SALUTE TO VOLUNTEERS—
Milam County Extension Staff recognized the over 495 volunteers that contributed more than 22,110 hours of time in 2012 to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Milam County Office programming during Monday’s meeting of the Milam County Commissioners Court. Some of their major volunteers include: Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Extension Education Association Members, 4-H Leaders, Program Area Committee members and Task Forces and Coalition members. These volunteers contribute $481,776.90 in volunteer dollars to the citizens of Milam County, according to Milam County Family and Consumer Science agent Cheryl Walker. “Volunteers are our most valuable asset. We attribute a dollar value of $21.79 per hour for their service,” Walker said. “We had 146 of the volunteers that taught educational programs throughout the year reaching 3,685 persons. They make a big difference in what our agency accomplishes by reaching more people, ensuring programs are relevant, delivering Extension education and interpreting the value of Extension to others.” Pictured are (front row, l-r) Commissioner Pct. 1 Tank Balch, Commissioner Pct. 2 Kenneth Hollas, County Judge Dave Barkemeyer, Commissioner Pct. 3 John Fisher, Commissioner Pct. 4 Jeff Muegge; (back row) members of the Extension Advisory Board P.J. Jennings, Barbara Walker, Douglas Buck (vice chairman). Judge Barkemeyer is also a member of the advisory board.