Coös County Advisory Council Meetings

Approved Minutes from September 2021 Meeting

Heidi Barker

Coös County Advisory Council Meetings

Monday, September 13th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm, Extension Office, Lancaster 

Attendance:  

Aidan Howry, Heidi Barker, Chris Whiting, Lori Langlois, Amanda Royce, Scott Losier, Zeanny Egea, Commissioner Ray Gorman, Wayne Saunders, Ray Bell, Melanie Staley, Scott Stepanian, Carol Jean 

Absent: Nick Rowley, Rep Eamon Kelley, Andrew Paine, Debbie Joyce 

Welcome/ Introductions - Scott 

COVID protocol screening 

Minutes from June 21st  Council Meeting DRAFT & Approval - Aidan 

Approved & seconded 

Council Membership: - Scott & Heidi 

Introductions & Nominations for Melanie Staley & Scott Stepanian  - Zeanny & Commissioner Gorman 

New Member Trainings:  

Oct 12th 6-7pm 

Nov 2nd 6-7 pm 

Motion & second to accept new members completed 

Resignation of Rep. Théberge – Open position & 2 Youth positions 

Carol Jean from WMCC (AmeriCorps VISTA) volunteered to join; accepted by AC 

Acceptance of resignation of Rep. Théberge – will be greatly missed! Very large contribution to the Cooperative Extension! 

Discussion of Inclusion and Demographics of Membership/Youth Membership 

Mike Curtis - ELO Opportunity; Aidan to talk to and connect Heidi 

Zeanny suggestion - Younger member – stay with us longer, more valuable experience; Lori – Allow two kids to join together – less intimidating 

4H – Very busy kids; potentially a rotating schedule; make their time worth it 

Nominations: John Accardi (Paige Hill Rd Lancaster), Wayne Saunders will follow up 

Council Recognition & New Plan - Heidi 

Gifts awarded to members with completed terms to catch up! 

Program Highlights:  New process for staff programming updates -Staff 

Newsletter will be sent out on September 8th with staff highlights 

Add in the opportunity for people to comment & have conversations 

How do I get that if I was just browsing the internet? Can I google Coos program happenings? 

Capability to partner with local newspapers? 

UNHCE App – Section for newsletter/program updates, calendar of events, podcasts, local 4H groups, etc. 

Additional feedback – Following the third edition of the program highlights we will have a discussion about how this is working  

Potential to share with community partner and other stakeholders     

Ag & Food Program Review - Nicholas & Amy 

Shifted to Dec 6th Meeting 

Other Business - Scott 

New Council leadership for next fall – Scott, Chair; Vice ?;  Secretary/Treasurer, Aidan 

Ray Gorman nominated for Vice Chair; declined due to busy schedule 

Need to re-visit in December 

Natural resources field specialist Search Committee 

9/30 Deadline extension for applicants 

Application review starting in October 

Council role: Interview final applicants Dec or Jan; extra meeting may be needed 

Confirm AC 2021 – 2022 Meeting dates 

Feb 6th should be changed to Feb 7th 

County Budget Updates (Heidi) 

Commissioner Ray Gorman spoke to updates 

Nov 10th – County Commissioner Meeting? 

Dec 13th – Delegation Budget Meeting 

*Dates to be confirmed 

Meeting adjourned, motion and seconded at 7:50 pm 

Author(s)

Heidi Barker
Healthy Living Field Specialist, Community Health & 4-H
Assoc Field Specialist
Phone: (603) 788-4961
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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