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Extension Meetings

Council Meeting Minutes from October 21, 2014

Tuesday October 21, 2014 • 6:00 PM

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center,

404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee, IL 61443

The regular meeting of the Unit 7 (Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties) Extension Council was called to order by Adrian Blackwell on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center, 404 E. 3rd St., Kewanee, IL 61443.

Cheryl Geitner led a "getting to know you" activity.

Roll Call

Present: Adrian Blackwell, Jayne Booth, Barbara Chiles, Al Curry, Jeff Ellerbrock, Isaac Goldner, Alyssa Gustus, Koushhik Kumar, Kyle Lloyd, Darcy McRoberts, Russell Medley, Bob Mueller, Cody Scott, Gary Smith, Danny Weatherspoon

Absent: Allycia Andrews, Latricia Andrews, Zenaida Landeros

Excused: Barbara Chiles

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

Guests: None

Public Comments: None

Previous Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read on a motion by Bob Mueller and a second by Al Curry. Motion carried.

Fiscal Report:

Fiscal reports were given by Jenny Garner. Reports were found in council packets. A motion to approve the fiscal reports was made by Adrian Blackwell and seconded by Danny Weatherspoon. Motion carried.

Staff Reports:

Diane Baker shared that the nutrition program was a success, as well as the field trip to U of I and Wildlife Prairie Park. She gave out several handouts, including a QC steam handout, a Hunger Banquet handout, and a Health Jam handout. Diane also talked about a 4-H after school program that will be starting soon, the free chili dinner that is upcoming, and her Teens as Teachers program she is doing with Cheryl, that will start in the Glenview School in Moline.

Kristin Bogdonas talked about a farm tour program where people visit different farms and also shared that her blogs are a success. She also mentioned growing and cooking classes and a New Audiences health literacy campaign that is starting.

Cheryl Geitner talked about the four fairs she was involved in over the summer and cooking schools that are in several towns now. She also pointed out we have started a new 4-H year and told about the new 4-H clubs that have started up, as well as the recently hired 4-H coordinator. She talked about the success of the shooting clubs in Kewanee and handed out a teens as leaders handout.

Martha Smith talked about the Master Naturalist project, as well as the Mercer Master Gardeners' recent work at the fairgrounds and beekeeping in the QC area. She handed out an invasive pest handout and shared that the seasonal online newsletter has been a success.

Council Reports:

Bob Mueller talked about how there are approximately 97 kids who are in Stark County 4-H and also the presentation and treats that were provided for the county board.

Danny Weatherspoon covered his trip to the State Regional Meeting where he learned that Unit 7 is doing well budget wise. He also stated that several libraries were in attendance at this meeting and talked about the use of technology to communicate. He also emphasized the importance of our interaction with local chambers of commerce.

Jenny Garner gave out several handouts including an Ag Literacy update and a SNAP-Ed update. She also covered the annual financial report and announced that we currently have a full 4-H staff. She further announced we are bringing in a SNAP-ED visiting educator for Unit 7 and a shared Commercial Agriculture educator with four other Extension units in the northwest portion of the state. The Mercer County Extension office is hiring an office support assistant due to heavy foot traffic and that office will subsequently be open Monday through Friday. When that position is filled, the Henry-Stark office will also be open Monday through Friday, as the office support assistant currently splitting time between the two locations will go to full-time. Jenny handed out the five Plans of Work programming areas selected by the Extension Advisory Council and also notified us of holiday office closure dates coming up. All Unit 7 offices will be closed on November 27 and 28, 2014 for Thanksgiving and December 24, 2014 through January 4, 2015 for the holidays.

Old Business:

A council deletion was announced; Adela Martinez will be stepping down due to family reasons.

A reminder was given that we will need to recruit new Extension Council members come spring and to keep an eye out for potential recruits.

New Business:

The election of officers took place, with Alyssa Gustus being elected Secretary, Jayne Booth being elected Vice-chair, Bob Mueller being elected Financial Reporter, and Adrian Blackwell being elected to Chair. A motion was made to approve the election of officers by Danny Weatherspoon and seconded by Isaac Goldner. Motion carried.

Danny Weatherspoon was retained as the Regional Advisory Council representative and Jayne Booth was appointed as the alternate.

A new member was appointed to the Extension Board, Alyssa Gustus representing Henry County. Members retaining that appointment were Latricia Andrews, Al Curry, and Gary Smith representing Rock Island, Stark, and Mercer counties respectively.

Signatories for the three In/Out accounts are as follows:

  • Rock Island – Black Hawk Bank – Jenny Garner, Diane Baker, Kristin Bogdonas, Cheryl Geitner, and Martha Smith
  • Henry/Stark – Community State Bank – Jenny Garner, Cheryl Geitner, Jennifer Peterson, and Bob Mueller
  • Mercer - Midwest Bank – Jenny Garner, Cheryl Geitner, Martha Smith, Tracy Pestle, and Kyle Lloyd

Only the above names should be on the bank signatory cards. All other names should be removed. Federation signatories should be reflected in the 4-H Federation meeting minutes and adjusted accordingly with the respective banks that hold the accounts.

A motion to adjourn was made by Jayne Booth and seconded by Jeff Ellerbrock. The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Alyssa Gustus