April 2023

Important Dates

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

NEAFCS Spring Life Member Get-Together (Zoom Event)
June 1, 2023 @ 3pm ET

Webinar: Book Clubs as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy
June 6, 2023 @ 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


From the ALZ:
Join us on Monday, May 15 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. for a lively, no-cost virtual session on the ways you can keep your brain healthy and active as you age. Learn about simple changes you can make, try some key movement activities and cook up brain-nourishing recipes. Please register in advance at bit.ly/May15_BoostYourBrain

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

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

Bright Ideas and Suggestion Box/Prize Drawing:  https://forms.gle/Q7NrEFxPHsri2ikg7
North Central Food Safety Extension Network (NCFSEN) https://www.ncrfsma.org/north-central-food-safety-extension-network-ncfsen 
Field to Fork resources (horticulture, nutrition, food safety and preservation resources) https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/field-fork

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.  

Efforts to Provide Professional Development Opportunities
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development

The Professional Development Subcommittees of Program Development and Webinar are trying to provide professional development to our members.  The program subcommittee has been organizing the concurrent sessions and showcase of excellence presenters for the 2023 Annual Session and mapping out monthly webinars of presentations from the 2022 Annual Session.  Read More

Writing Your 2024 Award Application: Plan, Persevere, and Win
Diane Reinhold (IL), Awards and Recognition Training Committee

As the 2023 awards season ends, now is the time to start planning for next year’s awards. Perhaps you have already decided which award you will apply for and have begun developing your timeline for gathering impact data and other critical information needed to write a successful application. Many educators incorporate this aspect into their program development or strategic plan for the upcoming programming year.  Read More

Making an Impact 
Jennifer Bridge (KY), VP Public Affairs

I hope each of you “lived well” during the month of March!  The advocacy committee did an outstanding job creating and providing resources for you to promote the eight dimensions of wellness.  Read More

Is a Picture Always Worth a Thousand Words?
Lorrie Coop (TX), Diversity Committee Member

We’ve all heard the term, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, right? We use images daily to add emphasis and help clientele better understand the content. Now, think about someone trying to navigate a website or learn about a particular topic through a digital publication containing pictures with a visual impairment. Read More

NEAFCS Endowment Offers Benefits to Members
Karen Ensle (NJ), Endowment Committee 

As NEAFCS members contribute to the endowment fund in 2023 and yearly, it provides numerous benefits to members for awards and scholarships, which enhance our professional development and our ability to receive recognition for the excellent Family and Consumer Sciences Extension education work we do in communities that impact families across the US.  Read More

Preserving Your Professional Life
Casey Ford (AK), Mentoring and Leadership Committee

As I sit here in Arkansas, it is clear that “spring has sprung” and I know I am not the only one who notices my calendar becoming full. Spring flows into summer packed with food preservation programs and 4-H camps and contests, and summer ends with County Fair season.  This brings me to the idea that I first heard in a seminar as a senior in college – called your “Professional Shelf Life.”  Read More

Journal of Extension Report for NEAFCS
Dana Wright (WV), Journal of Extension NEAFCS Representative 

The Journal of Extension continues to work diligently to make the Journal of Extension a premier source for Extension Professionals. Below are some of the highlights of the issues the Board has been working on to improve institutions' readership, authorship, and subscription enrollment. Read More

What do the movie “Dirty Dancing” and NEAFCS have in common?
Christine Kneip (WI), Historian

When you think about the 1987 movie hit “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, who does not start singing…” I’ve had the time of my life…” and can see that epic final dance?  The movie, set in the Catskill Mountains at the Grossinger Resort, is a tale of summer love and resort vacations.  What is the link to NEAFCS? Fifty years ago, in 1973, our association held its Annual Session at Grossinger’s!Read More

Explore the Restaurant Scene in Providence 
Lisa Fishman (ME), Hospitality Committee

There are lots of options for dining that are within a short walking distance from the Convention Center.  The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau website lists more than 80 delicious options for State’s Night Out or just a lunch on your own. Read More

Eastern Region Highlights
Jesse Ketterman (ME), Eastern Region Director 

Greetings from the Eastern Region. It is the time of year when you are excited about Spring and yet you have another snowstorm or cold weather. Our Ag colleagues are wrapping up their winter training sessions and 4-H partners are preparing for summer fairs. Read More



Having read the April 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/mVgSnVijr7Yk8ck49

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.