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Extension Meetings

Cook County Extension Council Meeting Minutes: January 9, 2015

Friday January 9, 2015 • 1:00 PM

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University of Illinois Extension

Cook County Extension Council Meeting

Friday, January 9, 2015

Attendees: Reginald Summerise, Michael Johns, Martha Madkins, Dedra Ries, Geri Redd, Tim Jones, Willene Buffett

Meeting was called to order at 1:08 p.m. by President, Michael Johns

Minutes from last meeting November 14, 2014

Reginald Summerise moved that the minutes from November 12, 2014 be accepted as presented. It was second by Gerri Redd.

Old Business

· No actions taken

New Business

Extension State Advisory Committee Update

· The council is requesting that Mr. Hughes provide an update to the council as to the status regarding what is happening around the state. Mr. Hughes is requesting from the council information that needs to be shared with the State Advisory committee regarding Cook County.

· Action Item:

o Michael, Reginald, and Dedra will meet with Mr. Hughes to discuss accomplishments and recommendations for Mr. Hughes to provide to the State Advisory Committee. Michael will reach out to Mr. Hughes to set a date for a conference call to discuss the state advisory committee.

o Extension office will provide a copy of the annual report and Extension Cook County newsletter to Mr. Hughes to share with the state advisory committee.

Affirmative Action and Inclusion

Director Buffett briefly reviewed items pertaining to the Open Meetings Act. The act requires

· Posting the agenda within 48 hours of the meeting

· Minutes need to be posted on-line within a week of the meeting

Membership/Nominating Committee Report

· Mr. Jones reported that the nominating committee has four new persons for the council. Mr. Jones says he is unable to attend the March meeting, but he does not want to wait to invite these persons to the meeting. Mr. Jones is requesting that we bring these four people (2 Caucasian males, 2 Asian American and 1 Latina) onto the council as soon as possible.

· What are we asking? The council would like these persons to attend our March session in order to talk with and meet with them.

· Geri questioned whether we need a separate meeting outside of our regular meeting instead of within our council meeting. Mr. Jones recommends that we just invite them to our regular meeting. If we need to change the date we need to do this now.

· The team discussed March 6, 2014 or March 20, 2014 as a potential new date for the March meeting.

Action item:

· Tim will see which date works with for the new recruits and get back to President Johns to determine a new date.

· Council needs to determine the structure for the orientation of these new recruits Tim and Johns will follow up with how to organize this meeting.

Budget Committee Report

· No report

Expansion and Review Committee Report

· The council members need to work with Educators, Leonard Parker and Marilu Andon to assure that this committee is up and running.

· Dedra will send Reginald a listing of the phone tree to invite those who previously have expressed interest.

Horticulture Update

Tabled until the next meeting

Directors Update

Since the last council meeting two educators have been hired one for the Local Food Systems and Small Farms and the other in Community Health. Director Buffett is asking for input from the council regarding finances including funding and spending down residual funds. These items will be presented to the Executive Committee and then brought to the Council.

The next Extension Council meeting will be Friday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 1:53 p.m.