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Thursday, February 28, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News 1 Page Seven Ashley Rench Receives Award Ashley Rench is receiv- ing the 2013 Terri Lynne Lokoff National Teacher Award. The title of her project is "Let's Be Proac- tive on Getting Active." She will go to the awards ceremony April 10 - 12 in King of Prussia, PA. Rench has been an Early Educa- tional Professional for seven years at Apple Tree Children's Center. Ashley Rench Lori Strum Honored as 'Ad Pro of the Year' Strategic America (SA), a West Des Moines inte- grated marketing firm, re- cently was honored with two Silver ADDY Awards at the American Advertising Federation's (AAF) celebration. A television spot devel- oped on behalf of St. Jude Hospice received two Sil- ver ADDY Awards in the categories of: Elements of Ad- vertising, Animation or Special Effects Elemerts of Ad- vertising, Music with Lyr- ics SA Senior Media Plan- ner/Buyer Lori Strum also was honored as 'Ad Pro of the Year,' an award which recognizes members who have been an active and vital part of the club for two years or more. Strum serves as Programs Direc- tor for AAF of Des Moines and is the media person for the group's community service project. At SA, she brings 25 years of solid marketing and media ex- perience to clients, along, with her extensive exper- rise in agricultural market- ing. Strum has worked on behalf of nearly 40 agricul- ture-related firms and she is a member of the Na- tional Agri-Marketing As- sociation, which presented her with its 2009 Horizon Award for her leadership and mentoring in .the agri- marketing industry. Before joining SA in 2005, Strum held key media positions with three other Des Moines-area marketing firms. Strum also rves as a Blank Park Zoo Ambas- sador, a Girl Scout troop leader in Norwalk and serves on the worship tearn at her church in Norwalk, Fellowship Lori Strum Community Church (FCC). The ADDY Awards ceremony was held Satur- day, Feb. 16, in Des Moines. The ADDY Awardsare the advertising. industry's largest and most representative competi- tion, recognizing and re- warding creative excel- lence in the art of advertis- ing. Every year, approxi- mately 60,000 entries are submitted in local ADDY competitions across the United States. Strategic America is a Des Moines-based inte- grated marketing commu- nications firm that em- ploys 90 communications professionals. Founded in 1980, Strategic America represents more than 40 diverse national, regional and local clients, focusing on insurance/financial ser- vices, business-to-business and dealer and consumer marketing. Strategic America is a well-re- garded member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Worldcom Public Relations Group and the Direct Marketing Associa- tion (DMA). Tonsurphobia is the fear of haircuts. Johnson Photography Earns Awards Toni Johnson of Johnson Photography was named as one of the top ten master photographers at the Professional Photog- raphers of Iowa winter seminar. Johnson took 2nd place in the overall competition placing in the top ten for the 3rd year in a row. .Johnson also received 1st place and 2nd place in Masters portrait of a child and 2nd place in Masters portrait of animals with a baby swan picture taken at Blank Park Zoo. The first place child's portrait was of Evie Woods, daughter of former Norwalk resi- dent Kelli Devine Woods and her husband Josh Woods. Johnson also re- ceived the 4x4 awards for having all four of her prints receive a merit. Out of 264 print cases entered, only 26 received the 4x4 award. Prints were entered into the competition from 10 midwestern states and Canada with a total of over 900 prints entered into the judging. While at the seminar Johnson also was awarded her diamond level service award for service to the Professional Photogra- phers of Iowa. Last fall Johnson won two 1st place trophies in the illustrative and animal folio competitions as well as a 2nd place illustrative ribbon in illustrative. Merit image-"Last Embrace" "Forever Yours" portrait of Evie Woods 2nd place animals-"On Looking Glass Pond" NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES -.Jf. 2nd place chfld-"On the Good Ship Lollipop." Photos by Toni Johnson Photography. Extension Council Offers an Opportunity to Educate and Serve The Warren County Extension Council has a vacancy " and is looking for a resident from the Warren County area. The elected Council is the grass-roots governing body for Cooperative Extension. As part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Warren County Extension Council builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities to improve the quality of life in Warren County. Candidates for the Council normally appear on the November general election ballot. Since the general elec- tion is passed, the Council may appoint a Warren County resident to complete the two-year term ending Decem- ber 31, 2014. The Council typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month. "The elected council is instru- mental in fulfilling the land-grant mission and-bring- ing research-based educational opportunities to the ' county: We invite those interested in Warren County's Extension and Outreach programs to consider being involved in Warren County's Council," Says Craig Hertel, Regional Director. The duties of the Council member include management of the county extension budget, assistance in the selection of programming, par- ticipation in needs assessment and the hiring of county staff. One hundred ISU Extension and Outreach field of- rices provide local access to extension programs in all 99 counties. "We are part of the ongoing life of Iowa's communities and are positioned to anticipate trends, build relationships and catalyze opportunities," says Hertel. Interested candidates should contact Craig Hertel, Regional Director, at 515-993-8022, by Wednes- day, March 13.