S: Toni's Extension Career - January 1976 - December 2011
BC: The End...or is it....... the Beginning!
FC: Toni L. Smith University of Minnesota Extension "A wonderful opportunity to learn, educate and initiate community growth and development" 35 Years - 1976 to 2011
1: 1 | TONI SMITH'S TITLE CHANGES OVER 35 YEARS Murray County Interim Extension Home Economist Pope County Interim Extension Home Economist Wabasha County Extension Agent Wabasha County Extension Director, Minnesota Extension Service University of Minnesota Extension Agent, Wabasha County University of Minnesota Extension Educator University of Minnesota Extension Community Resources Educator and CED (Co. Ext. Dir) University of Minnesota Extension AMC Fellow University of Minnesota State Government Relations Director & Liaison to AMC University of Minnesota Field Operations Outreach Director and Liaison to AMC University of Minnesota Extension Retiree EXTENSION DIRECTORS OVER THOSE 35 YEARS 1976 Roland Abraham , Dean & Director 1979 Hal Routhe, Interim Director 1980 Norm Brown, Dean & Director 1984 Patrick Borich, Dean & Director 1984 - Gail Skinner-West, Acting Dean & Director 1996 - Kathryn Fennelly, Dean & Director 1999 - Charles Casey, Acting Dean & Director 2001 - Charles Casey, Dean & Director 2005 - Beverly Durgan, Dean & Director In 2011 10% of Extension 's workforce took the RIO or VERA options for retirement including me! This book highlights some of the turning points in my career with Extension. It features family, friends and Extension programming because for many years they were entwined to survive the schedule and remain happy and productive.
2: While working in Slayton from January 1976 through June 1976 I rented a geodesic dome in the country. This was an era of increasing concern for energy conservation. I loved living in the dome with my Irish Setter Spiros. After this job there were no other Extension jobs to apply for so I thought I would move to California. Then in July I received a call asking me to fill in again for another Masters leave in Pope County so I headed to Glenwood for four months and then onto Wabasha in Jan. 1977. | My first exposure to Extension was through my grandfathers cousin, Dr. Ralph Wayne (photo above) who was an Extension Dairy Specialist. He would visit the small town of Geneva, where I grew up, and we would always enter into political debate. Little did I know that I would apply for an Extension position after college. My first six months in Extension were in Slayton, MN where I filled in as the Extension Home Economist.
3: THE EARLY YEARS | Photo at the right is one that I took in August 1979 when President Carter visited Wabasha on the Delta Queen Riverboat.
4: Photo above was taken in late seventies when Toni chaperoned her first state 4-H trip to DC. Early programming included food safety, family finance, appreciating other cultures and youth development.
5: 1992 USDA Superior Service Award Washington DC The award was established to recognize quality Extension programming nationally. I received the award for the introduction of an innovative Wabasha County recycling program. Photo to left is the send off from colleagues. Joe Fox accompanied me on the trip.
7: As the years progressed it became evident to me and the county Extension committee that community development programming was where I should dedicate much of my work which I did from the mid 80's through 2001.
8: District Conferences Usually two days and moved throughout the district. Very different staff planning than what we are experiencing in 2011.
9: District Directors Joe Fox and Denny Seefeldt. Other photos include David Werner, Janet Beyer and all of the home economists below.
10: District Conference at the Pioneer Restaurant outside of Wabasha. Photo below features long time Wabasha Co. colleague and mentor - MATT METZ and photo to the left my wonderful friend and mentor MARY ELLEN MILLER
11: District Conference Candid Photos
12: Extension Community Development work opened opportunities to present at multiple national conferences. The eighties and nineties were filled with multiple board appointments, travel,and some of the most gratifying local programming that I can remember in Extension. The photos on these pages are just a few taken when I presented at conferences or attended trainings. The most gratifying board appointments included the Southern Initiative Foundation board from 1987 to 1995, the Experiment in Rural Cooperation Board, Minnesota SBA board and the local Wabasha EDA board that co-developed the National Eagle Center.
13: Dan, Bill, Kent at the Extension Tourism Conf in Hawaii | Added 3 days of vacation to Hawaii conference and traveled to Maui | Disney Corporate School was one of the best trainings I had ever attended! | I attended the customer service track at Disney. | Julie Fosmo , a friend from Wabasha also went on the Hawaii trip. I presented on Rural Tourism Development. | Disney Training Graduation Photo
14: My community development work included customer service workshops, agri tourism development, business retention and expansion and community marketing workshops and rural tourism development. | Sample News Articles Wrote columns in four newspapers and special articles in the Farming magazine.
