100 years and counting

Morris F. White III, County Extension Director, Vance County
Mar. 31, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Across the country cooperative extension agencies are celebrating the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act signing that took place on May 8, 1914. N.C. Cooperative Extension will be hosting several celebrations throughout the year to celebrate this major milestone.

Extension professionals and their clients across North Carolina are also using social media to share their insights into the organization’s history and its impact. Twitter has been a main avenue for the public to share how cooperative extension has impacted their communities and everyday lives. Twitter users can use the hash tag #EXT100years to share their stories. Twitter users may also share their stories @NCExt100.

Here are examples of tweets that would be appropriate to make during the twitter campaign:

• I’m proud to be a #NC #wolfpack #4HVOLUNTEER for Vance Co – Happy 100th. #EXT100years

• Happy 100th Birthday Cooperative Extension #EXT100YEARS

• 100 years and we’re just beginning #EXT100YEARS

• Proud master gardener #EXT100YEARS

This is a great opportunity for citizens to showcase their pride in N.C. Cooperative Extension. The nationwide twitter campaign to celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Extension will culminate May 8 with twitter stories from across the country highlighting how extension has made a major impact in our society.

The official centennial celebration will be held the evening of May 19 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Exposition Center. Exhibits showcasing extension’s impact across the state will be on display at the fairgrounds. The celebration will continue May 20 with the opportunity for clients to share news of the great work extension is doing in the community with legislative leaders in Raleigh, on behalf of Cooperative Extension. Following the legislative visits, Extension will celebrate with a state proclamation signing marking a “New Promise for a New Century.”

Locally, the Vance Cooperative Extension Center will be celebrating Cooperative Extension’s centennial through various events throughout the year. On April 3, 2014 during our open house for the new regional Vance County Farmer’s market, the Vance County Cooperative extension center will have a display on hand highlighting extension’s centennial. The local office is working on developing a video with stories from Vance County residents sharing their extension story. If you have an extension story you would like to share feel free to call the Vance County Cooperative Extension Center at (252) 438-8188 or tweet with #EXT100years.