Jenny C. Simpson, Morgan, Jan
August 2, 2010 Meeting Minutes for meeting held at Camp Grant Walker.
The 4-H Advisory Committee meeting was called to order at 4:35 p.m. In attendance were: Jan Morgan, 4-H Agent, Brenda Bulot, Volunteer, Val Smith, Volunteer, Cindy Lefort, Volunteer, Angie Fusillier, Volunteer, Keith Espadron, Volunteer, Chelsea Ingraham, Junior Leader, Alexis Mastrianni, Junior Leader and Lindsay Ancar, Junior Leader.
4-H Agent Jan Morgan welcomed the members and gave an overview of the purpose of the advisory meeting. Each member was presented with an information folder that contained the job description of advisory members, the function of the advisory committee, the expectation of staff members and committee members. Information was also given about the current educational programs provided by Plaquemines Parish 4-H, the mission areas (Science, Engineering and Technology; Healthy Living and Citizenship) and the essential elements(belonging, mastery, independence and generosity) of the 4-H youth development program. These issues and programs were discussed.
Advisory members discussed pertinent programs they felt were essential to the youth in the parish. Environmental Education was voted as being extremely important for the youth to be involved in. 4-H club meetings and service learning projects should focus on these topics. This includes coastal restoration projects and environmental lessons.
The Junior Leadership Club will continue to focus on coastal restoration projects with Conoco/Phillips and A.W.C.C. members.
4-H Agent Jan Morgan informed the committee that all fourth –eighth grade teachers and high school environmental science teachers would receive wetland’s curriculum and materials to present to their students. Youth Wetland’s Week is April 18-22, 2011. The curriculum is provided jointly by LSU AgCenter and America’s Wetland’s.
Brenda Bulot reported on the character education program, Character Counts! Adult Volunteer, Angie Fusillier from Evangeline Parish, suggested that the Plaquemines and Evangeline Parish junior leaders attend a joint leadership/teambuilding training. This could be done overnight at a local school in Plaquemines. This event will be planned by both junior leader clubs. Angie and Brenda will serve as leaders for this event. The Evangeline Parish Junior Leaders would also like to help with a coastal planting.
Nutrition, health and fitness were also discussed as being important to youth. Nutrition enrichment will be provided during the annual 4-H Parish Cookery Contest and through school enrichment.
As discussed, the Plaquemines Parish 4-H Youth will focus their program on the following mission areas: Environmental Ecology (Science, Engineering and Technology), Character Education (Citizenship) and Health and Nutrition (Healthy Living).
4-H Agent presented each advisory committee member with a gift and thanked them for their commitment to the Plaquemines Parish 4-H Youth Development program.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m. followed by a light supper.