WCEA Meeting Minutes – November 2021
WCEA meeting minutes 11/16/2021
Present: Eric Jones, Kyle Winslow, Bob Simpson, Jen Lobley, Ed Latham, Heidi Hinkley, Brittany Foster, Leslie Monroy, Marjorie Peronto
Approval of September meeting minutes – moved by Robert, seconded by Eric , unanimously approved
Review of Balance sheet and Operating Statement
Approval – motioned by Eric, seconded by Kyle, unanimously approved
Marjorie Peronto – Home Horticulture Program
Master Gardener Volunteers
Virtual multi week program broken into manageable modules.
Even with online format, a cap of 25 people is helpful in providing services
Includes reading, video, reflection tools, with quizzes for self assessment
Included weekly video conferences with experts
Advanced trainings planned for those that have completed initial training
Lunch and Learn Programs – Zoom meetings with specialists over lunch time
Winter Gardening Webinar Series
6 webinar presentations
Garden Mentorship Program
Matching master gardeners with beginning gardeners
Ways our committee could help the program:
- We could help to promote information with the public to help encourage participation in the programs.
- Would like help recruiting people for the Master Gardener Volunteer program
Clarification on meaning of phenology
Spin club Covid limitation updates
Family Futures Downeast – What has been 4h involvement?
New learning center starting up in Bridgeton
Orientation for new committee members: Moved to January meeting
Discussion of Non discrimination forms discussion:
Is the form specific to University programs or staff? Comes from Federal level requiring collaborators to comply. Need to have documentation of staff agreement with the policy in case of audit.
Extension Association should not apply? Is considered a department by University
Non discrimination stated in our bylaws so is the form redundant? While it is great that we have this in our bylaws, it may not demonstrate everyone in agreement with the policy and completed forms would provide documentation.
Update on space at UMM:
Meeting was had with some UMM staff to talk about 4H needs and it sounded like there were some possible areas, President’s House, Torry Hall, Sennett Hall
Did not seem to be rental costs
Setting up for some tours of the space options
Kyle shared concerns about so many people reaching their 3 year limits at the same time in Extension Association positions so recruiting needs to keep possible replacements in mind.