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January 8, 2014

Greeting NEAFCS Minnesota 2014 Members

On behalf of NEAFCS-MN Executive Board, congratulations on becoming a member and welcome to our organization! It's going to be a magical, exciting year with Kathy Olson leading us as national president! I hope that you're making plans to attend the Annual Session in Lexington, KY, September 15-18, 2014. A committee has begun work on how we will generate monies to hold a reception honoring Kathy during the Annual Session. If you'd like to get involved, there's still time to get on the committee!

It's the goal of the Executive Board to provide opportunities for growth for each of you. But we need your help. Please share your ideas, get involved on a committee, and consider running for office! The more involved you become, the more you'll get out of our organization!

Many of our colleagues in Family Development, specifically in Health and Nutrition, are working through very challenging times. We know that difficult decisions have been made and many of our members have been directly impacted. The Board wants to extend our support to everyone involved. We want you to know that we care about you.

Most of you have heard by now but we want to acknowledge our members, Rosi Heins and Cindy Petersen, who will retire at the end of January! Congratulations and best wishes on the next chapter for both of you! We hope you'll become lifetime members and continue with us!!

Important dates are approaching:



MN Affiliate Award applications are due 1/15/14. For details refer to the message sent 12/11/13 from Sara Croymans on behalf of the Awards Committee. Here's contact info for awards applications:


Hard copy of application materials must be postmarked by 1/15/14 & mailed to: Rosi Heins, U of MN Extension, Andover Regional Office, Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Suite L-1, Andover, MN 55304-4122


Scanned/pdf copy of complete application packet must be emailed by the end of 1/15/14 to Rosi Heins at: heins002@umn.edu


NEAFCS-MN Scholarship applications due date has been changed from 1/15/14 to 6/1/14. The Executive Board decided to move the date to later in the year to allow for further discussion of providing additional scholarships since we want to have a large delegation attending the Annual Session. Currently two-$250 scholarships are available to members to be used for NEAFCS, JCEP and PILD professional development opportunities. The scholarship application including selection criteria is posted on the blog. Stay tuned for updates on this.

Remember, we want to hear from you about your ideas, concerns and ways to improve our organization! Check the blog http://blog.lib.umn.edu/allen027/meafcs/ for the December Board minutes and other resources.

Happy 2014!
Kathy Brandt
NEAFCS-MN President

Greeting NEAFCS Minnesota 2014 Members


On behalf of NEAFCS-MN Executive Board, congratulations on becoming a member and welcome to our organization! It's going to be a magical, exciting year with Kathy Olson leading us as national president! I hope that you're making plans to attend the Annual Session in Lexington, KY, September 15-18, 2014. A committee has begun work on how we will generate monies to hold a reception honoring Kathy during the Annual Session. If you'd like to get involved, there's still time to get on the committee!

It's the goal of the Executive Board to provide opportunities for growth for each of you. But we need your help. Please share your ideas, get involved on a committee, and consider running for office! The more involved you become, the more you'll get out of our organization!

Many of our colleagues in Family Development, specifically in Health and Nutrition, are working through very challenging times. We know that difficult decisions have been made and many of our members have been directly impacted. The Board wants to extend our support to everyone involved. We want you to know that we care about you.

Most of you have heard by now but we want to acknowledge our members, Rosi Heins and Cindy Petersen, who will retire at the end of January! Congratulations and best wishes on the next chapter for both of you! We hope you'll become lifetime members and continue with us!!

Important dates are approaching:

MN Affiliate Award applications are due 1/15/14. For details refer to the message sent 12/11/13 from Sara Croymans on behalf of the Awards Committee. Here's contact info for awards applications:

Hard copy of application materials must be postmarked by 1/15/14 & mailed to: Rosi Heins, U of MN Extension, Andover Regional Office, Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Suite L-1, Andover, MN 55304-4122

Scanned/pdf copy of complete application packet must be emailed by the end of 1/15/14 to Rosi Heins at: heins002@umn.edu

NEAFCS-MN Scholarship applications due date has been changed from 1/15/14 to 6/1/14. The Executive Board decided to move the date to later in the year to allow for further discussion of providing additional scholarships since we want to have a large delegation attending the Annual Session. Currently two-$250 scholarships are available to members to be used for NEAFCS, JCEP and PILD professional development opportunities. The scholarship application including selection criteria is posted on the blog. Stay tuned for updates on this.

