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Rodney Goode Receives Jerry L. Johnson Award

Auburn, Ala, Nov. 23, 2010


Rodney K. Goode Receives Award-click for larger photo
Rodney K. Goode receives the Alabama NRCS Jerry L. Johnson Award with includes a one-of-a-kind wood carving.

Rodney (Rod) K. Goode, NRCS District Conservationist of Jefferson and St. Clair Counties, is this year’s recipient of the Jerry L. Johnson Award presented by the Alabama Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The award, established in honor of the late Jerry L. Johnson, is given to an individual that shows “excellence in public service through one’s family, employment, profession and community.” Other qualities considered include: initiative, vision, unselfishness, teamwork, faithfulness, enthusiasm, discipline and confidence.  Goode is recognized as an individual that exemplifies these qualities.

Goode is a graduate of Auburn University and has been employed with NRCS for 36 years. He started his career in Mobile but he soon moved to St. Clair County where he worked for 17 years followed by 14 years in Jefferson County. For the last 4 years, Goode has been the district conservationist for both counties, meeting each challenge with the same dedication and passion for his job as when he first began.

Aside from work responsibilities, Goode is active in professional organizations like the Alabama Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society where he served as President, Treasurer, and South Central Director; the Earth Team as program coordinator; St. Clair County Forestry Planning Committee where he was Chairman, and the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts as an active member. Goode is also a graduate of the first class of the Alabama Leadership Program and is certified as a burn manager for the State Forestry Commission as well as a certified professional erosion and sediment control specialist.

Outside of professional obligations, Goode is actively involved in the community. In previous years at First Baptist Church of Pell City, he coached youth and adult teams in several different sports. Goode also volunteers with his Truth Seekers Sunday Class to take youth from the Alabama Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch to Birmingham Barons baseball games and other events. He invests even more time in area youth by umpiring various fast pitch softball games for ASA and local high schools.

Beyond teaching kids about America’s favorite pass time, Goode participates in the Pell City Kiwanis where he has served as President and has volunteered in their various philanthropic activities. According to past President Bill Scott, “Goode initiated and participated in our Coats for Kids and reading program for Head Start children.”

That’s not all Goode is involved with as a public volunteer. He has been a member of the Pell City Chamber of Commerce for the past 25 years and has served two terms on the Board of Directors.

Through the Chamber of Commerce, Goode has helped organize the annual Christmas Parade, which has become a social staple in the community. According to Chamber Executive Director Lynn Batemon, the Christmas parade owes a lot of its success to Goode’s commitment.

“His dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to donate his personal time for the enjoyment of others is remarkable,” said Batemon. “Under his guidance and leadership the Christmas Parade has continued to grow and has delighted thousands of families.”

County landowners are also pleased with Goode’s work and service in the community.

“Rod stands head and shoulders above the rest for his professionalism, dedication, knowledge and genuine interest in helping us practice best management and to be good stewards of our land,” said Richard Beard, a farmer and cattlemen from Jefferson County. “He is the best man in that position that I have ever encountered in my 60 years of participation in soil conservation programs.”

Goode is a native of Glencoe located in Etowah County and is married to the former Retha Marker. They have one daughter, Amy, and two grandchildren, Jesslyn and Justin.

Rodney Goode was nominated by Joyce Smith and Katie Heath, District Administrative Coordinators in St. Clair and Jefferson Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The award was established with funding from the Bradley/Murphy Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Trust, for which Jerry Johnson worked for many years.  The Trust, founded in 1992 by benefactor Harry Murphy, offers small monetary grants to people who have ideas about how to connect landowners to resource professionals especially consulting foresters.  This is the ultimate landowner assistance program. 

Goode received the Jerry L. Johnson Award and a one-of-a-kind wood carving at the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts Award Banquet, November 14, 2010, at Orange Beach, Alabama.


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