Remembering extension adventures

Did this happen to you?

Extension people are appreciated for matching knowledge to needs. You know you’re in extension when…

…you are invited to as a special guest to a community appreciation banquet and are surprised to be seated at the head table. During the meal a county commissioner leans over and says, “I didn’t know you were the keynote speaker.” You respond, “Neither did I.” Twenty minutes later, you begin your comments.

…you are asked various questions between Sunday School and church, in the checkout line at the grocery store, in the aisles of Wal-Mart, while waiting to be seen at the emergency room, at the ballgame, etc.
…you are asked to predict crop yields one month into the growing season.

…you’ve explained the food guide pyramid so many times you begin to dislike anything triangular.

…you’re suddenly being interviewed by the media on a controversial subject you just heard about.

…you know where the plug ins are in every meeting room within 100 miles of the extension center.

…you still know the Extension Homemaker Club Collect by heart.

…you actually believe there are no problems, only challenges and opportunities.


Excerpts from the 1996 booklet “You Know You’re in Extension When…” edited by Karen DeBord. She was a state human development specialist in Missouri before going to North Carolina Cooperative Extension.