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Extension Meetings

Cook County Combined Executive Council and Program Advisory Committees

Friday December 7, 2007 • 11:30 AM

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Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

December 7, 2007

Cook County District 5 Office

President Gwen Mastin opened the meeting and indicated that we want to increase membership for the Council to 25. Staff members were asked to provide a list of current members and Council will make recruitment a priority this year. In addition there was discussion on your participation on the Council that raised the issue of the time of day of the meeting. It was recommended that we work with the schools to determine a good candidate and allow participation on the Council to count toward Service Learning requirements for school.

When asked about programming needs the following were provided:

Barbara Cole

  • Parenting Education programs
  • Assistance with building the local Parent Teacher Organizations in Suburbia
  • Youth Programming (4-H)
  • Entrepreneurship

Collette Shrank

  • Increase programming in Environmental Education i.e. Butterfly Festival in Palos Heights being promoted throughout the County

June Price

  • Increase in marketing (advertising) Extension programs to organizations that may best use the services and programs. Ideas included participating in Park and Recreation State Conference to market programs to the conference participants. Dr. Price volunteered to provide literature to members of the conference as she will be attending this year.
  • Other ideas included better advertisement of the ComCast and CAN-TV programming.

Jack Brar

  • Dr. Jack suggested that we focus on bringing more people on to the Council and recommended that current members be responsible for bringing at least one person on to the Council this year.

Dr. James Oliver was introduced by the Council president who announced that she invited him to speak with the group concerning an issue of funding for Cook County Extension. President Mastin indicated that sometime in the near future the Council will be visited by University officials regarding funding support of a project and she felt the Council should be informed on the history, the issue and the potential results.

Dr. Oliver began by presenting the information regarding the funding for Cook County, which includes the following:

  • County Board Match: Cooperative Extension Law provides that the state may match funds raised locally. In some years we have received a dollar for dollar match. Local funds raised from agreements and donations may qualify for County Board Match
  • $5.5 million earmarked to Cook County for expansion of Extension programming in Cook County
  • Agreements and Donation: gathered through partnerships with organizations that support the work of Extension, i.e. Farm Bureau, Chicago Cook County 4-H Foundation etc.

He further mentioned that currently the funds that we received locally are being assessed to support infrastructure items for the County (computers, software and computer upgrades) at 2%, the same as other Extension offices within the state. There is a proposal to assess the local unit again from its carryover to support a statewide Resource Development Staff person. Dr. Oliver mentioned that we have had several persons in a similar position locally which was not profitable for Extension. As a result Dr. Oliver does not recommend support of this endeavor for the following reasons:

  • Legislative intent for the earmarked funding is to support Extension programs in Cook County. There is no indication that this position will significantly affective Cook County residents
  • Prior experience indicates that a resource development person is not profitable for Extension on a local level

As a result of the presentation, Council member Ethel Muhammad moved that the Council develop a financial committee with the primary responsibility of insuring funds raised or earmarked for Cook County are used in support of Cook County. It was second by Barbara Cole. There was a unanimous vote in support of the motion. The following Council members volunteered as members of the Committee:

  • June Price
  • Ethel Muhammad
  • Eugene Williams
  • Gina Dominguez
  • Willene Buffett (staff)

The first meeting of the committee will take place on January 4, 2008 at the Greenwood office at 12:00pm.

Meeting adjourned __________

Respectively submitted:

Yvonne Brown

Associate County Director, Cook