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November 23, 2009

The Winner is...

Thanks members for participating in the blog scavenger hunt. I hope it was a chance to explore. This blog is intended to be a one-stop resource for you! The winner of the contest is Debbie Botzek-Linn! Congratulations!

November 20, 2009

PILD 2009 Report by Jo Musich

Public Issues and Leadership Development Conference
Connectivity: Community to the Capitol
April 27-29, 2009, Arlington, Virginia
Sponsored by the Joint Council of Extension Professionals

Report by Jo Musich, University of Minnesota Extension

The conference provided a close up look at the issues that impact Extension and the communities we serve. It also provided Extension professionals and volunteers the unique opportunity to interact with decision-makers in Congress and those who support our work.
PILD provided great professional development and opportunity to interact with decision makers and staff of elected officials. The 2009 conference focused on CHANGE - in Washington, in the executive and legislative branches of government, and in the creation of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). A highlight of PILD was attending both a session and round table discussion where Janie Simms Hipp, a national program leader CSREES Liason and an agricultural attorney, discussed risk management in the broader context, specifically focusing on how businesses, families and communities address financial, production, marketing, legal and human resource risks and what changes must occur at all levels to respond to rapidly evolving risk environments. Families in cities, on farms, ranches and woodland owners face risk and must learn ways to respond to tough economic times.

We received a welcome to Washington, D.C. from Jeanne Markell, and visited National Association of Counties (NACo) offices. Enjoying the monuments, museums and eating venues with the diverse people who visit and live in the Washington, D.C. area was most enjoyable and memorable.

PILD 2009

NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate member joined Minnesota educators and staff at the Public Institute Leadership Development conference.

Photo: J. Musich, D. Nelson, K. Martinson, T. Dolan, B Harrington hanging out with A. Lincoln late at night!

PILD 2009 Lincoln.JPG

To learn more about PILD, visit the conference Web site at http:/;/www.jcep.org/pild.htm

November 19, 2009

Affiliate 2009 Annual Report

Each year, affiliate's complete and send a report to our Regional Director and the NEAFCS National Office. Thanks to members who provided feedback to the report.

Here are the highlights from the report:

Professional development opportunity, "Building Resilient Families in the Midst of Diversity," Dr. Karen Shirer, Associate Dean Extension Center for Family Development, Minnesota Affiliate's administrative liaison, shared her thoughts on Family Development: Past/Present/Future. Diversity Specialist, Juan Moreno, shared his perspective on diversity. Affiliate members, Suzanne Driessen, Phyllis Onstad and Colleen Gengler shared information from trips to Brazil and Mexico. Program concluded with a panel discussion addressing individual and family needs and concerns from diverse perspectives.

To celebrate the NEAFCS 75th Anniversary the Minnesota Affiliate did the following:
Written History Updated - History of Affiliate was updated from the previous document written in 1984 at the mark of the 50th Anniversary. The updated report was shared with membership and a copy was submitted to National.

NEAFCS-MN 75th Anniversary Celebration Lunch & Member Appreciation - Current members and retirees brought items representing our history. Items were posted on a large timeline representing the 81 years of the state affiliate.

Member Resources:
Membership maintained with 32 active members; including 4 new members; and 2 members who rejoined.
28/32 members (88%) were actively involved on the board or a committee
15 life members
National involvement:
Kathleen Olson, Secretary
Shirley Anderson-Porisch, National By-laws Committee
Eight attended Annual Session, Birmingham, Alabama
Three member conducted presentations

Continued the mentoring program for new members by utilizing the 'welcome packet' which includes a current membership list, By-Laws & Policies, membership encouragement piece, NEAFCS brochure, and information on websites, awards and affiliate's informal customs. Mentors volunteer or are assigned to each new member.
Enhanced connections with life members and retirees
Utilized as award application judges
Listserv, Blog Use, and Board Meetings - Communicate with members through the use of our listserv, blog and meeting minutes. Blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/allen027/meafcs/.

Awards & Recognition:
13 award applications for 2009.
Five members received national and/or regional awards.
Judging sheets for the Distinguished Service Award and Continued Excellence Award were created.

Public Affairs:
Developed a fact sheet on Extension's Family Development's Response to the Global Financial Crisis and shared with legislators at our nation's capitol at PILD.

Other Special Projects
It is interesting to note that the Minnesota Affiliate is actually older than the national association. NEAFCS was established in 1934. The Minnesota Affiliate began organizing in December of 1928 and held its first meeting where officers were elected in March 1929. In 2009, the year of NEAFCS' 75th Anniversary, the Minnesota Affiliate is celebrating its 81st Anniversary!

Concerns from your State:
Out-of-state travel is limited which is affecting opportunities to attend JCEP, PILD and annual session.

