JOREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County is now accepting nominations for the 2009 public election of Oregon County Extension Council members.
According to Jim Heiskell, chairman of the local Extension Council, the election will be conducted the second or third week of January. He said the actual date will be announced later.
There are 12 elected council members, six from the northern portion of the county and six from the southern portion of the county and three appointed council members.
"People from all walks of life who are interested in education and the progress of their community are encouraged to serve on local Extension Councils," Heiskell said. "The first step in the process is to get nominated to the list of candidates."
Most often, getting nominated as a candidate can be done by contacting the local Extension Office at Alton and expressing a willingness to serve.
"Most Extension Councils have an election chairperson who will follow up with candidates and secure their permission before placing them on the official ballot," Heiskell said.
Nominations to the Extension Council are usually accepted through November. "If someone is interested in serving on the council or just wants to learn more about what the Extension Council does, they can call the office at Alton at 417-778-7490," he said.
Every county in Missouri has a County Extension Council made up of elected and appointed members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in the county. Council candidates need to be 18-years-old and reside in the district they represent.
Missouri state statutes created local Extension Councils to work with University of Missouri Extension. Council members, assist in planning and carrying out Missouri University Extension programs in their county, providing local Extension governance and representing the diversity of the county's changing population.
University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high priority areas like agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, consumer and family economics, business and industry, community development and youth development such as 4-H.
Ballot box locations for this year's Extension elections are:
* Hirsch Feed, Thayer.
* Fun and Friends, Thayer.
* Tindle Feed, Thayer.
* Oregon County Extension Center, Alton.
* Myrtle Fertilizer, Myrtle.
* The Alton Senior Citizen Center, Alton.
* Young's Produce, Alton.
* Mills Feed, Alton.
* Rivers Edge, Thomasville.
* Conoco, Koshkonong.