What is our association really about? Explaining it to new Extension Educator staff is a challenge and an opportunity and I needed to crystallize it in my own mind. Therefore, I thought about what we do, what we are and what we talk about, then boiled it down to this statement of what MAEA is about:
“Working together with increasing excellence in our Extension efforts so that Michigan agriculture will achieve even greater success.”
As an association of members, working together is the way that we will improve and the way that we will make a difference. We are stronger together. You each bring different perspectives, experience and strengths to the table. We need each other.
Increasing excellence in our Extension work should be our objective. Excellence is not perfection; rather it is the pursuit of increased effectiveness, higher standards and greater reach. We get there by having a teachable spirit, seeking and accepting counsel from each other and not being complacent.
We do our work for a purpose: to promote the greater success of MI agriculture. What a privilege to work with an industry that is growing, that provides food, fuel and fiber needed throughout the world and that is made up of great families and businesses. We want to see them succeed. As they succeed, Michigan succeeds. Thanks for your work to that end!
I am glad to be associated with such a great group of colleagues! Let’s continue to make MAEA and MSU Extension even better!