OSU Extension Association Recognizes 2006 Cooperators and Friends

October 9, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Extension Service recognized several outstanding cooperators and friends of Extension during a recent awards ceremony held at the annual Extension conference on the OSU campus.

"These awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations throughout the state that have freely given time and resources to support Extension Service educational programs," said Holly Berry, Family Community Development faculty with the Marion County office of the OSU Extension Service.

Those honored are Rod Bach, Monmouth; Catherine Brosnan-Tepas, Silverton; Diane Silverstein, Polk County; Dottie Zajae, Dexter; Bill Jepson, Heppner; Bruce Hawks, Eugene; the Reitmann family, Heppner; the Hentze Family Farm, Junction City; Ellwood Miller, Linn County and Stuart and Clarice Miller, of Tillamook County.

Bach has been a standout participant in the Marion County Extension Master Gardener program, being trained and certified in the program, then volunteering to be on the board and volunteer for Master Gardener clinics and fundraising. He is president-elect, after holding many other volunteer offices with the Master Gardeners.

Brosnan-Tepas, an elementary school principal in Silverton, has encouraged OSU Extension to conduct programs in school facilities, including nutrition education and 4-H programs. Her activities have paved the way for a year-long nutrition education program to be delivered in all 21 K-3 classrooms in Eugene Field Elementary School, reaching more than 1,400 students this year.

Silverstein volunteers and leads the largest home economics 4-H clubs in Polk County. She has coordinated the 4-H Favorite Food Fair and is involved with other local 4-H food programs, including being building superintendent at the county fair.

Zajae is a "super volunteer," according to Extension staff Susan Busler and Nellie Oehler in Lane County. She has volunteered for the Lane County Food Pantry Project, the Master Food Preserver Program, the Lane County Extension Advisory Council and local Extension Study Group programs.

Jepson, a Morrow County wheat producer, has allowed OSU to conduct both small-plot and large-scale field research trials on his farm for the past several years. He is on Extension advisory committees and is a 4-H livestock leader as well.

Hawks has been a maintenance engineer with the Lane County office of OSU Extension in Eugene for nearly 30 years, and is a strong supporter of Extension.

The entire Reitmann family of Heppner has been active in OSU Extension programs. Tami Reitmann has been a 4-H leader for 14 years and her husband Mark helps with the 4-H beef program. Daughters Shelly and Shanna came through the 4-H program and were camp counselors and Morrow County 4-H ambassadors.

The Hentze family farm was honored with the Extension Association's Business Cooperator award. The family has been a strong supporter of the Lane County office of the OSU Extension Service for many years, active in programs and opening their farm, fruit stand and processing facilities and donating produce to Extension groups for tours and programs.

Ellwood Miller, of Linn County, was awarded with a 2006 Friend of Extension Award. He grew up as a 4-Her and has become a long-time supporter of the program. He served as 4-H Foundation Trustee for four years and volunteers for the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center.

Stuart and Clarice Miller have been involved in the Tillamook County Master Gardener program for almost two decades. They were awarded with the Friend of Extension Award this year for their tireless volunteerism with that program. Stuart was a driving force behind the demonstration project at the Tillamook County fairgrounds; Clarice has edited the Master Gardener newsletter for 17 years.

Author: Carol Savonen
Source: Holly Berry