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November 23, 2010

Manual for Officers & Committees

This manual was put together to help our association officers and committees perform their roles. This is a work in process - a fluid document that will change as our needs evolve.

Manual.docx

December 30, 2009

December 10, 2009 Executive Board Meeting Minutes (Complete)

December, 2009 Board Minutes.pdf

December, 2009 Executive Board Summary

Following is a summary of the December 10, 2009 Executive Board Meeting.  To view the entire minutes, please see the attached minutes (under "Minutes" section).

-- Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary

 

National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences - MN Affiliate

 Board Meeting Executive Summary

(Refer to complete minutes for more details)

Thursday - December 10, 2009 Via UM-Connect

·         Finances:

o   Reviewed current status of accounts, recent income and projected budget expenditures. 

o   Tri-State Funds: Matt Musel, U of MN Foundation reviewed options.  Motion made and passed: "transfer money out of the Money Market Savings Account (~$10,034.53) to the University of Minnesota Quasi-Endowment Fund."  A "Memorandum of Agreement" will be developed to specify what the Fund can be used for.

·         Board Orientation:

o   Board members/Committee Chairs will develop "Duties and Timelines".

·         Committee Reports:

o   Awards/Membership Goals: Increase membership; Increase award applications; Enhance communications with life members/retirees; Request support for NEAFCS membership and professional development participation.

o   Professional Development: Preliminary planning for 2010 Professional Development Day.  Potential theme: "Aging and Technology".

o   Public Policy/Public Relations: Promote 2010 PILD participation.

o   Ad hoc - Revenue Generation ("Living Well, More than a Cookbook"): Pre-sales orders = 106 books. MN Affiliate received $7/book = $770 to Treasure.  Motion made and passed to "Give one complimentary book to Karen Shirer and one complimentary book to Dean & Director, Bev Durgan."

·         New Business:

o   Area Reps reports: Metro = no issues or concerns; South = Send pictures and any/all information (i.e. names and dates) to Kay Lovett for NEAFCS-MN Affiliate scrapbook; North = concerns about maintaining membership.

o   Board developed 2009-10 Goals

o   Central Region Director, Peg Ehlers is asking for input about the future.  Survey will be developed for membership.

o   Board members and committee chairs will communicate to membership via the Blog.

·         Administrative Liaison Discussion:

o   Reviewed expectations for Administrative Liaison role

o   Reviewed focus of March 2010 Family Development Conference.  Potential collaboration between NEAFCS-MN Event and Conference.

o   Encourage co-workers to proceed through academic promotion process.

o   Reviewed participation in out-of-state professional development opportunities and membership support.

·         Set future NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Board meeting dates.

 

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.

Attendees:

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


Announcements:
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

September 8, 2009

Executive Board Minutes - August, 2009

August, 2009 Executive Board Minutes.doc

Executive Board Minutes - August, 2009

NATIONAL EXTENSION ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES -
MN AFFILIATE

Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Monday - August 17, 2009
(10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
278 McNeal Hall - U of MN, St. Paul

I. Present: Becky Hagen-Jokela (President); Suzanne Driessen (President-Elect): Colleen Gengler (Past President); Kay Lovett (South Rep & Public Policy/Relations Chair); Lori Hendrickson (North Rep & Professional Development Committee Rep); Rose Allen (Metro Rep & Web Author); Carol Ann Burtness (Secretary). Available for report: Karen Shirer (NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Liaison).

II. Thoughts from Karen Shirer, Associate Director-Family Development & Campus Liaison to NEAFCS-MN Affiliate:
• Update on Family Development contracts and grants:
o Funding from Board on Aging with focus on care giving to develop a system of trainers and funding to manage program.
o MDA Specialty Crop Grant for Health & Nutrition to work with school foodservice to bring more fruits and vegetables into schools and extend "Farm-to-School" funding.
o Future = more funding via grants. Resources available to help with grant-writing includes Kay Anderson. Extension is in the process of hiring a grants person but Karen is uncertain about his/her role.

