Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting
September 11, 2008
The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins. Those present were:
Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Pam Harrold, Ralph Bender, Marsha Dooley, David Lee, Alberto Squassabia, Valerie Clark, Seth Anthony, Kyle Uhlmann, Dixie Dick, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agents Kathy Wolfe and Wendy Woerner, Rusty Collins and Fred McClanahan, Jr.
The meeting was called to order at 8:10 a.m. Introductions were made. Laurel introduced Rusty Collins, new Extension Director from Jefferson County, attending the meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
Wendy Woerner, Extension Agent, 4-H / Youth
Wendy’s three program goals at the start of her job were to a) increase educational programming, b) build valuable and thriving volunteer relationships, and c) increase youth development opportunities.
Ø 11 new workshop series for general/natural resource projects, 10 new workshops/clinics for animal projects, and new showmanship and record book workshops
Ø Re-developed Meat Quality Assurance program to included multiple hands-on learning stations where youth and parents can learn simultaneously
Ø Animal Workshop Series - 13 stations with every 4-H animal project represented; plans to expand and advertise outside of 4-H next spring
Ø New 4-H afterschool program in Windsor to reach an underserved, racially/ethnically diverse population
Ø 4-H Judging program - Growth both in numbers and quality of programming
Ø Collaborate extensively with campus specialist and tapped into unrealized college student population as a resource (leaders and workshop development)
Ø Website- Created "What's Rockin’ in 4-H?" web link, Workshops and Clinics link, and redeveloped Project link
Professional Development -
Ø 1st Annual State 4-H Livestock Quizbowl Contest - Initiated and developed
Ø Serve on State 4-H Youth Livestock Taskforce
Ø National Western Catch-A-Calf Committee
Ø State 4-H Livestock Field Days (Beef, Swine, Sheep/Goat)
Ø National 4-H/Intercollegiate Meat Judging Committees
Ø National 4-H Taskforce member - Animal Science subcommittee
Ø National 4-H Curriculum - Expanding 4-H Horizons: Goat Leader Guide
Ø State 4-H Youth Livestock Website
What's next -
Ø 4-H Interest Packet
Ø What every 1st year 4-Her needs to know!
Ø Website will serve as a current and valuable resource for 4-H families - Updating all other links (contests, activities, What is 4-H?)
Ø 4-H Achievement Night - Free meal this year and additional new leader awards
Kathy Wolfe, Extension Agent, 4-H / Youth Outreach
Communities Empowering Youth Grant – Gang and violence prevention collaboration, 25% of Kathy’s time, Nuestro Barrio
Member Training – Officer Training, Calligraphy, Stenciling (Marsha Dooley), Cake Decorating, Beginning Quilting/Sewing, Huck Weaving
Leader Training – Cloverbud, New Leader Orientation, Organizational Leader
Liaisons – 4-H Foundation – Endowment Fund
4-H Advisory Committee – facilitated expansion and review process
4-H Junior Leader Club – Officer training, Formal Night Out
Outreach -Facilitated Goal setting session for Parent Education Network
Youth Engagement; Brighton Youth Commission; Loveland Youth Council
Putnam Elementary – Detective Science and Science Fair
Youth Development programming – Apartment Life at CSU
Wellington Home School Co-op, Boys & Girls Club
CORE Center – nutrition & health, YET
PSD School Flyer program
Financial Contributions-CEY Grant
JC Penney Grant - $10,320
4-H Truck Raffle
Professional Development – President-Elect of Colorado Association of Extension 4-H Agents
CAE4-HA – Professional Development Conference Planning Committee
Extension Forum Planning Committee
K-12 Work Team Chair-Elect
4-H Events & Activities - Cake Decorating Contest
Creative Cooks Contest
Performing Arts Contest
County Fair & Project Showcase & Baby Quilts for Fort Carson soldiers
New Initiatives - Parliamentary Procedure Training
Fiber Fun Fest
Colors, Generations, Communications Trainings
4-H After-school program
Rice Elementary – Aerospace program
Extension Showcase – November 12
Advisory members were asked to confirm with elected officials if they were attending by October 1 to Laurel.
Laurel reported that:
· Staff is aware that revenue generation is important. 4-H member fees have been increased for the 2008 - 2009 4-H year to help pay for literature, insurance, workshop fees, etc.
· Food Safety Works class fees may be increasing.
· Farmers’ Market has been generating revenue.
· Larimer County Boards and Commissions reception will be October 27.
· The Ranch will be hosting a five-year celebration this month.
· Pam Heeney will be awarded one of the Epsilon Sigma Phi Support Staff of the Year Awards for Extension at Extension’s Annual Forum
· Commissioner Kathay Rennels will receive the Friend of Extension Award at Forum.
Trends & Issues
Marketing Extension – we’re seeing Extension being propelled to a higher level.
Not printing the Larimer County Fair premium book worked fine. Postcards mailing and newsletter advertised the change. Keeping it on-line is good.
The meeting adjourned at 10:05 a.m.
Next meeting will be Thursday, November 6 in the meeting room of the Larimer County Extension Office.
Fred McClanahan, Jr.