A Council Development Project
Leaflet No. 4
Cassy Dierking Venters, Continuing Education Specialist
|How productive are extension council committees?
Are many made up of the same people? Have projects failed for lack of proper study? Have
programs been dropped for lack of needed resources? Is it difficult to get people to serve
Successful committees depend on careful selection, recruitment and orientation.
|Selecting Committees||When forming a committee, step one is to consider
the kinds of people within and/or outside the council that should be included. Make a list
of skills, knowledge, viewpoints and other considerations that should be represented on
the committee. Several important considerations:
After deciding on the kinds of people that should be on the committee, step two is to select the individuals to fill the roles. Consider:
|Recruitment||Having decided what kinds of people will be
needed and having identified individuals who can fill those roles, step three is
recruitment. Individuals are successfully recruited by indicating to them, in specific
terms, why they were selected and why their unique combination of knowledge, skills and
interests are vital to the success of the group. Steps 1 and 2 should be the basis of your
recruitment. If the request is sincere, it will be an offer they won't refuse.
An example: The elections committee used the following process in selecting nominees to the council.
Step 1 -- Kinds of People Needed
Step 2 -- Individuals
Step 3 -- Recruitment
|One skilled in fund raising
One who knows business training needs
Service club representatives
Local government official
Realtor, who knows sites for the new office location
Farmer, who is interested in small-farm operations
Organization, coordination skills
Smith, local college
Julie Smart, Chamber of Commerce
Carol Sharp, city manager
your skills in public relations campaigns
We need someone who is in touch with local businesses.
We need your enthusiasm.
We need your knowledge and network with the city.
We need your knowledge of the county.
We need your knowledge about small farming operations.
We need your coordination skills.
|Recruitment should always include information about the time commitment requested. Tell people the number of meetings involved, how long they last, whether work will be needed outside of committee meeting (if so, what it will be) and the length of the term on the committee.|