ELT Minutes, June 26, 2014

Extension Leadership Team Minutes
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Location: Orono

Facilitator:  John

Note taker:  Jon

Maine 4-H Days
This was a very successful day. There were about 450 attendees.

UM Dean and Faculty Visit to Bryant Pond
UMaine College of Education Dean Nichols and several UM faculty visited Bryant Pond and had a very successful day with many possibilities for collaborations.

Tick PSA
The tick PSA is now being broadcast.

Welcoming President Sue Hunter
John will be asking our volunteers to write and welcome President Hunter.

Centralized Database Management System Update
Michelle joined the ELT to give an update and demonstration of the CDMS. There has been a “soft” launch with Cumberland County using it for some of their programs.  The CDMS will be available to all staff in August.

Budget FY16 and Beyond
With the expectation of a sizable budget reduction for FY 2016, the ELT is beginning to explore strategic decisions that will allow us to respond to FY 2016 and future budget cuts.

As part of this process the ELT will be reviewing staff input from the last budget cutting process that include information provided via the online survey and Listening Sessions. The ELT will also determine future avenues for staff to provide input as we proceed with decisions that will have to be made to meet the next budget cut.

Personal Sustainability Team Update
The Personal Sustainability Team (PST) has completed its work. Aileen Fortune and Leslie Forstadt met with the ELT to discuss final details of the team’s report. John Rebar will be noting the PS Team’s work in his next organizational update and the Team will be sharing its final report and recommendations with the organization at that time. This has been important work and the ELT thanks the committee for its work and thoughtful report and recommendations.

Future Agenda Items:

First quarter of each year:
Updates from Tanglewood/Blueberry Cove, and Bryant Pond Camps.


Congratulations to Barbara Baker, who has been awarded $35,000 from National 4-H Council and Walmart Foundation to continue the Youth Voice, Youth Choice program for another year.  This program’s goal is to mobilize underserved youth to take action around nutritional deficiencies, healthy food choices, and physical activity.

Congratulations to Scott Olsen, who has been awarded $24,250 from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to support the Youth Shooting Sports Education program at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center.

Announcement Invitation:

The ELT invites you to submit items to be included in the minutes/announcements of the next regularly scheduled ELT meeting.  This is an opportunity to share with the ELT and the rest of the organization any of the following:

  • Notable programmatic accomplishments
  • Development or fundraising success
  • Significant new partnerships and/or opportunities
  • Important transitions

Please take the opportunity to share your good works through this avenue.  Keep it brief… approximately two to four sentences would be appreciated. To submit an announcement, please contact your PA or appropriate member of the ELT.

Please remember to visit University of Maine’s news site for additional University of Maine Cooperative Extension highlight.


Search Updates:

Crops Specialist – Screening complete, next step approval to do telephone interviews.

ELT Meeting Dates – 2014 – Meetings are from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm – unless otherwise noted

July 17 Prichard Harrington Augusta – 218 Richard Randall Ctr
August 6 Harrington Sulinski Orono — 102B Libby Hall
August 25 Sulinski Phelps Orono — 102B Libby Hall
September 17 Phelps Rebar Augusta – 218 Richard Randall Ctr
October 7 Rebar Prichard Orono — 102B Libby Hall
October 24 Prichard Harrington Orono — 102B Libby Hall
November 13 Harrington Sulinski Augusta – 218 Richard Randall Ctr
December 3 Sulinski Phelps Orono — 102B Libby Hall
December 17 Phelps Rebar Orono — 102B Libby Hall