October 2023

Important Dates

Webinar: Webinar:  Science, Practice, Updates and FAQs with the National Center for Home Food Preservation
October 23, 2023 @ 11am ET

2024 JCEP Extension Leadership Conference
February 14-15, 2024
Tampa, FL

2024 JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development Conference
April 15-16, 2024
Arlington, VA

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

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


Are you interested in home canning, especially seafood? We want to hear from you! We’re asking people living in the United States and its territories who are interested in or currently preserving seafood by canning and who are 18 years or older to help us understand their interest in a new seafood canning recipe by completing this 5-10-minute anonymous survey. Your answers will help us develop a new recipe and resource for the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

This project is funded by the NEAFCS Endowment Grant.

Share this with your canning networks!

For questions about this research, please contact:
Shauna C. Henley, Ph.D.
Family & Consumer Sciences Senior Agent
Affiliate Agent in the Department of Nutrition & Food Science (NFSC)
Board of Directors, Partnership for Food Safety Education
University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County
1114 Shawan Rd, Ste. 2│Cockeysville, MD 21030
Ph: 410-887-8090
Email: [email protected]

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President's Message
Rick Griffiths (NM), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/F_V-iZ4IIaA to watch this month’s President’s Message. Email Rick at [email protected]

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.  

  • Now Open: NEAFCS Endowment Grant (deadline May 15)
  • October 18 - NEAFCS Impact Portal Open. Closes February 1.
  • Mid-October: JCEP ELC Scholarship Portal Opens
  • Early November: JCEP PILD Scholarship Portal Opens
  • November 15 - 2024 NEAFCS Awards Program Guidance Documents Published
  • December 1 - 2024 NEAFCS Awards Application Portal Opens
  • December 1 - 2024 Annual Session Proposal System (deadline Jan 31)
  • January 15 - 2024-2025 NEAFCS Leadership Experience Application Opens. Closes March 1.

Meet Your 2023-2024 NEAFCS Executive Board
Lisa Peterson (IL), Secretary

I am thrilled to help introduce the membership to our new National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Executive Board! Some names and faces may be familiar; more in-depth graphics will be shared throughout the year to learn more about our newest board members. Read More

Recharged by Annual Meeting
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee gathered many ideas from Exploring Oceans of Opportunities in Providence, RI.  The Affiliate Vice Presidents narrowed their meeting discussion down to five potential action focuses. Read More 

From URI-Kingston:
They [NEAFCS members and attendees] harvested about 625 pounds of Macintosh Apples and Bartlett Pears for donation.  The URI Free Farmers Market, Rhody Outpost, Galilee Mission, St Peters Food Pantry, and the Jonnycake Center Food Pantry were all recipients of the bounty this afternoon.

Celebrating our Award Winners!
Donna Jung (OK), VP Awards & Recognition

I am excited to follow in Samantha Kennedy’s footsteps as the new Vice President for Awards and Recognition. What a great Annual Session!  Read More

HELP! How are you using the Public Affair Committee Resources?
Christine Zellers (NJ), VP Public Affairs 

This summer the Public Affairs Committee developed a survey to get member input on the three divisions of the committee.  We would like to know how members and affiliates are using the resources developed by the committee and would greatly appreciate your input.  Read More

Granite-Diamond-Gold-How do we celebrate NEAFCS’s 90th birthday?  
Christine Kniep (WI), Historian

Another milestone in our organization’s history is about to be reached. Annual Session 2023 begins our 90th year as an organization, and a celebration of this birthday is scheduled for Annual Session 2024.  Reaching this milestone is something to be proud of and recognize and celebrate!  Read More

New DATE for NEAFCS Impact Statements
Amanda Dame (KY), Public Affairs Education Committee Chair   

The Public Affairs Education Committee's key responsibility is to create Impact Statements that showcase the outstanding work of our members. These statements are then shared with congressional leaders and NIFA program leaders to support PILD.  Read More 

Diversity, Inclusion, and the NEAFCS Family
Darlene Minniefield (AL), Diversity Committee Member

When I think of diversity and inclusion, one definition says “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc., not exclude or exclusion which means to deny (someone) access to a place, group, or event. For too long, people, society, and groups have been denied or refused access because of their color, race, gender, or disability.  Read More

Building Excitement for the Be NEAFCS Strong Campaign To Raise $90,000
Theresa Mayhew (NY), Endowment Fund Committee Chair

It was wonderful seeing so many of you in Providence! Hope you enjoyed your time seeking oceans of opportunities! We plan to continue building upon the great response to our Be NEAFCS Strong Endowment Campaign as we look forward to celebrating our 90th anniversary in Tucson next year!  Read More 

Join Us in Arizona for the 2024 NEAFCS Annual Session
Hope Wilson (AZ), 2024 Annual Session Invitation, Marketing and Promotion Subcommittee Chair

On behalf of the Arizona affiliate, I am pleased to invite you all to Tucson, Arizona for the 2024 NEAFCS Annual Session scheduled for September 16-19, 2024. Next year’s conference theme is “Under One Sky: Thriving in an Ever-Changing World.” We look forward to hosting you next year and sharing all our beautiful state has to offer.  Read More

AHA ranks 10 popular eating plans based on heart-healthy guidelines 

The DASH, pescetarian, Mediterranean and vegetarian eating patterns strongly align with heart-healthy eating guidelines, according to the American Heart Association. 

The AHA, which published the findings in its Circulation journal, also concluded that the popular paleo and ketogenic diets don’t adhere well with the guidelines.  Read More

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members 



Maurice Hartman (IN), father of Marcia Parcell (IN)


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.