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 one or both of the 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-Hers 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. 

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 (formerly Gardeners’ Christmas in April) is scheduled April 7th at the Extension office location 1100 E. Warrenville Rd., Naperville in the atrium.  Our summer fund-raiser, Brunch at Ball Gardens, on July 21st at the Ball Horticultural Gardens in West Chicago. 

          Join us again this year!  We love to see you.  Brings more friends and join the fun.  See you on April 7th for the opportunity to bid on great auction items.  The items range from gardening items to restaurants, to baskets, to spas, etc.  Enjoy great food and great people in a beautiful venue – Ball Gardens.  Eat, relax, stroll, relax, and perhaps eat again.  Like jazz and contemporary music?  We got it!


Thanks again,

Marilyn Joyner, President