Orientation for New Council Members
Revised in 2007
The mission of University of Missouri Extension is to: improve Missourians' lives by addressing their highest priorities through the application of research-based knowledge and resources. As an integral part of the land-grant mission, University of Missouri Extension is a joint venture of University of Missouri campuses; Lincoln University Cooperative Extension; the people of Missouri through county extension councils: National Institute for Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and other stakeholders and partners.
As a county extension council member, you play a vital role in meeting these educational needs. County extension councils are statutorily created to work with the University in carrying out the local extension program (Sections 262:550 to 262:620, Revised Statutes of Missouri). This module will assist new council members in understanding:
- Their role as a county extension council member
- The county extension council's relationship with the university.
Orientation for New Council Members (Council handout) - An introduction to serving on county extension councils and to University of Missouri Extension's mission and organization.
Revised Missouri Statutes - Sections 262:550 to 262:620 outline the extension council's legal responsibilities.
The Sunshine Law: Missouri's Open Meetings and Records Law (Sections 610.010 to 610.028) - As statutorily created entities, county extension councils are subject to the provisions of the state's Open Meetings and Records Law. This document summarizes key points.
Acronyms - Glossary of MU Extension acronyms
Brief History of Missouri Extension - Overview of the origins of Missouri's statewide extension service.
Trainer Notes and Council Activity - Hands-on activity to introduce new members to the extension council and its operations. Includes tips for presenters, a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes, and a set of icebreakers and warm-up activities to help members get acquainted and build trust.
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Part 1: Module (.pdf)
includes handout, statutes, Sunshine Law, acronyms, history
Part 2:Training (.pdf)
includes trainer notes, activity instructions, icebreakers
Powerpoint presentation (.ppt) (requires MS PowerPoint to run)
To print Speaker Notes, select "Notes Pages" under "Print What:" in print menu
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