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Extension Meetings

UI Extension Council Minutes from February 21, 2017

Tuesday February 21, 2017 • 6:00 PM

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Woodhull Town Hall, 150 North Division Street, Woodhull, IL 61490

The regular meeting of the Unit 7 (Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties) Extension Council was called to order by Dave Dyer on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Woodhull Town Hall, 150 N. Division St., Woodhull, IL 61490.

Roll Call:

Present: Asrielle Allen, Sue Dorsey, Dave Dyer, Rex Johnson, Missy Nagode, Kaley Rouse, Sugandhi Sivakumar, Chad Summers, TimWells

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

Guests: none

Public Comments:

· None

Previous Minutes:

· Minutes from October 18, 2016 were approved as written on a motion by Tim Wells and seconded by Chad Summers. Motion carried.

Fiscal Report:

· The Trust account was reviewed that included discussion about the lack of state funding for two years. The Unit has been using cash reserves to fund operation, as well as staff attrition and identifying cost savings on the expense side.

· The 4-H premiums for FY2017 were received and will be distributed in the next few months to 4-H youth showing at County Fairs this past summer in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties. The 4-H premiums for FY2016 were distributed between October and December 2016 for the summer of 2015.

· In-and-Out accounts were reviewed.

· For the Self-Supporting account, the Unit continues to use the fiscal practice of maintaining balances under $10,000.

Council Reports:

· Tim Wells serves on the Extension State Advisory Council and recently attended a meeting. Four main points were discussed at the meeting: commercial agriculture real estate values, every employee is important, the need to support our urban areas, and improving lives of Illinois citizens. The College of ACES is engaging in a student recruitment effort that involves Extension. Tim has also been working with Sal Garza, another ESAC Board member with Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, to restore $10 million in state matching funds to all 27 Extension region through communications to the Governor's Office, Comptroller's Office, and state legislators.

· Sugandi Sivakumar volunteered at Nursery School organized by Master Gardeners. It was well attended and enjoyed by every participant. Martha Smith elaborated on activities held during this annual event that included a keynote speaker, workshop sessions, and vendors.

· Chad Summers discussed the need for small farms and local food education. Extension Unit 7 utilizes educators from neighboring Units for programming needed in our four-county region. Council members also mentioned the potential location of hydroponics in Rock Island County.

· Rex Johnson reported on the Working on Better Together initiative where Russell Medley is helping the group formed to stimulate economic development in the county. The Orton Family founded the Looser Flake Foundation as a legacy to Mercer County. Each town hall meeting held also allowed participants to express concerns and needs specific to their community.

· Arielle Allen learned what other 4-H groups were doing in other states while on the Healthy Living trip, which was a four-day conference learning about 4-H across the nation.

Staff Reports:

  • Included in the Council packets.


· Civil Rights audit coming up on May 23 providing equal opportunities, ensuring and reaching all ages of the disabled, ethnicities, and so on.

· Dean Kim Kidwell is tentatively scheduled to visit the Extension Unit 7 on June 27.

Old Business:

· The goals and objectives section of the Unit 7 strategic plan was updated for the Council to review. Council members were asked to provide feedback on outlined plan of work by program areas to meet the needs of unserved and underserved audiences in the region.

· Roundtables were held by program area (community and economic development, horticulture and natural resources, nutrition and wellness, and youth development) to review and discuss the Unit's statewide initiatives.


There being no further discussion to come before the meeting, a motion was made by Missy Nagode and seconded by Brad Cirks to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kaley Rouse