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June 2023

Important Dates

2023 NEAFCS Ambassador Program
Closes: July 15, 2023

Connecting with Colleagues: The New NEAFCS Associate Member Category
June 27, 2023 @ 3pm ET

Webinar: A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease: Adapting to Meet Audience Needs
July 11, 2023 @ 3pm ET

NEAFCS Summer Member Town Hall Meeting – All About Annual Session
July 18, 2023 @ 12pm 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


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

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/KSOuozFbiQQ 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.  

Making a Difference
Mary L. Blackburn (CA), Endowment Committee Member 

We started monthly promotional efforts in January of 2023 to encourage you to contribute to the NEAFCS Endowment Campaign culminating at the 2024 Annual Session. Funds from this campaign will keep the Endowment Fund in a financial position to help fuel the mission and goals of NEAFCS as it responds to the ongoing needs of its membership! The Be NEAFCS Strong Campaign strengthens the Endowment’s foundation in its quest to help keep NEAFCS viable, resilient, and STRONG for the challenges ahead!  Read More

The Early Birds Get the Benefits!
Lisa Fishman (ME), Hospitality Committee 
Maria Pippidis (DE), Affiliate Liaison

Annual Session in Providence, RI, will be all about exploring Oceans of Opportunity! Registration information will arrive in your inbox soon, and you’ll consider travel arrangements. Many fun and educational programs are being planned, and the planning committee has prepared a Lookbook to help you navigate the offerings.  This booklet outlines the amazing educational activities happening during Monday’s Pre-conference, Tuesday’s In-Depth Sessions, and Friday’s post-conference sessions. Read More 

Upcoming Membership Vote Regarding Dues Increases
Glenn Sturm (VA), Treasurer 

At our mid-year board meeting, the NEAFCS Board Members voted unanimously to bring forward a vote at the 2023 Annual Session business meeting to increase dues by 10%, starting in 2024. This would mean an increase in annual dues as follows if passed.  Read More

NEAFCS Mid-Year Board Meeting Highlights
Lisa Peterson (IL), Secretary

The 2023 NEAFCS Executive Board met in-person on May 9-10 in Tampa, Florida. Over the course of the two-day meeting, the board worked as a team to discuss an array of topics. Read More

Professional Development to Make Dreams Attainable
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development

Do you have dreams of the perfect professional development?  The Professional Development subcommittees of Program Development and Webinar met on May 17th to plan new activities. At the in-person NEAFCS board meeting, the board discussed asking committees to develop their action plans at their spring meetings and to create a timeline of activities at the Annual Session meeting of the committee.  Read More

PILD: The Reflections are In!
Jennifer Bridge (KY), VP Public Affairs

Each year NEAFCS provides a limited number of scholarships to members who are attending PILD for the first time.  Members receiving the scholarships are required to submit reflections on the conference.  I have included a couple for your reading pleasure!  More can be found on the NEAFCS website.  Read More

Telling Our Story with Common Metrics
Roger Rennekamp, Extension Health Director, Cooperative Extension/Association of Public and Land Grant Universities

Every year, the National Extension Association Family and Consumer Sciences compiles a set of national impact statements on human health and well-being that highlight the work of FCS professionals from across the nation.  As Health Director for the Cooperative Extension System, I’ve often used these documents to tell the story of Cooperative Extension’s growing portfolio of health-related work to various stakeholders. I greatly appreciate the work of NEAFCS to collect and publish this collection of documents. Read More

Represent NEAFCS at Annual Session!
Sara Sprouse (IA), Chair-Elect of the Ambassador Committee 

WE WANT YOU! The Ambassador Committee is looking for dependable, positive, professional, and passionate NEAFCS members to apply for the opportunity to represent your state, association, and chosen profession as a 2023 NEAFCS Ambassador at this year's Annual Session in Providence, RI.  Read More

Tips for Work-Life Balance
Elizabeth Martin (LA), Mentoring and Leadership Committee Member 

Happy Summer! June is here, and with it comes high temperatures, extra sunscreen, and lots of water (or at least for us with 90–100-degree temperatures). If you are a member of the Leadership Experience, this also means that you have begun engaging with your Mentor or Mentee and hopefully are eager to begin the Professional Development sessions. Read More

Spread the Word! It’s Time to Start Gathering Donations for the Silent Auction!!  
Roseanne Scammahorn (MS), NEAFCS Awards and Recognition Committee   

The silent auction at the Annual Session is so much more than excellent retail therapy! It is a chance to pay it forward, share your state culture and enjoy fun new items from around the nation. The silent auction is a key fundraiser for the Awards and Recognition Committee that distributes awards and benefits to those that achieve our organization's highest honors. If you’ve won an award, you have received the blessings of the silent auction!  Read More

Family Structure as a DEI Component
Kyleigh Brown (MO), Diversity Committee Member

As many of you know I recently had a baby, this made the Browns a family of four.  Did you know (or assume) that my family is a blended, multi-racial, multi-ethnic family as well?  Our family of four is unique just like every child and family we work with.  To provide inclusive programming Extension Educators must consider many aspects of a person or family’s identity including its structure. Read More

What Have You Been Up To? Central Region State Affiliate Spring Activities
Cindy Thompson (IA), Central Region Director

Central Region Affiliates were recently asked: Did your affiliate gather this spring? If so, what did you do (business meeting, social, both?) Give a few brief details. Here is what the Central Region has been up to this Spring. Read More


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