Cottonwood Connections February 2023

February 2023

Greetings from the Director:

As I clean out my office in preparation for the next Cottonwood Team member, I have found some treasures. Lists of program participants remind me of the many wonderful people in our communities that I have enjoyed meeting. While no two days as an Extension Educator are exactly alike, I hope that you know how important building relationships within the Cottonwood District has been to me.

Now, as I begin the next chapter of my life, called retirement, I am excited to see what the future holds for K-State Research and Extension and the Cottonwood Extension District. I am happy to announce that Jay Harris has been named as the new Cottonwood District Director/Community Vitality Agent. Jay brings some knowledge about Extension to the table and is excited to begin his duties March 13th. His primary office will be in Hays, but he looks forward to building relationships within the Barton County communities as well.

By mid-February a position announcement will open for a Family and Community Wellness agent in the Great Bend office. I trust that you will show Jay and the rest of the Cottonwood team the same support and active participation that you have shown me during my career.

Thanks for the memories!

Donna Krug, District Director

From Donna Krug---Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold to join me on Kansas Day for my retirement celebration. It was special for me to spend the afternoon with family and friends, reminiscing about my career. My team member, Monique, pulled everything together and Donna Maskus, our Cottonwood Board Secretary made some beautiful and delicious cookies to share.  Thanks everyone for the heartfelt messages and hugs!