2012-2013 PECAN meeting dates/times/locations were confirmed - 3nd Tues when possible at Extension Office, unless another location in county is designated.
Late Summer Meeting - September (was Tuesday, October 9 this year)-6:00-8:30 PM
Fall Meeting - Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in Independence - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Winter Meeting - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Spring Meeting - Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
End of Year Celebration - Tuesday, June 11, 18 or 25 - date not firm yet
Late Summer meeting -Tuesday, October 1 (date change)- 6:30 – 8:30 PM
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
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.
Chair Barbara Nichols
Vice Chair Darrel Ward
Recorder Cristina Oliveros-Fults
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.
Program Area Lead Faculty PECAN Liaison
Agriculture/Small Farms Gene Pirelli & Amy Garrett Kathy Hadley, Jim Clawson
4-H/Youth Development Suzi Busler & Judi Peters Joyce Wahl,
Family & Community Health Debra Driscoll Donna Michaelson
Master Gardener/Urban Hort Neil Bell Dolores May, Darrell Ward
Forestry & Nat. Resource Brad Withrow-Robinson Bob Feldman
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.
Provide leadership, overall direction, communication and representation for PECAN to Extension administrator, staff, OSU administration, state advisory network, 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, Donna Michaelson, Dolores May, Darrell Ward, Jim Clawson
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.