Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

March 6, 2008



The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins.  Those present were:

Trena Anastasia, Ralph Bender, Kyle Uhlmann, Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Valerie Clark, Rob Knebl, Pam Harrold, David Lee, Alberto Squassabia, Marsha Dooley, Jessie Mae Hendrickson, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agents Edie McSherry and Jacque Miller, and Fred McClanahan, Jr.


The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m.    Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.  Introductions were made. 


Extension Showcase Recap

·         Great to hear from speakers about their experiences with Extension programs

·         Youth speakers had great presentations

·         Would be nice to do a couple times a year but would be cost prohibitive

·         Could future Showcases be held a week or two prior to Thanksgiving?

·         Post meeting with Commissioner Eubanks was worthwhile.



Agent Reports


Jacque Miller reported on the Larimer County Extension Family & Consumer Education Leadership Council.  She presented materials that told of the Council’s:

·         Purpose

·         Roles and Functions of Extension FCE Leadership Council

·         Role of Extension Educators

·         Membership information

·         Dates and times of meetings


Jacque discussed the Healthy Colorado Homes Initiative and the credentialing program that she will be trained in. 


She continues to provide leadership for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren coalition.  The Larimer County Alliance for Grand Families (LCAGF) work team meets monthly.  The work team focuses on community outreach and has created an informative power point presentation with a promotional brochure.  Their goal is to help families find human and financial resources


Pier Support Groups are part of the LCAGF.  There are groups in Fort Collins and Loveland with a 2nd planned for Fort Collins.  Fort Collins is raising funds for a facilitator.


            The Kinship Inclusion Team will be adding a navigator position to the Namaqua Center for educating grandfamilies.


LCAGF will be developing a website for on-line support.




Laurel Kubin presented information on families facing financial difficulties.  Extension Efforts in Family Economic Stability include presentations to employee groups and the community using the following curricula and materials:

·         $pend Some, $ave Some, $hare Some

·         Invest in Your Future

·         Small Steps to Health and Wealth

·         Financing Long-Term Care

·         Catch Up Strategies for Retirement Savings

·         Build a Better Credit Report – new program that is very popular

·         Raising a Money Smart Child

·         Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

·         NEFE High School Financial Planning Program

·         Financial Matters for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

·         Financial Record Keeping

·         Money, Personality and Communications

·         eXtension


Laurel is on a Pathways Past Poverty Committee and the Foreclosure Prevention Task Force


            April is “Teach Your Children to Save” month.


Edie McSherry discussed the three programs in which she works:


            Food Safety Works

This is a 2 ˝  hour food service worker training.

                        She works closely with the Larimer County Health Department.

                        The program helps to prevent the number of food borne illnesses.

                        Seventy-three (73) food service establishments participated in 2007.

                        People are living longer and the older populations are more at risk for food borne illnesses.

            New Program:  Food Safety for Seniors will educate seniors about safe food handling, preventing

cross contamination and the spread of germs.

                        Food safety is a concern in the work place at desks and common areas.


            Master Food Safety Advisors

                        Volunteers are extensively trained to answer questions about food safety and preservation.

                        They answer questions via phone, at the Farmers’ Market and the Larimer County Fair.

                        Twelve (12) individuals have applied in 2008.


            Health Education and Promotion – Strong Women and Strong Bones

                        The program helps to prevent osteoporosis.

                        Two sessions – twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) are taught at the Larimer County

Extension Office.  The program includes strength training for bone preservation and

muscle mass.

                        March is National Nutrition Month


Director’s Report


            Laurel reported that:


·         Larimer County Fair Board has been re-organized.  There are now fewer committees and the professionals at Ovations, Global Spectrum and The Ranch staff are assuming more leadership of certain aspects of the Fair.  An Executive Committee was also formed with Extension a member of that group.

·         Performance Appraisals will be held for agents.

·         A new Larimer County Extension brochure has been printed

·         The bi-annual Citizen Survey is being conducted with more information about Extension listed on the survey for increasing public knowledge.

·         Continuing Education at Colorado State University wants to work more with Extension.

·         The 4-H Carnival will be March 22.  Help is needed selling tickets.



Trends & Issues


            Members mentioned the following as trends to note:


·         Health Care access is not always easy; many individuals are under insured, prescription costs continue to increase.

·         There is more demand for volunteers during depressed economic times

·         More personal access is needed to programs and information.



The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.


Next meeting will be Thursday, May 1 in the meeting room of the Larimer County Extension Office.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                    Fred McClanahan, Jr.

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