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Extension Meetings

Cook County Extension Meeting Minutes - September 23, 2016

Thursday November 10, 2016 • 1:00 PM

This meeting has passed.

University of Illinois Extension

Cook County Extension Council Meeting

Friday, September 23, 2016

8751 S. Greenwood, Suites 112-122


Attendees: Barbara Clark, Thurman W. Foreman, Sylvia Y. Jones, Sharon Lewis, Martha Madkins, Marvin McNeil, Bob Mead, Geri Redd, Dion Smith, Reginald Summerrise.

Staff: Willene Buffett, Alisa Nash, Aida Peralta

Meeting called to order

Meeting called to order by Reginald Summerise at 1:02 p.m.

Minutes of the previous meeting

The council members review the minutes from the previous meeting and the minutes were accepted as presented to the council with no corrections.

Old Business

Council members who identified at the last meeting persons they would contact on behalf of the council indicated they would contact those persons by the next meeting.

Reginald Summerise asked for a show of hands of committee members that did not complete a blue survey. He is asking for 100% participation from the board.



The positions were opened and asked for additional nominations. Each nomination was closed. All were moved and second.

Nominating Committee – Bob and Sylvia

Reginald Summerise– Chair

Martha Madkins- Vice Chair

Dedra Ries - Secretary

Thurman Foreman– Financial Recorder

No oppositions and the motion was carried for the slate.

Bob Mead reminded the council about the other positions and they are as follows.

Parliamentarian – Dion Smith

Membership Chair – Sylvia Jones

Nominating Chair – Bob Mead

Expansion and Review

Reginald indicated there is a meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:00. Leonard will provide the conference number and facilitate the meeting.

Action Taken

Sharon was asked to contact Rep. Robert Kelley and Marcus Ellis and she was able to make a connection.

New Business

Marvin recommended that we advocate for a county fair in Chicago instead of the outskirts. Marvin also talked about partnering with Lincoln Park Zoo. Director Buffet confirmed that we have not had a Cook County fair. She indicated that there is a 4H fair. To develop a county fair would require a strategic plan. Bob concurred that having the fair would definitely be key for the council. Reginald indicated that the expansion and review committee would meet and discuss next month.

Reginald reminded the council that the CCEC employees about 72 paid staff. A total of approximately 800 employees and this number does not include the master gardeners.

County Director's Update


The first meeting was held for the new program year. The meeting content included a discussion on funding for FY17 with the Financial Dean. A line item for FY17 is at the same level as the previous year which includes a $10M state match, additionally the state government will match whatever extension brings; donations etc. For the past five years it has remained at $10M. Number has not decreased in Cook County. FY16 no funds released. The budget has been approved for FY17.

Compliance Review

Director Buffet indicated they are up for a review, spring 2017. Director Buffet will discuss at the next meeting. The review will assess the following: reasonable accommodations for reaching underserved, if council is representative of the population of the county. There is a concern about representation for the five areas. The goal is to improve upon the balance of gender, race and ethnicity.

Development and Healthy Lifestyle

Will hold several aging summits on combining family life, health, and wellness. Will host in Westchester and other locations in spring, 2017.

· Sharon asked about the process. Responded they need an established group for the summit. Sharon suggested having a session in South Shore. Marvin asked about the number of participants. Confirmed that 60 is an acceptable number

Master Urban Farmer Training

Located in Matteson; used for on-site, started last week. North suburban site is also conducting training. For Master Naturalist .

· Reginald asked about supply and demand and Barbara indicated there were 50 interested volunteers. Marvin asked about the process. Sylvia responded that training is available. The training is ten days in duration.

· Protecting and appreciating and the Environment- forest preserver, professional development, youth programs

· Workforce Preparedness – bridging the gap with alternative high schools to improve soft skills

Branding CCE

Director Buffet showed the new folder that educators will use. One account for templates, brochures, bookmarks, and Software using is Canva. Expressed concern about outsourcing the printing, will continue to outsource the printing to UIC.

Director Parr indicated to be careful about filling academic positions. Only if vacated by resignation or dismissal. Director Buffet currently has two positions: Horticulture Educator and Youth Development Director. The positions will not open until January.

New Matteson location is land owned by Prairie State. The land would be used to provide training. There is currently a zoning issue. Want to build a facility to store tools on-site.

Other Items

Sharon asked about Work Force Preparedness (WFP). Director Buffet responded that the WFP encompasses the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Management) team. There is also social emotional learning. Sharon also asked about using students to complete service learning hours. Reginald recommended that Leonard Parker speak at the next meeting about the service learning hours. The educators and coordinators calendars are full to 2017, however they can come to the next meeting and talk to the council. Leonard will come to the next meeting and discuss the process and how the students will benefit.

Other programs discussed included Off to a Good Start – program for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Girls Empowerment Circle- for girls, a new program PRIDE is being developed for boys.

Work Rocks was also mentioned as another opportunity for the students.

Chair Reginald Summerise entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:12. The motion was accepted and the meeting was adjourned.

Future Meeting Dates

The calendar of the next year is as follows:

November 11, 2016

January 13, 2017

March 10, 2017

May 12, 2017

July 14, 2017