Chris Dvorak of Ottawa was re-elected to the president/chairman position of the University of Illinois Extension Unit Council. Other officers were elected at the University of Illinois Extension Multi-County Unit Council Meeting in September as follows: Hugo Heredia of Spring Valley was elected to the vice president position; Brandy Sandberg of McNabb was elected to the financial reporter position; and Laurie Delgado of DePue was elected to the secretary position.
The council provides a direct connection between the University of Illinois and residents of the four-county service area, including Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties.
A key purpose of the council is to connect local people to needed educational services and resources available through University of Illinois Extension. Dvorak, who is also regional superintendent, Regional Office of Education, LaSalle, Marshall & Putnam, has returned to the council for another term of volunteer service. He calls to council members, “we are fortunate to have our local Extension office providing such valuable services. Jill Guynn and University of Illinois Extension staff lead important educational programs that improve our community. Please contact any of our council members to further discuss offerings or to provide ideas for future programming. We look forward to best serving your needs.”
Jill Guynn, County Extension director, welcomed the new officers and members to the start of the program year. “Council members are vital volunteers that connect the services of University of Illinois Extension and the country’s land-grant education system to the people where they live and work. Local issues, needs and concerns are addressed through Extension’s educational programs for youth and adults. Programs are unbiased and research-based and cover broad program areas including youth development and the 4-H Program, agriculture and natural resources, nutrition, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development and much more.”
The Extension council is authorized by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, in accordance with state law, to be actively involved in the operation of University of Illinois Extension. Extension councils cooperate with Extension staff in planning, promoting, developing, implementing, evaluating, and financing an Extension program designed to meet the needs and interests of the local area served.
Multi-County Unit Council Members include: Chris Dvorak, Ottawa; Francis Morse, Tiskilwa; Hugo Heredia, Spring Valley; Laurie Delgado, DePue; Lynne Weber, Princeton; Monico Nunez, Princeton; Teri Rossman, LaSalle; Steve Tuftie, Ottawa; David Torres, Oglesby; Mike Kasap, LaSalle; John Ehrhardt, Wenona; Judy Wright, Bradford; Jeremy Jenkins, Seneca; Lisa Palm, Varna; Beth Acuncius, Granville; Luke Holly, Granville; and Brandy Sandberg, McNabb.
The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit the website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. If you have questions or need more information, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit at 815-224-0889.