June 4, 2010

NEAFCS National Updates and Reminders, June 2010

NEAFCS National Updates and Reminders
June 2010

General Updates

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Need members to serve on national committees, you apply each year

Need members to be candidates for national officers of 2011 -2012

Annual Session
Many changes to meet member requests and because of being in Portland, Maine

Welcome/Friendship event/Opening session all combined with tours in two groups: Boat and Land tours, then meal program and entertainment together.

Be prepared to walk! Leave your heels at home.

You call to make hotel reservations - The Holiday Inn is full; call the Eastland.

Concurrent Sessions presenter numbers have been increased.

Pre-conferences: "Entrepreneurial Spirit," and "Home Baking Association."

Post Conference: "Strong Women, Healthy Hearts."

Impact Statements
Check out impact statements showing the impact of audiences we educate.

February 5, 2010

NEAFCS Updates and News Shared at JCEP 2010

Here are things Mary Caskey and I learned at our NEAFCS leadership meeting and all members should know.

Do you know?

You can become a FAN of NEAFCS on Face book Do you know the steps of getting NEAFCS questions answered? Step 1: Check eNews to see if the answer is there? Step 2: Ask the Minnesota Affiliate committee chair that your questions applies too. Step 3: Check with the national VP that your questions applies too. $10 of your national dues sponsor awards for members.
Do you know there is a list of External Reviewers for publications and promotion on NEAFCS website categorized by disciplines?
There are over 2000 NEAFCS members across the nation making a difference and one of them is YOU!

JCEP 2010 President's Report

JCEP brings together leaders from six Extension professional organizations from across the national. It was a chance to learn from others' experience and explore best practices.

The Family-Friendly Work Place theme explored relevant issues for Extension professionals as well as those we educate. A panel of human resource experts shared strategies, policies and trends related to family friendly workplaces. Some take-home messages and ideas include:

  • Work-life balance is rated one of the most important workplace attributes, second only to compensation.

  • Generational diversity is evident throughout the workforce. Understanding and respecting each group from the traditionalist to generations X and Y can help attract and retain the best people.

  • Take a 'bottom up' approach not 'top down'. Ask people what they need.

  • Tools - Ask what are the tool you need to get the job done?

  • Consider cross-training - creates greater flexibility to take time-off for family and increases team cooperation and flexibility.

  • Do more 'commercials' of benefits. A benefit may not apply at time of hire but now does because of life changes.

Some family/work balance ideas/suggestions in round-table discussions for Extension to consider:

  • Discussions on what to drop when something new is added

  • Mandatory vacation

  • Cross-training to increase team work and schedule flexibility

  • Compensation/credit/recognition for overnight travel

  • Adopt a 'family matters' philosophy top-down

  • Explore new staffing models to meet generational diversity.

  • Tuition benefits to pursue degrees across state lines (reciprocity)

  • Support after illness

  • Build in FUN
  • Eight hours of this conference was spent in professional Association meetings. As the Minnesota NEAFCS Affiliate President, I attended along with Mary Caskey, President-Elect. We spent some time brainstorming and talking about promoting and marketing the NEAFCS Living Well: More than a Cookbook reference book. The purpose of this book is to promote NEAFCS and provide financial security. See and Rosi Heins, NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate Living Well: More than a Cookbook representative at ,(763) 767-3879 for more information.

    The next JCEP sponsored event is PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development Conference). NEAFCS will be collecting impact information from each state regarding food safety educational efforts. The purpose is to feature NEAFCS professionals' efforts in reducing the incidence of foodborne illness across the nation.

October 27, 2008

News from National

Colleen and Becky were voting delegates at the NEAFCS Annual Meeting at the Galaxy III Conference. Here is a brief report of what that included.

- we attended the Open Forum, Central Region Business meeting, and the Annual Business meeting; voting delegate responsibilities are primarily at the Central Region and Annual Business meetings, the Open Forum is for all members.

- a few highlights from each:
Open Forum - Kathy Olson was introduced as candidate for secretary and she gave her speech; also Jeanne Priester was awarded the Friend of NEAFCS award - some of you may be aware of the health & nutrition conference which is named after her.

Central Business Mtg - we heard from the national VPs for the various committees, received the invitation to attend the 75th celebration - Annual Session in Birmingham Alabama.

Annual Business meeting - at national, seating of voting delegates is taken very seriously. There was a credentials issue with some states not naming alternates and having planned voting delegates unable to attend because of hurricane/weather related issues. We voted for the officer candidates and also on some issues brought forth on cost savings for the NEAFCS budget. Although National is looking at cost savings, there wasn't a mention of any dues increase. Since our change in management companies, it seems there is a real effort to provide members with services that are of value to them.

We also heard at one of the meetings aobut the Annual Session Ad-Hoc Committee Report. This looks at both large and small changes for future annual sessions. Some changes have been implemented already. The October newsletter has a link to the report if you'd like to read it.

August 12, 2008

NEAFCS Election Guidelines

General Guidelines
1. Candidates for National and Regional office will stand for election on the basis of their qualifications.

2. No campaigning will be allowed prior to or during Annual Session. Campaigning such as direct mail letter, posters, resumes, promotional flyers, buttons, favors, hospitality suites, etc by the candidate or in the candidate's behalf shall result in disqualification.

3. Candidate's credentials will be published prior to Annual Session in the official NEAFCS publication for review by the Voting Delegates/Members.

4. Candidates' original applications and resumes will be available for review by Voting Delegates at Annual Session.

5. Each candidate for National Office will be introduced at the Annual Business meeting prior to the election of officers. Candidates will be called on in alphabetical order (according to last names) to give a three-minute position statement. Candidates will also be expected to answer impromptu questions from Voting Delegates.

6. The process for nominations from the floor for NEAFCS Officers is as follows:

a. The "Candidate Application for National Office" form must be completed and submitted to the National Nominating Committee Chair one week prior to Annual Session
b. The National Nominating Committee will verify that applicants meet qualifications. These individuals will then be eligible to be nominated from the floor during the Annual Business meeting. Since they are not officially candidates until they are nominated from the floor, they cannot participate in the Open Forum or the candidates display.
c. Once their qualifications for the office they are seeking have been verified they will be given the same question all other candidates for that office have been asked to address. Written copies of their credentials may be distributed to Voting Delegates after they have been nominated from the floor.
d. They will also be invited to attend the second day of the pre-board meeting, as are the other candidates
7. The vote count will not be announced when election results are read at Regional business meetings and/or at the Annual Business meeting. This practice would be suspended in the event that no candidate received a majority of votes on a first ballot. In that case, vote count would be announced and voting repeated until one candidate achieves a majority.

8. The ballots will be printed in advance with the names of all candidates and having blank lines for the names of possible floor nominees.

9. The following opportunities may be provided for members and Voting Delegates to better know the candidates:

f. Hold a "meet the candidates" forum early in the week for candidates to state position and answer questions.
g. Place a special ribbon on the nametag of each candidate stating "OFFICER CANDIDATE"
h. Ask each candidate to make a brief position statement as a part of their application to be printed with their vita in a summer edition of an official publication.

10. If the ballot contains three or more candidates, balloting will continue until a majority is reached