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October 21, 2002

Four couples honored as 'Friends of Extension'

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service paid tribute to four Hoosier couples by naming them Friends of Extension for their outstanding commitment to Extension programs. They were recognized by the Indiana Extension Educators Association Tuesday (10/15) at the annual Extension conference on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

Dean and Carolyn Turner of Hendricks County have a lifelong history of active involvement in Extension. Both were 10-year 4-H members and have provided leadership to a variety of boards, councils and committees as adults.

Carolyn served on the Extension board in Hendricks County and was president for three years. She's an active member of the Hendricks County Extension Homemakers, serving on the county homemakers council and as president of the Avon Homemaker Club. In addition, she chaired the Area 6 Farm Festival.

Dean was a member of the Hendricks County 4-H Fair Board until recently. In his 36 years of membership, several buildings were added to the fairgrounds to enhance the overall usefulness of the grounds. Dean provided leadership in establishing the Hendricks County 4-H Youth Council, and he served as Extension board president. His contributions as a member of the Indiana Association of County and District Fairs, including a stint as president, earned him a spot in their Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the Indiana State Fair Commission. The Turners have been married for 51 years, raised three 10-year 4-H members of their own and have three grandchildren active in 4-H today.

Susan and Lowell Endicott of Boone County are volunteer 4-H club leaders who use every opportunity to teach life skills through 4-H. Susan has been a volunteer leader for 31 years, and Lowell came on board to work with her for the past 11 years. The Endicotts create committees to carry out club functions so every member has a chance to participate. They encourage 4-H members to try new things and not be afraid to fail, because either way, they'll learn from the experience. The Endicotts take advantage of training opportunities for 4-H leaders at both the county and state levels.

Susan is a cornerstone of the Boone County volunteer leader program. She plays a vital role in annual leader training and serves as a mentor to new leaders. As international exchange coordinators for Boone County 4-H for a number of years, the Endicotts have recruited and trained host families. They also play a vital role in the annual 4-H booster fund drive, helping to raise money for awards, trips and incentives. Lowell served on the Extension board in Boone County, and Susan is active with the Boone County Extension Homemakers.

Betty and Don Cook of Crawford County have had numerous roles in their 20-plus years of involvement in Extension in Crawford County.

Betty was a 4-H club leader for 12 years and Extension board member for six years. On the 4-H council, she held the offices of secretary, treasurer and vice president. In 2001 Betty served on the 4-H Capital Campaign Committee, which developed a new fairgrounds complex. She also served as the adult adviser to the Junior Leader Exchange Program and traveled with the teens on their first exchange trip to Canada. Since her retirement as Extension office secretary in 1996, Betty has volunteered at the office, producing newsletters and educational materials.

Don has provided leadership to the 4-H beef project as beef superintendent and fair barn superintendent. He currently serves on the Extension board. Since his retirement as an engineer with Louisville Gas & Electric, Don has provided free engineering services to the Crawford County 4-H Council, enabling them to obtain three grants for construction of a 4-H complex. He's currently working with the council to build a shooting sports facility to be funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Also president of the Crawford County Parks and Recreation Board, Don has been instrumental in orchestrating a joint project between the board and 4-H council to build and operate a 63.5-acre 4-H educational facility and county park.

Bill and Deb Braun of Pulaski County have supported the county's Extension programs in many ways. Both have served terms on the Extension Board, with Deb currently in her second term. Both have been active in the 4-H program, and their children were in 4-H.

Bill has been a 4-H project leader and has worked with county 4-H clubs to help them raise money by hiring them to work at the county pork producer's food booth during the fair.

Deb was instrumental in laying the groundwork for starting a Master Gardener program in Pulaski and Starke counties. She remains active in the program and serves as president. Deb helped iron out the details for sharing Extension educators in Pulaski and Starke counties. In addition, she's active on the Agriculture Program Council and is the area Purdue Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching (P-CARET) representative.

The Brauns support other Extension programs, including Extension Homemakers, 4-H awards, and the Pulaski County Community 4-H Fair Association.

CONTACT: Floyd Branson, Purdue Extension, (765) 494-8490.

Writer: Andrea McCann

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