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February 2021

Important Dates

NEAFCS Leadership Experience Application Open
Deadline is March 15, 2021

PILD First Timer Scholarships - NOW OPEN!
Deadline for affiliates to apply is March 25, 2021
Member portal to open March 26, 2021

2021 Awards Submission Portal Open
December 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021

2021 Journal of NEAFCS Submission Portal
January 1 - April 15, 2021

Webinar: Coffee Time: Exploring Health Benefits and Cautions
March 16, 2021
3:00 PM Eastern Time

National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV)
April 26-29, 2021
Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center in Tulsa, OK

2021 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD)
April 11-14, 2021
Hyatt Regency Hotel Crystal City, Arlington, VA 

NEAFCS 2021 Annual Session
November 2 - 5, 2021
Amway Grand, Grand Rapids, MI

NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session
September 12 - 15, 2022
Marriott City Center & Sheraton Raleigh, Raleigh, NC


President's Message
Dianne Gertson (TX) President

Please click the image above to view this month’s President’s Message

Mentioned in the President's Message:

The first 5 people to email me with the location of the icon will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2021 NEAFCS Annual Session. 

Call for National Office Candidates

The National Nominating Committee is conducting a call for candidates. If you are interested, you can learn more about the various duties and requirements to be eligible for the respective positions in our Bylaws. The positions to be filled are: President-Elect, Treasurer, VP for Public Affairs, VP for Awards and Recognition, Central Regional Director, and Southern Regional Director. If interested, please download the Candidate Application for National Office.

Professional Development Update: Webinars & Proposal Reviews
Patricia Brinkman (OH), Vice President of Professional Development

The co-chairs of the Program Subcommittee are busy getting proposals out for peer-review.  Please be patient if you submitted a proposal. With each proposal being reviewed by five people it takes time to do our review process.  Read More

Living Well
Mary Liz Wright (IL), Vice President of Public Affairs

March is Living Well month—get ready for a new way to observe our tradition! Vincent Webb, (North Carolina) and his subcommittee members have been working diligently on a series of videos that will inspire all of us to Live Well.  Read More

An Invitation to Become an NEAFCS Judge
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), Vice President of Awards and Recognition

We need and greatly appreciate our NEAFCS Awards and Recognition judges!  I want to sincerely thank all the 2020 judges again for fulfilling their role on a timely basis during our historic and challenging time.  Read More

Sign up to be a judge before March 3 at: https://forms.gle/L2aRHpwRM2t7RFGo7

2021 USDA/NIFA Grants for FCS Extension

The United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) is offering two grant opportunities that apply to FCS Extension. Don't pass up these opportunities to get funds! Read More 

Embracing One Another’s Uniqueness
Elizabeth Brunscheen-Cartagena (KS), Diversity Subcommittee

Often, children who believe that everyone sees the world the same way, learn by the age of 5 that other perspectives exist. That painful struggle of pulling and yielding thrusts us into the basics of relationships; the recognition of differences in others.  Read More

What Are the Changes to Awards in 2021?
John Fuller (MO), Chair of the Awards and Recognition Training Subcommittee

2020 has been a year of change.  Awards and Recognition is no different in 2021.  Here are those changes this year.  Read More

Journal of NEAFCS

The 2020 issue of the Journal of NEAFCS is available to read and share. You can view all of the archived issues online by clicking here. The call for articles for the 2021 issue is currently open. You have until March 15, 2021 to submit your article. Don't delay - apply today

Meet the Board
Patricia Brinkman (OH), Vice President of Professional Development

Hi, NEAFCS family!  I, Pat Brinkman, am honored to serve as your Vice President of Professional Development.  A little about my background, I became aware of Extension through 4-H as I grew up on a dairy farm in another county in Ohio.  Read More

Member Spotlight Video

Please click the image above to watch this month’s member spotlight video featuring Jocelin Villarreal from the Texas Affiliate.

Are you ready (financially) for NEAFCS in Grand Rapids?
Barb Wollan (IA), Treasurer

I think we’re all ready to be back together at a face-to-face annual conference this fall – the virtual conference was remarkably valuable, but it’s not quite the same as being together. But on the other hand, are you financially ready? That might be another question.   Read More

Introducing the Van Andel Museum!
Danielle Melching (MI), 2021 Annual Conference Committee Planning Member

Greetings from Michigan! My name is Danielle Melching, I am a member of the 2021 Annual Conference Planning Committee.  I would like to take a brief moment to introduce the Van Andel Museum, located in downtown Grand Rapids - where the welcome event is being held. Read More

21 Tips for 2021
Barb Wollan (IA), Treasurer

What kind of tips do you want to hear from your Treasurer? I pondered that a moment, wanting to surprise you and be non-financial with my tips. But I couldn’t do it.  Read More

Award Winning Programming from NEAFCS Members

Communications Awards - Television/Video:

1st Place National Winner - Ami Cook & Team, West Virginia

"Be Wild, Be Wonderful, Be Healthy"

Be Wild, Be Wonderful, Be Healthy is a community-based approach to reduce obesity through policy, systems, and environmental changes that improve the communitys access to physical activity and healthy foods. 

Team Members: Emily Murphy, Kerry Gabbert, Michael Shamblin, Sam Zizzi, Sean Bulger, Eloise Elliot, and JD Belcher
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Future issues of the NEAFCS Network will include recognition of members who have passed. If you would like to report the death of a NEAFCS member, please click here.

Patricia Margolis (KY), Life Member
Benita Peoples (KY), Active Member