Sunday, December 19, 2010
The District office will be closed during the holiday break from Thursday, December 23 through January 1st; we will resume regular business hours on January 3rd, 2011. 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 County Judges and Commissioners Conference
We had a excellent conference on December 14th, in Edna. 4 county judges and 23 county commissioners attended the conference. 8 District 11 counties were represented at the conference. Four attendees were newly elected officials. Judon Fambrough with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University provided a program on wind energy opportunities in the Coastal Bend, Dr. Rebecca Dundensing, provided a program on Economic Development opportunities and evaluation, and Mr. Dennis Dewitt, provided a great program on County health and community affair issues. State Representative John Zerwas, District 28 contributed with a legislative update on the many issues affecting lawmakers in Austin this legislative session to start on January 11 2011.
The program finished with information from Jim Allison, general counsel for the judges and commissioners association of Texas. Also in attendance was Ms. Ashely Mathews with the VG Young Institute for County Government, and Dr. Dromgoole, Associate Director for County Programs. Dr. Dromgoole provided an update discussing our Budget reduction and possible future budget cuts.
Thanks to the JJ and Mike for being great hosts, and for the other agents that I ask to assit with the conference.
In a nutshell, when the staff is moved to Outlook the e-mail address is deleted from the GroupWise address book, thus their names and e-mail address are removed from all personal groups. The new e-mail address is then added back to the GroupWise address book, but this procedure will not add the e-mail back to personal groups.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Many compliments have been shared about the excellent District 11 4-H Food Show & Food Challenge contests that were held in Wharton this past Saturday. Approximately 100 food show contestants and 17 food challenge teams competed for top honors. Some have rated the event as "one of the best food shows ever."
Special thanks to Food Challenge Chair Dianne Gertson, Food Show Chair Sarah Womble and the rest of the event committee including Lynn Hough, Michelle Allen, Sally Garrett, Barbara Sulak, Talma Benavides, Kathy Farrow, Barbara Williams, Janis Pfeffer, and Julie Ketelsen.In addition to the competition, a very interactive educational activity was available for participants and parents. The skill-a-thon challenged members to rotate through 9 classes and identify kitchen utensils, demonstrate measuring skills, assess nutritional values of food items, and many other tasks. Additionally, a community service activity, the Great American Bake Sale, was conducted to raise money to feed hungry children. This community service activity was spearheaded by 2 4-H families but many other families donated baked goods to support the effort.
I am extremely please with the focus and direction that our traditional district events are taking. As I reflect back to our discussion at our 2010 4-H Scheduling conference last May in La Grange. Our agents are certainly getting back to the basics and the success of the District Food Show and Food Challenge are examples of you commitment to detail.
Thank you to all the agents and volunteers that served as judges, monitors, or timekeepers. Your professionalism and positive attitude helped make the event a big success.
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I want to commend the committee chairs and all the agents for organizing excellent seminars, and a great show. I am extremely proud for the way each an every one of our agents focused on the needs of our participants. Your professionalism commitment is truly appreciated. Our supporters were very pleased with the event. I already have commitments from other prospective financial supporters for next year. I have received numerous compliments on the event and on your interaction during the event itself.
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As we get back to the basics of doing what we do best our clientele are sure to take notice of our efforts. Again thanks District 11. DM
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