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October 2022

Important Dates 

NEAFCS-Alzheimer’s Association Partnership Webinar: Promoting Brain Health in Communities
October 20, 2022 @ 1pm 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

Webinar: Share Your Impact
November 2 @ 3pm ET

Webinar: INEAFCS DYK Series - Balance vs. Priorities
November 8 @ 3pm ET

2023 Annual Session
September 11-14, 2023 - Providence, Rhode Island

2024 Annual Session
September 16-19, 2024 - Tucson, Arizona

2025 Annual Session
October 20-23, 2025 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

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/aMDxB8T5MZY to watch this month’s President’s Message.

Bright Ideas and Suggestion Box/Prize Drawing:  https://forms.gle/Q7NrEFxPHsri2ikg7
History of Extension (column referenced): https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-exploring-the-early-roots-of-cooperative-extension

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.  

Friends of NEAFCS & Hall of Fame Award Recap 
Susan Routh (OK), Immediate Past President

Click the image above to view the video message or visit https://youtu.be/LALrvXDcmOc 

  • Honoring: Cindy Schlenker-Davies (NM) & Kathy Farrow (TX)

Highlights of the Business Meeting
Susan Routh (OK), Immediate Past President

To view this video message, please click the image above or visit: https://youtu.be/Mx0JUySlKcw

Let us Mis en place for Awards Season!
Diandria Barber (GA), Awards Training Committee 

Mis en place…maybe you have heard the term before while watching your favorite cooking show or reading a cookbook. If you have heard the term before, you probably know it means “everything in its place and ready for use.” Yes, that means having your ingredients (measured, cut, peeled, sliced, etc.) and your equipment ready before you even start your recipe. Well, it is mis en place time for awards season.  Read More

Don’t Lose Your Enthusiasm from NEAFCS Annual Conference
Christine Zellers (NJ), Public Affairs Advocacy Committee Chair

Following the wonderful 2022 NEAFCS conference in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina, let’s keep the excitement and enthusiasm for all we do as FCS educators moving into the next few months and beyond. The Public Affairs Advocacy committee has resources to make advocating for our profession easy.  Read More

Pull up a Chair and Join a Committee
Gina Lucas (MO), VP Member Resources 

I usually think of Spring when I think of new starts and fresh growth, but this October has delivered many changes to my life and career.  As a brand-new member of the NEAFCS board, I seem to develop new relationships and connections almost daily.  I love to listen to the stories of various FCS professional journeys across the nation.   Read More

You’ve Reached new Heights in Raleigh, Get Ready to Explore Oceans of Opportunities in Providence
Lisa Fishman (ME); Alyssa Whittaker (DE), Member Invitation/Marketing Subcommittee

We had a wonderful time learning and reconnecting in Raleigh, now it is already time to think ahead to Exploring Oceans of Opportunities in Providence, RI, next Fall 2023. If you missed us at the Regional Business meetings in Raleigh, check out Extension Professionals; Maria Pippidis, Terry Mayhew, and Lisa Fishman, as well as handmade shark, “Tooth Bader Finsberg” giving a sailor-worthy invite to Providence through the poem and photo. Read More

Central Region Spotlight: Webinars Successful Educational Delivery Method
Sara Croymans (MN), Affiliate President 

In the spring of 2020, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development adapted in-person programming to meet the unique needs of individuals and families amid the COVID-19 pandemic through virtual programming. Sixty-three percent of our NEAFCS Minnesota Affiliate members presented webinars on financial capability, food safety, health and nutrition, and tenant education. Because of the success experienced in providing virtual education via webinars, they have continued to offer this type of programming while returning to in-person education.  Read More

My Endowment Story
Dianne Gertson (TX), NEAFCS Past President

When I joined NEAFCS many years ago, I heard talk of the Endowment.  I wasn’t really sure what it was and I was pretty sure it didn’t have much to do with me. Read More

New American Heart Association report supports balanced, heart-healthy dietary pattern

For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has worked to save and improve lives — and it’s constantly keeping us up-to-date on the latest in healthy living. 

The AHA recently released a report that highlights the 10 key features of a heart-healthy eating pattern. The report emphasizes the importance of dietary patterns beyond individual foods and the critical role of establishing heart-healthy dietary habits early in life. Read More

We Need Your Feedback!
Lisa Peterson (IL), Secretary

In Extension, we thrive through evaluation! Why should our NEAFCS Network Newsletter be any different? Please take five minutes to fill out this quick 10-question survey to help us improve the newsletter and provide you with the information you want to read, see, hear, and engage with in NEAFCS! 

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Having read the October NEAFCS Network Newsletter, can you answer a question found in it? Monthly, the first five people to answer the question correctly will be entered into a drawing for registration for the 2023 Annual Session to be selected in Summer 2023. To view and answer this month’s question, visit https://forms.gle/9WJKMNQ8FefcLqEd8

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. 

Freida Terrell (NC) - Life Member
Freida worked for Clay and Graham Extension for 37 years. If anyone would like to send a personal card and needs the address, please reach out to Kim Terrell at 
[email protected].