ISU Extension and Outreach Celebrates Extension Week April 16-21

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week celebrates service for a strong Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 16-21. We are highlighting Pocahontas County clients and staff this week!

Arlene DeWall 
Attended Iowa State University:  1969-1971and received a B. S.  Elementary Education degree 
Current place of employment: 
Retired. I taught 39 years at Pocahontas Elementary before retiring.  I was a Title 1 Reading,  ELL, and Reading Recovery teacher.

Organizations you are currently involved with and why you work with them: I am a Master Gardener and enjoy participating in the annual Spring Extravaganza and volunteering at the Pocahontas County Fair.  I like to help with garden projects and assist our Pocahontas County Naturalist during the make and take activities at the Spring Extravaganza and Annual Art Walk.
I belong to the Garden Club.  It is an active group that maintains flower beds in the community, has informative meetings, and also helps provide lunch at the Spring Extravaganza. 
I am a member of Delta Kappa Gamma education sorority.  We help sponsor educational programs for area schools and promote literacy nationwide. 
I participate in our Catholic Ladies Society.  We provide food for funeral dinners, support many school and charitable endeavors, and help where needed.
Why did you chose Pocahontas County: My first teaching assignment was in Pocahontas. I was born and raised on a farm in Pocahontas County. After marrying Ray DeWall, also a local resident, we decided to stay and raise our children near their grandparents and family.
Gretchen Tiedeman
Attended Iowa State University:2013-2016 and received a BS Marketing, Minor in Event Management degree.
Current place of employment:Marketing Coordinator at Pocahontas County Economic Development Commission
Organizations you are currently involved with and why you work with them: I’m a member of Pocahontas Hometown Pride, the secretary of the Pocahontas County Trails Committee, and a board member of    the Pocahontas Chamber of Commerce. I’m also a member of regional and state organizations including Mid Iowa Growth Partnership (MIGP), Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI), and Western Iowa Tourism Region (WITR).
I was introduced to all of these organizations through my employment with PCEDC. A large portion of my job is working to promote the county, improve quality of life, and encourage business development, and I’ve been able to dive even deeper into this by becoming personally and professionally involved with other organizations in local area, region, and state that are working towards the same goals.
Why did you choose Pocahontas County? 
God really set forth the plan for me. I grew up in Fonda, and right when I was looking for a job, a brand-new position opened with PCEDC that exactly lined up with what I went to school for. Now I have the opportunity to help enhance the area that I grew up in!

More than 1 million benefit 
ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs cover the entire life span, from Iowa’s youngest to oldest residents. More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs each year. Extension connects with millions more online.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.

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