I would like to wish our District 11 Extension Team a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. As I read your making a difference reports and your outcome summaries, I am amazed at the great programs that you are providing your clientele each year. We certainly have the best district in the state but only because we continue to have the best agents in the state. As we prepare for a new year just around the corner, I encourage you to take some time to enjoy your family and all of what the holiday season is meant to be. If you are going to try to start shopping like me this week, be careful on the roads and as you travel to see family and friends. This has certainly been an eventful year for me and as I look back upon this year I am thankful for the many blessings my family and I have received. I am sure you can also reflect on your your year not only professionally but personally. Get some well deserved rest and come back ready to continue to Make a Difference in your counties.
The District office will be closed during the holiday break from Wednesday, December 23 through January 1st; we will resume regular business hours on January 4th, 2010. I know that many of your county offices will be open for some time during these days. If for some reason your office must be closed during the non-county holiday times, make sure that your clientele can reach you or a designated person if they need to. I will be available on my cell phone (361)543-7595.
District 11 Personnel news:
January 4th, 2010 we will have four new county Extension Agents start their new appointments. Virgina Smith ANR agent in Aransas County, J.D. Folbre ANR Agent in Karnes County, he will first step in Wilson County. Kara Metheney, ANR Agent in Colorado County, she will first step in Austin and Wharton Counties. I will meet with the Matagorda County Court this Morning to approve a the new 4-H agent , this person will not first step and be in Matagorda County on January 4th, 2010.
I will start to interview candidates for the open San Patricio County 4-H agent in January. Ms. Kelsey Hill will start her new role as Regional Cancer Awareness and prevention program assistant on January 4th, and be based out of the District office. Ms. Bethany Bowman FCS Agent in Calhoun County has resigned effective on January 4th. I wish Bethany well in her future and thank her for her service in Calhoun County.