Two new members join county extension board

The Whitley County Purdue Extension board members seem to come and go in pairs, as two new members were elected, two were re-elected and two did not run for another term.The new members are Lucy Draper and Anne Waybright.Draper has been a 4-H leader for 23 years, is president of the Whitley County 4-H leaders organization and serves on Fun Night, Parade and Spooktacular committees. She and her children have all been 10-year members of the Whitley County 4-H program.Waybright, is also a 10-year 4-H member and her oldest child is starting as a mini 4-Her.Returning members are Virginia Faulkner and Tony Reust, both of whom are completing their second terms on the extension board; Reust serving as president and Faulkner as secretary.Steve Cormany and John Johnson chose not to run again.Cindy Barnett, Family Resource Management and 4-H Youth Educator at the Purdue Extension Whitley County office, thanked everyone for attending the Extension board annual meeting as the weekend was filled with 4-H events — Friday evening’s Fish Fry, 4-H Fun Night and silent auction and Sunday afternoon’s party for Kay Walter’s retirement.Barnett introduced the extension staff which includes Walter’s replacement as 4-H secretary, Lisa Schrader and Marissa Huff, here on a USDA grant.She expressed her appreciation to the county council and commissioners for supporting the extension office and spoke of her concern at the state level for more possible cuts to the budget and what those cuts could mean locally. She asked those present to contact their representatives, Kathy Heuer, Jim Banks and Dan Leonard in support of the local extension program.A handout at each place setting noted the Whitley County Extension made 31,032 direct contacts from 2009 to 2010 and listed 813 enrolled in the 4-H community clubs and 850 enrolled in the In-School Enrichment program.Dinner was sponsored by the Ag Plus, Farm Credit Services, Macallister - Ag Division, Northeaastern REMC and Whitley County Farm Bureau, Inc. They were recognized with certificates of appreciation.After dinner, Extension Educators from Allen and Wells counties, Mike Talbott and Roger Sherer, gave a program called “Colors for Leadership” which encouraged lively conversation among those present determining just what color they might be.