Extension Highlights Annual Report 2015 - Page 5

As our current Board President, Dick Peterson, reflected on our 2015 year, he shared the four cornerstones that demonstrate our uniqueness as Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County. Our connection to Cornell University is one that resonates our strengths to provide the local community with relevant, research based opportunities.

Being part of a State and National Land Grant University provides the link and connection to research, knowledge, tools and expertise necessary to provide the local community with quality educational outreach. The connection to Cornell University is cornerstone to our work and was recently highlighted by our thirteenth President at Cornell University.

“Education is an inspiration, a taking hold of a broader life,” said President Garrett in her inaugural address quoting Professor Liberty Hyde Bailey, who helped pioneer the university’s extension efforts. Locally our Association works to create educational opportunities that inspire our participants and community partners to “put knowledge to work” in their everyday lives. President Garrett addressed the excitement that the staff at CCESC has when working with participants, volunteers, community partners, campus staff, and local county government.

The following pages highlight a few of our

programs and their impacts. Over the past year we have explored new opportunities including

the expansion of our Hidden Valley 4-H Camp to include a Cloverbud Day Program. This was in response to local community requests for a camper option serving the five to seven year age ranges. Providing relevant research based knowledge that reflects our current local needs led us to providing the educational component with Solar Schuyler. Work in the Arnot Forest continues with forest products leading the way as the 6th largest industry. We also hosted a student intern from the College of Human Ecology, Brittany Popovich, who provided instruction for our garden volunteers and assisted with the Sunset Garden at Hidden Valley 4-H Camp.

As we celebrate and look back on our past year, I would like to thank our staff that continues to exercise a strong work ethic, teamwork and willingness to explore new ways in meeting the needs of Schuyler residents. I also express gratitude to our Board of Directors who provide oversight with attention to detail and passion for the work that we do. A very special thank you to our volunteers who share their time, energy and enthusiasm. We are grateful for the support of our community partners, funders, and local county government. A very special thank you to the participants of our programs, you are what makes the work that we do at CCESC exciting and enjoyable. Each of you provides a vital link that assists Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County in providing relevant and high quality programs. We appreciate your support, guidance, and energy for the work that we do.

Mel Schroeder

Interim Executive Director