15: These are the locations where I had offices around Minnesota. Upper left old photo of the Wabasha courthouse | Upper right: Coffey Hall Lower Left : AMC Building Lower Right; Pope Co. Courthouse
16: Panel with Governor Rudy Perpich
17: It has been a privilege serving as the President of the Minnesota Association of Extension Educators (MAEE) in 2000-2001 and President of Minnesota Epsilon Sigma Phi in 2010-2011.
19: Extension cluster colleagues from the 1990's: Left to Right Front Row: Roger Reinert, Laurie Magnus, Doug Courneya, Kay Lovett, Chuck Schwartau, Left to Right Back Row: Pat Jirik, Sara Croymans, Bruce Schwartau, Toni, Peter Scheffert, Lisa Behnken, Kathy Olson
20: Extension kids never really know what we do or maybe better yet it is hard for them to explain what we do. Kay Lovett, Kathy Olson and I all had our kids about the same time. This photo was taken at Donna and Peter Scheffert's wedding in Waseca in the 80's. Left to right: Kerianne, Lindsay holding dear little Gaelen who is no longer with us and Heather and Kris. Ceara was not born yet but our kids could probably tell you many stories about being the kids of Extension staff.
21: Wabasha County Extension Staff Toni, Roger, Connie and Chuck | Photo to RIght: Pat Jirik and Toni with U. of MN interns. The intern seated was from Humphrey working on the siting of the National Eagle Center.
22: My family put up with a lot of frequent travel, especially in my early career and the last 10 years living all week in St. Paul. The photo above is from July 1982 when Lindsay was five days old. I took her to the Wabasha County fair and they pinned a ribbon on her and stating, "you did a purple ribbon job."
24: BARE BONES STAFFING! Financial Challenges Have Always Been There!
25: Annual Conference Theme Parties Always An Adventure!
28: My husband would say..."there she is again with her mouth open talking continually!" | Community marketing including the development of the Mississippi Valley Partners | Customer Service Training - U. of MN Extension Curriculum and Disney Corporate Training | Facilitation Training and Strategic Planning
29: After my Masters in 1987 my training and teaching was focused in community development.
30: Creating the Mississippi Valley Partners tourism coalition was one of the most exciting, effective programs in my Extension career. Portions of two states, five counties and 13 towns joining together to market tourism, grow their rural economy, educate themselves on tourism research and network with colleagues.
31: Second opportunity to chaperone the MN State 4-H Washington DC Trip Needless to say - President Bush Era
32: We really did not party all the time.....it was just that when we did I took multiple photos! Below: Pat Jirik and Toni at the hippie era party! Photo on upper right and lower right was Academy Awards night at Extension annual conference. Those parties are LONG gone.
33: Wonderful opportunity to become a Humphrey Fellow in the 2003-2004 U. of MN Humphrey Institute program when Tim Penny and Vin Weber were the coordinators.
34: Our transportation at the county fair.....I loved that vehicle! Left: Connie Vaplon, Steve Drazkowski, Toni and Tina Hostager Lower Left: Extension Colleagues
35: Home Energy Tours and Educational Workshops Taught people about housing architectural energy efficient design options.
36: Wonderful Friends and Experiences in Extension Top Left: NELD Top Right: Wabasha Co. Educators and Interns at our home in Wabasha. Other photos include column and teaching photos and the PILD group in Washington DC
37: AMC In 2002 I accepted the U. of MN Extension Liaison position for one year at AMC. This position evolved into an Extension job that focused on Extension field operations and Extension's relationship with AMC and county stakeholders. T0p left photo is of Jim Mulder who was executive director at AMC for many years. Center photo is my home away from home, Kellogg Square where I lived for four years . Bottom left photo is Laurie Klupacs who is head of member services at AMC. Laurie and Jim and staff were a great team to work with at AMC. The photo at the top is Commissioner Evert, Commissioner Maluchnik and me with President Obama......at least it is a state fair cut out of Pres. Obama.
38: I have made many very good friends in Extension including the Plaids above left. Great memories of trips to Ireland, the Blue Ridge Mountains and much more. Jeanne Markell on the right with Kirth has been a terrific friend and mentor. I also have to say what wonderful friends I have in the group of women to the right on the boat. They are all very different in personality from each other and they are a mix of people from my professional and personal life who have enlightened me on many topics in our marathon discusssions! Friends are so important and such a critical factor in a happy life!
39: Great friends on the houseboat.
40: Regional Directors Towards the end of my career I have dedicated much of my Extension time to working with the regional directors. A wonderful group of professionals that have been delightful to work with in creating a very effective regional system. It has also been great working with Lee Raeth. We made a good team!
41: With my new 4 day work week I am looking forward to spending more time with Kirth, Marshall, Lindsay, Brian and our new grandbaby who will be arriving in April. | I will be starting my new job at the Association of Minnesota Counties as their educational director on January 3, 2012. The University of MN Extension has been a wonderful career........now looking forward to the next chapter at AMC!