This week, more than 70 Extension retirees came together in St. Paul for the annual Extension Retiree Luncheon. There was a variety of retirees, from those who retired 30 years or more ago, to those who just retired in the last year. It was quite a celebration. The room was buzzing with conversations about the diversity of projects and hobbies (as well as jobs) our retirees engage in after they retire. We are fortunate to have retired colleagues who are great advocates for Extension and continue to support our shared mission.
I was pleased to assure the retirees that we do have more employees than retirees and we have been hiring new employees to fill many of the positions opened by the recent retirements. During our luncheon, Julie Weisenhorn shared highlights from the Master Gardener program, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.
It was a pleasure to meet with our retirees. I hope you have an opportunity to make a connection with your former colleagues as well.