Remember, we want to hear from you about your ideas, concerns and ways to improve our organization! Check the blog http://blog.lib.umn.edu/allen027/meafcs/ for the December Board minutes and other resources.

Happy 2014!
Kathy Brandt
NEAFCS-Minnesota President

December 23, 2010

Proud to be a NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate Member: A Look at Who We are and What we do

Purpose
The purpose of this association is to provide a professional state organization for Extension Educators with degrees in Family Consumer Sciences and/or working in family related programs or administration in order to promote professional growth and development by:

  • Providing for and recognizing leadership and achievement;

  • Exchanging effective educational methodologies;

  • Encouraging members to conduct research and to use research-based information in programming;

  • Providing means for the exchange of ideas and methods;

  • Promoting cooperation among all branches of Extension;

  • Working cooperatively with National Association of Extension Educators-MN Affiliates and other professional associations;

  • Prioritizing programs that meet current social needs and concerns affecting family and communities. Communicating present and potential contribution of Extension Educators; and

  • Providing support for programs that benefit families/individuals and enhance the profession.
  • Membership
    Active NEAFCS-MN Affiliate membership is granted to any Extension employee who holds a professional appointment, has a degree in Family Consumer Sciences, or related field and is actively engaged in work or on leave from such positions. Rights and privileges of Active members may hold office, vote, serve on committees and participate in section award and recognition programs. Membership in NEAFCS is automatic upon payment of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate dues.

    As a member of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate you are also joining the National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences or NEAFCS.

    NEAFCS Mission
    The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) educate its professionals to empower individuals and families to make informed decisions.

    Our Vision

  • Being the voice for professionals in Extension family and consumer sciences program development;

  • Providing an information network for its members;

  • Providing continuing education for Extension professionals; and

  • Recognizing Extension professionals through awards and recognition
  • NEAFCS Membership Benefits
    As a member of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate, you will enhance your career and have a positive impact on your profession. NEAFCS-MN Affiliate members enjoy the following benefits from their participation in the association:

  • Access to a growing, nationwide network of more than 2,000 Extension professionals actively involved in Family & Consumer Sciences programming in their communities.

  • Opportunities to develop and enhance your leadership and management skills by serving in a leadership capacity on the state or national level.

  • Forums for presenting research and program information and discussing common Extension concerns.

  • Opportunities to publish research in peer-reviewed publications.

  • Recognition for outstanding achievements through an extensive awards and recognition program.

  • Access to professional development opportunities on the state, regional and national levels.

  • The ability to earn continuing education credits through participation in national meetings.

  • Up-to-date information on the latest products, methods, materials, and technological advances to enhance the effectiveness of your programs.

  • The opportunity to develop lasting friendships.
  • To become a NEAFCS-MN Affiliate member contact:
    North Jennifer Garbow jgarbow@umn.edu
    Metro Rosi Heins heins002@umn.edu
    South Kathy Brandt brand030@umn.edu

    Or state membership committee chair, Cindy Petersen peter210@umn.edu

    Encourage colleagues to become a member by sharing this membership encouragement document. Membership encouragement 2011.doc

    December 17, 2010

    Congratulations on Your Retirement Jo Musich!


    Jo Musich will retire on December 31st after a 24 year career as an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension. She has contributed a great deal to the profession and we salute her for her dedication and hard work. Jo has provided educational programming for families throughout northeastern Minnesota first in St Louis County and later at Regional Offices in Cloquet and Grand Rapids. Jo also taught Home Economics in Virginia prior to her work with Extension.

    Jo's current programming includes Partnering for School Success where she conducted focus groups, wrote curriculum, trained school-parent teams, worked with cultural guides in the Native American community, and assisted in developing the Spanish curricula for parents. Jo also serves on the Parents Forever program team, most recently revising The Impact of Divorce on Children, conducting webinars with colleagues on We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan, and providing training and consultation for northeast Minnesota communities offering Parents Forever programming.

    Jo is a Master Trainer for the Powerful Tools for Caregivers curriculum and recently conducted training in northwest Minnesota for staff from a variety of agencies who want to teach the class. She has also offered a number of Powerful Tools for Caregiver sessions and Matter of Balance classes over the past two years.
    As a member of a cross disciplinary team, she helped to initiate five regional Minnesota Women's Woodland Networks across the state.

