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Note from David Civittolo

When this message is sent, I’ll be wrapping up a five-day tour of the state for Regional Conversations. I am beyond thankful that this opportunity to connect with so many of you – 642 to be exact – happened near the beginning of my service as your interim director. Talking and engaging with you at these meetings has empowered me to really reflect on our responsibility as Extension professionals and to prepare myself to be the strongest leader I can be for you all in 2024.

That being said, as we start the holiday season, I intentionally remind myself that I have much to be thankful for. 

Here are just a few…. 

  • I am thankful that I work with such hard-working, dedicated professionals that continue to meet the needs of their communities with thoughtfulness, compassion, and flexibility.

  • I am thankful for teamwork. It is great to know that by combining our individual talents, we can work together to produce ideas that none of us could ever conceive separately.

  • I am thankful for “problems,” for the problems allow us to develop creative solutions.

  • I am thankful for our partners that we collaborate with to provide programming.

  • I am thankful that every day is different and varied.

  • I am thankful for family, friends, colleagues.

  • I am thankful for being able to work with all of you.

What are you thankful for? I encourage each of you to reflect on this as we enter the holiday season. 


In thankfulness, David 


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