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February 2022

Important Dates

Awards Portal Open
December 1, 2021 - March 15, 2022

Webinar - What is the NEAFCS Experience?
February 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

Living Well Month
March 1 - 31, 2022

Webinar - Peer-Reviewed Publication Basics: Overcoming Perfectionism and Disseminating Impacts
March 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

Webinar - How Families and Communities Can Use the Monday Fresh Start to Get Moving for Health
March 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

2022 Journal of NEAFCS Article Submission Portal Open
Closes April 1, 2022

Hall of Fame Nominations Due
May 1, 2022

Applications for National Office Due
May 1, 2022

Bylaws Proposals Due to NEAFCS Secretary
May 1, 2022

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

In 1910, Ella Agnew (VA) became the first female FCS Agent. Click the image below to read more.

Join the Home Baking Association for a Baking Innovations ZOOM Forum Thursday March 10, 2022- 7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern Time. 

Baking Innovations:  Bake and Take 2022 Join speakers Cindy Falk, Test Kitchen Director from the Kansas Wheat Commission and Corporate Chef Stephanie Petersen, Panhandle Milling Co, for a live conversation on the grass roots start of Bake and Take to the latest in baking flavor innovations, creative shapes, portioning, baking food safety and packaging for earth-friendly deliveries.

Attendees receive downloadable supporting resources and a link on how to receive discounts on Thermopop digital thermometers. 

Register at www.HomeBaking.org 

February Baking Calendar of Hospitality and Hacks - https://www.homebaking.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/February-Baking-Calendar2022.pdf 

February Bake for Family Fun Month - https://www.homebaking.org/bake-for-family-fun2/ 

HBA Educator Award information and flyer.  Entries Due March 31

The LSU AgCenter EXCITE team is hosting a COVID-19 virtual forum series. Join us as our expert panelists discuss all things COVID-19. To register, visit https://forms.office.com/r/3MT3dk0BpQ. All forums will be held virtually from 12:00-1:00 pm CST.  

  • March 4, 2022: How to Talk to People about COVID-19 and the Vaccine
  • April 6, 2022: How Does Science Work, Why Does Science Change, and the History of Vaccines
  • May 4, 2022: Health Disparities and COVID-19: Why are Some Communities Hit Harder? 

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the LSU AgCenter will make reasonable accommodations to enable persons with disabilities to engage in programs offered. Please contact the LSU AgCenter at 318-226-6805 with any accommodations. The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

FCS Extension in the News:

May 2021 Washington Post Article
June 2021 UF/IFAS Article

July 2021 Washington Post Article
August 2021 Madison County (FL)
December 2021 - Texas AgriLife Extension Represents on National Family and Consumer Sciences Board

Have Member News to share? Fill out the online form: 

President's Message
Susan Routh (OK), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/AqGF7LqKhHE to watch this month’s President’s Message.

Don’t forget to participate in the Newsletter Icon Contest for the 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session. Locate the special icon (Wright Brothers airplane) in each issue of the NEAFCS Network newsletter through the 2022 Annual Session. Each time you find it, email President Susan Routh at [email protected] and tell her where you found (what article) the icon. If you are one of the first 5 to email her, your name will go into a drawing to win a free registration to the 2022 Annual Session. 

What YOU Need to Know NOW in NEAFCS!
National Office Staff

This new feature of the newsletter will highlight current reminders of member benefits, programs, and approaching deadlines to keep you in the know. 

  • NEW - NEAFCS Corporate Sponsor Program
  • March - Living Well Month
  • March 15, 2022 – National Awards Submission deadline (Affiliate Deadline for submission may be earlier – check with your Awards VP)
  • April 1, 2022 - Journal of NEAFCS Article Submissions Due
  • May 1, 2022 - Hall of Fame Nominations due (Any member may be nominated by State Affiliate President)
  • May 1, 2022 - Applications for National Officer Candidate due to National Office
  • May 1, 2022 - Bylaws Proposals due to NEAFCS Secretary Kate Shumaker

Promoting Our Impact
Jennifer Bridge (KY), Vice President for Public Affairs

Thank you to all the affiliates who submitted impact statements by February 1. We have received 210 with a couple more on the way! Your dedication in reporting has a ripping effect throughout our organization and profession as we share our impact with decision makers and constitutes. Public Affairs committee members will be using the information  Read More

The Boards that Never Met (Face to Face)
Chris Kniep, NEAFCS Historian

February 2020 – It started out “normal”. By the end of the month, many staples were in short supply, masks were becoming “every-day” and school, Church, sports events, and more were being cancelled. Imagine being elected to the NEAFCS Board in the Fall of 2019, having that first, initial post-board meeting in Hershey and meeting virtually for the remainder of your term in office.   Read More  

Speaking of Boards . . . Could You Be the Next Board Member?
Dianne Gertson (TX), NEAFCS Immediate Past President

 Click the image above to view the Nominating Committee video or visit https://youtu.be/jhX2osdBcxw


You Be the Judge! (No, really.)
Hope Wilson (AZ), Awards and Recognition Training Committee Chair