    Jo served on the Positive Parenting curriculum development and training team and co-authored three curricula: Positive Parenting I, Positive Parenting II and Positive Parenting of Teens. These curricula received a number of awards including the Dean and Directors Distinguished Team Award, NEAFCS Florence Hall Award and the Minnesota Association of Extension Educators Team Award.
    Balancing work, life and family and shift workers education has been an important piece of her work. She has also made important contributions to work with aging families with the programming on "Adult Children and Aging Parents: Conversations between Generations".

    Professional development and contribution is important to Jo and she is a member of the following organizations: National Council on Family Relations, Minnesota Council on Family Relations, Joint Council of Extension Professionals (National), Minnesota Association of Extension Educators, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, Minnesota Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science, Iron Range Home Economist Program, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

    Jo is a valued member of the Family Relations program team and we'll miss her a lot!

    April 27, 2010

    April News - Committee reports

    The Award/Membership committee is proud to announce this years NEAFCS-MN affiliate award winners:

    1. DSA - Suzanne Driessen
    2. NEAFCS Extension Educator of the Year - Colleen Gengler
    3. Food Safety Award - Peddling Your Pickles Safely? - Debra Botzek-Linn with team of Carol Ann Burtness; Lou Ann Jopp
    4. Educational Curriculum Package - Dollar Works 2: A Personal Financial Education Program - Cindy Petersen with team of Shirley Anderson-Porisch; Rosemary Heins; Susan Hooper; Jean Bauer
    5. Educational Publications -Parenting for School Success - Kathleen Olson with team of Colleen Gengler; Patricia Stoppa; Joanne Musich; Madge Alberts
    6. Internet Education Technology - Family Education Network - Ellie McCann with team of Rose Allen; Colleen Gengler; Joanne Musich; Kathleen Olson; Minnell Tralle
    7. Newsletters - Home Food Preservation Newsletter - Debra Botzek-Linn with team of Carol Ann Burtness
    8. Written Press Releases - Thaw and cook your Thanksgiving Turkey safely - Debra Botzek-Linn
    9. Marketing Package Award - Marketing Package - Suzanne Driessen with team of Elena Yepiz; Joellen Feirtag

    Congratulations to everyone!!

    The Professional Development committee is still in the process of securing speakers for the workshop on Aging and Technology. They are tentatively planning for a July 20th or 21st event. Please hold those dates until all the speakers have been confirmed. Topics the committee is exploring include: mental acuity, aging and technology, retiree panel, good food and fellowship.

    From the Living Well committee: 'Tis the season of graduations, weddings, showers, and Mother's Day! Would you be interested in purchasing more copies and if so how many? The Living Well resource book is available for only $23. Please let Rosi know by April 30th if you are interested in ordering more 'Living Well' cookbooks.

    March 26, 2010

    I can hear the birds! Spring is here!

    This has been an unusual spring, but I don't complain. It has been wonderful to watch this March, with the snow melting and sun shining. By now my front yard grass is turning green and the trees are having some leaves.

    March 21th is very significant in our Mexican culture, we celebrate every year the spring equinox, is the end of winter and beginning of spring. I remember as a child watching the celebration of the Spring Equinox at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City. On this date hundreds of thousands of visitors visit the site, many dressed all in white. They climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun where they perform rituals and stretch out their arms to receive the special energy they believe is present on that day.

    So, let's welcome the sun and the good vibe. I imagine that the farmers are starting their planting by now and haven't even gotten in the fields for the first time yet this year. I predict that there will be a very productive year as fruit and vegetables.

    Last week I had the enormous opportunity to join a "Methods and Safety for Home Food Preservation" class with Debby Botzek-Linn and Lou Ann Jopp, part of the Extension Food Science team at the Extension Farmington Regional Office. It was refreshing to remained all the opportunities to enjoy the delicious food provided by fresh garden or farm, and with time and safety preserved techniques to prevent food-borne illness, people can enjoy them year-round. Check our UM Extension Food
    Safety website to see all the classes.

    Food preservation methods have become so popular among the trend of consuming fresh and organic. Canning was once the preferred way to preserve foods at home, however, freezing and dehydrating is an easy way to prolong the garden's bounty.
    Keep on mind always washing the fruits and vegetables to remove dirt or fertilizer residue, and enjoy every bite. We are now into the growing season time!

