April 22 Message
Good Morning: I hope you have had a good week. We are all looking forward to sunshine and warmer weather. A few items to share this week:
Google Docs Training: Earlier this Week County Support staff in the region received an invitation from Karen Mathys to attend Google Doc trainings. Trainings are scheduled for Marshall and Worthington. Karen anticipates upcoming trainings in other locations. However, those training dates and locations have not been determined. I would encourage your participation in this training and would also point out that space is limited to the number of work stations available in the computer labs. So, if you plan to participate, register as soon as possible. If you have any questions about this, contact Karen at Extension IT or Mary Jo at the Marshall Regional Office.
County Extension Website: I would also remind the County Support Staff to be sure you are keeping the County Extension Web page current, (calendar of upcoming events, My Program entries, other special features or announcements). Our public, program participants, County Extension Committee Members, County Commissioners and other stakeholders use the website to learn about program offerings and as a gateway to other resources so it is vital that the County Support Staff keep those websites current.
Extension Committee meetings: Eight of our counties have held there second quarter meetings. The remaining two counties, Swift and Big Stone meet April 27 and 28th.
Extension Changes across the border: Some of you, (especially in our border counties), have been following the organizational changes announced for South Dakota State Extension. I had a call this week from a State Legislator in South Dakota who was questioning how the University of Minnesota Extension structure is working, since the South Dakota plan has many similarities to Minnesota. He was pleased to learn that our system is working well in addressing local, regional and State needs and delivering high quality educational programming from a local, regional and State delivery system.
Have a blessed Easter.