Mary Dlouhy Receives Pride of Extension Award

Mary Dlouhy Alburnett receives Iowa Pride of Extension Award

She is the first to greet you with a smile when you walk through the door of ISU Linn County Extension in Marion and the first to greet you with a cheery hello when you phone the office.  And we are excited to announce that Linn County Extension’s very own Mary Dlouhy was presented with the Pride of Extension Award at the 2012 Annual ISU Extension & Outreach state staff conference held at Iowa State University in Ames on Wednesday October 24th!
Her fellow colleagues wrote the following to nominate Mary for this award, in part, they said, “It was Mary Dlouhy’s passion as a 4-H volunteer that influenced her to apply for a Linn County Extension Office Assistant position 18 years ago.   Today, she serves as the Office Manager for the office that has grown to 20 staff and over 200 volunteers.  Mary has a phenomenal ability to multitask and keep the office running smoothly amidst the multitude of programs, events, and staff activities in the busy urban office.  She is the “go to” person for program assistance, advice, and knowledge of community contacts. And she always finds a way to help.  She is always upbeat, positive and friendly.”  
“Mary especially has a deep love of 4-H and how it benefits youth.  Outside of the office she volunteers as co-leader for the Linn County 4-H teen council.   She wants youth to succeed and she encourages youth to participate in experiences that will help them grow.” 
“There is no one more deserving of the Pride of Extension Award.  In everything that she does and by the way she lives her life, she radiates excellence!”  CONGRATULATIONS MARY!
photo: (from left to right) Cathann Kress, Vice President ISU Extension & Outreach and Mary Dlouhy, ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County Office Manager

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