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Extension Meetings

UI Extension Council Minutes from October 18, 2016

Tuesday October 18, 2016 • 6:00 PM

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Mercer County Extension Office, 2106 SE Third Street, Aledo, IL 61231

The regular meeting of the Unit 7 (Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties) Extension Council was called to order by Chad Summers on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mercer County Extension Office, 2106 SE Third Street, Aledo, IL 61231.

Roll Call:

Present: Asrielle Allen, Grace DeBacker, Sue Dorsey, Dave Dyer, Darcy McRoberts, Missy, Nagode, Kaley Rouse, Sugandhi Sivakumar, Chad Summers, Tim Wells

Others Present: Jenny Garner, Diane Baker, Kristin Bogdonas, Brad Cirks, Cheryl Geitner, Russell Medley, Martha Smith

Guests: none

Public Comments:

Previous Minutes:

· Minutes from August 16, 2016 were approved as written on a motion by Dave Dyer and seconded by Asrielle Allen. Motion carried.

Fiscal Report:

  • FY16 funding will not be coming from the State of Illinois; however, funding at 83.3% for FY17 was promised in the stopgap funding. Extension Unit 7 reserves have made up the gap to fund operations. Fair premiums for the youth were received and disbursed for FY16.
  • Extension Advisory Council members are needed to serve as bank signatories in several counties. Mercer County Darcy McRoberts was nominated for Mercer County, and Sugandhi Sivakumar was nominated for Rock Island County. A motion to approve the nominees was made by Dave Dyer and seconded by Missy Nagode.

Council Reports:

· Tim Wells is Henry County Treasurer and represents the region on the Extension State Advisory Council (ESAC). He welcomes ideas to take to the ESAC and be a voice in Springfield to "make things happen" at the -tate.

· Chad Summers is proposing Extension as an educational component to a project he is working on with the City of Rock island.

Staff Reports:

· Kristin Bogdonas spoke about "Cooking for the Health of It," and her work with refugees and immigrants that involves teaching them about health education and what it takes to be a link in the local food chain. She worked with Kyle McEwen, Mercer County Better Together, and Russell Medley to give them cameras to see what is important around the county in their eyes. This demonstrated argumentative reality.

· Martha Smith is working on a new round AgriTours with Kristin. Extension is also working with the City of Moline to provide training and the education component for certification of residents wanting to raise chickens on their property. She is also working with the Horticulture Team looking at different ways of providing webinar education.

· Diane Baker discussed the Farm to the Table Summer Camp that uses the Teen Teachers model to help youth learn more about Midwest agriculture. The teens teach at three different locations to provide greater accessibility for the children. Programming is planned for Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties next year.

· Brad Cirks reported on his Teen Ambassador Program that is up and running in all four counties. He is also working on initiatives to create a healthier community.

· Russell Medley discussed the Mercer County Better Together initiative where resources from a local foundation are being devoted to the economic development. The community planning process started in 2015 with a focus on storytelling. The Steering Committee held town hall meetings with 150 participants and developed a process of dispersing the money for projects over the next 10 years in the county. He also touched upon the Hennepin Canal project and the need to develop marketing and messaging.

· Cheryl provided information on Health Jam.


  • Centennial Farms was recognized at the State Fair for Ag Day.
  • Landowners can donate their farmland to Extension, who will manage it. The Unit will send a communication to the trust department at local banks.
  • Extra help office support have been hired for office coverage when staff is out or for all staff meetings. Jackie, Clucas, Galva, and Molly Foster, Sherrard, join Jody Curry, Alpha, who has been with us for several years.

New Business:

  • Concurrence of the in-and-out accounts (checking) for each county, Federations, and Foundations were moved forward by the Council in the constant agenda. A motion was made by Tim Wells to concur on the in-and-out accounts and seconded by Dave Dyer. Motion carried.
  • Information was distributed about the Open Meetings Act. The Extension Advisory Council is a public body subject to the Open Meeting Acts and must abide by policy set forth. The Council was asked to review the provided document more fully.


There being no further discussion to come before the meeting, a motion was made by Tim Wells and seconded by Dave Dyer to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kaley Rouse