CORVALLIS - Individuals and organizations were honored in Corvallis this week as "outstanding cooperators" with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
"The awards recognize volunteer efforts on behalf of Extension and its programs," said Janet Calvert, a Lane County Extension agent who is public relations chair of the OSU Extension Association.
Honored were the Oregon Wheat Growers League, based in Pendleton; Barbara Griffin-Webb, Monmouth; Mary Fran Fryer, Corvallis; John and Peggy Fine, Roseburg; Joan Setniker, Independence, and Connie Kennedy, Newport.
The Oregon Wheat Growers League was cited for 71 years of support of Extension programs, including statewide and county-level educational programs for farmers and 4-H programs for youth. The organization was started in 1926 by a group of eastern Oregon farmers working with the Extension Service in response to a freeze that destroyed much of the wheat crop.
Griffin-Webb has been volunteer leader of the Polk County Canine Corps 4-H Dog Club for 29 years. In addition, she is one of the leaders of Polk County's Guiding Eyes 4-H Club, which works with youth who train puppies to be guide dogs. She was cited for her continuing positive impact on the lives of Polk County youth.
Fryer, a 1985 graduate of the Benton County Extension Master Gardener program, has been elected president of the county's Master Gardener Association three times. She was cited for more than 1,660 hours of volunteer work helping Benton County residents learn about gardening through classes, brown bag talks, newsletters and other activities.
John and Peggy Fine were cited for their long, unselfish support of the Douglas County 4-H program, including serving as volunteer 4-H leaders and as members of the County Council, an advisory board for 4-H leaders. They also volunteer on other Extension activities, such as work in livestock and forage areas. John Fine is a member of the statewide Extension Advisory Committee.
Setniker was recognized for "inspiring, teaching, motivating, challenging and having fun with" young people during seven years as the main project leader of the Ag Exec 4-H Club in Polk County. She also was cited for leadership in raising funds to construct a 4-H building and for contributions, through the farm she and her husband operate, to the state's Extension-run Seed Certification Program.
Kennedy was nominated by the Lincoln County Extension Office and the OSU Extension Sea Grant program. She was cited for "invaluable" volunteer work that linked the Newport Fishermen's Wives Association, and fishing families in general, with educational programming provided by Extension Sea Grant's Fishing Families Project.