Larimer County Commissioner Kathay Rennels was honored at the Colorado State University (CSU) Extension Awards Ceremony with the Colorado "Friend of Extension" award. Rennels has served as Larimer County Commissioner since 1998 and has been involved with CSU Extension education programs for many years.
The "Friend of Extension" award, presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension Professionals' Organization, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to and supported Extension programs over time. According to Laurel Kubin, Director of the Larimer County Extension Office, "Kathay recognizes the public value of Extension and its importance in addressing economic, environmental and societal issues through Extension education throughout the county. We highly value her ideas and support".
Rennels was an Extension Club member in the 1970's and 80's and lead a 4-H club for three years. She worked as a Beef Show Superintendent at the Larimer County Fair and is now a member of the Larimer County Fair Executive Committee. She and her husband, Darrell Rennels, own and operate a ranch north of Livermore, Colorado. Three of their four children were 4-H members. In 2001 she was honored as the 'Larimer County Friend of 4-H'.
Dedicated to Extension statewide, Rennels is a member of the Colorado Extension Advisory Committee which works with CSU's Extension Director Deb Young. Young stated, "I have appreciated having Kathay's input on the Advisory Committee. It is valuable to have her perspective as a County Commissioner because our counties are so important to Extension".