Purdue Extension Board Meeting Minutes
June 27, 2013
LaGrange County Government Building
Present: Sharon Strayer, Sherryl Rhinesmith, Stan Clark, Harold Gingerich, Tracy Harker, Evan Gilliland, Laura Kratz, Ann Fremion, Dalonda Young, Erin Miller, Joyce Weber, Allison Young, Ryan Young, John Emerson, Steve Engleking and Jennifer McBride.
Call to Order: President elect Theresa Clark called the meeting to order at 6p.m.
Approval of Agenda: Agenda approved as presented
Approval of Minutes: Cheryl Rhinesmith made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 21, 2013 minutes with the addition of Sharon Strayer’s name to the list of board members helping with the Annual Meeting. Laura Kratz seconded, a vote was taken and minutes approved with change.
Annual Meeting board members include the following: Laura Kratz (Chair), Theresa Clark, Allison Young, Sharon Strayer and Jennifer McBride.
John Emerson reported that the Budget Committee met June 18, 2013 and made one major suggestion to remove the Summer Assistant line item, increase the part time secretary and then change the name to Hourly Clerical and increase the hour on the part time secretary with a recommended 3% pay increase.
John Emerson noted that Budget Hearings will be August 12 & 13, 2013. Kara Perkins was mentioned as a possible presenter.
It was also noted that it appears sometimes that the budget doesn’t match what the County shows and that is due to delayed billing on Purdue’s end of the process.
John Emerson reported that the County recently installed fiber optics and that Purdue Extension is investigating the possibility of hooking into that rather than paying Mediacom. With this arrangement Purdue is able to help the County generate monies and in return Purdue Extension will receive better internet service than they currently receive.
Harold Gingerich made a motion to recommend the budget to the County Council. Tracy Harker seconded. No further discussion was held, vote taken and motion carried.
Harold Gingerich made a motion to use available funds to purchase iPads with cell readers along with purchasing speakers. Stan Clark seconded. No discussion was held, vote taken and motion carried.
John Emerson encouraged everyone to attend the 4-H Fair. Mr. Emerson went on to report that Erin Miller and Allison Young are Tops in 4-H this year and that Evan Gilliland was chosen to the State Pork Board as an ambassador.
Congratulations to the Jeff Campos family in the graduation of their daughter from Basic training from the Army!
John Emerson then went on to report that Purdue Extension had a good turnout of 4-H members attending Purdue events this summer.
The family of Laura Kratz was inspired by the presentation made at the Purdue Extension Reorganization meeting and will be hosting a Polish girl from July 23 – August 5.
It was reported that several of the 4-H clubs will be participating in the Take a Bite out of Hunger initiative by collecting/buying nonperishable items and then making sculptures out of the items. Visitors at the fair will be able to vote monetarily on their favorite sculpture. All monies raised along with food items will be donated to the LaGrange County Food & Clothes Basket.
John Emerson stated that he is involved in putting together an interactive display through the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Through the program Purdue Extension will receive $300 along with $700 worth of 4-H promotional products. The program is to encourage agricultural education and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange also paid for the booth rental in the Commercial Building.
Steve Engleking reported that he is now recertified in PQA+. Mr. Engleking also went on to note that buyers may now have to have a 3rd Buyer Audit.
Steve Engleking stated that he recently visited Costa Rica for the National Extension Leadership Program and was thankful for the opportunity.
He also point out that Jeff Wolheter, Educator from Noble county, will be leaving as has the Educator from Steuben County, Tom Eikholtz, and noted that questions are being sent to the LaGrange office.
Steve reported that his daughter, Elizabeth, is doing an internship through the 4-H Foundation.
Ann Fremion stated that the office made it through their FMP three year State Audit and that it went good. Ms. Fremion went on to note that Professor Popcorn has been retired and replaced with a program called My Plate. Ms. Fremion went on to state that the walk series that they held at the LaGrange Public Library went well and noted that they have partnered with Parkview Hospital as a fitness initiative.
Ann Fremion went on to report that she is recertifying day cares for the I’m Moving/I’m Learning program and noted that she is partnering with Franklin, Indiana for this program as well.
It was reported that through the Energizing Indiana program $12.50 from each house/unit goes to Purdue.
Ann Fremion noted that when she works with Habitat for Humanity families she teaches them not only about budgeting/finances but also about nutrition.
John Emerson thanked Joyce Weber for her help with the after school program which wrapped up on June 20, 2013.
Make sure to attend the 4-H Fair!!!
Adjournment: Sharon Strayer made a motion to adjourn. Ryan Young seconded. No further discussion, vote taken, motion carried and meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.