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January 22, 2010

Happy Retirement to Carol Ann Burtness!

Congratulations and Best Wishes Carol Ann!

After a thirty-four year career with the University of Minnesota Extension Carol Ann Burtness is retiring on January 31, 2010. On behalf of NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate, I want to thank Carol Ann for her commitment to our organization and her dedication to improving lives of families and communities.
Carol Ann was an active 34 year veteran of NEAFCS and other Extension professional organizations. She has served in many leadership roles, including president and currently serves as our secretary. Involvement in professional organizations was a way for Carol Ann to develop lifelong friendships and gain leadership skills.
 Minnesota Voting Delegate to NEAFCS - 2002, 2003, 2009
 Represented Minnesota at the North Central JCEP Meeting - 2002 and 2003
 Distinguished Service Award: 2004
 NEAFCS Annual Conference Tour Committee Member - 2006-07
 Continued Excellence Award, 2009
NEAFCS - MN Affiliate:
• Member: 1975-Present (34 years)
 President-Elect - 2002
 President - 2003
 Secretary - 2008-10
 Committee Involvement: Revenue Generation; Membership; Cluster Representative; Public Affairs; By-Laws Review Ad Hoc
Minnesota Association of Extension Educators
 Employee Benefits
 District/Cluster Representative
Epsilon Sigma Phi
 Membership Committee Co-Chair

Mentoring and fostering relationships is a skill and strength that very few master. Carol Ann was one of these masters. When I started in Extension, just 12 years ago, one of my first phone calls was from Carol Ann. She served as my mentor and friend ever since. When I wanted to jump into something, she would slow me down by saying, "let's just think about this." I often heard Carol Ann say this mantra while teaching too. What a useful problem solving strategy.

Here are just a few recent examples, within the past three years, of Carol Ann's program scholarship:
• Food Safety Employee Training - 2007 and 2008: Team-presented an overview of curriculum we developed for food service employees. Presentations were made at the Upper Midwest Food Service Show; NEAFCS National Conference, Minnesota Environmental Health Association conference, and conducted a train-the-trainer session with food safety educators. The curriculum provides all food service employees (chefs, wait-staff, dishwashers, hosts, etc.) the basic need-to-know skills to foodborne illness. The delivery method includes a variety of hands-on activities to meet a variety of learning styles.
• Food Safety Updates to Nutrition Education Assistants - 2004-2008. Presented food safety updates to regional Nutrition Education Assistants in north central; northeast; southeast; southeast/south central and north western Minnesota. Provided background information about foodborne illnesses; how to prevent foodborne illnesses and recommendations for food safety education for NEA's to share with their program participants.
• Peddling Your Pickles Safely - 2006-2008. Co-presented regulatory updates and recommendations to MDH/MDA food inspectors and vendors selling acidified home-canned food products at Farmers' Markets and local events.

These are just a few examples of Carol Ann's commitment to meet needs and improve programs and build capacity.

Thanks Carol Ann for spending your career with us! We wish you much happiness in your next journey.

January 8, 2010

Change to Finance Policy

Item D. of our finance policy was change to reflect our the approved motion of keeping mileage at .25 cents per mile. It's on page 7 of our Constitution, By-lay, Policies.

It now reads:
D.Officer and committee expenses may include mileage, postage, supplies, and telephone calls. Mileage reimbursement is set by the Executive board and is .25 cent/per mile (adopted 1-610). Meals are not reimbursed.

NEAFCS-MNAffiliateBy-Laws 1208.doc

January 6, 2010 Executive Board Special Meeting (Summary)

Following is a summary of the January 6, 2010 Executive Board Special Meeting.  To view the entire minutes, see attached minutes (under "Minutes" section).

- Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary

 National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences - MN Affiliate

Executive Board Special Meeting Minutes -- January 6, 2010 (via UM Connect)

Financial Updates:

  • President Suzanne is developing a spreadsheet to track income/expenses but needs clarification on financial year closing dates
  • Motion made and passed: NEAFCS-MN Affiliate will reimburse mileage at $.25/mile
  • NEAFCS Executive Board will not financially support one state representative to the annual JECP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) conference.  President Suzanne and President-Elect Mary plan to attend the 2010 JCEP Conference in Nashville, TN in early February.  They shared their individual plans for "creative funding" to support their participation.  The 2009-10 NEAFCS-MN Affiliate budget includes $750 to support JCEP attendance.
  • Discussed progress on setting up the quasi-endowment fund through the U of MN Foundation.  A check ($10,034.53) will be transferred from the savings account to the U of MN Foundation.  To set up the quasi-endowment fund, Board members will develop a "Memorandum of Agreement" to include information about the organization, purpose of the gift and indicate how the funds will be used.


  • Executive Board and Public Policy Committee will identify a NEAFCS-MN Affiliate representative to attend 2010 PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development) Conference.
  • Each Executive Board member will submit information on the blog during 2010.
  • A membership survey will be sent to each Affiliate member to gain information about the benefits of membership and promotion ideas.  Survey results will be shared at the upcoming NEAFCS Regional meeting at JCEP. Survey results will also be shared with MN's Membership Committee.
  • Executive Board members and Committee Chairs will develop a list of duties and responsibilities for future use.
  • President Suzanne is hoping to appoint a member to fulfill the position of "Parliamentarian".

January 6, 2010 Executive Board Special Meeting Minutes (complete)

January, 2010 Special Board Minutes.pdf

January 6, 2010

Potato Onion Soup Correction, pg. 99 Living Well Book

You may wish to make this correction in your Living Well Books

Correction only:
Canned Milk - 12 fl. oz. can - 1 ½ cups, add to saucepan ONLY at the end of cooking time, to heat through but do not boil.

Garnish with Parsley leaves - ¼ cup chopped and bacon crumbles

Full recipe:
Potato Onion Soup
Jo Musich, Virginia, MN

  • Onions - peel and cut in half or quarter, then thinly slice onion to make 1 to 2 cups slices
  • Bacon - fry 5 slices (in a saucepan), remove from fat, cool and crumble, reserve for topping
  • Sauté onion slices in bacon drippings
  • Chicken Broth - add one 12 fl. oz. can to saucepan with onions
  • Water - fill 12 fl. oz. can with water and add, add to saucepan
  • Potatoes - peel and cube 2 ½ cups, add to saucepan
  • Salt - add 1 teaspoon
  • Curry Powder - add 1 teaspoon

Bring to a boil and Simmer gently for 20 minutes or until potato cubes are tender
Canned Milk - 12 fl. oz. can - 1 ½ cups, add at end to heat through but do NOT boil
Parsley leaves - ¼ cup chopped
Garnish with parsley and bacon crumbles