February is a busy time for awards, especially as we get closer to the National submission deadline of March 15th. There can be some confusion about awards deadlines. March 15th is the deadline for affiliate Awards and Recognition Vice Presidents to send their winning award submissions to NEAFCS for National and Regional judging. However, prior to March 15th, each affiliate has their own submission deadlines and judging process to determine which applications will move forward to NEAFCS. Read More

Top Five Reasons to Attend 2022 Annual Session
Michelle Estrada (NC), NEAFCS Annual Session Marketing Committee 

My name is Michelle Estrada, and I am serving as a member of the NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session marketing committee. If you are thinking about why you need to attend this year’s conference, here are the five top reasons:   Read More

Give Back to the Association that Has Given so Much to You: Apply as a Mentor for the 2022 NEAFCS Leadership Experience
Kyleigh Brown (MO), Chair Mentoring and Leadership Committee 

Has being a member of NEAFCS changed your career, maybe even your life? If the answer is yes, my guess is it has had something to do with the relationships you have built. I want you to take a second and think about those relationships.   Read More 

Professional Development When You Want It! NEAFCS Webinars!
Pat Brinkman (OH), Vice President for Professional Development 

Did you know that NEAFCS records all their webinars? You have access to watch any of those recorded webinars. Look under the “Professional Development” tab at the top of the NEAFCS webpage, click on “Webinar Archives,” you will find a page full of topics with webinars available.  Read More

Living Well
Lindsey Stevenson (MO), Chair Public Affairs Advocacy Committee

The Public Affairs - Advocacy committee has big plans for Living Well Month! We have tweaked last year’s 31 Days of Healthy Living calendar and it’s ready to share far and wide. We are also editing the videos from last year to polish them up a little. Many unexpected audiences found them extremely useful in their own organizations.  Read More 

Café Latino Working With Diverse Spanish Population
Nelly Nelson (FL), Diversity Committee  

There are five million Spanish speakers in Florida (out of 21 million residents and growing). This large portion of our population can be better served if we are able to provide more materials and support in Spanish. The Coalition of Florida Extension for Latino Communities (CAFE Latino) is assisting in this effort. In addition, CAFE Latino is gaining visibility in Extension across the country (as well as international inquiries), and as such requires a robust presence.  Read More 

Eastern Region Affiliate Updates: DASH Plus for Older Adults in Maryland
Lisa McCoy (MD), Eastern Region Director  

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) received an USDA.AFRI grant in 2021 to implement a new healthy living program targeting older adults with hypertension. The DASH Plus program is an integrated project that aims to build a sustainable, community-based hypertension management program within senior centers. The intervention includes 8 nutrition education modules highlighting important components of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan with the addition of a physical activity component in each module and other hypertension self-care skills. Read More 

NEAFCS Winter Board Meeting Highlights
Kate Shumaker (OH), Secretary

Your 2022 NEAFCS Board met virtually January 25-26. Over the course of this 2-day session many topics were discussed including:

  • Plans for the 2022 Annual Session in Raleigh, NC
  • Current budget and future budgetary considerations
  • The Affiliate Annual Reports and the JCEP Leadership Survey
  • Plans for NEAFCS events at the Extension Leadership Conference and Public Issues Leadership Development Conference.
  • The Affiliate Officer Toolkit

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Western Regional Update
Rick Griffiths (NM), Western Regional Director 

The New Mexico Chapter met at their annual In Service in January. They exchanged ideas & new programming opportunities for the state including Walk With Ease from the National Arthritis Foundation and a state wide webinar series addressing Inflation. 

Meet the Board
Samantha Kennedy (FL), Vice President for Awards and Recognition

Samantha Kennedy is a Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Wakulla County, Florida. She specializes in health and wellness programming – healthy cooking, nutrition, and food safety – and is working to expand her expertise in financial education by studying to become an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC). She also currently serves as the NEAFCS VP for Awards and Recognition.  Read More  

Meet the Board
Rick Griffiths (NM), Western Region Director

As my term as Western Regional Director is coming to a close, I want to thank everyone in the Association for their support as I have navigated this role. At the time I’m writing this the JCEP ELC conference will be held next week. This will be the first time in two years we have met in-person as an Association.   Read More

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. 

Click the names below to view obituary (if available): 

Joyce Hustey (PA), Life Member 

Sharon Kuhns (IL), Life Member – Prior to retirement she was a County Director for Coles County and prior to that was a Family and Consumer Science Educator

Beverly Kindler (KS), Life Member - Beverly Kindler passed away January 2, 2022. Beverly was hired in 1952 as the home economist for the Decatur County Extension Office. She transferred to the Norton County Extension Office in 1960. She took a sabbatical in 1966 to complete a master’s degree in 1967. She returned to Norton County Extension upon completing her degree and remained there until her retirement in 1994. She is survived by her sister, Virginia Alexander of Esbon, KS; two nephews; and, three nieces. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of Norton or the Norton Public Library and contributions may be sent in care of Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary, 116 W 1st Street, Smith Center, KS 66967. Communications to her family may also be sent in care of Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary at the above address.