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February 4, 2014

County extension agent retires at end of month

CHEROKEE COUNTY — After serving residents of Cherokee County as their county extension family and consumer sciences agent for more than five years, Wendi L. Green will be retiring Feb. 28.

She made the announcement via a county extension newsletter, assuring those she served “as I slip into retirement, I will not forget the friends that I made during my time with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“I have met some of the finest people here in Cherokee County. All these fond memories will remain with me for the rest of my life,” she wrote, adding that she is grateful to them “for making my work in this community a memorable one.”

Green, who earned a bachelors degree from Sam Houston State university in teaching vocational home economics, is a certified food safety instructor, diabetes educator, Texas Friendly trainer and master food preserver. She has worked with youth and adults providing a variety of programs in areas dealing with health, wellness, home and family.

She served as the Freestone County Extension F/CS agent for 10 years prior to working in Cherokee County.

Locally, Green was co-coordinator of the county wellness program for Cherokee County employees; was a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce board of directors; and chairman of the Chamber's Tomato Fest's salsa contest and tomato throw-down.

She also partnered with H.O.P.E., serving on its Partners in Health committee, speaking at various “To Your Health” luncheons and other groups, and on the steering committee for FitCOUNTY Cherokee; and was part of a team of area family/consumer science agents who presented educational information on a Tyler television morning show.

On a state level, Green was one of a team of developers of the “Step Up, Scale Down” program, which won national awards this past year, and worked with fellow agents to create an annual child-care conference for area child-care providers.

She also served on an awards committee for the National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences.

Her proudest accomplishment? “I guess I felt like I've made a difference in the lives of the people I worked with and served for five-and-a-half years in Cherokee County,” she said.

Wendi and her husband, a retired TXU employee, will retire to Fort Myers, Fla., and will be moving at the end of the month, she said.

She will be the guest of honor at a Feb. 5 retirement party hosted from 2 to 4 p.m. at the County Extension office, 165 E. 6th St. in Rusk.

For more information about the event, contact office assistant Jennifer Crowley, 903-683-5416, or email Jennifer.crowley@ag.tamu.edu.

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