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July 2022

Important Dates 

Webinar - NIFA Nutrition Security Webinar Series - EFNEP: A Model Of Cooperation And Collaboration, Resulting In Improved Nutritional Health And Wellbeing Of Families With Limited Financial Resources
July 19, 2022 @ 2:00 PM 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

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/0bzJRzP5kVs 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. 

Bylaws Proposed Changes
Donna Donald (IA), NEAFCS Bylaws Committee Member

Bylaws are the operating rules that guide the internal affairs of an organization. Each year the bylaws committee gives careful and cautious attention to consideration of changes. The general content in bylaws is standard for organizations and revisions are made only when necessary to reflect new goals, changing environment, or new operational needs. Read More

Meet the 2022 Candidates for National Office
Dianne Gertson (TX), NEAFCS Immediate Past President & National Nominating Committee Chair 

The NEAFCS National Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of officers for your consideration. The committee worked hard to contact these candidates and provide the encouragement and information needed to secure their applications. We believe you will find them all highly qualified. Please remember that we have a no campaigning for office policy!  Read More

Click here to view the slate and each candidate’s position statement: https://neafcs.memberclicks.net/2022-board-candidates 

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. 

Annual Session is on the Horizon! Be an Early Bird!
Michelle Wright (TX), NEAFCS Vice President for Member Resources

Annual Session is on the horizon, and you don’t want to miss it!  It’s time to connect, celebrate and clinch the moment we have been waiting for since 2020!   Raleigh North Carolina is waiting on us to show up and shine!  Read More

Go In-Depth with The Poe Center
Sydney Knowles (NC), NEAFCS Annual Session Planning Committee Tri-Liaison

We are two months away from our 2022 Annual Session! I am Sydney Knowles, serving as a tri-liaison for the NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session planning committee. To help get you excited for September, I wanted to share a little information about one of our in-depth sessions. Read More

President’s Charity
Susan Routh (OK), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above, or visit https://youtu.be/VESsM7sPzaA to view the message.

Your Voice Matters!
Jennifer Bridge (KY), Vice President for Public Affairs

The NEAFCS board is always looking for ways to meet the needs of our members.  This month there are two opportunities for you to provide feedback in Public Affairs.  The first is a survey related to impact statements. The second opportunity is for members to share their 30 second Elevator Speech or as I like to say, “I impact lives every day, let me tell you how!” speech.  The top three entries will each win a $50 gift card!  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 linkThe deadline to apply is July 25, 2022. We would love to have as many affiliates as possible represented by ambassadors at Annual Session! 

Something New at Annual Session!
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development  

We need volunteers! Can you help others at Annual Session to learn some new skills?  We want to offer a skill building session on how to use TikTok and other social media venues. Read More

Southern Region Fast FACS
Keishon Thomas (GA), NEAFCS Southern Region Director 

This month, we have an update for Oklahoma by LaDonna Hines, one for Georgia submitted by Rachel Stewart, and an update from Virginia by Rebecca Sheffield Gartner Read More

Ohio Update: Healthy for Life Community Nutrition Program
Tammy Jones (OH), Ohio Affiliate President

Jenny Lobb, MPH, RDN, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for OSU Extension, was recently awarded $2500 to implement the Healthy for Life Community Nutrition program at the Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center (MCHLC) in Columbus, OH. Founded in 2015, the MCLHC is a community health and wellness center that provides free health and wellness education to community members. The MCHLC serves individuals who live in and around zip code 43222 where it is located.  Read More 

Future Retirees Needed - Become a Life Member!
Michelle Wright (TX), NEAFCS Vice President for Member Resources

Has retirement crossed your mind lately? NEAFCS Life Members have sounded the alarm for all future retirees to join the ranks after retirement by becoming a Life Member!  If you can answer yes to the following after retirement, you can be a Life Member! Has retirement crossed your mind lately? NEAFCS Life Members have sounded the alarm for all future retirees to join the ranks after retirement by becoming a Life Member!  If you can answer yes to the following after retirement, you can be a Life Member!   Read More

We Don't Know, But It Will Be Good
NEAFCS Endowment Committee 

Why give to the NEAFCS Endowment? What will come from my contribution? Those are very appropriate questions. Interestingly, even though I am a contributor AND an advocate for the endowment, the only answer I can give is this: “We don’t know.”  

What? That’s not much of an answer!!  Or maybe it is. . .  Read More

Meet the Board
Kate Shumaker (OH), NEAFCS Secretary 

Hello NEAFCS Family!  This is my next to last newsletter to put together with the amazing technical assistance of Will Ferguson.  Really, he does most of the work!  I can honestly say, even with COVID and virtual Annual Sessions, this has been an amazing experience and I would do it again.  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.