The state of CES in our state:
Three organizational goals: recruiting and retaining the best faculty and staff; making the U more accessible with technology; and ensuring programs have clear outcomes and impacts.
Celebrated Extension's Centennial-100th-Anniversary.
Continue to carefully manage our budgets through these challenging economic times. Programs and employees are priorities.

Our History: 1928 - 2009

See our history and accomplishments, as we celebrate our 82nd year of existence,
:Our History.docx

Wanted: missing minutes and documents from
1941 - 1942
1997 - 2000

November 4, 2009

NEAFCS-MN 2009 Annual Meeting Minutes

Oct, 2009 Annual Meeting Minutes.pdf

2009 NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Annual Meeting Minutes

Following are the minutes from the 2009 Annual Meeting. For easier viewing, I encourage you to view the downloaded version. FYI: The amended budget is attached to the downloaded version of the minutes.
-- Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary

National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences - Minnesota Affiliate

Annual Meeting Agenda
October 7, 2009, 7:30-9:00 a.m.,
Crowne Plaza Hotel-St. Paul Riverfront

Call to Order: Becky Hagen Jokela, President called the meeting to order at 7:40 a.m.


Carol Ann Burtness; Suzanne Driessen; Becky Hagen Joekela; Kim Asche; Deb Botzek-Linn; Cindy M. Petersen; Lou Ann Jopp; Kelly Kunkel; Kathleen Olson; Kathleen Lovett; Kathy Brandt; Mary Caskey; Mary Schroeder; Colleen Gengler; Shirley Anderson-Porisch; Phyllis A. Onstad; Antonio Alba Meraz; Jill May; Sara VanOffelen; Jan Gilman; Sara Croymans; Ellie McCann; Lori Hendrickson; Jo Musich; Rosemary Heins; Minnell Tralle; Jennifer Garbow; Elena Yepiz; Karen Shierer

Appointments: Becky appointed the following individuals to assist:
Annual Meeting Minutes Reviewers - Sara Croymans and Lori Hendrickson
Timekeeper - Deb Botzek-Linn
Parliamentarian - Shirley Anderson-Porisch

Approval of agenda: No additions to agenda.

Welcome and introductions of guests/new members (by area reps)
North - Lori Hendrickson (no new members)
South - Kay Lovett (no new members)
Metro - Rose Allen (no new members)
Lou Ann Jopp introduced Katherine Waters, Food Science Program Leader.

Member announcements and celebrations
Rosi Heins - Husband's 1-year successful transplant anniversary
Sara Croymans - Daughter's Basic Training
Minnell Tralle - Son's wedding
Mary Caskey - Family wedding, Master's of Education degree
Jo Musich - PILD attendance
Kathy Brandt - Master's of Education degree
Kim Asche - Empty nest!

Minutes of 2008 NEAFCS Annual Meeting: Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary reviewed highlights of the 2008 Annual Meeting minutes and referred members to membership blog where minutes are posted.

Annual Report:
Becky Hagen Jokela shared highlights of the year including the 75th Anniversary celebration; NEAFCS Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama; May, 2009 Professional Day; review of Board meetings; Living Well Resource Book; and Awards. She referred members to the Annual Report.

Committee Reports - Suzanne Driessen, President-Elect asked for highlights from committee reports which are recorded in the Annual Report:
- Awards & Recognition/Membership by Mary Caskey
- Professional Development by Lori Hendrickson
- Public Policy/Public Relations by Kay Lovett. Jo Musich shared highlights from her 2009 PILD experience.
- 75th Anniversary/MN History/Scrapbook by Sara Croymans and reminded members to send photos and information for future scrapbooks.
- M/S/P (Cindy Petersen/Lou Ann Jopp): Accept NEAFCS-MN Affiliate 2009 Committee reports.

Committee sign-up: Suzanne Driessen, President-Elect circulated a committee sign-up sheet.

Administrative Liaison Comments: Karen Shirer, Extension Center for Family Development thanked all the members for their support during the past year and encouraged more communication in 2010.

Old Business:

President Becky Hagen Jokela and Treasurer Cindy Petersen reviewed changes made with the funds from the 2007 Tri-State Funds. Due to the economic climate, the Executive Board recommended "holding and monitoring" the funds. On August 4, 2009, $10,034.53 was transferred out of the CD into a Money Market Savings Account that compounds monthly and has a potential for rate changes which creates more flexibility for the funds. If there is future interest in moving the money into a quasi-endowment, the Executive Board will make the move.

New Business:

Election of Officers 2009-2010
- Becky Hagen Jokela, Past President reviewed that Suzanne Driessen will move to position of President
- Mary Caskey was nominated as President-Elect. M/S/P (Sara Croymans/Deb Botzek-Linn): Nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Mary Caskey for President-Elect.
- Carol Ann Burtness will fulfill the second year of her term as Secretary.

