Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting
September 7, 2007
The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins. Those present were Trena Anistasia, Jesse Mae Hendrickson, Pam Harrold, Susanne Jarboe-Simpson, Valerie Clark, David Lee, Marsha Dooley, Sandra Larson, Ralph Bender, Alberto Squassabia, Ellen Donovan, Dixie Dick, Rob Ryan, County Commissioner Glenn Gibson, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agent Jackie Miller, and Fred McClanahan, Jr.
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. Introductions were made.
Jacque Miller, Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences, gave a report on projects she is involved with:
Larimer County Alliance for Grand Families
--- Supporting Grandparents and Relative Caregivers Raising Children
- Over 4.5 million children under the age of 18 live in grandparent-headed households
- Of these, 2.4 million grandparents are solely (i.e., no parents) responsible for raising their grandchildren
- In Colorado, over the past decade, the number of custodial grandparents increased by 73% compared to the national increase of 30%
- In Larimer County, approximately 3 to 5% of children under the age of 18 are members of grandfamilies. This includes slightly fewer than 1,000 grandparent caregivers, 75% of whom reside in Fort Collins and Loveland.
Healthy Colorado Homes Initiative
A healthy home is designed, constructed, maintained or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of residents. Evidence links housing conditions to health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, lung cancer, and unintentional injuries. Creating healthier housing promotes growth and development of our children and can save billions of dollars in health care costs.
Formation of Larimer County Extension Family and Consumer Education Leadership Council
This council is being formed to develop and implement a program plan that will direct Extension’s Family and Consumer Education (FCE) resources toward the resolution of identified issues and concerns.
Laurel gave a report on the upcoming Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging: Aging in the Workplace to be held October 24 & 25, 2007 in the Thomas M. McKee Building at The Ranch.
Trends and Issues
The Larimer County Fair was a success. Attendance numbers are unavailable but there were decent crowds.
4-H recruitment began during County Fair and will continue for the next several months. There are many projects and activities from which to choose. Prospective families will be put in contact with clubs in their area for membership.
- There is a 2% increase allocated for the 2008 county budget. Actual expenditures require an increase of 4%.
- User fees are increasing, but we’re confident funds can be raised.
- The Larimer County Extension Office is now fully staffed.
- Extension has a new logo.
- County Fair – volunteers stepped up to the plate and did a great job. The Extension Office, Fair Board, Ovation, Fairgrounds staff, and Budweiser Events Center all worked in a combined effort to make the fair run smoothly.
Showcase will be held in the restaurant at the Budweiser Events Center on December 6. Staff and advisory committee members are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program start promptly at 12 Noon, with adjourment by 1:30 p.m.
It was asked that the “Save the Date” card be modified with an agenda teaser. A formal invitation will be followed with a contact from committee members.
The meeting adjourned at 9:45 a.m.
Next meeting will be Thursday, November 1 in the meeting room of the Larimer County Extension Office.
Fred McClanahan, Jr.