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Baseline Expectations for County Councils

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  1. All county Extension Directors are responsible for maintaining an active County Advisory Council in each county.
  2. County Advisory Councils will include representation from all Extension program areas specific to the county.
  3. County Advisory Councils are representative of the demographics of the county.
  4. There will be a current, accurate role description for advisory volunteers.
  5. There will be a rotation of council volunteers with the longest term recommended at three years. 
    1. Typically, one renewal is acceptable for a maximum of six years of consecutive service before rotating off for at least a year.
  6. The council meets at least three times yearly.
  7. The council will have an elected Chair, Chair-Elect, and Secretary.
  8. Councils must undergo Civil Rights compliance training annually.
  9. Council members will assist the county director and staff in identifying programmatic needs and identifying groups and individuals from whom to collect input regularly, but no less than once every two years. 
  10. In addition to the above, councils will work with county Extension staff to prioritize a minimum of one of the following functions each year:
    1. Provide linkages and communication to key groups
    2. Expand resources available to local Extension programs
    3. Assist with Extension programming – design, implementation and evaluation
    4. Build and nurture relationships with key leaders, citizens and elected officials
    5. Market Extension programs in the community