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August 2022

Important Dates 

Webinar: Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Do’s, Don’ts, Updates, and an October 31 Deadline
August 16, 2022 @ 3:00pm ET

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

AAFCS Fall Leadership Workshop
September 30 - October 2, 2022
Hyatt Centric Arlington, VA

Webinar: Get Ready, Get Set, Get Going: A Guide to Money Management
October 5, 2022 @ 3pm ET

Webinar: Safe Food = Healthy Kids: A Food Safety Curriculum for Childcare Providers
October 25, 2022 @ 3pm ET

PEAFCS Presents: The NEAFCS Eastern Region Multi-State Program Highlight
October 28, 2022
9:30am - 11:30am ET

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/SqdoQcRVxoQ to watch this month’s President’s Message.

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.  

  • August 16: Members-Only WebinarPublic Service Loan Forgiveness: Do’s, Don’ts, Updates, and an October 31 Deadline
  • August 31, 2022 - Deadline to complete the Public Affairs Survey
  • August 31, 2022 - Deadline to assign Delegates for Annual Business Meetings
  • September 2, 2022 – Deadline to register for the 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session 

Invitation to Attend the 2022 NEAFCS Educational Awards Fund Business Meeting & Annual Business Meeting
National Office & Kate Shumaker (OH), NEAFCS Secretary

As a member of the NEAFCS, you are invited to attend the Educational Awards Fund Business Meeting and Annual Business Meeting taking place on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. These meetings will be held in Raleigh, NC in conjunction with the 2022 Annual Session.  Read More

Last Minute Annual Session Things to Know
Hayley Cowell (NC), NEAFCS 2022 Annual Session Tri-Liaison

The 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session is ONLY ONE MONTH AWAY… I hope you are all as excited as I am!!! Here are just a handful of last-minute things to share:

  1. Have you registered? Go to the Registration Page now and get this done. We are looking forward to a great turnout this year!

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Bid Early, Bid Often!
Samantha Kennedy (FL), NEAFCS Vice President for Awards and Recognition

The 2022 NEAFCS annual session is fast approaching and I, for one, am so excited to finally be in person again. I am looking forward to seeing many of you in September in beautiful Raleigh, NC. As in previous conferences, we will be holding a silent auction this year to raise money in support of the NEAFCS awards and recognition program. Read More

NEAFCS Silent Auction
Cheryl Barber Spires (OH), NEAFCS Sponsorship & Support Committee

Hello NEAFCS Colleagues. As part of the Awards Sponsorship and Support Committee, I am getting very excited about our upcoming Silent Auction. The deadline to assist us in raising money to directly support NEAFCS awards is September 2. 


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Be A Star!
Melissa Rupp (OH), NEAFCS Sponsorship & Support Committee

I am thrilled to be planning a trip to North Carolina and to be able to mingle, network, and learn from my FCS Colleagues across the nation. One of my favorite parts of the NEAFCS Annual Session is the awards and recognition of the great things that have been accomplished throughout the year. Did you know that those awards are funded through the awards and recognition committee? Read More

Promote Yourself!  Advocating, Educating, and Marketing
Jennifer Bridge (KY), NEAFCS Vice President for Public Affairs

The NEAFCS annual conference is almost here! There will be several opportunities for members interested in public affairs to participate. The Public Affairs committees will be meeting on Thursday afternoon of the conference so if you want to serve on a committee come see us!  Read More

Learn, Volunteer, or Compete with Your Social Media Skills
Pat Brinkman (OH), NEAFCS Vice President for Professional Development  

Our Annual Session is less than a month away!  I can’t wait to see all of you!  This is going to be a great time together! As I announced last month Will Ferguson, our media champion, will be doing a skill building session on social media tips and tricks to help you.  We want to highlight Extension and what we do.   Read More

Why I Give to the NEAFCS Endowment Fund
Karen Ensle (NJ), Endowment Committee Member

NEAFCS created a well-managed endowment fund many years ago that has grown over the years creating stability for our national organization. It sends a message of planned long-term stability, fiscal responsibility, and financial viability. It enhances our organization's prestige and credibility with the Extension system across the country. Read More

Ordinary Women Extraordinary Service – North Carolina’s history of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Christine Kniep (WI), NEAFCS Historian

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service – when I discovered this book in the Historian files and saw it was written by the colleagues hosting the 2022 Annual Session, I couldn’t resist pulling it from the files and start reading. The book highlights 100 years of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs in North Carolina, which began as Home Demonstration and the work of the Extension and Community Association (ECA) which began as Home Demonstration Clubs.  Read More

Reaching Latinx: A First Glance
Michelle Brill (NJ), and Malu Tejada (PA), NEAFCS Diversity Committee

The NEAFCS Diversity Subcommittee decided to explore how FCS teams are meeting the needs of Latinx audiences, in particular the challenges faced when seeking to make educational materials available in Spanish. In April 2022, we distributed a Qualtrics survey to all NEAFCS members.   Read More

Life Members Update Zoom Meeting - June 8, 2022
Luann Boyer, NEAFCS Membership Committee

A small but mighty group of NEAFCS Life Members joined this Association Update at 4 pm ET on June 8.  Membership Committee Chair Amanda Hardy welcomed all and gave a brief review of the meeting agenda. 

Will Ferguson gave a short tutorial on navigating the NEAFCS website.  He encouraged all Life Members to check the website to see if their Log In is still working.   If you don’t have a Log In to access the Member information on the website, contact Will ([email protected]) for help in setting it up.  Read More

Meet the Board
Dianne Gertson (TX), NEAFCS Immediate Past President

Click the image above to view this message or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DZ-9ibfjV8.  

History Takes Center Stage in Central Region
Cindy Thompson (IA), NEAFCS Central Region Director

Family and Consumer Sciences has a rich history of supporting children, families, individuals and communities, and that history has been the focus of two projects in the Central Region. Ohio NEAFCS member Patrice Powers-Barker will have an article in an upcoming Journal of Family & Consumer Science – a short reflection on the history, and future success, of FCS. Iowa NEAFCS member Mackenzie Johnson is spending the summer of her tenure as president leading a book study on The Secret History of Home Economics by Danielle Dreilinger. Read More

Western Region Update
Rick Griffiths (NM), NEAFCS Western Region Director

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources and University of California Cooperative Extension has received a historic funding boost from their State Legislature and Governor. The funding will be used to build the capacity of California’s Cooperative Extension Service across the state and in all program areas. Read More

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members


Dear FCS Friends,

Calling all rising leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences! The annual AAFCS Fall Leadership Workshop is in person and will be held at the Hyatt Centric Arlington (VA) from September 30-October 2nd.

Registration is open! This is your opportunity to be shoulder-to-shoulder with professionals, students, young professionals, and DC policy and advocacy experts in comprehensive sessions you won't want to miss!

Members and non-members can register online using MyAAFCS. Registration includes meals, breaks, meetings materials and access to the Workshop Library (MyAAFCS).

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Professionals who register by August 15th will get the Early Bird rate ($180)! Regular registration after August 15 for professionals is $200 and $40 for students.

Need To Know Info

  • The Fall Leadership Workshop webpage contains the schedule, registration, hotel reservation information and additional key dates!
  • You can register in your MyAAFCS account. When your registration is complete, you will receive the automated confirmation email and receipt.

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

SANDRA ANDRADE | Associate Director – Conferences & Communications  
American Assn. of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


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. 

Lenore Rasmussen (UT) - Lenore was part of the FCS Faculty in Iron County. She was a very talented and energetic professional.