• Katherine Waters was recently hired as the new Food Science Program Leader for with 20% of her time as liaison between EFANS and FD
• FD is providing support to educators who are going through the academic promotion process
• Collaboration with Dept of Health & Human Services to focus on responding to the financial crisis. Emphasis: how do we (together) work more effectively with financially stressed people especially working with WorkForce Centers. A summit is planned for November 5, 2009 with opportunities for Extension Educators from many program areas to meet together with Department of Health & Human Services.
• 2011 will include major budget issues for Extension. Extension educators need to be ready to respond and ready to respond to "change".
• Karen will not attend NEAFCS Annual Conference, Birmingham due to scheduling conflicts.
• 2010 Family Development Conference in Nisswa at the end of March, 2010.
• Extension wordmark use will be "tightened up". Family Development will focus wordmark changes on new marketing pieces and publication revisions to be in compliance with U of MN Regents recommendations.
• Executive Board shared NEAFCS "Living Well Resources Book" information with Karen who suggested the Board connect with Neil Anderson for information on selling within the state. Minnesota submitted recipe, background and cultural information about wild rice. Karen suggested the membership discuss the option of selling the book as a fund-raiser for NEAFCS-MN Affiliate.

III. Secretary's Report: Secretary Carol Ann distributed the minutes from the recent Board meeting that were also submitted on the blog that included an addition from Cindy, Treasurer.

IV. Operating Business:

Finance Report: In Cindy's absence, Becky shared the current account balances and reminded Board of the recent transfer of CD balance to Savings account. Total Assets (Checking = $7,851.21 + Savings = $10,034.53) = $17,885.74 - Total Liabilities ($0) = Net Worth ($17,885.74). Banking Summary (8/13/2009): Total Income from dues, interest, registrations ($1083.87) - Total Expenses from awards, board meetings, national dues, PILD conference, Professional Development, Special Committees ($3,506.88) = Total Checking ($-2,423.01). The NEAFCS-MN Affiliate is doing okay as of mid-August.

Committee Updates: President-Elect Suzanne will be asking for annual reports from each of the committees and a list of operating guidelines for future work. The Board recommends that National Meeting attendees attend NEAFCS Committee meetings to receive up-to-date guidelines, changes and recommendations to pass along to MN Affiliate Committees.

Awards and Recognition/Membership: Suzanne shared Annual Report highlights and concerns from Committee.
Question from Committee: Can the same person or team be a MN winner more than once? Since the application can continue to go forward to national until the applications wins, what is MN's policy? M/S/P (Suzanne and Lori): Executive Board approves the Awards Committee's recommendations [Applicants would need to apply each year; applicants can win the same category more than once provided they meet the eligibility and criteria requirements; applicant would only receive the award statue once; certificate/s would be given for applicants winning the same category (with the same program) more than once.]

Committee developed judging criteria for CEA and DSA Awards.

Professional Development: No report available.

Public Policy/Public Relations: Committee Chair Kay provided a report.
Toni Smith is developing a piece to help members tell our story to stakeholders.
Committee members are uncertain about committee expectations and work. Board recommended Committee review recent NEAFCS survey results when available for potential direction. Kay is hoping to transition out of Chair role.

V. Old Business:

CD Discussion: Board reviewed recent transition of money from CD (National Meeting Tri-State Funds) to Savings Account. Board will monitor.

PILD Report: Jo Musich attended 2009 PILD and is currently developing a report with pictures and will post on the blog.

