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Extension Meetings

U of I Extension Council Notes from May 21, 2013

Tuesday May 21, 2013 • 6:00 PM

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6 p.m., Woodhull Town Hall, 150 N. Division St., Woodhull, IL 61490

The meeting of the University of Illinois Extension Council Meeting – Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties was called to order by Jake Anderson on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Woodhull Town Hall located at 150 North Division Street, Woodhull, IL 61490.

Roll Call

Present: Jake Anderson, Latricia Andrews, Jayne Booth, Adrian Blackwell, Barbara Chiles, Al Curry, Eva Dynes, Annette Ernst, Elizabeth Heaton, Kyle Lloyd, McCala Miller, Bob Mueller, Gary Smith, and Trent Zwicker

Excused: Danny Weatherspoon and Alice Webster

Others Present: Darcy McRoberts, Tammy Dynes, Tony Franklin, Martha Smith, Diane Baker, Jenny Garner, and Cheryl Geitner

Public comments: Tony welcomed Darcy McRoberts as a new Extension Council member for 2013/2014. Eva Dynes' mom was also welcomed and thanked for escorting Eva to the meeting.

Previous Minutes:

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

Fiscal Report:

· Fiscal reports were reviewed. Tony Franklin reported an estimated current cash balance for Unit 7 of $606,768.72. The expense analysis was also reviewed by the committee. Unit 7 will come in under budget this year. Barb Chiles asked if a unit comes in under budget would that determine how much money is received the following year. Tony explained that the unit would be closer to budget predictions once all open positions are filled. Also explained that the unit educators have done a nice job of writing and receiving grant funds.

Council Reports:

Barb Chiles reported that Mercer County School District awarded many ag based scholarships during the recent awards ceremony. Rachel Hawk, a Mercer County graduate, is in the final 10 to be elected State FFA Officer. Jayne Booth and her involvement with the American Red Cross collaborated with the Master Gardener program and offered educational materials addressing mold during recent area flooding.

Staff Reports

See Staff Reports for complete highlights:

Jenny Garner provided a brochure promoting the Customer Service Workshop on June 11, 2013 in Henry, IL. Adrian asked Jenny about Extension's involvement in the Hennepin Canal and push for increased tourism. Jenny reported that Extension involvement is still at campus level, but that a lot of work and ideas have been generated to utilize the local waterways to increase tourism and economic development. On May 30, a meeting is scheduled in Rock Island County to provide opportunities for QC residents to move out of generational poverty.

Cheryl Geitner reported that county coordinators have been recruited for the shooting training sports program. Kids are learning and participating in shotgun, rifle, and archery. The Teens as Teachers grant was not received this year. Few first time proposals received the grant. The federal agency chose to continue to award current grantees. Cheryl is working with the Rock Island 4-H program until the coordinator position is filled. A few judges are still being sought for a few general project areas.

Diane Baker reported there are 10 sites within Unit 7 hosting the Summer Nutrition Program. An Augustana student completing a thesis project will be facilitating the 4-H Feeding and Growing Communities Program. Diane also elaborated on the Teens as Science Teachers grant.

Congratulations – Illinois was the only state to receive the grant. Diane and Cheryl have received many grants that have allowed them to hire summer staff. McCala Miller has been hired to assist in the Mercer County office.

Martha Smith was excited to promote Master Gardeners and how successful and well received the program has been at the QCA Flower and Garden Show. Next year, Master Gardeners will be centrally located and be available to answer attendees' questions. The statistics show that the Emerald Ash Borer Workshop was a success and increased participants' knowledge base about EAB. Congratulations to Walt and Nancy Holling as recipients of the Hats Off to Volunteers Award in Henry County.

Other Reports and Announcements:

Congratulations to Eva Dynes for being just one in ten 4-H members throughout the state to receive a Leadership Citizenship Participation Award. Congratulations to Trent Zwicker for his first place scholarship award presented by the Rock Island Rotary Club.

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. Darcy McRoberts has agreed to serve on the council and was a guest of Gary Smith. Barb Chiles and Gary Smith have agreed to serve an additional two years, and Eva Dynes has agreed to serve an additional year. There are 10 vacancies open for the upcoming year; would like four positions to be filled by youth. Tony requested that names be submitted to him by June 15. Now that the Extension Council is becoming more established, the goal for next year will be to seek more program planning input from council members.
  • Madeline Gustafson hired in Henry County as a community worker.
  • Interviewed candidates for the Nutrition/Wellness Educator position. Top applicant interviewed for both the Unit 4 and Unit 7 position. Waiting and hoping that Unit 7 will be selected.
  • Unit 7 was also fortunate to have an intern funded through the ACES Intern Program.
  • Barb Chiles promoted the Feeding Program sponsored by the USDA in the Mercer County School District. New Boston Elementary also has a backpack program that provides snacks and food items each night when eligible students leave school for the day. Barb was unsure if the kids are provided snacks on Friday that will cover the weekend. Barb also promoted the Mercer County #404 Wellness Policy and will provide a copy to Tony.

New business:

• The following retiring council members were recognized for their service on the Extension Council: Jake Anderson, Elizabeth Heaton, McCala Miller, Trent Zwicker, and Annette Ernst. Tony thanked them for all their help and willingness to support the mission of U of I Extension.

• Cheryl Geitner conducted a Youth/Adult Partnership activity with the council members. The experience allows youth and adults to better understand how each perceives the messages that are being communicated to each other. Roger Hart's Ladder of Participation handout was distributed. Cheryl explained the goal is to have youth reach rung 7 and 8 and obtain the ability to lead an activity or meeting. Barb Chiles commented that the same theory should be used between upper management and employees. Jayne commented on the value of 4-H and junior leadership and how those skills learned help in adult work life.

  • Next meeting is scheduled for October 15, 2013 at Black Hawk East-Conference Center, Bldg. 1, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, IL 61434.
  • Motion to adjourn by Barb Chiles; seconded by Eva Dynes. Motion passed. The meeting was adjourned at

7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Lloyd