Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee

March 6, 2013




Members present:  Dixie Dick, LaVon Blaesi, Valerie Clark, Pranaya Sathe, Irene Romsa, Mel Hilgenberg, Ruth Wilson, Susan Bonsall, Pam Harrold, Laurel Kubin, Diane Kern, Kathy Wolfe, and Fred McClanahan, Jr.  Excused:  Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Trena Anastasia, Ronda Koski, Jean Bosch & Lew Gaiter.


Vice-Chair Dixie Dick called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.  Minutes of the January 9, 2013 meeting were approved.


Five members of the Lee Family were introduced to the committee and they talked about the upcoming 4-H Carnival on March 23.  They also had tickets to sell if anyone wanted to purchase them.


Agent Report


Diane Kern and Kathy Wolfe reported on the 4-H Program in Larimer County.


Diane Kern, 4-H Program Assistant spoke about: 


-Larimer County 4-H Projects

      -County-wide Workshops

      -New resources for Growing Projects

      -Workshops, Clinics,  Training

      -Partnership with other Counties

      -Disaster Relief


      -Committees and Advisory Groups


Kathy Wolfe, Extension 4-H Agent reported on:

-          New 4-H Clubs (2)

-          New Cloverbud Kits (3)

-          New leadership for Robotics project

-          State 4-H Senate President – Mallory Leach

-          4-H Roundtable

-          E-record Revision

-          Board Member – Cooking for Kids

-          Presentation at NAE4-HA

Activities in Estes Park

-          Robotics Camp

-          Detective Science Camp

-          Bioblitz





Summer Science – CORE Center

-          Color, Color Everywhere

-          The Wacky World of Water

-          It is Rocket Science

-          Where Does Your Garbage Go?

-          Rocks, Rock

-          Good Bugs, Bad Bugs


Panther Club – Cottonwood Plains Elementary


Rice Elementary – After School

-          Detective Science  in place of Good Bugs, Bad Bugs


BASECamp In-Service - 3


Optimist and Kiwanis Club Presentations - Loveland



Nutrition Educators


Extension’s three new nutrition educators were introduced to the advisory committee.  They are:

Annie Martinez – EFNEP (Extension Food & Nutrition Education Program)

Elisa Cardona – SNAP-Ed  (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education)

Therese Servin – SNAP-Ed



Marketing Extension


Updates on letters to the editors and Coloradoan thumbs-up were reported.  LaVon Blaesi and Ronda Koski were going to staff a table to market Extension at the Winter Market in downtown Fort Collins on March 23.



Recruitment of Extension Advisory Committee Members

New members for the Extension Advisory Committee are needed, especially more males.



Directors Report


A report on budget reduction was given to the Extension Advisory Committee along with discussion. 


Pam Jessen has been contracted to update the design and layout of the Larimer County Extension website.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:00am.  Next meeting is Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 a.m. at the Larimer County Extension Office.


Submitted by Fred McClanahan, Jr.