2014 Annual Session

Experience Lexington, Kentucky in 2014


Register for the Annual Session.


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September 15-18, 2014               


Hyatt Regency Lexington
401 West High Street
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 253-1234 Phone



2014 Annual Session Continuing Education Information


CEUs and PDUs

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
Upon completion of the course, attendees need to complete the Participation Verification Form located at https://www.afcpe.org/secure/ceu_participation_verification.html. At that time, CEU credit will be given to participating individuals.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Certificate of Professional Development Units
Certified Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS)
Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator (CPFFE)

Certified Family Life Educator
Certificate of Attendance

Click here to download the 2014 Annual Session detailed schedule and concurrent sessions.




Following are the registration fees.

Click here to download "How To Print An Annual Session Registration Receipt."


Conference Schedule

Check out the latest conference schedule.  Some items may be subject to change.  Click here to download a Detailed Session Schedule.


Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus

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The NEAFCS Annual Session attracts approximately 600 Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension educators from across the nation and its territories.  NEAFCS members link research to life experiences by interpreting research and delivering that information to families.

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You really can’t afford to miss the premier gathering of educators and decision makers from from all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences -- food preparation, food safety, nutrition,financial management, healthy lifestyles, housing and community development, and relationship and parenting skills. Your organization will be well positioned and highly visible for the 600 plus attendees* as they converge in Lexington, Kentucky for a week of professional development and experience the latest products and services that will keep them on the cutting-edge of their profession.  No other event provides such extensive, targeted opportunities for exposure and in-depth interaction with your key customer audiences.  The NEAFCS exhibit floor is a featured part of this premier and well-respected conference. 

Exhibit Floor Diagram

As you complete the exhibitor application form, you will be asked to select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for an exhibit booth.  Click here to download the exhibit diagram.  It is updated regularly.


Keynote - Jon Gordon

International Best Selling Author and Speaker
Monday, September 15, 2014

Jon GordonJon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Seed and his latest The Positive Dog.


General Session Presenter

Health Care At A Tipping Point: The Affordable Care Act and Implications for Extension Educators

Mark D. Birdwhistell

Vice President for Administration and External Affairs Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs University of Kentucky HealthCare

Through the lens of the Affordable Care Act, this presentation outlines how states across the U.S. are navigating disruption in our health care delivery system, how the reaction to ACA breaks depending on the adoption of Medicaid expansion, how rural health care may be affected, and what extension educators might consider when working with consumers in both Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. This presentation will draw from the experience of an academic medical center located within a land-grant public university.


In-depth Sessions

In-depth sessions are professional development opportunities that provide for hands-on experiences, many of which take place off-site from the hotel venue.  Depending on the session, an additional fee may apply.

Every attendee must register for the conference to attend an in-depth session. You have the choice of purchasing a full conference OR one-day registration for YOU and YOUR SPOUSE/GUEST.  


States' Night Out

Looking for ideas for States' Night Out? Here, you will find a list of downtown restaurants in Lexington  http://www.visitlex.com/whattodo/restaurants.php?SubCat=336.
You also may call the Lexington Visitor Center at (800) 845-3959 if you need to find restaurants with private rooms.


Spouse Tours

Looking for some adventures for your spouse/family while your attending the Annual Session? The Kentucky Affiliate has organized some exciting tour opportunities. Click here for details and the registration form.


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Conference Hotel

Hyatt Lexington

Hyatt Regency, Lexington
401 West High Street
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 253-1234

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Contract Hotel Rates (subject to applicable state / local taxes):
$175 Single / Double / Triple / Quad

Internet: WiFi access included in the room price.
Parking (with in/out privileges): Complimentary

Update: May 29, 2014
Some Additional Rooms Open at the Hilton Lexington
Due to overwhelming excitement for the 2014 Annual Session, we have filled all of our blocked rooms at the Hyatt Lexington.  Therefore, we have contracted some additional rooms at the Hilton Lexington, which is across the street from the Hyatt. 

If you were not able to book a room at the Hyatt, you may now call the Hilton at 1-859-231-9000 or toll free 1-877-539-1648.  Make sure to identify yourself with the Group Code: NEAFCS.  Or, you may book on-line at http://www.lexingtondowntownhotel.com/.  Enter your arrival and departure dates and click on Book Now. On the next page enter the six-digit Group Code: NEAFCS before clicking to book the reservation.

The room rate is $185, and you must book in the group block to have the NEAFCS Facility Fee waived.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the National Office at jody@neafcs.org.

Please remember that you MUST book in the NEAFCS Room Block at the Hyatt or now the Hilton to avoid the $300 Facility Fee.*

*The Facility Fee is waived for local affiliate members commuting daily to the conference.


Pre-Conference Workshop


Elizabeth AndressCurrent Science and Practice in Home Food Preservation

Elizabeth L. Andress, Ph.D., Professor, Foods and Nutrition and Extension Food Safety Specialist

This session will provide a brief review of the history of home food preservation research and practice in the U.S.  It will demonstrate scientific principles underlying the various home food preservation methods, and it will explore the current status of research and recommended methods by the USDA and land grant university system.


Pre-Conference Workshop

Nancy BockBetter, Safe and Sustainable  Living with New Product Innovations for the Home

Presented by Nancy Bock, Senior Vice President, Education, American Cleaning Institute

This promises to be a different type of session!  We will be asking NEAFCS members to help shape this session over the summer months by sharing questions about product safety, new products, sustainability or others that you have difficulty answering. (Send your questions to nbock@cleaninginstitute.org)  ACI will work with industry experts to answer your questions during the session. 


Check Out Our Exhibitors & Sponsors!

Click here to view the exhibit hall diagram.

Gold SponsorGold Sponsor
American Cleaning Institute
Booth #21

Thank you NEAFCS members for helping ACI keep families safe in their laundry room! Our work continues to prevent accidents from occurring in the home, and we need your continued support. Stop by our booth to learn more about how to get involved in our campaign, see our new animated video, take our KEY Pledge for a chance to win a laundry room makeover, receive our free educational materials and join our photo wall of fame. www.cleaninginstitute.org and www.keypledge.org.

Phone: (202) 6632-2509
Web Site: www.cleaninginstitute.org
E-mail: nbock@cleaninginstitute.org
Contact: Nancy Bock, Sr. VP, Education

Silver Sponsor Silver Sponsor
ConAgra Foods
Booth #1

ConAgra Foods is one of North America's leading food companies with brands in 99 percent of America's households and the trusted name behind several leading brands including: Healthy Choice, Hunt's, Egg Beaters, and PAM.  Visit our health professional website at www.ConAgraFoodsScienceinstitute.com.


Welcome Event
At the Kentucky Horse Park

Monday, September 15, 2014
3:30 - 9:00 PM

The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm and an educational theme park/equestrian facility on a 1,244 acre park located in Lexington, Kentucky.  When arriving at the Kentucky Horse Park, you will receive a bandana to use as your ticket to return on Friday, September 19, for free admission to experience more of the horse park. 


State Sales Tables

State Sales Tables are available for the purpose of states raising funds for special projects or to raise funds for a future Annual Session. It is not meant for states to contract with a commercial business who receives a portion of the profits.  States should receive 100% of the profits. Click here to download a State Sales Table Application. Click on the Read More button below to find out more details about State Sales Tables.


Tours  Blue Grass Tours

These tours are being provided directly through Blue Grass Tours.  You will book your tour directly through Blue Grass Tours.  Minimum registrations are required for each tour as indicated below.  Should your tour not meet its maximum, your registration fee will be fully refunded.


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