February 2023

Important Dates

Webinar: The Leadership Experience
February 15, 2023 @ 2pm ET

2023 NEAFCS Life Member Event via Zoom
March 1, 2023 @ 3pm ET

2023 NEAFCS Awards Program Application Portal
Closes March 15, 2023

2023 JNEAFCS Article Deadline
April 1, 2023

Webinar: Using Storybooks to Teach Adults and Children about Alzheimer’s Dementia
May 10, 2023 @ 3pm ET

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

Are you a Food Safety Educator? Work with childcare providers? If so, Michigan State University Extension’s Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK) curriculum is an award-winning program available to you for educating childcare providers. This curriculum is based on the national food code as well as evidence-based recommendations from food and health organizations. SFHK includes a PowerPoint presentation, an Instructors Playbook, and supporting handouts and resources you can use for either online or in-person classes.  To find out more, visit our website, join a class, take the D2L trainer course or reach out to Kara Lynch @ 989-317-4079 or [email protected] 

The 2023 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference (CFSEC) is the place for health, nutrition, and food safety experts to explore how to deliver effective, innovative consumer food safety education during three days of workshops and sessions. This event will bring answers and clarity to questions such as “Where and how will the next generation of food handlers get their food safety information?"

2022 Journal of NEAFCS Individual Articles Now Available!
Click the image above to view the 2022 JNEAFCS

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President's Message
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), NEAFCS President

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

Bright Ideas and Suggestion Box/Prize Drawing:  https://forms.gle/Q7NrEFxPHsri2ikg7
Article: Music, good for body and mind: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-music-good-for-body-and-mind

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.  

  • March 1, 2023 - Life Members Virtual Meeting
  • March 15, 2023 - NEAFCS Awards Program Application will close
  • April 1, 2023 - Journal of NEAFCS Article Submissions Due
  • May 15, 2023 - Endowment Project Grant Proposals Due

Where is that Again?

Considering apply for an award? Not sure what you need to include? Be sure to reach out to your state affiliate VP of awards and recognition. Another great place to look is on the NEAFCS website. Here is a quick step-by-step. To go directly to the awards documents/application page, click here 


It’s your TIME to LEAD!
Susan Routh (OK), Immediate Past President 

Yes, it’s your time to lead! The NEAFCS Nominating Committee seeks members with a desire and passion to LEAD. Members passionate about serving and being leaders of NEAFCS are encouraged to download the Board Candidate Application and consider applying to be a national board candidate.  Read More

Bringing it Home
Gina Lucas (MO), VP Member Resources

As president of my Missouri state affiliate, MEAFCS, I understand that many of our NEAFCS members are not particularly interested in involvement at the national level for various reasons. I have had to re-evaluate my approach to show the value of membership in MEAFCS and retain and attract new members. I decided it was time that I concentrated on bringing it home  Read More

Professional Development Opportunities
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development 

WANTED: I am looking for webinar proposals from NEAFCS members, who want to experience presenting professional development. How do you present a webinar for NEAFCS? All you have to do is fill out the online form for a webinar proposal under Members Only Webinar section of the website. Then, the proposal will be sent to reviewers. Read More

Are you Living Well?
Jennifer Bridge (KY), VP Public Affairs

Living Well month is just around the corner this March, and the Public Affairs Advocacy committee has done a phenomenal job of getting information to you for early access.  Shout out to Christine Zellers, Advocacy committee chair, who has led this effort.  Read More

The Leadership Experience: What's in it for me?
Lisa Peterson (IL), Secretary

Have you considered applying for the NEAFCS Leadership Experience? As Extension educators and agents, we spend a significant amount of time focusing on the needs of our community and the local people we serve. So, asking the blunt question: what’s in it for me? How does being a part of the Leadership Experience benefit my community and me? Let’s address these questions!   Read More

Proof, Proof, Proof Your Applications
Judy Corbus (FL), Awards Training Committee Chair

You’ve just finished your award application for that stellar program and are ready to submit it. But wait! Have other eyes looked at it? After you’ve composed and re-read your application multiple times, it’s easy to miss grammar, syntax, and punctuation errors. Read More

Building a Strong NEAFCS Endowment
Mary L. Blackburn (CA), Endowment Committee Member

Last month the Endowment Committee shared with you the Endowment Campaign planned for the next two years and why it should be important to you as a member of NEAFCS. You also learned about the grants, awards, scholarships, projects, and services funded from the interest earned from the endowment funds. So, you will know how your Endowment dollars work for you.  Read More

Saving your Way to NEAFCS 2023: SMART Goals Edition
Glenn Sturm (VA), Treasurer

Who’s ready for Providence in September! While we’re all excited to get together, network, learn, and grow personally and professionally, the financial cost can be difficult for some. While some of us can have the conference covered by our employers, others are responsible for part or even all of the cost. For those footing some of the bills, let’s revisit SMART goals in preparation for Providence 2023! Read More

Pre-Conferences Options: Home Food Preservation and Tour & Dine at the Matunuck Oyster Farm
Shauna Henley (MD), Gina Crist (DE), Maria Pippidis (DE), Alyssa Whittaker (DE) Affiliate Liaison 

Join Drs. Carla Schwan and Kaitlyn Casulli from the University of Georgia. Their pre-conference will cover the scientific principles, as well as the National Center for Home Food Preservation's recommended procedures for home food preservation. It combines classroom presentations and video demonstrations on food preservation methods. Read More

Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace
Darlene Minniefield (AL), Diversity Committee Chair  

Join Drs. Carla Schwan and Kaitlyn Casulli from the University of Georgia. Their pre-conference will cover the scientific principles, as well as the National Center for Home Food Preservation's recommended procedures for home food preservation. It combines classroom presentations and video demonstrations on food preservation methods. Read More

NEAFCS Silent Auction
Dr. Roseanne Scammahorn (OH), Awards Sponsorship & Support Committee Chair 

On behalf of the NEAFCS Awards Sponsorship & Support Committee, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who donated and purchased items at our Silent Auction in Raleigh, NC. Your generous contribution helps to fund the resources needed for quality awards and recognition activitiesRead More

Central Region Highlights: Michigan State University Extension Affiliate  
Holly Tiret (MI), Affiliate President 

We are settling into our new board for 2023.
Updates from our state include:

  1. We are working with our administrative team to help update membership bylaws to include Associate Membership.

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Having read the February 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/RQmSyQHQ3B289w6b6

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.  

Brian Keith Routh (OK), husband of Immediate Past President Susan Routh

Brian Routh of Tuttle, Oklahoma went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb 7, 2023. He was a man of faith, a man of community service and a leader admired by those who worked as a member of his team at OG&E.  His place on Earth will be dearly missed, but all who love him rejoice that his is healed and whole in Heaven.