Tears of joy filled the room as Rockdale County Extension Coordinator Jule-Lynne Macie thanked members of the community and government officials for coming out to wish her well in her new position as the Agriculture and Natural Resource Program Development Coordinator for the Georgia Extension Office’s Northwest District. The goodbyes for Macie last week wasn’t her last time in Rockdale, however.
Macie will temporarily wear two hats. In addition to her new duties in the state Extension Office’s Northwest District in Griffin, Macie will continue as Rockdale’s Extension coordinator, working in the county office one day a week until a replacement can be found.
“When I first started, I didn’t even know what Extension really was. I’ve met some great friends a long the way and I am really humbled by everyone coming out,” said a Macie, while fighting back tears at her send-off last week. “I’ll still be around. I will keep my house here in Rockdale. What I will miss most about this job is the teaching aspect.”
With 26 years of service in Rockdale, Macie has coached several State Champion Youth “Envirothon” teams and led them to national finals through the years, received national awards for her 4-H work, and had articles published in the International Society of Arboriculture magazine, among other accomplishments.
In her position as a regional program development coordinator, Macie will be responsible for mentoring new agents, planning training sessions for issues across the district, helping seasoned agents with understanding new programs and working with state legislatures and county commissioners to garner support for issues related to farmers and agriculture.
Macie says the process of picking a new coordinator for Rockdale should be completed by July or August.