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Retirees in retirement: Sharing your story (Nov. 2016)

This issue highlights Dale Blyth, Neil Broadwater, and (Dorothy) Jean Castle

Dale Blyth, former Associate Dean, Center for Youth Development, is enjoying volunteer work on issues making a difference in youth's lives: member, National Afterschool Association Board of Directors; co-chair, Journal of Youth Development's publications committee; chair, University YMCA Community Board; member, Greater Twin Cities United Way Education and Jobs Committee; member, Saint Paul Sprockets leadership group; member, Strategic Leadership Group Ignite Afterschool; member, Propel SEL (social emotional learning) Initiative's Advisory Council. Additional highlights: St. Paul’s Mayor Coleman named his retirement day "Dale Blyth Day;" moderated a keynote panel on Bridging Research and Practice at the National Afterschool Association meetings in Washington, and attended the White House Conference on Opportunity Youth.

Neil Broadwater, who served as a regional educator with Extension’s dairy team in the Rochester and Winona Offices, has been active as the secretary and past-president of the Winona Kiwanis Sunrisers Club and webmaster for the Minnesota Association of Extension Ag Professionals. Since 2004, he has been providing monthly data entry work on spreadsheets for the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca related to dairy heifer calves. Neil was inducted into the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Hall of Fame in July, 2015 and presently serves as NACAA National Chair of the Life Member Committee (currently over 3,000 members).

(Dorothy) Jean Castle, former Extension area agent in Community and Natural Resource Development/Family Development, Northwest District, has been heading up the North Country Arts and Crafts Workshop. Originally formed by Extension, it became an independent volunteer non-profit in the early 1980s. This three-day event, now in its 41st year, provides arts experiences in the area. Jean also serves on the board of Lakeland Public Television, the only public station to provide local news weekdays. She has been hired by Beltrami County as a watercraft inspector to prevent invasive species from migrating from lake to lake in Minnesota. She finds summers at the boat landings are rewarding and gets to meet lots of interesting people.

Barb Liukkonen, who worked in water resources, volunteers with her husband to deliver large-print books to senior residences in Two Harbors and find grant funding to make sure the collection is fresh and current. She continues to volunteer with many other organizations.

If you have news or a story to share with fellow Extension retirees, please share the news by completing this Google Form or send an email to Gwen Gmeinder at We hope to hear from many of you. Don’t be shy—tell us about your activities and successes!
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