    March 18, 2010

    Survey Says!

    We had a 55% response rate to our membership survey. Here is the full report. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome!

    Membership survey summary 1-22-10.docx

    Board and Committee List Updated 3-18-10

    Here is the latest board and committee list.

    MEAFCS Board Committees 2009-2010 3-18-10.xls

    February 12, 2010

    Membership Form

    MAEE and Section Membership Form 2009-2010.docx

    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.
    NEAFCS:
     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.

    December 17, 2009

    Happy Holidays!

    On behalf of your National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Minnesota Affiliate, we wish you a very peaceful and happy holiday! Thanks for your membership and involvement. Looking forward to a great New Year too!

    Becky, Suzanne, Carol Ann, Mary, Elena, Lori and Kay

    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!

    March 30, 2009

    NEAFCS Custom Resource Book Proposal Idea

    Idea presented to generate revenue:
    Proposal/Presentation: Custom Cookbook
    For
    The National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
    Living Well: More than a Cookbook

    Brief general information: Purpose and Scope
    • To develop a marketable cookbook to promote the NEAFCS and provide its state affiliates with a product that can raise funds for their various projects.
    • Create an excellent branding opportunity for NEAFCS—cookbooks provide permanent advertising that lasts for generations.
    • Create a product that enhances and implements the mission of NEAFCS, educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life for individuals , families and communities.
    • To market the FCS profession.
    • To market the Cooperative Extension Service and Extension Service To serve as a reference book for families and young professionals
    • To provide a revenue source for NEAFCS
    • To provide a revenue source for state affiliates
    • Target audience: NEAFCS membership, other non-profits, cookbook collectors, armchair cooks, families, and young professionals.

    Manuscript Development:
    • NEAFCS will develop a team that will work on the development of the cookbook.
    • Recipes would be collected using FRP’s web-based recipe collection site.

    Promotion and Marketing
    Recommended Launch Date
    • A launch scheduled for September 2009 to coincide with the Annual Session in Birmingham, AL.
    • Presentation to Program leaders, Past Presidents, and Retirees
    • Presentation to Membership
    • Availability of pre-orders for delivery by November 15, 2009

    Profit Projections:
    25,000 print run
    $25.00 Retail price

    Example: 20.00 (state affiliate cost) – (cost) = 10.43 profit
    10.43 x 10 books = 104.30 (gross profit per case)
    10.00 per case (1.00 per book) shipping cost
    94.30 (per case sold) returned to NEAFCS quarterly
    At the print quantity of 25,000, NEAFCS would make approximately 9.43/book and the state affiliates would make $5/book ($50/case) based on the suggested retail price of $25.00

    This is only a proposed revenue generation idea so far.
    What do you think of the proposal? (There are additional details included in the formal proposal.)
    Please share your thoughts! Thank you!

    NEAFCS 2009 JCEP Affiliate Regional Roundtable Discussions

    NEAFCS 2009 JCEP Regional Meetings Roundtable Discussions
    (merged list from all four regions)
    1. What are staffing budget issues for your state?
    • Positions are not being filled
    • Current staff is picking up empty positions ie covering more than one county/discipline
    • Strong possibility of position cuts (FCS)
    • State has a senior staff with a hiring freeze – 5% budget reduction
    • Not tenured
    • 5% reduction for 2009
    • Regional staffing pattern
    • It’s unknown what would happen with many positions
    • Hiring freeze; $1 million increase last year; College had $2 million cut now probably more in July
    • Major cuts to majority of Extension programs
    • Hiring freeze – pending $1 million cut from Extension funding; not filling empty positions
    • Some states need FCS educators
    • State with a hiring “frost”  positions are not advertised outside the Extension System.
    • 3% cut in ’09 – 11-13% in 2010
    • Wyoming is advertising – no one is applying - wage increases!!! (no FCS applicants)
    • Can’t fill positions for ag – Pay for Master’s Degree is an issue
    • 2009 being careful – all travel and conf cancelled – 2010 is worry
    • FCS program director position open apps being requested
    • Look at centralizations rural communities would be program assistant (Bachelor’s with faculty in main sites
    • Listing FCS as ½ time with County Director – little time for programming
    • Loss of funding elimination of teams, staff asked to raise travel funds via charging for programs
    • Extension not recognized at upper administration level
    • Budget cuts – unknown at this point. Currently keeping open positions open. District Directors are asking Extension faculty contemplating retirement within the next 3-4 years to come forward
    • Positions not always being filled with qualified, knowledgeable applicants
    • Furloughs for university faculty and staff –MD
    • 2-3 year reserve – OK
    • Hiring freeze – AL,MD, PA, MS, KY, VA
    • State rescissions – PA, NJ
    • Line items for specialists – KY
    • Freeze on out of state travel – MS
    • Cost recovery – PA
    • About 50% cut in Extension staff statewide - moving to specialization and regional work – LA
    • Cornell – 10% cut, 5% 2009 & 5% in 2010- NY. County staff varies widely.
    • Staff reduction through attrition – ME Early outs

