The annual dinner meeting of the University of Missouri Extension-Ralls County Council was held Feb. 22 with 53 people attending.

The annual dinner meeting of the University of Missouri Extension-Ralls County Council was held Feb. 22 with 53 people attending. The meeting was held in the basement of the courthouse in New London.

Daniel Mallory, Livestock Specialist, introduced newly elected or appointed Extension Council members for 2018. They included Ann Wideman, Saverton Township; Linda Hammond, Town of Center; Tina Powers, Saline Township; Terry Hoyt, Jasper Township; Judi Statler, City of New London and Hannah Smith, youth representative. Re-elected to the council were Al Kennett, Clay Township and Vickie Rouse, Salt River Township.

Jim Meyer, County Program Director, recognized retiring council members and presented those present with certificates of appreciation. The retiring council members included Charles Paschal, Saverton Township; Linda Miller, Town of Center; Leota Shoemyer, Saline Township; Joy Hoyt, Jasper Township and Laurie Means, City of New London. Meyer thanked each of these retiring members for their time and service given to the extension council.

Terry and Joy Hoyt received the Leaders Honor Roll award from University of Missouri Extension.

Extension Council officers elected for the 2018 extension council year are John Freiling, chairman; Terry Hoyt, vice-chairman; Janine Stephenson, secretary and Vicki Rouse, treasurer. The new officers were sworn into office by Sandy Lanier, Ralls County Clerk.

Alison Copeland, Interim Program Director 4-H Youth Development, was the guest speaker. She shared information about the accomplishments of the 4-H program in the State and where 4-H is headed in the future.

The Extension Council is in charge of University of Missouri Extension programming in Ralls County and oversees the finances, staff, and activities of the Ralls County Extension Center. The council meets the fourth Thursday night of each month at the courthouse in New London.