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Orienting PDC Members

Orientation is the process of familiarizing volunteers with Extension and their new duties. Orientation begins with the first contact between a volunteer and the Extension staff. The orientation step is fundamental to getting the best and most from Extension volunteers.


PDC Member Position Description, PDC-5 (1/2015): For new or existing members, this is a resource designed to explain the role of a PDC member.

PDC: Serving as a Committee Member, PDC-4 (1/2015)
: This resource will help you become oriented to the expectations and responsibilities of being a program development committee. It also explains the formation of PDCs and planning educational programming with agents.

Program Development Committee Orientation Module:

The module is a complete set of information for guiding PDC members in their responsibilities. It includes a PowerPoint presentation) complete with presenter's guide and audience handouts) and other resources for expanding PDCs and working with elected officials.

Orientation Idea-A new tool developed by Riley County for PDC orientation, Bingo (word doc.)
                                                                                                      Bingo (PDF doc.)

PDC Orientation Video:  This video resource can be used to help PDC members learn about their role as a PDC member. It could be shown at a PDC meeting or sent to PDC members shortly after their election. 


Reaching Underserved Audiences Video:  This video resource can be used to help PDC members think about strategies to expand the audience of the local program. 

Handbook for County Extension Councils and District Governing Boards (see pages 10, 11, 21 and 31): This resource details the role of PDCs as a portion of the state and federal laws for Cooperative Extension.


Additional Resources: The following resources have been selected to provide a more in-depth learning, details and supplementary activities to the topics presented on this webpage.


Board Member Resource: Checklist for Success:  Being on a board is important and will take a lot of time.  This checklist helps individuals determine if they are ready to serve on a board.