    Action steps: State/faculty asked to re-evaluate impacts and outcomes for clientele. Demonstrating to elected officials the value of Extension; making them more aware. Visiting with the elected officials all the time and not just in times of budget crisis

    2. How does your state use technology for extension programming, etc)

    • Webex
    • Meetings through eLive (e.g. Blackboard)
    • Interactive videos & training
    • Videoconferences
    • Adobe connect – Breexe and Skype – Phone Conference
    • Polycom
    • Programs available on DVD/CD
    • Doodle, Moodle
    • Meeting Place
    • Email to families
    • eBlast
    • Internet – video streaming, ppts online
    • Audio – Powerpoint plus phone
    • Office web cams
    • Electronic newsletter
    • Gmail/googledoc google chat
    • e-extension
    • Add 4-H Newsletter to County Website
    • Put county fairbook in sections on the county website – let families print off what they needs
    • Statewide blogs
    • Centra
    • Video conferencing (Poly Com)
    • Blogs
    • Wimba, Centra, Elluminate, Adobe Connect
    • Pod casting
    • Face book
    • Email newsletters
    • Association websites
    • Streaming video
    • Conference calls
    • Webcam, laptops
    • YOU tube
    • Wiki, skype, google tools
    • eXtension
    • using financial calculators
    • PowerPay (UT)
    • Blackboard
    • TV Interact television
    • Articulate
    • CD/DVD for Better Kid Care
    • Smart Boaard
    • Doodle
    • Some states/counties disadvantaged --- don’t have tech resources
    Summary: Everyone is using some type of technology in the offices, but clientele maynot have it.
    3. Give suggestions for resolving budget issues for NEAFCS sustainability
    • Reduce management company costs
    • Virtual conference – alternate years
    • Give awards with out cash awards
    • Hold annual conference at university or less expensive
    • Skype – Breeze for committee and board meetings
    • Freeconference.com
    • Re-evaluate the services / budget we purchase and prioritize
    • Sponsors for (national) meetings/programs – task force committees?
    • Limiting payment of Past Presidents for Annual Conference
    • Look at JCEP Regional Meeting Expenses
    • Look at economical places to meet
    • 1 JCEP meeting location in center of US
    • Payless
    • Meet alternate years
    • Use technology
    • Team with AAFCS and NEFCS for national conferences
    • Continue with the electronic means of communication
    • CD’s instead of paper, or web based instead of CD’s
    • b.) Look for non-traditional sponsors, i.e. National Restaurant Association
    • c.) Capture lifetime members
    • d.) Fee-based web training – certificates. Perhaps through National mtg./conf.
    • e.) Review travel of national officers
    • where? How long? Is it necessary to stay the whole time?
    • Meeting by way of technology/distance (polycom)
    • Do they all have to go to everything?
    • f.) Piggyback Association meetings ( ESP/NEAFCS/AAFCS, SNE)
    • g.) need to retain members
    • be aware raising fees –membership

    Summary: Need to have state presidents make members more aware of National operations as some of the items mentioned we have already implemented.

