April 21, 2020
Partnership Meeting Week!
First off, I want to thank all of the presenters and participants for making last week’s Friday Extension Update both exciting and engaging. As I read through the chat box chatter, there were a lot of good questions and positive comments. With that type of attitude, I know we will help the people we serve address this huge life challenge, and I know that the work we are doing during this challenge will make our system stronger in the end.
I hope that the enthusiasm shown last Friday and the prior weeks will continue at the Partnership Meeting this evening. The partnership meeting will be via Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Our topics for tonight’s meeting will include updates from Extension Administration and the 4-H Youth Development program area, an overview of the Extension Resource Survey, two programming spotlights, and a discussion on the role of Extension Board members during COVID-19 and other challenging times.
The Zoom connection information was sent to KSRE employees via a calendar invitation on Friday, April 17. The Zoom information was sent to Extension executive boards through a Mail Chimp email on Monday, April 20. It is okay to circulate the Zoom connection information via email, but we ask that you do not circulate it via the internet or social media due to our Zoom bombing security measures.
As a reminder, the main goal for the Partnership Meetings is to provide better communication between our Extension Boards and Extension Administration. We should have more Extension Board members participate tonight as each local unit was challenged to have three Extension Board members attend.
I was also asked who is allowed to participate in the Partnership Meetings. The traditional participants have been Extension Board members, agents, and the Extension Administration team. Nevertheless, the meeting is also open to all Extension professionals and Program Development Committee members. Please remember that my definition of an Extension professional is anyone whose paycheck is funded by federal, state, or county/district Extension appropriations. That includes, among others, specialists, agents, program assistants and office professionals. If you get paid to do any kind of work in our Extension system, you are an Extension professional.
I hope to see you all tonight at 7:00 p.m.!