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Aledo, IL 61231
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Extension Meetings

Meeting Notes from March 18, 2014

Tuesday March 18, 2014 • 6:00 PM

This meeting has passed.

The meeting of the University of Illinois Extension Council – Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties was called to order by Alice Webster on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mercer County Extension office, 2106 SE 3rd St., Aledo, IL 61231

Roll Call

Present: Allycia Andrews, Latricia Andrews, Jayne Booth, Kelton Cheline, Barbara Chiles, Al Curry, Stephanie Dorsey, Eva Dynes, Brenda Flynn, Kyle Lloyd, Darcy McRoberts, Bob Meuller, Jenna Preston, Gary Smith, Danny Weatherspoon, and Alice Webster.

Excused: Adrian Blackwell, Adela Martinez, and Zenaida Landeros

Others Present: Tony Franklin and Martha Smith

Guests: Tammy Dynes (Eva's Mom)

Public comments: None

Previous Minutes:

Approval of meeting minutes from Unit 7 was moved to be accepted as is by Jayne Booth and seconded by Gary Smith. Motion carried.

Fiscal Report:

Fiscal reports were reviewed. Tony Franklin reported current cash balance for Unit 7 of $767,027.62. Tony also reported on each unit office's in/out balances year-to-date. The new model has been financially beneficial for most units throughout the state. Jayne asked if budget would change because of outstanding bills. Tony stated the budget is strong and the grants received and sought by the unit helps to offset budget expenditures. The goal of the unit is to have savings to withstand any potential State funding cuts. County foundations have been generous and supportive within Unit 7. Al made a motion to approve the fiscal report and Kelton seconded.

Council Reports:

Kyle reported that the Crazy Cooks SPIN Club in Mercer County has six participants and is going well. Barb Chiles brought Mercer County School District's Wellness Plan to the meeting. Barb reported that Rachel Hawk, past 4-H member and present State FFA Vice-President, attended the Mercer County FFA Banquet.

  • Stark County Spin Clubs are also going well.
  • Kelton reported that United FFA chapter celebrated FFA week and 4-H.
Staff Reports:

See Staff Reports for complete highlights –

Diane Baker, Kristin Bogdonas, Jenny Garner, and Cheryl Geitner were unable to attend the meeting due to prior commitments. Tony highlighted some of the activities and praised the staff for their efforts. Kristin organized a Wellness Challenge within the office that has been fun (eating apples) and difficult (climbing stairs). Kristin will be attending the Cottage Food Workshop and also provided the Cottage Bill Change that has been proposed. Jenny is working with Mercer County Leadership Academy. On April 9, she will be attending the CED Advisory meeting. Cheryl is on many committees at the University and continues to coordinate 4-H activities in Henry/Stark until the program coordinator position is filled and train Westley Long, the recently hired 4-H program coordinator in Rock Island. Jenna Preston stated that Westley has worked with the RI Federation and that he is doing a good job. Diane is active with several youth development activities. Participation in the programs has been well attended. Martha promoted the Quad City Flower and Garden Show March 21-23. Master Gardeners will staff the information booth and answer questions attendees may have.

Other Reports and Announcements:

Tony Franklin will be attending the upcoming Women in Ag conference at Jumers Hotel in the QC. 100-year anniversary celebration will be held at Lavender Crest on April 5, 2014. The event will be a fundraiser for the Foundation. Money will be split equally among the unit's Foundations.

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. Tony commended the members for how well they have jelled together.
  • Discussed Mindful Eating. Tony asked the council members if habits have changed after Kristin's presentation. The younger members shared their thoughts on the school lunch program.

New business:

  • Martha led a fun, interactive horticulture trivia game. I think all council members learned lots of new knowledge. The program has been well received and program participants seem to really like the interactive format.
  • Tony discussed Unit 7's need to utilize social media when promoting programs offered and to encourage participants to provide positive feedback utilizing social media. Web hits are monitored for Unit 7 and the unit doesn't rank real high as compared to other units throughout the state.
  • Council members were asked to complete an Extension Council Evaluation and return it at the next meeting.
  • The Illinois State 4-H Livestock Team won Nationals and will be traveling to Scotland to compete. Fundraisers are being held. Two local teens are on the team – Tyson Schulte and Carson Hank.
  • Eva is now the Superintendent of the Henry County Fair Art Exhibit Hall for Jr., Sr., and Open categories. Asked members to promote and encourage individuals from their county to enter items in the fair. More information will be provided through the Henry County Fair Facebook page and Eva's sister has an active blog.
  • Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., at the Woodhull Town Hall, 150 N. Division St., Woodhull, Illinois 61490.
  • Eva moved and Stephanie seconded to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Lloyd