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1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

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15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542-9468
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
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Mason County
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Peoria County
4810 North Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-5928
Phone: 309-685-3140
FAX: 309-685-3397
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Noon - 1 pm)

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting Minutes January 21, 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015 • 6:30 PM

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U of I Extension Unit #11: Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell

Extension Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Mason and Peoria Extension Office

Via Mondopad


The Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Extension Council met on January 21, 2015 at the Havana and Peoria U of I Extension offices connected via mondopad. The meeting was called to order by Chair Amanda Woodruff at 6:36 p.m. Those present included Council members Amanda Woodruff and Cindy Chaffin, and U of I Extension staff Earl Allen, Ginger Schnecker, Judy Schmidt, and Cathy Ludolph.

  • Welcome and comments – Amanda welcomed everyone and all attending introduced themselves.
  • Approval of minutes was tabled until the next meeting.
  • County Director comments – Earl distributed and reviewed a draft copy of the unit 2014 Annual Recap. He discussed the contents of the more comprehensive Annual Report. He hopes to begin distributing final copies in early February. Earl also distributed a marketing packet provided by communications coordinator Anita Wilkinson and discussed its contents.

Programming Update

  • 4-H – 3-Year Strategic Programming Plans – Judy Schmidt, Metro 4-H Educator and Ginger Schnecker, Unit 4-H Educator provided a presentation regarding the unit's 3-year strategic 4-H plan and led a discussion with those present for feedback and input.
  • Commercial Agriculture – Earl provided an update on commercial agriculture programming in the unit. The approach is evolving.
    • State agriculture and natural resources program leader Mike Gray is piloting an approach to expand the Commercial Agriculture team by having the positions funded jointly by several units, and housing the educator at a community college that has access to field research and demonstration plots.
    • Several statewide, regional and unit commercial agriculture programs have been and are being held in our Unit this winter which is an expansion from the past. A copy of our unit commercial agriculture newsletter was included as a handout.
    • The hiring of a part-time agriculture program coordinator is being postponed until the state fiscal situation is clearer.

Fiscal and Administrative Topics: Earl

  • Earl provided administrative updates on the following:
    • SNAP-Ed Unit Educator interviews – scheduled for February 3rd with three quality candidates interested.
    • Summer Extra Help – Two summer extra-help staff have been interviewed and offered positions. Three to six more will be needed depending on the grants and projects that are planned during the coming months.
    • Civil rights compliance update
      • The Extension Council grid was distributed for all members to fill out and return.
      • Earl discussed the civil rights compliance review process, and steps that are being taken to insure we continue making efforts to reach underserved and historically excluded groups within the unit and document those efforts adequately.
  • Fiscal update – A fiscal summary was provided through the first quarter of FY15. The unit continues to maintain a strong financial position. Effects on state revenues as a result of political changes will unfold with time.

Other Business

  • Council attendance and limitations with respect to the Open Meetings Act were discussed. Meetings will continue to be scheduled yearly, but it was agreed that as the time approaches, members will be polled, and if a quorum is not available to attend, alternative dates will be proposed and the meeting rescheduled.

Next Meeting: Budget Meeting, April 21, 2015 at Tazewell and Fulton Extension Offices via the mondopads.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Earl Allen, County Director

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