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Extension Meetings

Cook County Extension Council Meeting- March 8, 2013

Friday March 8, 2013 • 12:00 PM

This meeting has passed.

Extension Council Meeting


MARCH 8, 2013



Meeting called by

Council President, Ethel Muhammad

Minutes By:

Victoria Meeks


Council Members: Ethel Muhammad, Helen Charity, June Price, Karen Sweatt, Richard Dobbins, Tony Springer, Michael Johns, Dedra Ries, Carolyn Vessel, Florida Turner, Maria Gonzalez, and Willene Buffett. Extension staff included: Victoria Meeks, Ashley Phillips, and Chanita Hickman

Agenda topics

OlD Business


The previous minutes were approved with one correction by the president: Meeting was called to order by Ethel Muhammad (President).

NEw Business


Administrative Updates:

Director Buffett:

§ Civil Service- Cook County Unit is in the process of hiring for our Federal Nutrition program. The process is initiated on campus which includes the acceptance and viewing of applications, and then they are scored. We are currently waiting for next steps in the process for testing qualified applicants.

§ We are currently hiring for Program Coordinator for Horticulture at the Suburban office to fill a position that was left vacant due to a recent retirement. We have received campus' approval and we have begun interviews.

§ Staffing Plan 2014 for Academic Professional:

§ The academic professional positions are at a level that our current funding can support. If funds are available, Buffett will discuss the possibility of adding two 50% positions, namely Economic Development and Marketing. Director Buffett will discuss this in-depth with the regional director.

Financial Update:

Director Buffett:

§ We have received the 1st half of this years' funding from the state for County board Match, CCI, and Youth Development. This is a first in several years to have received funding so early.

§ Director Buffett and staff have continued to meet with Commissioners in efforts to keep them informed on what Extension is doing in the community.

§ We have received written letters of support from partners, children and council members that we were able to present to the County Board Commissioners. We thank you so much for your support.

§ Extension is now part of the budget for the Cook County Forest Preserve and will receive $250,000.

§ Director Buffett is presenting on the 19th of this month (March) to give a brief summary of what this partnership will entail.

§ Our match funds for 2013 will include the monies received from Palos Hills $5000, Chicago $8,000, Council agreement, and the funds from the Forest Preserve.

Nominations for Elections:

· The council began nominations for next year's council.

· Nominations were taken from the floor

· Michael Johns, Dedra Ries, and Carolyn Vessel accepted nominations and presented their background to the council.

· There is still time to nominate individuals. Please send any nominations to the nominating committee:

o Chair: Jack Brar:

o Julie Emerick:

o Sylvester Hughes:

o With CC: to Victoria Meeks

o Resumes are needed from each candidate.

· Elections is scheduled for June 14th meeting.

Next meeting


The next Extension Council Meeting will be held June 14th at our Greenwood office.

Respectively Submitted