VI. New Business:

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Annual Meeting Plans:
• Board reviewed plans for Extension Fall Conference (October 5, 6, 7) and NEAFCS/MAEE meetings at Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul.
o Monday, October 5 = MAEE Meeting (6-7:30 p.m.)
o Tuesday, October 6 = Awards banquet (6:30-9:00 p.m. in Windows-on-the-River on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel). Karen Shirer will be NEAFCS-MN Affiliate guest.
o Wednesday, October 7 = Section Meeting (7:30-9:00 a.m.). Breakfast will be available to meeting participants. Lori and Becky will brainstorm on ways to motivate members to attend meeting!
• Colleen shared current nomination for President-Election (Mary Caskey) and will also ask for nominations from the floor.
• Area Reps:
o North Area: Lori completed 1 year and Jennifer is alternate
o Metro Area: Rose completed 2 years and no alternate. Area will identify new rep at Annual Meeting.
o South Area: Kay completed 1 year and Kelly is alternate.
• Board reviewed current budget to begin developing the 2009-2010 budget. Becky, Cindy, Colleen and Suzanne will develop budget.
o Board suggested that Budget Committee review potential membership which may help determine future income.
o Board discussed potential income generation possibilities (e.g. sell NEAFCS Living Well Resource Book to members and lifetime members and others).
• Annual Report will be developed by Becky and Suzanne and will include a month-by-month review.
• Annual Business agenda items to come before total membership:
o Review NEAFCS Living Well Resource Book, identify interest, ask for committee members and coordinator, discuss amount of time and effort from MN Affiliate
o Presentation of awards
o Elections
o Committee Reports/Highlights and Committee sign-up

NEAFCS 2009 Annual Conference:
• September 14-18 at Birmingham, Alabama. Attendees: Becky, Suzanne, Carol Ann, Debbie, Kathy B., Kathy O., Lou Ann, Rosi.
• Voting delegates: Becky and Carol Ann will contact membership about voting issues for feedback.
• State Night-Out Coordinator: Becky will follow-up with attendees
• Silent Auction item ideas were discussed. Becky will contact membership (current and lifetime) for ideas.
• NEAFCS Living Well Resource Book update:
o MN submitted Wild Rice Soup, history and cultural information about American Indian culture and MN Affiliate history.
o Board recommends MN have a Resource Book Coordinator to keep track of/coordinate sales. Becky and Lori will follow up with Neal Anderson and develop ideas for the coordinator role. Becky will follow-up with the NEAFCS Resource Book Committee Chair about resale questions.

Extension 100-Year Celebration: Lori will represent NEAFCS-MN Affiliate at the September 3 Celebration for every U of MN group/membership.

Blog use: Kim suggested we provide an opportunity for membership updates (i.e. information, congratulations, condolences, celebrations, etc.). Board recommends we add this topic to Annual Meeting agenda and discuss blog use.

By-Laws: The 2009-2010 Executive Board will review NEAFCS-MN Affiliate By-Laws for updates or revisions.

VII. Future Board Meeting Dates:

• NEAFCS Annual Conference: Birmingham, AL - 9/15-9/19
• U of MN Extension Fall Conference and NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Annual Meeting: St. Paul - 10/5-7

VIII. Adjourn - 2:00 p.m.


Respectfully recorded,
Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary

August 4, 2009

Slight Edit to July 28 Executive Board Notes

Cindy Petersen, Treasurer shares a slight edit to the July 28 Executive Board "Special" Meeting notes:

In bullet #3, it should read "the CD earned 3.25% interest over the past 10 months ending August 3, 2009. Over the next 10 months, the interest would be .25% ending on June 3, 2010.

Thanks Cindy for catching the details!

-- Carol Ann Burtness, Secretary

August 3, 2009

Executive Board (Special) Minutes - July, 2009

July 2009 Special Executive Board mtg.doc

NATIONAL EXTENSION ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES -
MN AFFILIATE

Executive Board "Special" Meeting Minutes
Tuesday - July 28, 2009
Conference Call

I. Present: Becky Hagen-Jokela (President); Suzanne Driessen (President-Elect); Kay Lovett (South Rep & Public Policy/Relations Chair); Colleen Gengler (Past President); Lori Hendrickson (North Rep & Professional Development Committee Rep); Cindy Petersen (Treasurer); Carol Ann Burtness (Secretary).


II. Call meeting to order: President Becky called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.


III. Business:
The NEAFCS-MN CD matures August 3 and Treasurer, Cindy asked for a recommendation:

• Becky reviewed the history of the current CD: At the 2008 Annual Meeting, the membership voted to set up a Quasi-Endowment from the Tri-State Funds to supplement the budget and ultimately provide more professional development for members. $10,000 is the minimum amount needed to set up the fund. To find a temporary "location" for the money and help reach the minimum ($10,000), the Board directed the Treasurer to set up a short-term CD which matures on August 3. Currently CD balance = $9770.20 (NOTE: 3rd quarter interest is not added to this balance).

