August 16 message
Good Afternoon, I hope you are all having a good week. Summer is winding down. Schools start classes next week in many of our counties. My wife, who is teacher, starts back in her classroom tomorrow. My son goes back to college (actually Cross Country Training camp) this weekend; (a miracle considering his accident last fall); and State fair begins next week.
Summer Extension programming is busy, sometimes even bordering on hectic and
chaotic. Summer camps, County Fairs, Extension Committee and Commissioner Budget
meetings, preparation for state fair, Consumer questions, all contribute to the hectic, yet
All of the hard work that goes into this programming can put stress on our office staff and our active volunteers. As I mentioned in last week's message, good communication is very important.
Over the weekend I was reminded of the old TV series Get Smart, which, for those of you too young to know about this series, was a spy spoof about two opposing factions: the forces of evil, represented by Kaos; and for forces of good, which were championed by Control. Whenever Kaos had the upper hand, the agents of Control retreated to the Cone of Silence to strategize.
So why do I mention a TV series that aired even longer ago than I have been employed by Extension? Well, it occurs to me that this could be a metaphor for how our office teams come together to support good programming. Regular and frequent staff conferences are important. Honest conversation is essential to address real issues that can get in the way of our work. I would suggest that these conversations include the work that we are doing, how we can do our work best and the difference made because of our work.
This week Renville and Swift Counties have their Fairs. Most Counties will be in budget discussions over the next couple of weeks, and I have been in active discussion with those counties that have budget questions.
Have a good week,