Southern Region Meeting - We discussed the upcoming regional meeting so that we could give Cynthia Pilcher (Southern Regional Representative) some feedback on how she might organize the meeting. Some suggestions for Cynthia included:
- Introduction and updates on PLN and PLC. Most of the extension faculty are in the dark as to what these organizations are and what they do.
- Introduction and updates on eXtension and CECP. Both concepts are very fuzzy and confusing to those who are not directly involved in the process.
- SRDC updates
- Forum on NACDEP - what do the CRD faculty in the Southern region need above and beyond what NACDEP is providing? What needs to be delivered at the regional level that is not or cannot be delivered at the national level? Does this group want to have a state charters? Do we want to have Southern meetings in those years that NACDEP does not have meetings?
National PLN Meeting in May - The North Central group wants us to work with them in providing Sally Maggard some items for an agenda. The Southern PLN was mostly concerned about (1) developing a universal strategy for program evaluation, and (2) developing a stronger voice in DC.
MarketMaker at University of Illinois Extension - MarketMaker is an interactive web site that links food producers, distributors, buyers, sellers and consumers. They have a good representation in the north central states but would like some southern states to join in as well. Anyone interested in participating can contact Sandy Shetler at email@example.com.