2021 Annual Session

2021 NEAFCS Annual Session
November 2-5 ~ Grand Rapids, Michigan

Registration is open as of June 30th. 

We are excited to share that the 2021 NEAFCS Annual Session will be held both in-person and virtual.  The in-person conference will be held November 2-5 in Grand Rapids, MI.  At this time, there are no limitations on attendance. To assist members in making plans with individual state and University restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, early-bird registration will be extended through October 1, 2021.   The virtual aspect is still being finalized, however, we plan to offer all concurrent sessions and ignite presentations via on-demand recordings, images of poster presentations, potential on-demand recording of the Opening General Session, live access to the Affiliate Officer Meetings and Committee Plans of Work Meetings, as well as discussion forums following the in-person event for continued conversations for all participants.  Both the in-person and virtual meetings are still being developed and offsite tours will ultimately be determined by registration.  

We ask all members to assist NEAFCS in planning for the Annual Session by:         

  • completing your registration as soon as you have finalized your plans (do not wait till the last minute), and
  • reserving your hotel room as soon as you have finalized your plans.  Please do not HOLD extra rooms at the hotel if you are unsure of your plans as this time.

SEE YOU IN MICHIGAN (welcome video)

NEAFCS and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel are working diligently to plan for a safe experience for all Annual Session attendees in accordance with guidelines from local health authorities.  Prior to the meeting, NEAFCS staff will share all event and hotel safety plans with attendees so everyone will know what is expected prior to arrival. We are looking forward to a great event!

Registration Information

Click the links below for more information:


Travel/Transportation/COVID-19 Protocols




Hotel Information

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Room Rate: $174 per night (single/double/triple/quad)
Reservation Deadline: September 29, 2021
complimentary wi-fi, discounted overnight self-parking fee $15 per day
Check-In/Check-Out: 4:00 PM / 11:00 AM
Amway Health & Safety Protocols: Click here

Be aware that last-minute cancellations have financial ramifications for the association, so please try to make any changes as early as possible – no later than 4 weeks ahead if possible.  When our block has sold out and attendees are holding additional rooms, this will require other attendees to book outside our room block at a higher rate.  When attendees cancel their additional rooms that they were “holding”, this now opens up a room in our block that the association is held liable to fill or will incur attrition fees. 

Online Reservations
A dedicated booking website has been created so attendees can make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. Book your reservation online here - https://book.passkey.com/e/50171164

Phone Reservations
To make your reservation by phone call (800) 253-3590 and reference the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences to receive the group discounted rate.  

All reservations require a one-night's deposit including tax. Deposits are refundable if notice of cancellation is received by hotel 48 hours prior to expected arrival date.

More on the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel                               
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be the host hotel for the 2021 Annual Session.  It is recognized as one of the finest historic hotels across America. NEAFCS will also utilize space at the DeVos Place Convention Center, connected to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel by a climate-controlled skywalk. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and close to many of the top things to do in the area.  Grand Rapids is the heart of what Forbes Magazine calls "One of the 10 best downtowns in the USA." 



Thank you to our Exhibitors
(Listed Alphabetically - = Sponsor)

2022 Annual Session – Raleigh, NC
Stop by our booth to help support the 2022 Annual Session. More details to come. 

American Income Life Special Risk Division

PO Box 50158
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: (800) 849-4820
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.americanincomelife.com
Contact Name: Erin Bain, 4-H/Extension Client Relations
Product/Service Description: The AIL Special Risk Division provides blanket group accident insurance policies for all Cooperative Extension groups and programs nationwide. We have specialized in working with Extension for over 60 years and pride ourselves on personal and professional service.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

1700 G. Street NW
Washington, DC 20552
Phone: 202-435-7687
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.consumerfinance.gov
Contact Name: Leslie Jones
Product/Service Description: Effective financial education tools and resources that help individuals and families manage financial challenges at major life stages.

Edible Education
13566 Waterford Place
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 218-1903
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.kitchenalacart.com
Contact Name: Ann Butler
Product/Service Description: The Kitchen a la Cart is a mobile, teaching kitchen. Complete with hot and cold running water, induction burner, oven and all the small wares necessary for 10 students to prepare food.

Fresh Baby
523 E. Mitchell St
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 487-2141
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.freshbaby.com
Contact Name: Andrea Fettig, Marketing Manager
Product/Service Description: Fresh Baby is a USDA National Strategic MyPlate Partner. Supporting the US Dietary Guidelines, we develop innovative nutrition education products designed for participant success. Our products are great teaching tools in classrooms and clinics that also provide positive reinforcement at home, resulting in participants making healthy lifestyle choices.

Military Families Learning Network
261 Mell Street, 334C Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-3231
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org
Contact Name: Kyle Kostelecky, PhD
Product/Service Description: The Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) invites family service providers and Cooperative Extension professionals to online professional development opportunities where they can exchange experiences, resources, and research to enhance professional impact and growth.

National Presto Industries

3925 N. Hastings Way
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715-839-2021
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.gopresto.com
Contact Name: Nancy Becker, Corporate Home Economist
Product/Service Description: National Presto Industries dates back to 1905 when the company began manufacturing industrial size pressure canners known as “canner retorts.” Today Presto remains a recognized brand for pressure vessels and is a leader in the electric housewares industry. Stop by our booth to view appliances, receive educational materials, and enter drawings for a pressure canner and Presto Test Unit.

The Sugar Association 

1300 L. St NW, Suite 1001
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 785-1122
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sugar.org
Contact Name: Julie Green, Executive Admin Assistant
Product/Service Description: The Sugar Association provides informative publications on sugars role in a healthy diet and lifestyle.