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October 27, 2003

Five new 'Friends of Extension' honored

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service added five names to the "Friends of Extension" list for their commitment to Extension. They were recognized by the Indiana Extension Educators Association Tuesday (10/21) at the annual Purdue Extension professional development conference on the West Lafayette campus.

Those honored were:

• Jim Ade, of English, Ind. Ade proposed a plan to build a new livestock barn and indoor show arena, but this dream grew to be larger. He instead worked to purchase more than 63 acres of land that is now home to the Crawford County 4-H Fairground. He also secured many items for the fairgrounds including a gazebo, picnic tables and bleachers. Ade started and continues a program to enable 4-H members to raise and show livestock animals for the first time. He supplied a sheep, swine or feeder steer to the member, and the 4-H member was in charge of caring for the animal. When the animal was auctioned off at the fair, expenses were subtracted and 50 percent of the profits were placed in an endowment fund. The youth then received the remaining balance. Ade currently serves as vice chairman of the Area 2 P-CARET Committee. He was an Extension board member, 4-H Council president and vice president, and county fair chairman.

• Paul and Janet Dorsey, of Frankfort, Ind. The Dorseys have a history of helping with local Purdue Extension programs. For 31 years Paul has been a Union Township 4-H Club leader. Each year the couple opens their home to the 4-H members for a recognition supper supplied by Janet's Home Economics Club. They also hosted the 2000 area P-CARET dinner at their farm. In addition to his regular club duties, Paul has been the 4-H Tractor Club leader for the past 14 years and served as president of the Clinton County 4-H Leaders organization. Janet is a member of the Clinton County Extension Homemakers Council. In her 17 years of membership, she served as president and in various other positions.

• Carolyn Fogg, of Greensburg, Ind. Fogg has volunteered in Purdue Extension in Decatur County for more than 40 years. For 40 years she has led the Silver Bells 4-H Club and opens her home for monthly meetings. Fogg is a member of the Spice of Life Extension Homemaker Club and served on the Decatur County Fair Board as a 4-H representative and secretary. She currently is Extension Homemaker/Open Class exhibit superintendent. Due to her participation on the Extension Board in Decatur County, she was the recipient of the Certificate of Distinction in Extension Service. At the Decatur County 4-H Fair, Fogg assists with the fashion show judging, public fashion revue, Baby Show and Farm and Home Center where she serves as superintendent.

• Phillip Mitchell, of Milroy, Ind. Mitchell led the Anderson Township 4-H Club for 45 years. He is also the 4-H garden project superintendent, helping members prepare their projects at his own garden. Mitchell was a member of the Extension Board in Rush County, Rush County 4-H Council and Rush County Agricultural Association. He oversees the 4-H exhibits at the county fair as superintendent of the Root Building set up, a position he has held for more than 30 years.

Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: David Petritz, (765) 494-8489,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,
Agriculture News Page

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