Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

January 8, 2014




Members present: Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Dixie Dick, Ronda Koski, Mel Hilgenberg, Harry Love, Susan Bonsall, Pranaya Sathe, Jean Bosch, Ruth Wilson, LaVon Blaesi, Commissioner Lew Gaiter III, Kathy Wolfe, Diane Kern and Fred McClanahan, Jr.


Members Excused: Mike Adams, Valerie Clark, and Pam Harrold.


Chairman Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.


Extension Showcase Follow Up Comments

  • Speakers were good with stories of how Extension has helped them with life successes ... a great learning opportunity for all including committee members
  • Thank you to the county commissioners for attending.
  • Good attendance.
  • One of the best showcases ever.


4-H Agents Report


Diane Kern, 4-H Program Coordinator

         Larimer County has the largest 4-H program in the state. During the 2012 2013 club year we had over 1,100 members and 375 leaders in 46 active 4-H clubs and family memberships.


      Larimer County offers 61 different individual project topics to our 4-Hmembers. Project areas include:

Family Consumer Science: Cake Decorating, Clothing, Baking, Child Development, Heritage Arts and Scrapbooking.


General Projects: Leathercraft, Model Rocketry, Woodworking, Photography, Outdoor Adventure and Veterinary Science.


Animal Projects: Cats, Dogs, Pocket Pets, Poultry and Rabbits, Market and Breeding Livestock, Horses, Llamas and Alpacas.



We offer county-wide skill-building workshops in 38 project areas







Kathy Wolfe, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development


Outreach Report


Besides the 4-H club program, Kathy provides educational opportunities to other youth in the community.


Last school year, after-school science programs were offered at Rice Elementary School in Wellington in the fall and in the spring. Topics covered were: color science, geology, the ABC's of physics, rocketry, and microbiology.


Every summer, the Larimer County 4-H program staff provides 5 classes of summer science at the CORE Center in Fort Collins. This year we experienced the science of bridges and tunnels, ooey-gooey things, rocks, physics and the five senses.


BASECamp teachers were taught how to use 4-H resources such as Cloverbud kits, food, culture and reading curriculum materials, aviation and theatre arts materials.



For several years, we've had a booth at the City of Fort Collins Water Festival for 4th grade students. Several hundred youth learn about watersheds during this event.


In July, kids at a Day Care Center in Loveland had great fun learning about the history of the American flag, participating in flag relays and making flag pins.


In October, Kathy helped kids with the 4-H National Science Day Project- Apps and Maps at the Math, Science and Technology Day at CSU.


Two classes on time management were taught to the mothers and teenage girls of the National Charity League.



Trends and Issues

-- Youth Advisory Board of Fort Collins is looking for members

-- Gardening season seed catalogs are now available

-- Its income tax season. Tax news, information and help is available from VITA

-- Catch up on local government happenings through community meetings

-- 4-H Carnival is March 22 at The Ranch



The next Larimer County Extension Advisory meeting is Wednesday, March 5, 2014.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:25am.



Submitted by Fred McClanahan, Jr.