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Extension Meetings

U of I Extension council minutes from March 19, 2013

Tuesday March 19, 2013 • 6:00 PM

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University of Illinois Extension Council Meeting – Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties

March 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Mercer County Extension Office, 2106 SE 3rd St., Aledo

The meeting of University of Illinois Extension Council – Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties was called to order by Adrian Blackwell on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Mercer County Extension Office, 2106 SE Third St., Aledo.

Roll Call

Present: Adrian Blackwell, Jayne Booth, Barbara Chiles, Al Curry, Eva Dynes, Annette Ernst, Kyle Lloyd,

Gary Smith, Danny Weatherspoon, Alice Webster, and Trent Zwicker

Excused: Jake Anderson, Latricia Andrews, Elizabeth Heaton, McCala Miller, and Bob Mueller

Others Present: Tony Franklin, Martha Smith, Diane Baker, Jenny Garner, and Cheryl Geitner

Public comments: Tony had a special announcement – honoring Joyce and Gary Smith's 50th wedding anniversary.

Previous Minutes:

· Approval of meeting minutes from Unit 7 was moved to be accepted as is by Annette Ernst and seconded by Alice Webster. Motion approved.

Fiscal Report:

· Fiscal reports were reviewed. Tony Franklin reported an estimated current cash balance for Unit 7 of $680,967.70. Tony reported that the unit has received the first two quarters' payments of this current year from the state and the last two quarters' payments due to the unit are typically received late. Reviewed each local county's In/Out bank balances. Tony Franklin also stated that the regional director is pleased with Unit 7's financial position at this time. Tony Franklin reported new phones have been purchased for the Mercer County office and money will be used to upgrade phones in Henry County along with a color copy machine. Additional computers and overall technology improvements such as smartboards have also been budgeted for. Adrian Blackwell asked about leasing versus owning property; Tony explained that the county offices cannot own the property and that the leasing agreements have been very lenient. The RI office is in need of a new roof. Tony also explained if a donation is received it is designated to the foundation and is matchable dollars. If the donation is designated for a specific purpose it is not matched. A motion to approve the fiscal report was made by Barb Chiles and seconded by Gary Smith.

Council Reports:

Gary Smith complimented the efforts of the chili cook-off sponsored by Mercer County 4-H Federation. $895

was raised along with four boxes of non-perishable food was donated. Barb Chiles attended the FFA Banquet and was impressed by the amount of scholarships awarded to senior students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Barb also reported that Katie Colbrese, Margaret Puckett, and Seth Bowker would all be working with youth during the Summer Enrichment program being held this summer for youth in Joy, Illinois. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the youth along with learning and reading enrichment opportunities. Adrian Blackwell discussed Dan Carmody and the Detroit Food Market and how successful it has been bringing fresh foods to the community by planting community gardens. Quad Cities area is involving the metro youth in planting local community gardens. Danny Weatherspoon attended the Nursery School at i wireless. Master Gardeners are working with the elderly at Intouch as well as at risk youth at Arrowhead Ranch. Danny also recently passed the Pesticide Safety Education Program exam! Al Curry is a recent graduate of the Leadership Academy in Stark County and reported that it was informative and helped him realize the importance and need to give back to the community.

Staff Reports

  • See attached Staff Reports. Brief educator highlights: Diane Baker reported that the Summer Food Program would be hiring five teens in both the RI and Henry County areas to help with the nutrition program. Trent Zwicker attended the QC Leadership Academy and will be involved in "Teens as Teachers." Jenny Garner updated the council on the activities that she has been involved in. Spoke of a three-part webinar available concerning urban revitalization. A coordinator has been hired to oversee the Quad Cities Community Engagement Consortium. Jenny is staying actively engaged with research projects that are being conducted within Unit 7 counties. Annette Ernst also commented on the River Action Group and the ongoing work to provide recreation/canoeing on the Rock River and Hennepin Canal. Cheryl Geitner reported that employees from John Deere are champions for 4-H; always looking for more corporate volunteers to work with youth. SPIN clubs are up and rolling in the counties and doing very well. A student attending Augustana has been hired 20 hours a week to help with coordination of the SPIN clubs. On April 9, 2013 a Poverty Simulation will be held at Augustana College to bring awareness to the problems and challenges that individuals go through to obtain services. Amelia Martin, the current State Fair Queen, is a former 4-H'er and advocate. On April 16 there will be a 4-H volunteer appreciation dinner held at Lavender Crest. On May 18 the state shotgun competition will be held. Extension educators continue to write and pursue grant opportunities and recently applied for a Sunshine Grant that promotes "Teens as Teachers." Martha Smith reported that the Nursery School was a great success with lots of positive feedback. Winter weather played havoc with planned events. A $1,000 mini-grant was awarded to work with the Intouch Adult Daycare. Adrian asked about canning and if education is still needed. Extension no longer tests canning equipment and gauges for accuracy.

Other Reports and Announcements:

  • Tony Franklin noted that the Ag in the Classroom and Ag Literacy program is more challenging to achieve in the Quad Cities area and schools are not as willing to allow time for this needed student education opportunity. It is U of I Extension's 100 Year Anniversary and Cheryl Geitner was involved with the marketing committee and flyer that was created to celebrate. Tony stated that interviews are currently being conducted for the Nutrition/Wellness Educator and SNAP Ed positions.

Old Business:

  • Council recruitment is ongoing and it is beneficial to seek a diverse group of individuals. Tony Franklin encouraged the council members to think of people who may be interested in being on the council and to invite them to the next council meeting; light supper in Woodhull.

New business:

• Jenny Garner presented a brief synopsis of Consumer Age Matters curriculum that she developed to the council members. The modules reflected generational research and the importance when marketing to consumers to consider their generational age and how that affects their thoughts and decision making when purchasing consumer goods.

  • Next meeting is scheduled for May 21, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Woodhull Town Hall, 150 N. Division St., Woodhull, IL
  • Motion to adjourn by Alice Webster; seconded by Barb Chiles. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.