Dupage Friends of Extension

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President's Letter

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Thank you for your continuous support of the University of Illinois Extension Outreach programs.  Every time you attend a DuPage Friends of Extension fundraisers, or share our event information with family, friends, and possibly strangers, you are helping to keep the Extension educational community programs alive.

4-H participants have the opportunity to grow in good citizenship, teamwork, and leadership.  Their minds are expanded by science, technology, engineering, and math projects.  Other youth can participate and benefit from the various projects and workshops as well.

The Master Gardeners' Certification program prepares many to serve your community by identifying a need and becoming part of the solution.  Master Gardeners volunteer at the DuPage County Convalescent Home, work with young adults with disabilities, Ronald McDonald House, Veterans at Cantigny Park, provide educational presentation at schools, and much more.

Often, I talk about the 4-H Youth Development Program and the Master Gardeners because these programs are more visible to you.  However, the Extension has many programs which assist youth, adults, and families.  Just to name a few: Consumer Economics, Horticulture, Family Life, Nutrition and Wellness, Schools On-line and much more.  The Extension is over 100 years old and continues to strive to provide meaningful, enriching programs and supported by research and information from the University of Illinois.  

So, we need each other.  The programs continue to need your financial support and the community continues to need good educational programs.   Let's keep working together.  Our spring fund-raiser Celebrating Spring was a success - thanks to you!  Unfortunately, we will not have our summer Brunch at Ball Gardens due to a major renovation.  

However, our new venue is also exciting - Cantigny Park.  The Brunch at Cantigny is scheduled for August 17th.  The event includes a presentation from the new DuPage County Director, Deanna Roby-Vorgias, the Red Oak Brunch Buffet, our Silent Auction, and full park access.  The ticket price includes the buffet, parking, and park access.  The park is wheelchair accessible.  Join us again this year!  For tickets, contact Marilyn at 630-534-6443 or Coleen 

at 630-440-0098. We love to see you.  Brings more friends and join the fun.    


Thanks again,

Patricia C Houle, President