ESP Website Undergoing a Make Over

In case you didn't notice, the ESP website looks different that it did a week ago.  We have upgraded the site from Joomla 2.5.7 to Joomla 3.3.6 and we have changed the template for the website.  Hopefully there have been a few other changes that will help those using the the website.  As it turns out this has been a difficult and lengthy task. The website is actually made up of the main site and several smaller sites that are linked to the main site.  The difficulty in updating has been compounded by being able to find a time when the various components are experiencing light usage so that that particular component can be shut down to allow the complete rebuild of that part of the site.  In trying to determine what to do when, it was determined that during the holiday break might be best for the main sight.  The main website is now up and running, but during the next few months the axilary sites will be upgraded as well.  If you notice something is missing or not working, let me know and I will add it to the list of repairs to be made.

Remember Chapter Reports Are Due For Use At JCEP Leadership Conference

Each chapter is to submit an Annual Chapter Report once per year.  The reports are used for discussion and for  sharing during the ESP portion of the JCEP Leadership Conference that is coming up February 11-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The reports have become an important part of the discussion at the conference.  In addition some of the national committees have used the information found in these reports to assist in developing projects that will be beneficial to all chapters as they perform their work. 

Normally these reports are completed by the Chapter President or someone they designate to do the report on their behalf.  This last year we had an excellent response with almost thirty reports being submitted.  If you are interested the reports are posted on the website as soon as we have received them.  Annual Chapter Reports dating back to 2004 are posted on the website under the Report menu item in the For More Information menu.  This years reports can be entered by selecting the Chapter Reports item in the Upcoming Deadlines menu.

Membership Recruiting and Retention Webinar Was A Hit

The Membership Recruiting and Retention Committee had a great webinar on January 13.  There were many good ideas on how to increase membership in our organization.  The webinar was recorded in case you were unable to attend.  You can view the webinar by following this link -  If you would like to see the slides that were used by Rusty Collins, Past President of the Colorado, Zeta Chapter they can be accessed by using the following link - Colorado Chapter Slides

Congratulations to the Membership Recruiting and Retention Committee for another excellent webinar, proving that ESP is truly the "Extension Professionals Organization!"


ESP Board Begins Process for New Strategic Plan

At the Mid Year Board meeting the National Board began preparing to develope a new strategic plan for Epsilon Sigma Phi.  The current strategic plan was developed to cover the period from 2011 through 2015.  While 2015 may seem like a long way off, it will be here before you know it.

The Board worked with ESP member and planning consultant Mary Ellen Waltemire to determine the process that will be used to develop the plan that will be in place for 2016 through 2020.  Mary Ellen led the board through a very productive session that helped to identify the methods that will be used to gather the information needed to develop a new plan.  The Board is determined to give numerous opportunities for members to express their ideas of how our organization needs to move forward.  Once the informatin is gathered and put into a plan there will be opportunities to comment on the plan before it is presented for adoption by the National Council at the 2015 National ESP Conference.

Please plan to participate in the process so that we can create a plan that will challenge the leadership to meet the needs of our members.