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Galva, IL 61434
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Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 4:30 pm, (closed from 12pm - 1pm)

Extension Meetings

Meeting Notes from October 15, 2013

Tuesday October 15, 2013 • 6:00 PM

This meeting has passed.

The meeting of the University of Illinois Extension Council Meeting – Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties was called to order by Adrian Blackwell on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Black Hawk East Conference Center, Bldg. 1, Galva.

Roll Call

Present: Allycia Andrews, Latricia Andrews, Adrian Blackwell, Jayne Booth, Kelton Cheline, Stephanie Dorsey, Eva Dynes, Brenda Flynn, Kyle Lloyd, Adela Martinez, Darcy McRoberts, Bob Mueller, Jenna Preston, Gary Smith, and Alice Webster

Excused: Danny Weatherspoon, Barb Chiles, and Al Curry

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

Public comments: None

Previous Minutes:

· Approval of May 21, 2013 meeting minutes was moved to be accepted as is by Bob Mueller and seconded by Jayne Booth. Motion approved.

Fiscal Report:

· Fiscal reports were reviewed. Tony Franklin reported an estimated current cash balance for Unit 7 of $730,805.79. Tony also reported on each of the unit offices' In/Out balances year-to-date. The Income and Expense analysis sheet was reviewed. The report is confusing because of the way the state pays, for example, the last quarter payment for the previous fiscal year was received the first quarter of this year. Tony stated that the budget is solid and that Unit 7 educators do an excellent job of writing and receiving grants to supplement the budget. The In/Out audit reports were tabled for the next quarterly meeting.

Council Reports:

• Adrian commended the work the Unit 7 educators do in programming and their efforts to seek other areas of available funding. Jayne asked if all units were financially doing better since re-organization. Tony stated the changes have resulted in a positive financial change.

  • Alice reported that Stark County 4-H'ers presented their projects to the County Board, and thanked the Board for helping fund 4-H. Bob stated the 4-H'ers did a good job. Bob also stated that Stark County representatives are happy with Extension efforts and programming involvement in the county.
  • Gary Smith reported Mercer County 4-H Federation taught 4-H officers and members proper parliamentary procedures under the guidance of Cheryl Geitner.
  • Jayne commented on the Master Gardner State Conference. Intouch Adult Day Services are benefitting from raised garden beds making them handicap accessible.
  • Eva attended the U of I Crop Science Summer Academy; Eva stated she learned a lot and it was a positive experience.

Staff Reports: (see Staff Reports for complete highlights)

Diane Baker: Diane emphasized the team work involved between all the Unit 7 educators. Diane elaborated on the 4-H Science Siesta. The event was a huge success and several girls were turned away because the event was filled to capacity. Western Illinois University is interested in adding an Engineering component. On November 9, Diane and Cheryl will speak to stakeholders promoting Illinois 4-H.

Kristin Bogdonas: Kristin highlighted the Turnip the Beet! A nutrition blog promoted through the unit's facebook page and newsletter. Kristin was featured on Paula Sands Live promoting I on Diabetes workshop. Sign-up for the workshop is full and other programming may be offered in another county. Kristin has been busy conducting outreach and becoming acquainted with the communities. Welcome Kristin to Unit 7!

Jenny Garner: Jenny spoke of the "behind the scenes, less attractive" activities that she works on to promote Community and Economic Development. Opportunities for Quad Citizens' is seeking significant funds from the United Way of the Quad Cities to fund an Opportunities Conference to address the cycle of generational poverty. The Quad Cities (Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Rock Island) acknowledged how successful Fast Pitch Competition has been in neighboring counties and is working with Extension for a spring 2014 launch.

Cheryl Geitner: Cheryl continues to fill-in as Rock Island 4-H Coordinator. Five college students were hired for the summer to help with the county fairs and other educational activities. McCala Miller continues to work in the Henry/Stark office. A $4,000 grant was received to help purchase equipment for the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Jonathan Schroeder a 4-H'er from Rock Island will attend the National 4-H Congress. Mercer County livestock judging team will participate at the National Western Livestock Judging Contest at Denver, Colorado. Tony and Cheryl will attend the State Extension Conference in November and present on Youth and Adult Partnerships.

Martha Smith: Martha reported that the Emerald Ash Borer has been identified in Rock Island County. Martha attended "Voices of the Land" workshop; individuals attended from throughout the state. Master Naturalist training has restarted in the QC area. Hope to eventually offer online training to better accommodated participant's schedules. Martha spoke of the positive economic impact and the value of tourism for the QC area upon hosting the Master Gardener State Conference in September. The Horticulture Hotline Cards and Master Gardener training opportunities were provided in the Extension packets.

Other Reports and Announcements:

· Tony Franklin provided information concerning civil right requirements and completing the optional race/ethnicity information form. The unit must document that educational opportunities and programming mirror the population base of the counties served. Martha discussed a fund-raising opportunity. Place orders for spring-blooming bulbs this fall through Brent & Becky's Bloomin' Bucks program and 25% of your sale will benefit Unit 7 Foundation. Martha handed out catalogues with instructions for ordering attached.

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, especially from Henry County. Reminded all council members the importance of marketing the importance and value of Extension to our communities that are being served.

New Business:

• Bob Mueller moved and Kelton Cheline seconded to re-appoint the current Extension officers. Chair (Adrian Blackwell), Vice-chair (Alice Webster), Secretary (Kyle Lloyd), and Financial Reporter (Eva Dynes)

  • The Extension Board members will also stay the same as last year: Eva Dynes (Henry), Al Curry (Stark), Latricia Andrews (Rock Island), and Gary Smith (Mercer).
  • Signatories for In/Out Accounts are Tony Franklin, Cheryl Geitner, Rebecca Ebert, and Bob Mueller for Henry-Stark; Tony Franklin, Cheryl Geitner, Jenny Garner, Martha Smith, Tracy Pestle, and Gary Smith for Mercer; and Tony Franklin, Cheryl Geitner, Diane Baker, Jenny Garner, and Martha Smith for Rock Island.

• Cheryl Geitner "hosted" the Extension Game, a Jeopardy style game containing fun facts about the history of U of I Extension. The game helps celebrate 100 years Investing in You!

• Tony encouraged new members to think about what areas of plans of work and priority issues they would like to serve on as program advisory committees.

  • Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Milan, Illinois at the Rock Island Extension Office, 321 West 2nd Ave, Milan, Illinois 61264.
  • Notice of office closings (November 28 & 29, 2013; December 23-31, 2013; January 1, 2014)
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Lloyd