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October 27, 2009

Congratulations 2009 Award Winners!

Members great work recognized at our Affiliate's Annual Meeting!

There were 13 award applications for this year. This year five members received national and/or regional awards. Congratulations!

National Winners!
National Award Recipients:
Continued Excellence Award - Carol Ann Burtness
Distinguished Service Award - Kimberly Asche

Central Region Award Recipients:
Communications Written Press Release - 3rd Central Region
"Avoid the Instant Tax Loan" by Shirley Anderson-Porisch

Communications: Educational Technology - 3rd Central Region
"Understanding Underserved Audiences: Implications for Improving Programs
for African American, Caucasian, Latino and Somali Audiences"
Team Members: Jill May, Sara Van Offlen, Shelley Sherman, Felisha

Minnesota Winners!
Food SafetyCooking Safely for a Crowd
Team Members: Lou Ann Jopp, Deb Botzek-Linn, Carol Ann Burtness

Communications: Educational Publication
Healthy & Fit on the Go Travel Kit
Team Members: Jill May, Kelly Kunkel, Betsy Johnson, Trina Barno

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Program Excellence Through Research
FSNE Program Evaluation
Team Members: Kathleen Lovett, Shelley Sherman, Trina Barno, Christa Treichel

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Communications: Newsletters
School Wellness, Sara Van Offlen
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Extension Educator of the Year
Shirley Anderson-Porisch
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Photos from Minnesota's Annual Session

Members filled the room at the Minnesota Annual October 9, 2009 Session!

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October 1, 2009

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate 2009 President Elect Candidate: Mary Caskey

National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences-MN Affiliate
Mary Caskey, Candidate - President elect
Annual Meeting, October 7, 2009
Greetings from St. Cloud! I am currently running for NEAFCS-MN affiliate president elect for the coming year. To give you a little background information about myself, I have been a member of NEAFCS-MN since 2005. For the past 3 years, I have co-chaired the membership/award committee with a primary task focusing on awards. I attended the NEAFCS national meetings in Denver and St. Paul. In my career, I have worked in the nutrition field for the last 30 years through various Head Start programs, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and U of M Extension. Through Extension, I have managed the Nutrition Education Program (NEP) in central Minnesota for the past 10 years. Wearing my other hat within Family Development, I helped develop trainings for school foodservice personnel to improve the offerings in the school lunch/breakfast program; helped create a tool for school districts to use when they developed their "School Wellness Policies" mandated by the federal government; and have spent the last year and a half assisting state staff in the development of a new database system for NEP. Being a member of NEAFCS-MN has been an important step in getting to know colleagues from other areas of expertise. I believe that NEAFCS-MN is an organization that encourages members to expand their leadership skills and promotes a supportive environment for its members.