The Extension Appreciation Award was created so that an individual, family or business, that goes above and beyond in their support of Extension programs in a county, can be recognized. This year, we honor a staple of Geary County K-State Research and Extension, Donna Martinson. Donna began her Extension career as the Elk County Extension Home Economist. Ten years later, she accepted the position of Geary County Extension Home Economist, with her title later changing to Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Agent. Throughout her time as an agent, Geary County experienced many changes, but she implemented programs such as Walk Kansas, LifeSmarts for 4-Hers, Kansas Saves, and countless more experiences for residents of Geary County. Donna retired in 2009 after 28 years with our office.
Equally impressive to Donna’s accomplishments in her career, she continues to remain active in the greater Geary county community, having served as the coordinator for the Central Flint Hills Area Quilts of Valor organization, gifting handmade quilts to service members or veterans who have been touched by war. She also assists with the Geary County Free Fair, helping with the Open Class portion of the event, encouraging all county citizens to show off their talents with the community. Donna and her husband Gail live near Milford Lake, and now enjoy supporting their many grandchildren in their activities, including 4-H. Her impact on Geary County is still felt in Extension and in our communities, and we are honored to recognize Donna Martinson as the 2023 Geary County Extension Appreciation Award Winner.
Geary County K-State Research and Extension