Connie Williams was recognized with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Meritorious Support Service Award at the organization’s annual awards ceremony on Dec. 9.
The Meritorious Support Service Award is given each year by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Cooperative Extension professional fraternity.
Williams, who works in the Colorado State Cooperative Extension office in Jefferson County, manages eight employees and coordinates administrative support for all 10 Cooperative Extension agents in the office.
Among her notable contributions to the office are training other support staff. She also manages the office budget, which is accessed by 32 staff members, including tracking revenue and expenses, and preparing budget reports. She manages large office mailings, has simplified camp registrations, initiated new systems and equipment and implemented proofreading procedures and graphic standards for communications. She also established procedures for background checks and fingerprinting for organizational volunteers in the county.
She also created the office’s Web page. This year, Williams initiated a new summer camp program, which she developed along with two 4-H agents. The program increased club membership by 30 percent in one year.
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