• Becky reviewed comments and numbers from Matt Musel Associate Director of Development for U of MN Foundation: Over the past year, the MN Foundation accounts had approximately 21% loss of investments although national losses were 30-35%. The current third quarter Foundation accounts are looking positive with an approximate .06% gain that indicates the economy is stabilizing. Matt does not have updated numbers until early August.

• Board discussed possible options: Keep the CD as-is for another 10 months (earned approximately .25% over last 10 months); Roll over into a different CD at a different institution (bank or credit union) which may have higher interest rate; Create a savings account (may allow more flexibility if funds are needed); Move to interest-earning MAEE checking account (any earned interest will go to MAEE).

• Discussion focused around where/how to gain best return for investment; flexibility for access to funds and the ease for monitoring the account by a new Treasurer.

• The Board directed Cindy (Treasurer) to put the CD balance into a savings account until further notice. The Board will monitor the account according to the market movement and will decide when the balance exceeds $10,000 to move the monies into a Quasi-Endowment.

• Board also discussed what to do with excess monies if the interest yields a balance greater than $10,000. At this point, the goal will be to maintain the budget and keep professional development opportunities viable for the membership.


President-Elect Nominees:
• Colleen is in the process of contacting potential president-elect nominees for the 2009-10 slate of officers. She will make personal contacts before September.


2009 MAEE/Sections Annual Meeting:
• In preparation for an upcoming planning meeting, Cindy shared tentative plans for the schedule and ideas for the Annual MAEE Banquet and asked opinions about entertainment suggestions.


IV. Future Board Meeting Dates
• August 17, 2009 - Face-to-face Executive Board Meeting (Agenda items: Endowment CD decision review; 2009-10 slate of officers; Annual Meeting plans; Committee Updates; etc.)

• NEAFCS Annual Conference (Alabama) - September 15-19, 2009. 8-9 members have indicated they will attend.

• MN Annual Meeting - October 5-7, 2009.


V. Adjourn: 2:40 p.m.

September 12, 2008

Use of the Proceeds from the Tri State Committee - NEAFCS Annual Session 2007

NEAFCS – Minnesota Affiliate is fortunate to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use monetary proceeds from our role on the Tri State Committee for the 2007 NEAFCS Annual Session held in St. Paul, MN. This opportunity comes because of the hard work by MN Affiliate members and past board leadership for fundraising /involvement in planning and implementing the 2007 Annual Session.

MN-Affiliate share of the proceeds totaled $8,215.45
Other MN-Affiliate funds totaling $1,293.88
(originally part of a joint MAEE Certificate of Deposit, now in checking account)
On Oct. 2, 2008, additional interest of $ 260.87
Will be added, bringing the total for investment to $9,770.20
Total will be put into 1 temporary interest-bearing CD

NEAFCS – MN Affiliate held a special meeting March 26, 2008, to obtain feedback on four scenarios. Based on this feedback, the 2007-2008 MN Affiliate Board has suggested two options for using the proceeds as well as the advantages and disadvantages for each option. Membership will vote on these options at the MN Affiliate Annual Meeting on Oct. 22, 2008, in conjunction with the Fall Program Conference in Duluth. The outcome of the vote will determine direction for use of the funds. The board will then develop a plan for implementing the selected option.

For whatever option is chosen, the specific purpose for using the funds will be delineated in the annual MN Affiliate budget. For option 1 which is a quasi-endowment, an overall intended purpose would be determined as it is set up. At this time, many are interested in having the funds support professional development for members. MN Extension Dean Bev Durgan has given approval for the MN Affiliate to develop a plan in consultation with administrative liaison, Karen Shirer.

Past “bare bones? MN Affiliate budgets have spent beyond membership dues income by “dipping? into carryover funds. From that history, it seems apparent that the organization needs another source of income. In 2008, approximately $800 was used from carryover funds to balance the budget. Even though there is currently no short-term budget emergency, if future membership, income, and expenses remain somewhat constant, the organization will deplete carryover funds in about 8–10 years.

Here are suggested options for using the funds:

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