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MU Extension Office Manager Wins First Place

     This year, Reynolds Coun­ty Extensions Office Man­ager Joyce Pyles won First Place in the 2017 Jr. Clerical Staff Award.

     Nominees for this award were evaluated on conduct and courtesy within the Ex­tension Community, service to the University of Mis­souri Extension, the Univer­sity of Missouri and Lincoln University, exclusive of job responsibility, pride in work, and outstanding per­formance in one or more job related areas.

     In 2013 Pyles won first place in the Rookie of the Year Awards. This makes the second award the Reynolds County MU Extension has won because of her.

     The council was very ex­cited for Joyce. She does so much more than just office work. With Reynolds Coun­ty not having any specialist or in-house CPD, she works very hard to make sure the council is informed of any and all information and works on making sure pro­grams are held that custom­ers are requesting.

     I truly love my job and I give our customers 110% and I hold that standard for everyone in Extension. If we are not here for our custom­ers then you need to find an­other job.”

     Joyce not only tries to come up with programs, she works with the council, spe­cialists, and outside sources to make sure the programs happens and runs smoothly. She sets them up, advertises, “gets the butts in the seats” and stays till the end to clean up.

     She is there from the be­ginning to the end of each and every program that takes place. She works on every­thing the council is involved in from office, to business meetings, to fairs and com­mittee involvement.

     Joyce has also attended many Chamber meetings. She works very closely with the Commission making sure that budget goes up each year. She and her daughter, Harley, even do the summer reading program at the local Library.

     They read a book and do an activity with the children to help them learn what the Extension Office is all about and what we do for the coun­ty. “I am not just Extension during office hours, I’m Extension 24 hours a day”, says Joyce. Along with the award, Joyce received a $500.00 cash prize that she plans to take her family to Branson on vacation with.

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