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Polk Extension Citizen Advisory Network (PECAN)
Oregon State University Extension Service, Polk County
Purpose – Advise Extension, the District Board of Directors (Polk County Commissioners) and District Financial Officer on how resources are allocated and people are served in the county, and Advocate on behalf of the OSU Extension Service in Polk County
Membership – People who support OSU Extension Service’s mission and related programs and represent the diversity of Polk County citizens, communities, and organizations.
- Provide advice on current needs, future trends, program priorities, and resource development and allocation for serving Polk County citizens, businesses, and organizations.
- Serve as liaison between Extension Service, elected officials, local communities and organizations to increase partnerships, improve relationships, and leverage efforts for current and future education programs.
- Advocate and build support for Extension programs and related budget and fundraising with county commissioners and other elected officials, state and local organizations, businesses, and individuals.
- Coordinate efforts with OSU Extension Service’s statewide Citizens Advisory Network.
Some members will be identified as Program Liaisons. They report recommendations to PECAN based on their discussions and involvement with program faculty and their related networks.
All members serve as advisors and advocates for Extension to volunteers, citizens, communities, organizations, elected officials and other stakeholders. They help identify issues, challenges and driving forces facing Polk County, review current OSU efforts within Polk County, identify needed education/research efforts and help obtain other available resources and partners.
|Program Area||Lead Faculty||PECAN Liaison|
|Agriculture/Small Farms||Gene Pirelli & Amy Garrett||Jim Clawson|
|4-H Youth Development
||Suzi Busler & Judi Peters||Samantha Bagby, Diane Ostrom|
|Family & Community Health||Vacant||John Jirichek|
|Urban Hort & Master Gardener||Neil Bell
||Dolores May, Darrell Ward|
|Forestry & Nat. Resource
Ad Hoc groups established to carry out specific tasks within a designated time frame. Chair will usually be a PECAN member and membership can be non-PECAN members. Task Groups maybe established as needed.
Provide leadership, overall direction, communication and representation for PECAN to Extension Regional Administrator, staff, OSU administration, state advisory networks (ECAN/RECAN), District Board of Directors and District Administrator/Budget officer. This will include tracking progress and making recommendations for network actions, providing leadership for communications and outreach, attending periodic Service District update meetings with the Board of Directors, and participating in other administrative functions as necessary.
Current Members: Barbara Nichols, Eric Setniker, Dolores May, Jim Clawson, Suzi Busler
Budget Committee Work with the Extension Regional Administrator, and County Administrator to develop a proposed budget and supporting documents, explore opportunities for non-tax funding, report recommendations to the PECAN.
Develop a communications strategy (internal and external), Identify volunteers to assist with communications processes, Explore non-traditional opportunities, networking among community groups, report recommendations to the PECAN.
Current Members: Jim Clawson, Suzi Busler, Alisha Atha