not a lot of participation, as this culture is based on knowing people and trusting people. One on one contact is the best.
“The best way is to make an effort to know individuals,” she stated, adding then they will come and join and bring others. “It is a tight-knit culture based on trust.”
Other highlights of the evening was a report from the fair board by president Mike Loher. Loher reported 16,000 eggs will be filled for the March 30 Easter Egg hunt before reporting the floor will be redone in the Home and Family Arts Building by March 17, and the long-range committee is looking at a new merchant building where the old building was. Construction has begun on the new dairy barn.
Loher said the theme for this year’s fair is Salute to Hero’s with a program slated on July 8 following opening ceremonies on the stage. The fair will be July 7-13. Individuals who have a hero to be recognized are asked to get photos to the fair office by June 1 for a slide show. There will also be a tribute to John Anglin.
Loher said Susie McEntire, Reba McEntire’s sister, will be at the grandstand with another grandstand show being announced Thursday. He announced the truck show will be Friday and Saturday with the Demolition Derby tentatively being worked on for Sunday after the parade.
He did announce there will be fireworks and a free grandstand on July 5.