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June 2022

Important Dates

Webinar - More than Books: Understanding Library Services and Googling Like a Pro
July 13, 2022 @ 3:00pm ET

NEAFCS Affiliate Town Hall Meeting
July 26, 2022 @ Noon ET

2022 NEAFCS Annual Session Early-Bird Registration Deadline
August 12, 2022

Webinar - An Extension Diabetes Prevention Implementation Toolkit
August 25, 2022 @ 3:00pm ET

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


Join the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences for their Comeback Meeting in the Florida sunshine or in your office virtually! 

Please email [email protected] if you have questions that are not addressed in our registration website. Please follow us on our social media, too!

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

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

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/yZ2fwYK9pDU 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 feature of the newsletter highlights current reminders of member benefits, programs, and approaching deadlines to keep you in the know. 

  • June - All NEAFCS National Award Applicants notified via email about the status of their application(s)
  • July 15, 2022 - Deadline to apply to be a NEAFCS Ambassador for the 2022 Annual Session
  • August 12, 2022 - Early Bird Registration closes for the 2022 Annual Session in Raleigh, NC

Keith D. Harris, PhD, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA, Kansas City, MO 

Greetings FCS Program Leaders!I would like to extend my appreciation for your support during my appointment as Acting Division Director and introduce our new Acting Division Director – Dr. Jeff Sallee. Jeff likes to think he served as an FCS Agent for eight months during a vacancy in a county he directed. Seriously, Dr. Sallee has partnered and worked closely with the FCS program throughout his career. Join me in welcoming Dr. Sallee to this role!  Read More

NEAFCS Nominating Committee Presents 2022 Slate of Officers
Dianne Gertson (TX), NEAFCS Immediate Past-President

Click the image above, or visit https://youtu.be/Bkot5TRRDq4, to view this month's message about the Slate of Officers from NEAFCS Immediate Past-President, Dianne Gertson.

From Hats and History to Networking and Knowledge… The Value in Attending Annual Session
Christine Kniep (WI), NEAFCS Historian

Our Association’s first meeting, described as a “House Party” in 1930 was held in Denver, CO. Officers were identified at the “Breakfast Meetings” held at the Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee, WI, in 1933, the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City in 1934 and the “first” Home Demonstration Agents National Association Meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago, IL in 1935. Pictures of these meetings show our predecessors dressed in heels, hats, and gloves!  Read More

Winner, Winner, See You at the Awards Dinner!
Samantha Kennedy (FL), NEAFCS Vice President for Awards & Recognition

Awards announcements went out June 1. All winners and non-winners should have received an email from the NEAFCS national office. If you have not, but are certain you should have, please contact me and I will help sort it out for you. Read More

Annual Session Registration Now Open!
National Office Staff 

We are excited to share that the 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session will be held in-person!.  The conference will be held September 12-15 in Raleigh, NC.  At this time, there are no limitations on attendance.  Read More

Spread the Word! It’s Time to Start Gathering Donations for the Silent Auction!!
Melissa Rupp (OH), NEAFCS Awards and Recognition Committee  

The silent auction at the Annual Session is so much more than excellent retail therapy! It is a chance to pay it forward, share your state culture and enjoy fun new items from around the nation. The silent auction is a key fund raiser for the Awards and Recognition Committee that distributes awards and benefits to those that achieve our organizations highest honors. If you’ve won an award, you have received the blessings of the silent auction Read More

Could YOU Be an NEAFCS Ambassador?
NEAFCS Ambassador Committee

Looking for a way to give back? Apply NOW to be an ambassador at Annual Session, a new opportunity launching at this year’s in-person Annual Session! Take a few minutes to apply now at this link. The deadline to apply is July 25, 2022. We would love to have as many affiliates as possible represented by ambassadors at Annual Session! 

So Many Opportunities to Learn at Annual Session!
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development 

North Carolina, here we come! Registration for Annual Session is open! Our affiliates in North Carolina have been working hard to provide us with a great conference. You have lots of interesting options with pre-conference sessions and In-Depth sessions to choose besides concurrent sessions and Showcase of Excellence. Read More

Make a Statement with NEAFCS Impact Statements!
Jennifer Bridge (KY), NEAFCS Vice President for Public Affairs  

Our impact statement highlight is from Community Health and Wellness and features two outstanding affiliates! Read More

Learn about the North Carolina State Farmers Market
Alyssa Anderson (NC), NEAFCS Annual Session Planning Committee Tri-liaison 

The Annual Session for 2022 is quickly approaching! I am Alyssa Anderson and am serving as a tri-liaison for the NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session planning committee. Make the most out of your visit by stopping at our state farmers market which is located about 2 miles from the conference center.  Read More 

Migrant Farm Workers
Diana Romano (OK), NEAFCS Diversity Sub-Committee Member 

Most of us have heard the term migrant farm worker, but do we really know what it means or who they are? As a Family and Consumer Sciences professional, it is in our best interest to get educated on this topic and know these facts:  Read More

Meet the Board
Michelle Wright (TX), NEAFCS Vice President for Member Resources 

Greetings once again from the lone star state. As your Vice President for Member Resources, I am hoping that NEAFCS has given each of you numerous reasons to love the professional organization to which you belong. Most importantly, I am hoping that it has made an impact on you as an Extension professional.   Read More

Rutgers University Extension shares Weekly Wellness Webinars
Lisa McCoy (MD), NEAFCS Eastern Regional Director 

Rutgers University is providing a series of wellness webinars on zoom weekly on Wednesday afternoons covering a variety of wellness topics including chronic disease prevention and management and dispelling myths about nutrition and health. During August, the weekly programs will focus on different aspects of wellness to celebrate wellness month. Check out their website for more information and sign up: https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/  Read More

NEAFCS Mid-Year Board Meeting Highlights
Kate Shumaker (OH), NEAFCS Secretary 

Your 2022 NEAFCS Board FINALLY met IN PERSON on May 17-18. Over the course of this 2-day session we had a great time getting to know each other and had much deeper discussions than during a Zoom meeting.  Read More

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members


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.