Greg was invited by then USDA, NRCS Coordinator Ed McConoughey in Jan. 1997 to fill the secretary position left vacant by Cynthia Eckstein, who had just died. Erie Basin RC&D had accomplished many good things since it Incorporated in Oct. 1991. RC&Ds were a Program of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (US Soil Conservation service); therefore, most Services Provided were FREE. Federal dollars paid for employees, space, phones, all office supplies, etc. – As a nonprofit corp., it became understandable when I came on in March 1997 (thru Weststaff employment service) that Erie Basin would need to earn financial support to help pay my wages. (NRCS provided $15,000 each year for a private employee to be hired) It was very fortunate that Ed new how to be frugal and make money; so, I knew it was going to be a little sparse on the family income side of things – it would be supplemental income since I retired from USDA Rural Development on 11/30/1996.
Cary Brickner, Manager of Huron County Soil and Water Conservation, also hired me to help in the office. I was able to work 20 hours per week with them and 20 hours per week with Erie Basin. I had No Idea what I would be doing when I retired from RD, but with Faith, patience, the encouragement of Ed, Cary and a Great Council I was enabled to end up still employed to this day --- ONE JOB CREATED!
I earned a Bachelors in Agronomy from OSU and started with USDA Farmers Home Adm. 5/4/1970 (50 years ago); retired 26 years later from USDA RD; 15 years with Huron SWCD along with 23 years of serving the Erie Basin Council; and, still going. My wife Linda and I have 4 adult siblings & 5 Grand Children doing well and have taken on the challenge of raising our Great Nephew (3 years now and a good reason to keep on enjoying the good work of “Making Things Happen”). 😊