Hancock County Extension Association Member Roles & Responsibilities
Mission of the Hancock County Extension Association:
- Be an ambassador to the community about Cooperative Extension’s programs in food systems and youth development and its role as the outreach branch of the University of Maine.
- Support and advise staff regarding programming and operational work.
- Formulate and help secure annual funding from the county government by working with County Commissioners and County Budget Advisory Committee.
- Act as stewards to ensure welcoming and well-maintained building and grounds.
UMaine Cooperative Extension Mission: To help Maine people improve their lives through and educational process that uses research-based knowledge focused on issues and needs.
- Election of new members and officers is held at our Annual Meeting in September of each year. New members are elected for a 3-year term unless specified otherwise.
- Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. with the following exceptions:
- There is no meeting in July or August
- The November/December meeting is held on the first Thursday of December, with a potluck supper that starts at 5:30 p.m.
- Standing and ad-hoc subcommittees meet on an as-needed basis to assess items such as the budget (finance committee), our facility (building and grounds committee), promotion of our programs and nomination of new members (membership and marketing committee).
- Become familiar with the staff and programs of the Hancock County Extension Office.
- Promote the educational programs and impacts of Hancock County Extension to citizens, county commissioners, legislators and other community leaders.
- Attend and actively participate in scheduled monthly meetings.
- Actively participate on a subcommittee.
- Oversee and actively participate in the preparation and operation of the Hancock County Extension Office budget and the upkeep of the building.
- When possible, participate in and help evaluate current Hancock County Extension programs.
- Help prioritize staffing needs by making recommendations in selecting and hiring staff.
- Assist Hancock County Extension to reach diverse audiences.
- Commitment to helping people help themselves through an educational process.
- Strong commitment to UMaine Cooperative Extension and its educational programs.
- General knowledge of people’s educational needs and issues in your geographic area.
- Ability to work as a team member with the full committee and subcommittees.
Resources Available &Training Provided:
- An orientation is provided.
- A County Executive Committee binder is provided to each member and is updated as needed.
- Regular updates about new and continuing programs.
- Networking with experienced committee members.
Benefits of being a member:
- Opportunity to participate at the local and state level as a volunteer for UMaine Cooperative Extension.
- Increased awareness of the broad range of educational programs, literature and online resources available to the public through University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
- Understand the educational needs of county citizens more fully.
- Build upon and learn new leadership skills.
- Opportunity to give back to your community.