FAQ for New Members

Meetings

When do we meet?

The second Monday of each month from 3-5 pm. If the second Monday is a holiday, then we meet the third Monday.  Instead of a regular meeting in November, we hold a joint meeting with Penobscot County Extension Association from 6-8 pm every year.

What happens if the weather is terrible on the night of a board meeting?

The president and county staff jointly determine whether traveling will be safe. If it is decided to cancel, emails or calls will be made to all members and messages will be left on answer machine. Please travel at your discretion.

Are refreshments served at meetings?

Light refreshments generally are available at each meeting. Individual committee members will sign up for a month. The office staff will provide coffee, tea, and bottled water.

How do I learn or hear more about what Extension staff does?

At least one of the Extension educators is present at each meeting. They give oral or written monthly reports about current and up-coming programs and issues. Other staff are invited to discuss their educational programs.

Membership

How many members make up the board?

The Executive Committee is composed of up to 10 members elected (See Article V, Section 1).

What is the term length for board members?

Members are elected for a period of three (3) years. Members may serve no more than two (2) consecutive full terms, but may be re-elected after a lapse of one year.

Sub-committees

What’s the difference between a program committee and a standing committee?

Program committees work with the Extension educators to determine program needs and priorities annually. Standing committees meet to work in three areas: nomination and orientation; administrative issues (scholarship, budget, publicity); and annual meeting and volunteer recognition.

If I sign up for a committee, am I a member of this committee “for life” or until my term ends?

No, in fact we encourage committee members to serve on different committees each year if appropriate. Members in the past have mentioned that when they rotated from one committee to another they learned more about the organization, its operation and other committee and staff members. They felt more informed and well-rounded and able to speak with more clarity about Cooperative Extension.

Revised: March 2014