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Aledo, IL 61231
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Extension Meetings

Unit 7 Extension Council Minutes from March 20, 2012

Tuesday March 20, 2012 • 6:00 PM

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Unit 7 Extension Council Minutes Form

The regular meeting of the Unit 7 (Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, & Stark Counties) Extension Council was called to order by Gary Goodwin on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 6:00pm, at the Mercer County Extension Office, Aledo, in the conference room.

Those in attendance were:

  • Jake Anderson
  • Adrian Blackwell
  • Terri Davies
  • Annette Ernst
  • Gary Goodwin
  • Bob Mueller
  • Kim Sheese
  • Gary Smith
  • Alice Webster

Others attending were:

  • Tony Franklin
  • Jenny Garner
  • Liz Haynes

Public Comments: n/a

Minutes: The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read with a motion made by Jake Anderson; seconded by Terri Davies with the following corrections - remove Becky Buckrop and Cheryl Geitner from the "In Attendance" section.

Fiscal Reports:

Reports were reviewed. Discussion included understanding the breakdown of the line item "Non-Matching Other," which includes the General Revenue fund (GRF), Smith Lever Fund, Youth Development IDOA, and Self Supporting Funds. Also, we discussed the fact that the money represents funds that were from 2011 that weren't received until 2012. The carry-over funds were the only thing that provided money for expenses until those funds are received from the state.

Expenses are at only 45% of our budget which is good – normally at this point in our fiscal calendar we would be at 58% of our budget so we are on track and below budget on expenses.

Council Member Reports & Comments

Jenny Garner reported on the Extension Advisory Committee meeting on Community Leadership and Organizational Development council meeting to be held on April 16 at 3 p.m. via Telenet.

Our committee make-up is as follows:

  • Patrick Burke, City of Moline
  • Annette Ernst, Village of Milan
  • Barbara Chiles, Mercer County School Board
  • Mary Grant, Grant Consulting, Cambridge
  • David Harris, Black Hawk College East Campus
  • Don Henry, TIE Grant Administrator and Consultant, Small Business Development Center at Black Hawk College
  • Kim Sheese, Mercer County School District
  • Bob Mueller, Stark County Economic Development Partnership
  • Cheryl Salley, Deere and Company, Moline

Staff Reports:

Staff reports were reviewed. Liz Haynes reported that she would be leaving shortly as she has accepted a position in Colorado. Jenny Garner reported that the Fast Pitch trial run went wonderfully and they are looking forward to their next event. Tony Franklin reported that we have very strong numbers regarding participation in the Ag in the Classroom program. Please see the staff reports handout which provides detailed information on all programs.

Other Reports & Announcements:

The Regional office in East Moline will close at the end of the month and Unit 7 will become part of Region #2. There are three regions statewide.

Old Business:

Tony Franklin discussed Council recruitment. The following council member's terms end in August:

  • Terri Davies
  • Gary Goodwin
  • David Harris
  • Sherry Holmstrom
  • Kim Sheese
  • Cheryl Salley
  • Stan Boruff

The Metro Educator position closes on March 29; this position focuses on youth engagement, science literacy, and community gardens. The position is fully grant funded for three years.

New Business:

Jenny Garner – handed out brochures on the following programs:

CED Team – Community and Economic Development working with people to improve the quality of life in Illinois.

Engaging Generations – is a curriculum designed to engage the generational areas – addresses the different generations and how to work with and identify the different motivations of these generations in the workplace.

Nutritional Wellness/Small Farms / local foods educator:

There are a lot of calls coming in on Nutritional Wellness but no one to handle those calls. Tony says he feels he can cover Small Farms/Local Foods questions with some other staffing resources. Terri said there is a new cottage food law that impacts farmers markets – Tony says extension doesn't have leadership on the farmers market they just supply support of content, but not to be a coordinator of the event. Extension does not endorse the Milan farmers market – they just offer educational assistance. Rock Island Health Department is working with that market to try to make it easier for them to sell their products.

Jake Anderson motioned that we move forward with a Nutritional Wellness educator – Gary Smith seconded – motion passed.

A visit by Dr. Hoeft to Unit 7 Region 2 has been scheduled. He will visit June 19-20, 2012 to talk with people regarding Extension and their services. He will be at our June 19 meeting in Woodhull.

Blackhawk East open house went very well; Bob Mueller reported – very well attended.

Next meeting scheduled (date, time, and location) June 19, 2012, 6 p.m. at Woodhull Town Hall in Woodhull.


There being no further business to come before the meeting, a motion was made by Bob Mueller with a second by Adrian Blackwell that the meeting be adjourned. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.