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December 2022

Important Dates

2023 NEAFCS Membership Renewals
Due 12/31/2022

Month of December 2022

2023 NEAFCS Impact Statement Portal 
Closes February 1, 2023

Webinar: Reviewing Annual Session Proposals
February 1, 2023 @ 1:30pm ET

2023 NEAFCS Awards Program Application Portal
Closes March 15, 2023

2023 NEAFCS Session Call for Proposals (CFP)
Closes January 31, 2023

2023 JNEAFCS Article Deadline
April 1, 2023

NEAFCS Endowment Project Proposal Grant
Deadline: May 15, 2023

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
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/xRCTAT4T9Wo to watch this month’s President’s Message.

Bright Ideas and Suggestion Box/Prize Drawing:  https://forms.gle/Q7NrEFxPHsri2ikg7
Elevate FCS with AAFCS:  https://www.aafcs.org/elevatefcs
Food Gift Mixes from NDSU Extension: https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/extension-topics/food-and-nutrition/food-preparation/quick-mixes

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.  

  • NEAFCS Impact Statement Portal - Now Open, Closes February 1, 2023
  • December 1, 2022 - NEAFCS Awards Program Application opened
  • December 1, 2022 NEAFCS Annual Session Call for Proposals (CFP) opened
  • December 31 - NEAFCS Membership Renewals are due at the National Office

'Tis The Season for Proposals
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development 

Proposal season for the 2023 Annual Session “Exploring Oceans of Opportunities” officially opened on December 1. However, we are open to webinar proposals for professional development all year long. We want to provide many opportunities for professional development for our NEAFCS members. The Annual Session proposals need to be submitted by January 31, 2023. Are you wondering how to complete this process?  Read More

Make Plans to Attend PILD in 2023
Jennifer Bridge (KY), VP Public Affairs 

In April, I spent part of Travel Tuesday looking at prices for plane tickets to Ronald Regan Washington National Airport. While I am a veteran PILD attendee (this will make my 8th), I always learn new ideas, gain new perspectives, and meet wonderful colleagues from around the country! I hope you also plan to attend the 2023 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference, April 16-19, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Read More

Gratitude Through the Holiday Season
Barbara Wollan (IA), Endowment Committee

When I look forward to the December holidays, I most anticipate the lights! Also, the music, certain holiday foods, the excitement, and the fun with the family. These are all things I am grateful for this time of year. If you are like me in finding this time of year, starting with Thanksgiving, and extending through New Year’s Day, to be a season of gratitude, perhaps you express some of that gratitude through giving.  Read More

Ready! Set! JCEP!
Keishon Thomas (GA), Southern Region Director

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) Extension Leadership Conference is an excellent professional development opportunity to level up your leadership skills and connect with other professionals across program areas. Did you know that as a member of NEAFCS, you are also a member of JCEP?  Read More

Sneak Peek: What to See and Do in Providence 2023
Gina Crist (DE), Maria Pippidis (DE),  Alyssa Whittaker (DE)

In October 2022, the Northeast Regional planning committee scoped out Providence, RI. Here is what they shared as a sneak peek for 2023!  Read More

Region Highlights: Eastern Region
Jesse Ketterman, Jr. (MD), Eastern Region Director

The Maryland Affiliate held its annual fall/winter meeting on November 4.  We used the BINGO game introduced at the national conference, and everyone had fun and won treats while learning NEAFCS trivia and membership benefits. Read More

Diversity Aids Understanding
Linda Lowber (OK), Diversity Committee Member

As I am sure that every state with a land grant university with Extension is careful and mindful of its Diversity policies and efforts, Oklahoma State University certainly prides itself on its proactive Diversity teaching. I have learned a great deal about diversity since I came to work at Extension.  Early in my Extension career I enrolled in Leadership training and was fortunate to take many classes about the subject and have continued the practice as often as I am able.  Read More 

Real Sugar is Grown, Not Made
The Sugar Association

Knowing what’s in our food, where it comes from, and how it is produced are important factors for many people when making decisions about what to eat. When it comes to sugar, we get these questions a lot and the answers are simpler than many people realize. Real sugar is grown and harvested by sugar beet and sugar cane farmers. The sugar we buy at the grocery store and use in baking and cooking is the result of extracting the sugar from these plants, washing with water and crystalizing the sugar juice. The crystals are dried before packaging for distribution to grocery stores across the country. Read More


Having read the December 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/CfoHyVu9aYSraUc18 

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. 

Billie Frances Mauntel (AZ) - Life Member
Arizona State EFNEP Coordinator