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A Unique Opportunity 
We extend this invitation to you to become a nominee for the University of Missouri Extension Council of Carter County because we feel you are in tune with your community, have your community’s best interests at heart and are willing to open the doors of opportunity for Carter County residents through University of Missouri Extension. 
As a member of the Carter County Extension Council, you can put any issue, interest or concern on the county’s educational agenda. State laws confer this right to extension councils. 
County extension council members and MU Extension faculty act as educational brokers, putting the interests and concerns of local people together with the resources of our land-grant university so people can obtain their goals. Throughout Missouri, extension councils and MU Extension professionals have identified an array of issues and have found ways University facilities and people can help.  
Because extension councils, through federal and state laws, have a legal foundation for operation and a working partnership with MU Extension, the variety and scope of educational programs are nearly unlimited.
Current MU Extension Programs:  
? Wildlife Food Plots ? Landscaping for Special Needs ? Family Care Giving ? Landscaping in Containers & Raised Beds ? Bob White Quail Habitat ? Using Quicken for Keeping Farm Records ? Estate Planning ? Water Quality
Why Partnership? 
As representatives of all Carter County residents, extension council members are in the best position to discover what local people want and need from Missouri’s land-grant university. MU Extension professionals and council members, acting as the front door to every unit in the University, put residents in touch with those who can help. Together, faculty and local citizens shape MU Extension programs to enhance the local quality of life. 
We believe in what we do, and it shows in our history, in our programs, and most importantly,  in the people we serve.
MU Extension faculty and council members have access to a wide range of expertise through collaboration with state agencies and other organizations and groups. As members of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, MU Extension faculty can draw from research and knowledge centers across the nation and the world. 
Your Responsibilities 
If you choose to be nominated for this partnership and are elected, you will be expected to:  
? Understand and advocate for the goals, aspirations and concerns of people of Carter County. 
? Provide regular, thoughtful participation in developing educational programs to assist people in reaching their goals. 
? Be an advocate for access to education that empowers people. 
? Learn about the wealth of resources provided by MU and the University of Missouri System. 
? Assist with council elections. 
? Work with MU Extension faculty and others to generate support from outside sources.
? Secure and administer the county’s share of funding for MU Extension programming in collaboration with the county commission. 
? Advise and consult with University administration concerning the assignment of MU Extension faculty to Carter County. 
? Attend council meetings regularly and participate in training opportunities.  
Your Rewards 
Many people gain great satisfaction as an MU Extension council member.  
First, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a positive difference in the lives of people in your community. 
Second, you will enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of other knowledgeable leaders.  
Here is what you, as an extension council member, can expect from MU Extension: 
? A continuous flow of information about University and council programs, resources and activities.
? Social and economic data that outline trends and conditions in Carter County and surrounding area. 
? Opportunities to learn about your role, responsibilities and opportunities through county, regional and state training and other experiences. 
? A network that connects you with people in other counties and states.  
MU Extension cannot fulfill its mission of extending the educational resources and knowledge base of the University of Missouri to people without a full partnership with local residents. 
We Need Each Other 
You have been identified as someone who could fulfill the partnership role well. We invite you to fill out and return the nomination form. You can call an MU Extension faculty member or Carter County council member for further details.
To: The Nominating Committee of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Carter County 
I hereby submit my name in nomination as a member of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Carter County. I understand that if I am nominated, I will stand for election in January 2009. If elected, I agree to serve. 
___________________________________ Name  ___________________________________ Phone  ___________________________________ Street Address  ___________________________________ City, State, ZIP  ___________________________________ E-mail
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October 4, 2018

Carter County youth to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13

Van Buren, Mo. –  For the 76th consecutive year, millions of 4-H youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13.

Throughout the week, Carter County 4-H will build on this year’s theme, “Inspire Kids to Do,” by showcasing the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences and highlighting the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. Some Carter County 4-H members will be painting 4-H logos in local business windows to commemorate National 4-H Week.

In Carter County, more than 32 4-H youth and 10 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.  Programs available locally include: 4-H Shooting Sports, Horsemanship, Music, and after school programs.  The monthly 4-H meeting schedule is available at, and on Facebook at MU Extension in Carter County and Carter County Shooting Sports.

Also in October, the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day will kick off Oct. 1. The 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge is “Code Your World,” co-developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service.

Code Your World will teach kids a wide variety of skills in a four-part series that will enable them to apply computer science to the world around them. This hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.

To learn more about National Youth Science Day, visit

Missouri 4-H is a community of more than 100,000 youth from across the state learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Members learn by doing under the guidance of adult volunteers who teach projects ranging from aerospace and arts to veterinary science and sport fishing. Clubs also involve children and teens in community service, camping and educational trips. Research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in their free time. For more information, visit

For information about local 4-H clubs and activities, contact MU Extension in Carter County at 573/323-4418.