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GOSHEN, IN -- The Purdue Elkhart County Extension Board Annual meeting was held on Nov. 10 on the 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen. The annual meeting honors the "Friends of Extension," recognizes retiring board members, elects new board members by the Extension Council, and highlights program impact and accomplishments from the Purdue Extension Educators.

The Elkhart County Extension Council members are appointed leaders who elect five board members to the fifteen-member board. Elected to their first term on the Extension Board are Rebecca Cooper, Andy Gall, Mark Kritzman, and Brett Whitehead. Re-elected to a second term is Margaret Weybright.

Retiring from the Extension Board after 3 years of service were Barbara Jewett, Mark Kritzman, Paul Miles, and Karen Steffensen.

There were 96 people in attendance to celebrate the accomplishment of Purdue Elkhart County Extension.

Program impacts and statistics were presented. Between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, Extension Educators in Elkhart County gave presentations to 22,215 people, took part in 415 meetings with 13,015 people in attendance. They also had 9,325 phone calls and e-mails during this time period in which educational information was presented. 2,900 people walked through the doors for assistance and there were a total of 390 news releases and newspaper columns written. Educators presented 283 radio and television stories. In 2015 there were 3,716 members enrolled in the traditional 4-H program and 686 enrolled in Mini 4-H.

Each year, the staff recognizes individuals or organizations that have been helpful and supportive of the Extension effort. The 2015 Purdue Elkhart County Friend of Extension award goes to Michael Christofeno.

Christofeno is extremely faithful to Elkhart County and Purdue Extension. As a former 4-H'er, he completed a variety of 4-H projects as did both his children. Christofeno is a member of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair board, serving as the fair board's attorney and is a member of the 4-H Corporation.

The Purdue Extension Service provides educational programs and materials that focus on the specialties of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Health and Human Science; 4-H Youth Development; Economic and Community Development. Extension Educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana Counties. They know what works in your community because they live there. Internationally respected research and information is the advantage Extension offers to you.

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