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IECA Benefits its Members in a Variety of Ways...
Direct communication link to ISU Extension & Outreach administration – Our board members and executive director meet regularly with administrative team members to voice your concerns, opinions, and suggestions. The Association sits at the table with Extension Administration to explain the challenges, formulate policies and practices that help solve local problems, smooth out local difficulties, and help County Staff and Councils be more effective with less effort.
Quick, easy, and affordable volunteer screening. Over 14,000 volunteers and staff have been screened. Because the association was able to negotiate a price reduction of approximately $10/person, that is a savings of $140,000 statewide – or an average of $1,400 in savings for each county.
Employee Assistance Program for councils to offer to their county-paid employees. In 2016, 6% of the employees covered by EAP used their benefits to help them with their problems and challenges in their everyday lives.
IECA keeps County Extension Council Members and Staff up-to-date on ISU Extension plans, policies and initiatives through regular e-mail messages directly to each IECA member.
Representation on many ISU Extension and Outreach state-wide committees including the 4-H CYC task force, council training committee, professional development committee, ISUEO finance committee and various search committees for key staff positions.
IECA provides County Extension Councils access to their own legal representation. Over the last year, about 1 in 3 extension councils worked directly with Whitfield & Eddy to help with issues relating to employment law, staffing conflicts, and contract oversight. Whitfield & Eddy have also served all 100 extension councils by representing councils’ interests in guidance on their responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act, overtime rules, open meeting law concerns, and background checks.
IECA helps facilitate Extension Council training designed by council members, when possible, to best meet the needs of council members. This includes webinars, extension council orientation, and the 2017 Extension Council Conference.
Periodic meetings of IECA allow members representing counties across the state to meet and discuss best practices, common issues, and solutions to common problems. This invaluable sharing of knowledge has facilitated rapid adoption of changes impacting councils.
IECA partners with ISU Extension & Outreach and Regional Extension Education Directors to sponsor statewide and regional meetings geared toward the issues of council members.
The IECA website is maintained with a goal to provide easy-to-access information for council members to fulfill their roles, including contact information for your IECA representative, timely news stories, regional news, and extension council training resources.
The legislative sub-committee monitors legislative action and keeps IECA members alerted to any proposed legislation that might affect Extension.
IECA hosts a legislative day at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines each spring. Council members, 4-Hers, and Extension supporters meet with their legislators to discuss ways that Extension and Outreach serves their constituents. It is also an important opportunity to articulate how legislators can be supportive of Extension and Outreach.