Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee

Minutes of November 10, 2010 Meeting

Present: Advisory Members: Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Pam Harrold, Commissioner Lew Gaiter, Mel Hilgenberg, Ronda Koski, Sara Erickson, Ralph Bender, Kristina Myers, Dixie Dick, Valerie  Clark, Seth Anthony, Jessie Mae Hendrickson Agents: Laurel Kubin, Nora Garza, Edie McSherry, Kathy Wolfe, Alison O’Connor, Karen Crumbaker, Jacque Miller Guests: Mike Hughes, Colorado State Forest; Kathay Rennels, Director of CSU Office of Economic Development; Dean Craig Beyrouty, CSU College of Agricultural Sciences; Commissioner Tom Donnelly

The meeting was called to order at 8:05 a.m. by Chairman Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson. She welcomed all and asked for introductions. Dixie moved that the September minutes be approved. Second by Valerie. Motion carried.

Members discussed the value of the recent Extension Cluster Joint Advisory meeting.  Comments included: Appreciated learning about collaborative cross-county work; Would like to have had more time for discussion with county commissioners; Glad to learn that cross county travel costs have not increased; Need to continue cross-county work; Need a balance of doing regional work with local work; Many similarities among counties in the cluster; Perhaps try to organize carpools for future joint meetings.

The draft of the 2009-10 Larimer County Extension Annual Report was reviewed. Members would like to see this posted on the Extension web site.

Laurel updated the committee on the status of the cluster needs assessment that is being conducted. A random sample of 800 Larimer County voters has received the survey. Advisory members will also receive the same survey.

Laurel provided an update on vacant positions and the proposed 2011 budget.

Trends and issues raised by advisory committee members: Case levels at the Workforce center are plateauing and they are seeing an increased number of higher level skilled people and dual income family members applying.

Discussion was then held among the members, staff and the guests from CSU regarding engagement opportunities.

Ronda moved for adjournment, Dixie provided the second, and the meeting adjourned at 10:22 a.m.

Notes recorded by Laurel Kubin