2014 Advisory Leadership Council Meeting Minutes

Michael Mosley, Navarro, Alexis O.  |  4/3/2014 8:09:12 PM

Jefferson Parish Advisory Leadership Council

Meeting Minutes
March 25, 2014
Yenni Building, Suite 300

Convened: 1:00 p.m.

Guests in attendance:  Chris Smith-Jefferson Parish Library, Nina Camacho-Food Direct, Jo Ann Bonck-Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community, Margie Carmardelle-Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community, Linda Vinsanau-Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans, Milton Schleismamm-Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Angie Ruiz-Jefferson Parish Public School System, Robert Bierman-Jefferson Parish Public School System, Chuck Dilauro-Jefferson Parish Public School System, Danielle Peters-Jefferson Parish Head Start, Michelle Luke-Jefferson Parish Head Start, Cheryl Bradley-Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community, Roy Richardson-Community Stakeholders, Shelly Richardson-Community Stakeholders, Cathy Leaumont-Jefferson Parish Government, Sandra Mesa-4-H, Usha Kamboj-Jefferson Parish Head Start

Staff in attendance: Michael Mosley, Alexis Navarro, Sarah Bertrand, Bobby Fletcher, Chantel Williams, Ann Gauthier, Annrose Guarino, Portia Brown, Karen Walker, J.B. Anders

Introductions: Everyone introduced themselves and explained which organization they represented and what their organization mission is.

LSU AgCenter Program Overview

Karen Walker led the group in an interactive powerpoint presentation using "clicker" to answer questions about AgCenter programming.  Each slide contained a fact or a statement about the various programs offered by the AgCenter and guest had multiple options to choose from when selecting the correct answer.  This "clicker" mode of interactive learning is often used in schools by Agents when conducting educational outreach.  This powerpoint presentation was very thorough and touch on all aspects of Extension including:
  • What is the purpose of the Advisory Leadership Council (ALC) and what we hope to accomplish?
  • Why were you chosen to be a part of the ALC?
  • What is a Land Grant University?
  • What is the Morrill Act of 1862 and 1890?
  • Name the Land Grant Universities in Louisiana?
  • What is the Cooperative Extension Service?
  • Why was the Cooperative Extension Service created by the Smith Levar Act of 1914?
  • What is the difference between Research and Extension?
  • What is EFNEP, Smart Bodies and Smart Portions?
  •  What is 4-H?
  • What is ANR?
  • What is Wildlife and Fisheries?
  • What is JVFC?

Accomplishments since last year

Alexis Navarro updated the ALC members on the accomplishments of AgCenter programs including:  
  • The County Agents successfully graduated 34 Master Gardener's in September, 2013.  The County Agent is working with the Master Gardeners who are volunteering in school gardens, speaking at garden clubs, and working in the LaSalle Demonstration Garden.  
  • The Sea Grant Agent is actively engaged in Urban Fisheries, Master Naturalist Program, Coastal Development, Trade Adjustment Act for area shrimpers, Bucktown Arena, and Grand Isle Economic Development.  
  • The Family and Consumer Science Agents presented "Let's Eat for the Health of It", Smart Portions, Smart Bodies, and Lunch & Learn lessons.  They also partnered with Xavier Health and Wellness Center to present classes on healthy eating and nutrition.  
  • Jefferson Volunteers for Family and Community contributed over 2700 volunteer hours to the community in areas of environment, literacy and family development and have been in Jefferson Parish over 50 years.
  • Kiwanis Dawn Busters Club donated $1,500.00 that was used to defray 4-H Camp costs and to provide awards for the 4-H Cookery Contest winners.  
  • Master Gardeners of Greater New Orleans donated $1,000.00 which was used to purchase supplies for 4-H School Gardens. 
  • Metro Area Horticulture Foundation donated $1,000.  which was used to purchase supplies for 4-H School Gardens. 
  • EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Program) reached 3800 youth and 124 adult's teaching a series of classes on healthy eating, nutrition and exercise.
  • 4-H has 29 clubs and 500 club members in Jefferson Parish.  4-H provided students the opportunity to attend 4-H Camp, LOST Camp, 4-H Day at the Capitol, Cookery Contest, Ambassador Contest and held a parish wide community service project to collect blankets for local homeless shelters.  
  • 4-H and FCS has partnered to develop 4-H School Gardens and works together to promote Smart Bodies. 
  • AgMagic on the River is an educational experience for children and families to learn the connection between agriculture, the environment and their lives.  It will be held May 14-17, 2014 in Violet, La at the Docville Farm. 
  • EFNEP and FCS partnered to stage Family Nutrition Night as an educational opportunity for families to learn the importance of good nutrition, healthy eating habits and getting plenty of exercise.

Dr. Bobby Fletcher, Assistant Director of the AgCenter, Urban Outreach

  • Informed the ALC members that he is working to increase local funding
  • A Tomato garden has been planted across the street from Mardi Gras World and is connecting the community-to the producer-to the consumer.
  • Annrose Guarino has secured a $120,000.00 Behavioral Health grant in partnership with Tulane University.  

ALC Members Program Issues

Agriculture and Natural Resources:
  • School Gardens
  • Community Gardens
  • Using Master Gardeners to start new school gardens and expand community gardens to public spaces such as parks and libraries
  • Expand gardening to hospital grounds and roof tops
  • Emphasis on educational value of gardening programs
  • Look for ways to financially support and sustain existing and new gardens
  • Community outreach and education
  • Place a garden at the Pontchartrain and Alario Centers
The top three concerns for ANR were: 
  • Using Master Gardeners to start new school gardens and expand community gardens to public spaces such as parks and libraries
  • Expand gardening to hospital grounds and roof tops
  • Look for ways to financially support and sustain existing and new gardens
Family and Consumer Science:
  • Lunch and Learn programming in schools and libraries
  • Advertise and conduct interviews on Jefferson Parish Public School TV access channel-Cox cable
  • Senior Center nutrition classes
  • Continue "Let's Eat for the Health of It" and Smart Bodies
The top three concerns for FCS were:
  • Advertise on Jefferson Parish Public School  TV access channel-Cox cable
  • Lunch & Learn programming in schools and libraries
  • Continue "Let's Eat for the Health of It" and Smart Bodies
4-H:    
  • Outreach to 4-H Alumni for support
  • High School 4-H members can get service hours for helping with school gardens
  • Find community clubs to help financially support local 4-H Clubs, such as Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus
  • Focus on citizenship by promoting Washington Focus
  • Zurich Classic could be used as a possible funding source
The top two concerns for 4-H were:
  • Outreach to 4-H Alumni for support
  • High School 4-H members can get service hours for helping with school gardens

Adjourned: 3:00 p.m.

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