    4. How can NEAFCS recruit and maintain membership to continue as a viable organization?

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Scholarship $$ for professional development
    • Student memberships
    • New faculty orientation
    • Incentives for new members (1st year dues)
    • Award promotion
    • Adaptation to today’s potential member needs
    • Technology to make it easier to participate
    • List serv among members to enhance familiarity and comfort with other members
    • Try NOT to raise dues
    • Keynote concurrent sessions must reflect divers FCS program subject matter tracks
    • Strongly encourage new staff to join – assign an NEAFCS mentor
    • Meaningful involvement for new members
    • Celebrate service of all members
    • State administration pay for 1st national meeting
    • Benefits for promotion
    • Learn about new programs in other sates
    • Recruit more men
    • Benefits – educational, fun
    • Mentoring
    • Non-traditional meetings – i.e. web based
    • Combine with 4-H for meetings & education
    • Lifetime members – retirees
    • Strengthen State Association/pre-graduate & professional
    • Scholarships for 1st timers to National Meetings
    • Add membership categories to allow a wider array of membership (EFNEP, FNP)
    • Revisit/revitalize NEAFCS/AAFCS connection
    • Waive state dues for 1st year members
    • Create a website of information for ASSOC. (i.e. What is NEAFCS?)
    • Include state leaders in communications
    • “How does it benefit me?”

    Summary: Items in 4 & 5 might offer some opportunities for Professional Development. Items in 5 show many states working on similar topics so those states might consider a multi-state program/technology meeting using the NEAFCS funding opportunity.


    5. Name some successful programs/projects in your state that could lead to professional development in NEAFCS

    • Book/curriculum
    • Small steps to Health and Wellness
    • NEFS SSFPP Curriculum Trainings
    • Horizons
    • All 4 kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit (obesity prevention)
    • Youth Philanthropy
    • “Kansas Saves” ) Part of America Saves) – Money Matters
    • Sustainable Living/Living Greener in developmental stages
    o Preconference – Are You Green?
    • Grow Local/Buy Local
    • On-line lessons and discussion boards – Cybertower.cornell.edu
    • Developmetn of DVD’s and other media
    • Breeze training on “ How to Prepare On Awards Application”
    • Adapting teaching methods to distance education
    • Intergenerational programming (Land Transfer)
    • Energy Conservation
    • Grow and Preserve Your Own Food from Garden to Table
    • Indoor Air Quality (Radon, Mold)
    • Worksite wellness
    • Food Biotechnology
    • Living Healthy – nutritional
    • How to we partner better external and other FCS related orgs, business
    • Balancing Work & Family; Over scheduling Kids- NH
    • Financial Management – TX
    • Managing in Tough Times – FL
    • Saving Money for Emergencies –NH
    • Dining with Diabetes – VT, WV
    • Financial Management – VT
    • Nutrition works –web based- NY
    Childhood Obesity – An ecological Approach (Cont. Ed. Credits)
    • Walk Georgia – GA
    • Eat Smart, Move More; Families ESMM; Weigh Less; Cook Smart; Energize (adolescent diabetes prevention) – NC
    • Water program – GA
    • Parenting Apart; High School Financial Program; Home Buyer Education; Cooking for a Lifetime; Energy Conservation – TN
    • Thriving in Challenging Times – Al
    • Effective meeting leadership( Parliamentary procedure & boar management) – OK
    • Weight loss series – KY
    • Financial Smart Starts for Newlyweds – AR
    • Second Sunday (closed road for physical activity – 1st year 70 counties participated ) – KY
    • Mississippi in Motion – MS
    • Active for Life – WV
    • Water exercise, tai chi, self help through arthritis foundation – MS, AR
    • Med-wise – AR
    • Taking Charge of Your Health & Safety for Seniors – WV
    • Reality store & poverty Simulation – MS, KY, VA
    • Healthy, Wealthy, Wise – MS
    • Get Real here is the Deal - AR

    June 26, 2008

    Express Your Opinion on an Installment Plan for Membership Dues

    Here is your chance to express an opinion regarding payment of the $100 membership fee for NEAFCS - MN Affiliate. Note, the $100 is split two ways with $70 going to National and $30 remaining in our MN Affiliate treasury.
    One idea that has been suggested to us is that an option would be provided so that the membership fee could be paid in 2 or 3 installments. That may help members spread out professional dues committments. The MAEE Treasurer, Cindy Peterson, will be sending out MAEE and Section Membership Dues information later summer with a preferred return time of September 1. Total dues would need to be in by December 1 to meet the necessary paperwork due to National December 22. So, payment could be spread over about three months. Options might be:

    - 2 payments of $50 each
    - 3 payments; 2 - $30 and 1 - $40

    Please comment before July 25. The board meets July 30 with this on the agenda. Thank you for your input!