3 honored for their work with Extension, communities
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three individuals have been recognized as 2010 Friends of Extension for their longstanding commitment to Purdue Extension and their communities.
The Indiana Extension Education Association awards were given during a luncheon of Extension's annual conference Wednesday (Nov. 10). This year's honorees are:
* The late Paul Lauer of Huntington County, who has been involved with 4-H his entire life. He never missed attending the fair in Huntington County since it began in 1931, and he served on the fair board for 40 years before it became a revolving board. After term limits were established, he served two more terms. He donated horses to the Huntington County 4-H board to be auctioned off to families as part of a fundraiser. Lauer was involved in many other organizations such as the Farm Bureau board and served as chairman.
* Theresa Calloway of Winamac, who has supported and worked for Purdue Extension of Pulaski County for 20 years. She has served on the fair board as president for the past six years and has been part of the auction committee. Her efforts led to the construction of a swine barn. Calloway has been a leader in efforts to clean up the fairgrounds from two floods the past two years. She has contributed more than 10,000 hours of volunteer work to promote Extension to the community.
* Bill Viar of Indianapolis. Viar and American Income Life Insurance Co. are longtime supporters of Purdue Extension. American Income Life expanded its accident insurance coverage, first intended for 4-H events, to all program areas of Extension. Because of its relationship with Purdue Extension, American Income Life coverage has been made available nationwide, with policyholders now in 49 states. American Income Life has become the leading insurer of 4-H programs nationwide. Viar offers tips and reminders to Extension staff to reduce the level of risk to participants in Extension programs. He was a major sponsor of the Joint Council of Extension Professional Conference in 2009. He also is a donor and exhibitor at national Extension professional development conferences.
Writer: Erica Sullivan, 765-494-8402, email@example.com
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