Tag: Leadership

Post Rock Extension District Advisory Conversations

Join the Post Rock District’s Extension Agents as we explore the strengths and weaknesses faced by our communities, families, businesses and youth.  The insight gained will play a valuable role in Extension’s ability to initiate and maintain research-based programs and services to support satisfying lifestyles and healthy communities.

Please RSVP one day prior to the conversation you plan to attend.

  • Beloit Office:  April 5th, 10:00‒11:00am
    115 S. Hersey Beloit, KS 67420 (785) 738-3597
  • Lincoln Office:  April 5th, 1:30‒2:30pm
    216 E. Lincoln Lincoln, KS 67455 (785) 524-4432
  • Mankato Office:  April 6th, 10:00‒11:00am
    307 N. Commercial Mankato, KS 66956 (785) 378-3174
  • Smith Center Office:  April 6th, 1:30‒2:30pm
    218 S. Grant Smith Center, KS 66967 (785) 282-6823
  • Osborne Office:  April 12th, 10:00‒11:00am
    113 N. 1st Street Osborne, KS 67473 (785) 346-2521
  • Virtual Meeting:  April 12th, 1:30‒2:30pm
    Meeting connection information will be shared with RSVPs

By:  Nora Rhoades

Leaving a Legacy

February 28th

6:00 PM:  Light Meal

7:00 PM: “Leaving a Legacy”

Presented by: Doug Beech, Kansas 4-H Foundation Planned Giving Officer

Veteran’s Building Osborne, KS

Explore and understand tools – some familiar, some not – that will allow you to preserve and pass on your values through an estate plan. The program, hosted by the Post Rock Extension District and the Osborne County Community Foundation, will be valuable for those considering making charitable estate gifts and for charities and charity board members interested in learning about these options. Discover complete event details at www.postrock.ksu.edu.

By:  Nora Rhoades

THRIVE – Beloit & Osborne

Make your 2018 resolutions a reality!

Join us in Beloit and Osborne to participate in an interactive self-care program that will help you meet your personal goals! Throughout the 3-week “lunch and learn” series, participants will explore strategies to embrace each day and practice habits that will help you get the most out of each stage in life! Topics we will be focusing on include:

  • Action Plan for Healthy Living
  • Know Your Health Numbers
  • Stress Management

The program is free and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch while they learn! Complete details are posted at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.

Municipal Building, Trail Room
Fridays — January 12, 19, 26

Public Library
Mondays — January 22, 29, February 5

By:  Nora Rhoades

Better Trains for Babies

Train-the-Trainer Experience for Early Childhood Professionals

February 6th & 7th

Osborne, Kansas

Complete details at www.postrock.ksu.edu

Register by January 18th!

The mission of the Better Brains for Babies initiative is to improve the potential of young children by promoting the use of early brain development research in everyday life experiences. Better Brains for Babies is a collaboration of national, state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children. The initiative began in Georgia, and has become available to Kansas professionals through a partnership between University of Georgia Extension and K-State Research and Extension.

Train-the-trainer participants will learn about brain development, adult-child interactions, toxic stress, and other elements of young child development. After completing the training, attendees will be eligible to disseminate information on early brain development throughout their communities. The Better Brains for Babies curriculum is a tool which provides a clear and consistent science-based message about the impact of early brain development on children’s overall growth and development.

To learn more, visit www.bbbgeorgia.org.

By:  Nora Rhoades

THRIVE: Focus on a better version of you in 2018!

Join us in Beloit to participate in an interactive self-care program that will help you meet your personal goals! Throughout the 3-week program over the lunch hour in January, participants will explore strategies to embrace each day and practice habits that will help you get the most out of each stage in life! Adults – individuals, couples, families, and caregivers – are encouraged to participate. The program is free and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch while they learn! Complete details are posted at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/

By:  Nora Rhoades

Enough with the Blame Game

We’ve all dealt with a friend, child, family member, or co-worker who has a behavior or attitude that drives you crazy. Sometimes these behaviors and attitudes break policy or laws while other times they just bring negativity into the environment. Simply ignoring these annoyances is not the answer, especially if they reoccur on a regular basis. Addressing differences can be stressful, yet not addressing them can result in unproductive work environments, strained relationships, and many bad moods.

