The Phelps County University of Missouri-Extension Council Annual Banquet was held Monday night at the Ridgeview Christian Church. The group was treated to a roast beef dinner provided by Matt’s Steakhouse, as well as covered dishes provided by Extension members and volunteers.

After dinner, Extension Council Chairman Michael Collins started the awards presentations by introducing the Leaders Honor Roll Program. Collins says the recognition is intended to honor outstanding University of Missouri-Extension community leaders that help support the county’s programs.
“Those selected, share the following: they enhance the economic viability, build strong individuals that serve their communities and help sustain healthy environments,” Collins stated.

Kim Shockley, John Money and Dale Garver were nominated this year for their Extension volunteer efforts and service to the community. Money and Garver could not attend the banquet, so Shockley strode to the front to receive her honor.
“Kim has been an educator for more than 30 years and through her volunteerism and community involvement, she is a pillar of our community,” said Collins.  “We are not only a better organization ourselves [because of her involvement], but a lot has changed from her efforts in society.”

John Ratliff, Laura Lackey and Jon Hartley received outgoing Council member certificates of appreciation. “These are people that have a heart for service,” noted Collins.
He said they set the example for the next generation by showing improvements in their community, county and the Ozark region.
“I want to thank them for everything they have done. They will be sorely missed.”

Phelps County Clerk Pam Grow administered the oath of office for the new University of Missouri-Extension Council members since they were chosen in an election process by the residents of Phelps County.

New Council members Penny Reynolds, Paul Long, Laura Huffman, Zach Robinson, Payton Varner and Windle Lloyd Jr. recited the oath after Grow.
“Recognizing the trust placed in me, as an officer of the Phelps County University of Missouri-Extension Council, and in assuming the duties of that office, I do hereby solemnly swear, to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Missouri and to faithfully perform the duties of my office to the best of my ability.”

The Council looks forward to tackling new projects in the coming year.