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North Carolina Extension and Community Association celebrates the Seasons of Change

Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Concord, NC - North Carolina Extension and Community Association (NCECA) held its 89th Annual State Council meeting in Concord recently where the theme was “Celebrating the Seasons of Change”. Over 250 members from across the state attended this exciting event where they recognized and celebrated their accomplishments of the year. Throughout the meeting, NCECA members were addressed by a variety of distinguished speakers including Cheryl L. Kane, Barton & Kane Consoldiated addressing the topic, “A Legacy is Timeless – Vigorous, Vibrant, Vital. "

During the state meeting, members were able to attend a variety of programs such as: The Power of the Podiums – Speaking in Public with Ease and Comfort – Mr. Dan Cook, Toast Master & Friend of Extension, "Those were the days: Why is there an Achievement Gap Today?" - Dr. Karen Debord, Professor & Extension Specialist; Gen-X’ers & Millennials – Dr. Susan Jakes, NCSU Extension Specialist and Reading, 'Riting & Rithmatic, Schools in the 21st Century – Mrs. Amy Chilcote, Extension Associate, and other topics. In addition, educational opportunities were offered such as the NC Research Lab in Kannapolis offering individuals to tour NC State University Fruit & Vegetable Science Institute, UNC Nutrition Research Institute and the Core Lab. This is a joint venture between Dole Foods, Inc and Universities of North Carolina.

As a part of NCECA mission, preserving our cultural heritage was illustrated by having a variety of workshops offered to the membership. The opportunity was also demonstrated by the Cultural Arts Viewing that is held during the meeting where attendees from across the state brought items. Four members of the local Chatham County Extension and Community Association were winners: Beulah Hinshaw, hand needlework quilt; Fleming Pfann, creative bags made from recyclable grocery bags; Pauline Brooks, handmade crocheted doll and Jennifer Purvis, Christmas ornament.

The closing banquet was located in the Speedway Club of the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Members were able to enjoy looking out over the race track. During the event, they were entertained by a local bluegrass group.For over 26 years, through thousands of projects and millions of volunteer hours, the Chatham County Extension and Community Association have strived to strengthen families and improve the quality of life in their community. The Association’s goals of learning, leading, sharing, giving, and growing have given Chatham County a generation of responsible and informed leaders and a legacy of quality for the future. The Association offers all its programs to any member of the community regardless of race, creed, national origin, sex or handicap.

For additional information regarding this organization; please call Chatham County Cooperative Extension Center, 919.542.8202 or

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