Cass County Extension Board
What is the Extension Board?
The Extension Board is a group of Cass County citizens who serve to provide guidance and advocacy to Extension programs at the county level. The board includes community members elected to serve a 3-year term. They are elected by board and program advisory committees on a rotating basis. Any Cass County resident over age 18 is eligible to serve on this board and may submit an application to the board or the Cass County's Interim County Extension Director, Allison Hillis.
CASS COUNTY EXTENSION BOARD MEETING DATES
All meetings to be held at 6:30 p.m. Location will be Purdue Extension – Cass County office unless availability determines otherwise.
|March 2024||Extension Board Banquet|
|June 2024||Regular Meeting: Strategic Planning|
|September 2024||Regular Meeting: Strategic Planning|
CASS COUNTY EXTENSION BOARD MEMBERS
|Name||Term Ends December|
|Heather Donathen - President||2023|
|Kelsey Stephans - Vice-President||2024|
|Regina Williams- PCARET||2023|
Extension Board Application
The Cass County Extension Board application for 2024 will be available soon. Please contact the Extension office if you are interested in joining the board!
Expectations of the Board as a Whole
The mission of Purdue Extension is to deliver practical, research-based information that transforms lives and livelihoods.
The board is responsible for supporting this mission at the local level by:
• Working in partnership with county Educators to identify and prioritize local educational needs that Extension may address.
• Promoting Extension programs to the public and advocating for support of local programs.
• Giving input into the annual proposed budget for the county Extension program.
• Providing feedback on the effectiveness of local Extension programming.
• Serving as the final level to which a county program grievance can be adjudicated.
• Assessing its own performance as the leadership body of the local organization.
Expectations of Individual Board Members
Each individual board member is expected to:
•Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs by:
-Participating in a board orientation
-Becoming familiar with each Extension educator and his or her programs
-Attending Extension-sponsored educational events
-Learning about how the county Extension office is funded
-Completing the annual civil rights training and helping ensure the local extension program makes all
reasonable efforts to reach all audiences
• Serve as an advocate and ambassador for the organization by:
-Fully engaging in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for Extension to advance its mission.
-Helping identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy.
• Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings.
• Participate fully in one or more committees
Board Members are Also Expected to
• Follow the organization’s bylaws and policies
• Sign an annual conflict of interest disclosure and complete a volunteer screening form and an adult behavioral
• Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization
• Commit to a term of three years. Terms can be renewed once, for a total of six years.