The LaGrange community is invited to the Purdue Extension Board’s annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, March 15, at Woodruff Grove United Methodist Church in rural Wolcottville. Reservations are requested no later than March 12 to the Extension Office. RSVP by calling the Purdue Extension office at 499-6334 or e-mail millssl@purdue. edu.
Registration begins at 5:45 p.m. with dinner following. Elizabeth Nelson, a former Lakeland student, will be the featured guest and will speak about her experience in the food industry publishing market and trace it to her interest and development in the 4-H youth development program.
Nelson is a test kitchen professional with Hoffman Media in Birmingham, Ala. She develops recipes and styles food for the Cooking with Paula Deen magazine. She attended Lakeland High School and graduated from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities. She was a 10-year member of LaGrange County 4-H and was named the Indiana State 4-H Foods Demonstration Champion in 2001. She earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Boston, Mass.
The evening’s agenda also includes a short business meeting during which the annual Purdue Extension report is distributed to the public, five Extension Board members will be elected to three-year terms, and two new youth board members will be introduced.
The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It is a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across the U.S. Extension Service program areas are Agriculture and Natural Resources, Consumer and Family Sciences, Economic and Community Development, and 4-H Youth Development.
The 19-member volunteer LaGrange County Extension Board consists of 15 adults and four teens, and was the first Indiana county to create board seats for youth. It serves a significant advisory role for Purdue staff in programming, budget, personnel and program evaluation.
While there is no cost to attend the annual meeting, freewill donations will be accepted.