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Joint Extension foundations celebrate nine new endowments

Dean Johnny Wynne kicked off the September luncheon meeting of the three foundations that support North Carolina Cooperative Extension by announcing that, as of then, 89 of the state’s 100 counties had created at least one enhancement fund or endowment as part of the College’s “Campaign for Counties.”

Wynne presided over the gathering of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Foundation, the 4-H Development Fund and the Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation. Addressing the audience of board members, donors, volunteers and friends of Cooperative Extension, Wynne said, “Your efforts are helping strengthen agricultural programs in each county while you are also supporting youth and families. Thank you for what you do to make these gifts possible.”

Nevin Kessler, Vice Chancellor of University Advancement for N.C. State, brought greetings on behalf of the university and shared the success of the “Achieve!” campaign.

“CALS played a leadership role in this effort, raising more than 25 percent of the total,” Kessler said. “That’s an incredible accomplishment. I’m inspired by the stories I heard today at lunch, and I want to congratulate you on the great work that you do.”

Dr. Joe Zublena, Extension associate director and director of county operations, brought greetings on behalf of Extension, describing how the work of the organization is being recognized throughout the country. Extension leaders from Arkansas and Wisconsin recently had requested meetings to discuss Extension foundations, he said.

“We always share that you are the secret to our successes,” Zublena said. “As volunteers, you are innovators, and you guide the direction of our excellent foundations staff in a very positive way.”

The new endowments celebrated at the September luncheon:

  • The Forsyth County Master Gardener Volunteer Program Enhancement Fund
  • The North Carolina CES Horse Education Program Enhancement Fund
  • The Jack Parker CES 4-H Swine Endowment
  • The Lenoir County 4-H Program Enhancement Fund
  • The Orange County 4-H Program Restricted Fund
  • The Surry County 4-H Program Enhancement Fund
  • The Johnsie C. Cunningham Endowment for Family & Consumer Sciences Programs in Granville County
  • The Sue Counts Endowment for Family and Community Development Programs in Watauga County.

-- Suzanne Stanard