AEC graduate honored with national President's Volunteer Service Award
By: Norman Martin
Joanna King, a 2016 master's graduate from Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, has been presented a President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.
Officials with Winrock International report that Bentonia, Mississippi native contributed more than 120 hours of volunteer service on international assignments in Senegal, a country on Africa's west coast. Her volunteer efforts centered on a Farmer-to-Farmer for Agriculture Education and Training Program and a Senegalese association of farmers to train participants in business plan development and create a syllabus/training module focusing on business planning adapted to farmer groups.
"It was a privilege to share what I've learned in my formal education and professional career with a group of people who were eager to learn, quick to grasp new concepts, and passionate about advancing agriculture in their country," King said. "I'm excited to see the workshop attendees apply their new business planning skills."
Having a well laid out business plan and clear, obtainable goals are essential in any venture, said the Dallas resident. "I'm grateful that Winrock International and Senegalese farmers understand the importance of business planning, and are making efforts to improve their knowledge in this area," she said.
Established in 2003, the President's Volunteer Service Awards are available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. Awards are issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President George Bush to recognize valuable contributions volunteers are making to the nation.
As an organization, Winrock International focuses on U.S. and international development, providing solutions to social, agricultural and environmental challenges. Officials said its mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. The program manages a portfolio of more than 100 agriculture, environment and social development projects in more than 40 countries.
CONTACT: Steven Fraze, Chairman, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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