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KENTUCKY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE. COUNCIL SYSTEM Paul D. Warner University of Kentucky. COUNCIL MEMBER’S CREED. We, the willing Led by the unknowning Are doing the impossible for the ungrateful We have done so much for so long with so little

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KENTUCKYCOOPERATIVE EXTENSIONSERVICE

COUNCIL SYSTEM

Paul D. Warner

University of Kentucky


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COUNCIL MEMBER’S CREED

We, the willing

Led by the unknowning

Are doing the impossible for the ungrateful

We have done so much for so long with so little

We are qualified to do anything with nothing


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GUIDING PRINCIPLE

Active Extension Councils at the county, area, and state levels are critical to the success of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.


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STRUCTURE

  • County Level

    - Members represent all geographic, ethnic, demographic, and economic segments

    - Represent all program areas (AG, FCS, 4-H, R&ED)

    - Officers, Constitution and Bylaws

    - Committees (nominating, membership, program, etc.)


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  • Area Level

    - 14 areas (7-10 counties each)

    - Each county council selects 4 delegates to area council. One delegate from each program area.

    - Officers, Constitution and By Laws

  • State Level

    - Each area council selects two delegates to state council.

    - Legislative and Appropriations Committee

    - Officers, Constitution and By Laws


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PARTICIPATION

  • County Councils

    - Average of 31 members per council

    - Total number: 12,868

  • Area Councils

    - Ranges from 28 to 40

  • State Council

    - 28 members

    - Plus 3 officers

    - Plus 3 state program council presidents (ex-officio)


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PURPOSES

  • County Council

    Emphasis on programming:

    - Needs assessment

    - Program priorities/ balance

    - Implementing programs

    - Evaluating programs

    Communicate and promote programs

    Secure volunteers

    Secure budgetary support

  • Area

    - Identify common needs in the area

    - Implement area-wide programs

    - Forum for sharing program ideas

    -Communicate budgetary needs


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PURPOSES (CONTINUED)

  • Area Council

    Identify common needs in the area

    Implement area-wide programs

    Forum for sharing program ideas

    Communicate budgetary needs

  • State Council

    Identify statewide program needs

    Advise administration on policy decisions

    Increase awareness of Extension programs

    Secure budgetary support


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STAFF SUPPORT

  • County Council All Agents, but One Agent Serves as Contact

  • Area Council

    Area Program Director (District Director)

  • State Council

    Assistant Director


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FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS

  • County Council

    Varies by county (1 to 6 times per year)

    Averages 3 to 4 times

  • Area Council

    Twice a year

  • State Council

    Once a year

    Legislative and Appropriations Committee meets 4 times per year


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EXTENSION DISTRICT BOARDS

  • 102 of 120 counties have county Extension taxing districts.

  • Districts are managed by a 6-member board

  • Board members are automatically members of county Extension Councils.


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SUMMARY

  • 3-level grassroots-driven system

  • Multi-function

    - Establishes goals and priorities

    - Involved in all phases of program development and implementation

    - Markets the organization and programs

    - Advocates for budgetary support

  • Issues and needs are communicated up the system and program responses and strategies flow down


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