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New officers are installed for Extension Community Association

Staff Report

January 17, 2013

DOBSON — The Extension and Community Association (ECA) County Council has installed officers for 2013-2014. ECA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization which functions in cooperation with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.


“This is an exciting year for ECA as they celebrate their centennial,” said ECA spokesperson Carmen Long. “The theme is a century of service 1913-2013. We will be doing different events throughout the year to celebrate. We started the celebration Jan. 11 with a tea.”


Camilla Cook of the Dobson Early Birds will be in charge of Correspondence and Benevolence. Jean Hardy of Salem Fork was elected adviser, Goldie Sparger of Beulah will be recording secretary and Joy Hemmings of Siloam will serve as first vice president. Juanita Gillespie of Salem Fork was elected president and Carmen Long will be the North Carolina Cooperative Extension liaison agent.


Long explained ECA is made up of community members who enjoy camaraderie, lifelong friendships, new experiences, fulfillment and service. She said together, members conduct and participate in motivating educational activities that help members continue education, gain leadership skills and inspire community involvement.


Statewide, there are more than 3,400 members in 286 clubs. Surry County has eight clubs and welcomes new members.


Persons who want more information can contact the Surry County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension at 401-8025.