Areas Caucus: President Becky Hagen Jokela reminded members that Area Reps serve a 2-year term with no term limits. She encouraged areas to caucus and elect/select reps.
- North: Rep=Lori Hendrickson; Alternate=Jennifer Grabow
- Metro: Rep=Elena Yepiz; Alternate=Rosi Heins
- South: Rep=Kay Lovett; Alternate=Kathy Brandt

Financial Report/Proposed 2009-2010 Budget: President, Becky Hagen Jokela and Treasurer, Cindy Petersen reviewed the proposed budget. M/S/P (Shirley Anderson-Porish/Lou Ann Jopp): Accept the proposed budget with an added "Miscellaneous" line item which by doing so will create a zero balance. [See proposed budget attached to the downloaded minutes]

NEAFCS Annual Meeting Report:
- President Becky Hagen Jokela and Carol Ann Burtness were Minnesota's Voting Delegates at the 2009 NEAFCS Annual Meeting. They and Kathy Olson (NEAFCS Secretary and Chair of By-Laws Committee) shared the discussion and vote on absentee ballots for NEAFCS Annual meetings.
- Deb Botzek-Linn shared information from a Nutrition-related session she attended.
- President Becky Hagen Jokela shared Minnesota's involvement in the National Meeting including: Kathy Olson, Secretary; Shirley Anderson-Porish - NEAFCS By-Laws Committee member; and presentations conducted by Suzanne Driessen, Rosi Heins and Becky Hagen Jokela.
- Rosi Heins reported that Minnesota updated the history report of our Minnesota Affiliate and submitted a copy to NEAFCS. A copy of the submitted report is in the Annual Report.

Other Business:

Living Well Resource Book: Suzanne Driessen reviewed information about the Living Well, More than a Cookbook project initiated by NEAFCS. She shared information from the NEAFCS Committee. Jo Musich and Suzanne Driessen contributed to the book and NEAFCS-MN Affiliate submitted information about wild rice and a Wild Rice Soup recipe. M/S/P (Colleen Gengler/Kathy Brandt): Survey members to indicate interest in purchasing books individually or by office or via re-sale. By a show-of-hands, 15 members indicated interest in making individual purchases and 10 members indicated interest in re-sale. The ad-hoc committee (Rosi Heins and Lou Ann Jopp) will coordinate sales, distribution and field questions. Due to the upcoming October 15 early-order deadline, a sign-up sheet was distributed to members to indicate interest in purchases. M/S/P (Jan Gilman/Kay Lovett): The cost of re-sale books will be @ $25/book.

Awards Presentation: Mary Caskey, Awards Committee Chair, encouraged awards participation. She shared that selection and judging for awards is conducted by selected Regional Directors, retirees and past winners. Awards Committee members (Mary Caskey, Elena Yepiz, Cindy Petersen and Ellie McCann) presented awards to:

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 Rhodes

State Winners
- Extension Educator of the Year - Shirley Anderson-Porisch
- Program Excellence through Research - "FSNE Program Evaluation" Team Members: Kathleen Lovett, Shelley Sherman, Trina Barno, Christa Treichel
- Communications: Newsletters - "School Wellness" by Sara Van Offlen
- Communications: Educational Publication - "Healthy & Fit on the Go Travel Kit." Team Members: Jill May, Kelly Kunkel, Betsy Johnson, Trina Barno
- Food Safety - "Cooking Safely for a Crowd." Team Members: Lou Ann Jopp, Deb Botzek-Linn, Carol Ann Burtness

President Becky Hagen Jokela reviewed upcoming meetings and dates:
- MEAFCS winter board meeting (early December, 2009)
- MAEE Board retreat (Nov. 4 & 5, Camp Koinonia, Annandale)
- JCEP (February 2-4, 2010, Nashville, Tennessee)
- PILD (April 26-28, 2010, Arlington, Virginia)
- NEAFCS Annual Session (September 20 - 24, 2010, Portland, Maine)
- NEAFCS Annual Session (September 26-30 , 2011, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
- President Becky Hagen Jokela presented "thank you" gifts to the Executive Board
- President-Elect Suzanne Driessen presented outgoing President Becky Hagen Jokela with a gift.
- Doorprizes for participation were presented.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary

Living Well Resource Book Bookmark with Minnesota Wild Rice Soup Recipe

This handy bookmark can be used to market the NEAFCS Living Well: More than a Cookbook. Or put the bookmark in your book or books you purchased.
Cookbook Bookmark, MN Recipe Template.pub

November 3, 2009

Annual Report 2009

2009 was a fine year. Read about our successes in this report. Congratulations and thanks to the 32 NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate members.

NEAFCS Annual Report 2008 -09.doc