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March 2004

Minutes of the March 31, 2004 ESP Meeting

Minutes of Upsilon Chapter
Epsilon Sigma  Phi, March  31,2004


A meeting of the Upsilon Chapter of ESP was held during spring extension conference a the Bismarck Ramkota Inn on March 31 ,2004.

The meeting was called to order by chair Kathy Tweeten at 11:40 am.

A special report was provided by Tom Hanson on how to structure Extension  in the future. He suggested to set up a work group in the county, discuss strengths  and weaknesses, then approach
county commissioners  and develop a policy.

The ESP creed was read.

Guests present were: Mr. & Mrs. Banks Sieber, Mr. & Mrs. Walt Mattson and Shirley Larson

The secretary and treasurers repmis were reviewed and approved.

Committee Reports:

History & Retirees:  Gary Moran- Both old and new ESP history file will be in digital form. It is close to being finished.
Membership: Peggy Anderson-Upsilon chapter currently has 62 regular member and 54 life members. ND membership is increasing. Peggy is looking for a new membership chair.
Recognition: Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig- Will be presenting 19 awards during the awards ceremony on Friday. Recipients are very deserving of their recognition. The committee meets
once a year via conference call to select Upsilon Chapter award recipients. The conference call is getting expensive and the committee was wondering  how ESP would pay for it. A motion was made and
seconded  for ESP to pay for the call. It was also suggested to investigate free interactive video.
Upsilon chapter has submitted  Sharon Anderson's name for the National ESP Ruby Award.
Scholarship: Jackie Buckley- Jan Knodel applied for a scholarship and was awarded $300 to be used for her work toward a Phd.
The Bearfield-Bale  scholarship  was not awarded due to a lack of applicants.
Global Relations: Karen Zotz- A report was provided on learning about people dov-rn the road and around the world. To address the issue of learning about new cultures, the Global-Relations committee will work with the
2004 fall conference committee to offer cultural/global  opportunities through ethnic restaurants.
The Global-Relations committee is looking for more new committee  members.
The North Carolina State University  Extension Service will visit NDSU to learn about our extension program and visit our I994 campuses.

Old Business: Kathy Tweeten mentioned that the ESP Foundation is still accepting donations. When a donation is made, one-half goes to the national fund and one­ half goes to the
chapter endowment fund. Upsilon chapter has paid $500 to the fund. The chapter endowment fund is currently near $11,000. The proceeds are used to provide scholarships  to chapter members.

New Business:
Peggy Anderson- Provided a JCEP repmi on the meeting held in Chicago. Membership information on various chapters was provided to attendees. Information was reviewed on how ESP operates in other
states. Discussion was also held on how to involve life members more.

Brad Brummond- JCEP in Nmih Dakota. The main emphasis is good communication between extension organizations and administration. Membership will consist of all Extension Professional
Associations.  Each association will be represented by their respective president and president elect or vice president.
The objectives are:
1.  Foster communication  between the different associations
2.   Work together to achieve goals.
3.   Be a unified voice on issues facing Extension in North Dakota.
4.   Advise administration  during times of change and transition.
5.   Increase the flow of information to our members.
6.   Support goals and activities of the member associations. A motion to adopt this concept was
approved.

Meeting adjourned at 12:35 pm.

Minutes submitted by Vern Hofman, Secretary.

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