How you address behaviors and attitudes that ‘push your buttons’ is very important in gaining the outcomes you desire. Blaming language brings out defense mechanisms, often steering the conversation away from the concern. Avoid using the word “you”. “You” statements accuse actions, ideas, and people to be in the wrong. Blaming language not only takes longer to reach a resolution, it rarely makes a relationship stronger through the process.

Instead, use “I” statements. “I” statements keep your responses focused on how the concern affects you. Meanwhile, the other party will feel invited to explain how they are affected by the concern. “I” statements seek to understand and respect both party’s opinions and experiences. These types of conversations may provide values clarification, likely pointing towards a compromise that will benefit everyone.

Communicate with “I” Statements

  • I feel: (label your feeling: betrayed, proud, anxious, vulnerable, etc…)
  • When: (give specific example)
  • Because: (briefly explain ‘why’)
  • What I want/need is: (describe what would make you feel better)

By:  Nora Rhoades

What are the Four H’s in 4-H?

What are the 4 H's in 4-H?

National 4-H Week is coming October 1st! Aliesa explains the significance of the 4 H's in 4-H in preparation for next week. Find club information for Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne and Smith Counties at postrock.ksu.edu.#KS4H #TrueLeaders

Posted by Post Rock District 4-H on Thursday, September 28, 2017

4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.

Want to join or volunteer? Contact your local extension office to learn how. Find out more details at http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/4-h/join/.

By:  Nora Rhoades

Follow, Like & Subscribe to Connect with K-State Research and Extension

K-State Research and Extension is a great place to access resources you can trust. Follow, like and subscribe to “K-State Research and Extension” on social media today!

By:  Nora Rhoades

Raise Your Hand – Kansas 4-H Alumni Campaign

Are you 4-H Grown? Prove it! Show your 4-H pride and “Raise Your Hand” to identify yourself as a 4-H Alumni. Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000 award for the state with the most alumni hands raised by June 30. Only in Kansas will the generous partner, Stanion Wholesale Electric, Co., donate $2 for each “hand raised” who registers (up to $10,000).

 Raising your hand is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Raise Your Hand: Go to ks4h.org to show your pride as a 4-H alum.
  2. Compete for Your State: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised, as well a $2 match from Stanion Wholesale Electric, Co.
  3. Pay It Forward: Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at www.ks4h.org.

 By:  Nora Rhoades

Board Leadership Series

Nora Rhoades
Family and Youth
Development Agent

K-State Research and Extension is conducting a series of Board Leadership Workshops in communities across Kansas — February 21, 23, 28 and March 2. Designed to provide basic training for members of community-based boards of directors, the series will be hosted by local extension professionals at locations across the state.

“Informed and committed board members are the key to healthy, effective boards and committees in our Kansas communities. K-State Research and Extension’s Board Leadership Series will provide an opportunity for board members to learn the basics of being a good board member,” said Trudy Rice, extension community development specialist.

For information about hosting communities and complete program details visit http://www.ksre.k-state.edu/community/civic-engagement/boards-commissions.html

By:  Nora Rhoades

Super Sitter Babysitting Clinics

This spring, the Post Rock District will be hosting two babysitting clinics to help youth (10 years and older) prepare for experiences in which they’ll provide short-term care for siblings and/or other children. For registration and details about the 2017 Super Sitter Babysitting Clinics visit http://www.postrock.k-state.edu/events/.

  • Saturday, March 11th — Sylvan Grove
  • Wednesday, March 15th — Kensington

By:  Nora Rhoades