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Extension Meetings

Cook County Executive Council Meeting Minutes 4-13-2007

Friday April 13, 2007 • 12:00 PM

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University of Illinois Extension Cook County

Executive Council Meeting

Friday, April 13, 2007

Meeting Minutes

Second Quarter Meeting


Executive Council Members Present: Prentiss Jackson, Gwendolyn Mastin, Lisa Messinger, Britt Savage, Eugene Williams

Executive Council Members Absent: Ethel Muhammad, June, Price, Irene Rodriguez-Folley, Geraldine Simmons

University of Illinois Extension Cook County Professional staff members present:

Willene Buffett, Yvonne Brown, Sharon Baksh, Wanda Jenkins, Rhonda Hardy, John Van Horn, Dedra Ries, AmySue Mertens

Minutes of previous meeting

Meeting minutes were previously mailed to members. In addition, everyone in attendance was given a copy of last months meeting minutes in their folder with changes noted.

Old Business

Program planning and program plan of work: Tabled until next meeting

Financial Report: Tabled until next meeting

Staffing: Tabled until next meeting

Facilities: Yvonne provided an update on leases for


Membership drive update: Willene encouraged members present to provide her with names and/or CBO given we want to increase our membership

New Business

Presentations / Reports from Cook County Educators

  1. The following educators were present to give presentations about their programs
    1. John Van Horn – STEM Educator
    2. Dedra Ries – Community Health Educator
    3. Rhonda Hardy – Civic Engagement / Community and Economic Development Educator

Marketing Strategies

  1. AmySue Mertens presented marketing strategies
    1. Annual Reports to be mailed
    2. Developing templates to help educators promote their programs
    3. Information on Web calendar gives a complete list of program offerings
  2. Cook County Annual Report See Above

Cook County Funding

  1. Willene reported on current governors' proposed budget (doesn't include U of I Extension Cook County)
  2. Working to keep local government representatives aware of programs in this county
  3. "Talking info" handout provided and reviewed (funding fact sheet)
  4. 2007-2008 Governors' Proposed Budget See # 1 under funding

Personnel (staff and volunteer management / grievances)

  1. Volunteers – Willene expressed the need to have in depth volunteer training in light of two (2) grievances express by volunteers.
    1. After discussion the council recommended the following:

§ Focus on the following for all Cook County 4-H programs and fairs total enrollment

§ Increase participation so that the programs and fair are inclusive to all residents

§ Provide the committees established to investigate venues for FY 08 fair with guidelines for their strategic plan

§ Provide the council with a follow-up report

    1. Other Grievance was from the Master Gardener Program. This was tabled
    2. Recommendation to Willene was to distribute volunteer manual and grievance procedures to the council.

2. Plan of Work plans for 2007-2008


Miscellaneous – staff contact information to be sent to council members

The President ended the meeting at 2:30 PM

Next Meeting date

July 20, 2007

4801 Southwick Drive, Suite 100,

Matteson, Illinois 60443


Lisa Messinger