Download a PDF of the full newsletter by clicking here.


July 2023

Important Dates

2023 NEAFCS Ambassador Program
Closes: July 15, 2023

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
Early Bird Registration Ends August 1, 2023

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

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


Have Member News to share? Fill out the online form: 


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

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/FVadd-uIl4g 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.  

Meet the 2023 National Officer Candidates
Susan Routh (OK), Immediate Past President & National Nominating Committee Chair  

The National Nominating Committee worked hard to contact and secure highly qualified candidates. Please remember that NEAFCS Policy directs that candidates may not campaign for office. The Central and Southern Region Director candidates will give their three-minute speeches and be elected by voting delegates during their respective Regional Awards and Business Meetings on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All other candidates will give their speeches during Opening Session on Monday, September 11, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET.  Read More

Building Opportunities to Develop Professional Networks
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development

Have you committed to your professional development at 2023 Annual Session Exploring Oceans of Opportunities?  I have, and I am excited to be involved in building sessions and activities to cause you to be intentional about networking with your colleagues in Providence.   Read More 

Action Plans & Leadership!
Jennifer Bridge (KY), VP Public Affairs

The committees of NEAFCS Public Affairs have been busy planning and preparing for the upcoming year.  Action plans are being finalized and committee leadership is taking place.  If you are not involved in a committee, investigate joining one. This is a great start to being involved in your association.  Read More

Huzzah! Award Winners Announced!
Samantha Kennedy (FL), VP Awards and Recognition

By now, all awards announcements have been sent out. All winners and non-winners should have received an email from the NEAFCS national office. If you have not but are certain you should have, please contact me and I will help sort it out for you.  Read More

Endowment Committee-Frequently Asked Questions about Endowment Investment  
Glenn Sturm (VA), Treasurer 

This month we’ll answer frequently asked questions about the NEAFCS Endowment Investment! Read More

Christine Kniep (WI), Historian 

Most everyone reading this newsletter article knows what the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) is, but do you know why it exists?   Read More

Don’t Miss a Meal: Plan your Per Diem and Where to Eat
Alyssa Whittaker (DE), Annual Session Marketing Committee 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste all gastronomical delights Providence has to offer! From chowder to johnnycakes, setting your Per Diem and planning out your meals ahead can help ease some of the stress on where to eat!  Read More

Fast FACS: Updates from the Southern Region
Keishon Thomas (GA), Southern Region Director

Temperatures in the Southern Region are soaring and so are our State Affiliates! Read on to learn more about the excellent programming and professional development are engaged in. Read More

Make Some Noise for the Silent Auction!
Melissa Rupp (OH), Awards Sponsorship & Support Subcommittee

When I travel, I love to experience the local flavor of the places I visit: the food, the history, the artists, and the architecture. When we gather as Extension FCS professionals, we can bring bits of our local culture to share. Each year the Sponsorship and Support Committee is charged with raising funds to support the Awards and Recognition given at the Annual Session. Most notably, the Silent Auction!  Read More

Lobster, Laughter, and Luck
Donna K. Donald (IA), Past President 1996

In September, we will gather in Providence for the 2023 NEAFCS Annual Session. Did you know this is a return visit to a delightful city? Are you familiar with the interesting history connected to the first conference held there?  Read More

Why be an Ambassador?
Sara Sprouse (IA), Chair-Elect of the Ambassador Committee 

The Ambassador Committee wants to recognize NEAFCS members who always go above and beyond to make this association successful. Ambassadors are selected based on their application and willingness to represent NEAFCS and FCS in a positive and professional manner. Does this sound like you? Don’t delay! The deadline to apply for the 2023 NEAFCS Ambassador role during this year’s Annual Session in Providence, RI is JULY 15, 2023.  Read More


A Florida Housing Team of Family Consumer Sciences Agents
Jenny Rodriguez (FL), Diversity Committee Member

Even with the difficulties caused by the worldwide health and economic crisis in early 2020, families who live paycheck to paycheck - often referred to as ALICE - continue to play a crucial role in every county and state across the US. Language barriers add an extra difficulty for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families. Even though Florida experienced improvements in its unemployment rate, GDP growth, and wages in 2018, almost half of its households were already struggling to make ends meet before the pandemic. Read More


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.