Yes it is that time of year when there is a lot going on for ESP. With the end of winter coming up quickly there are some things that need your attention.
First have you paid your dues? They were due on February 1st. Did you forget, not a problem we will still take dues for the 2017 campaign. We will be moving all of our membership to the online Wild Apricot system in June of 2017 so we will take a break for a week or so to be able to get everyone moved to the new system.
Next, it is time for recognition of our members. All recognition submissions from the chapters must be received by March 1st. Many chapters have been using our online recognition system so if that is the case all of those chapters applications are in our database and all we need is a submission of the National Recognition Submission Form which is online and tells us which of your applicants have been selected to be considered for regional or national awards. The National Recognition Submission Form is also due by March 1.
We have some scholarships that are available for those wishing to get some financial assistance to attend professional development opportunities. The Angus Professional Development Scholarship applications for the next round are due on March 1st. There is still money available for chapters wishing to do a professional development activity using the Professional Development Grants. These grant applications are due March 1st. Finally the Redinger Administrator Leader Scholarships which are available to a first time attendee, who has some administrative responsibility, to the ESP National Conference in
Wilmington, NC in October 2017 will be due by May 1st. Last year we did not receive enough
applications to give out all of these scholarships, we do not want a repeat of that this year.
We are seeking proposals to present concurrent sessions, ignite sessions and poster sessions at the 2017 ESP National Conference in Wilmington, NC in October. This is an excellent opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with your Extension colleagues. There will be stipends for those who are selected to present at the conference this fall, so it is an excellent way to get some help getting to the conference. The proposals are to be submitted online at the ESP website and they must be submitted by March 20th so don’t put it off any longer, submit a proposal.
Finally, we are seeking candidates to fill the expiring terms of the Northeast Region Vice President, the Western Region Vice President and the National 2nd Vice President who will also come from the Western Region this year. These are excellent opportunities for individuals to gain national leadership experience. The applications for these positions are due on April 1st.
"Vision 2020: Tomorrow's Extension" a panel discussion of Extension Administrators from all levels of the system discuss what they see as the future of Extension in the popular Dialogue with the Administrators session at the 2015 ESP Conference.