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November 2023

Important Dates

NEAFCS Webinar - Addressing Mental Health at Work: A New Extension Curriculum
November 29, 2023 @ 2:00 PM Eastern

NEAFCS Webinar: Recognizing and Celebrating the Contributions of our 1994 Land Grant Institutions
November 30, 2023 @ 3:00 PM Eastern

NEAFCS Webinar: How to Submit a Successful Proposal (proposal writing session)
December 5, 2023 @ 2:00 PM Eastern

NEAFCS Leadership Experience Application
Opens: January 15, 2024
Closes: March 1, 2024

NEAFCS Webinar: Reviewing Proposals: What You Need to Know (reviewer session)
January 31, 2024 @ 2:00 PM Eastern

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

NEAFCS Webinar: 1890 Institutions
February 29, 2024 @ 3:00 PM Eastern

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: Association Friendships
Rick Griffiths (NM), NEAFCS President

Here in New Mexico, Fall has fully set in, and there is a crispness to the air, letting us know winter is around the corner. This time of year, I find myself being pulled to slow down, get a hot beverage (my personal choice is hot chocolate), and enjoy the fall breeze and sun before winter sets in. Read More

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.
  • Now Open: NEAFCS Impact Portal. Closes February 1.
  • Now Open: JCEP ELC Scholarship Portal Open
  • November 15 - 2024 NEAFCS Awards Program Guidance Documents Published
  • December 1 - 2024 NEAFCS Awards Application Portal Opens.
  • December 1 - 2024 Annual Session Proposal System Opens. Deadline Jan 31.
  • December 6: JCEP PILD Scholarship Portal Opens
  • January 15 - 2024-2025 NEAFCS Leadership Experience Application Opens. Closes March 1.

2023 Hall of Fame Recipients Recognized at Recent Conference
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), Immediate Past President

Theresa (“Terri”) Mayhew (NY) and Barbara Tricinella (OK) were recognized as Hall of Fame recipients at the NEAFCS conference in Rhode Island. We applaud the accomplishments of their careers and their commitment to the
NEAFCS mission.  Read More

Don't Miss Out and Renew Your Membership Today
Lance Hansen (ID), Treasurer

We hope this newsletter finds you well and thriving! It's that time of the year again when we discuss membership renewals. We know, we know - it doesn't have the thrill of a summer vacation or the excitement of a birthday, but renewing your NEAFCS membership can be just as satisfying! Read More 

President-Elect Recommends: Leadership Moments
Jennifer Bridge (KY), President-Elect

Over the next few months, I will share information about books or leadership quotes I have found helpful in my leadership journey.  This is not an endorsement, just my experience and insight. Read More

Let us Mis en place for Awards Season!
Diandria Barber (GA), Awards Training Committee 

Mis en place…maybe you have heard the term before while watching your favorite cooking show or reading a cookbook. If you have heard the term before, you probably know it means “everything in its place and ready for use.” Yes, that means having your ingredients (measured, cut, peeled, sliced, etc.) and your equipment ready before starting your recipe. Well, it is mis en place time for awards season. The portal may not be opened yet (it opens December 1st!), but you can start your prep now. Read More 

Professional Development Based on NEAFCS Member Responses
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee has many gears turning to bring ideas together from the affiliate Vice Presidents of Professional Development, Top 10 2023 NEAFCS Member Picks of Concurrent Sessions, Top 10 2023 NEAFCS Favorite Concurrent Sessions, and a webinar from the National Center for Home Food Preservation by Dr. Carla Schwan. Read More

Join the Public Affairs-Marketing & Communication Committee!  
Christine Zellers (NJ), VP Public Affairs 

Have you heard of the Marketing & Communications Committee under Public Affairs? Consider joining a fantastic committee!  Read More

NEAFCS: We’ve Got You Covered!
Michelle Wright (TX), VP Member Resources 

Do you know that NEAFCS has you covered? NEAFCS has several wonderful member benefits, and we want you to take full advantage of them! Because you have joined this great organization, these member benefits are at your fingertips! Without a doubt, you will get your money’s worth by being a member! Read More

Attend ELC and Change Your Career
Dianne Christensen (NM), Western Region Director

WHAT is JCEP? JCEP stands for Joint Council of Extension Professionals. The many Extension associations are members and the organizational mission is to leverage the strengths of member associations to foster leadership, collaboration, professional development, scholarly activity, strategic partnerships, and advocate for the profession nationally.   Read More

HELP! The Secret History of Home Economics
Cindy Thompson, 90th Anniversary Planning Committee Member

Many of our affiliates have done activities around the book The Secret History of Home Economics by Danielle Dreilinger. Is your affiliate one of them? If so, we’d love to hear from you!   Read More

The Diversity Committee: Cultivating Inclusivity and Empowering Change
Caroline Everidge (IN), Diversity Committee Chair

Organizations, institutions, and communities are realizing that embracing diversity not only fosters an equitable environment but also unlocks many benefits, including enhanced creativity, improved problem-solving, and increased employee satisfaction. It is within this context that the NEAFCS Diversity Committee assumes
a crucial role.  Read More

Nearly to our $5,000 goal! Help us get there!
Roseanne E. Scammahorn, 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 Providence, RI. Your generous contribution helps to fund the resources needed for quality awards and recognition activities. Read More

Happy Golden Anniversary…NAEHE! – Were you there?
Christine Kniep (WI), Historian

The National Association of Extension Home Economists celebrated its 50th anniversary in New York City on September 10-13, 1984.  The Annual Session theme that year was “Reflect and Reach Out,” with the program focusing on building upon strengths of the past, linking research to reality, and utilizing new educational methodology.  More than 1,800 members, guests, and exhibitors were expected to attend. Read More

Southern Region Affiliates: Updates Needed!
Samantha Kennedy (FL), Southern Region Director   

I am so excited about beginning my new role as the Southern Region Director. Being able to continue serving on the NEAFCS board is an incredible honor and a very rewarding experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the region in this capacity. We are currently updating our affiliate records to reflect new and continuing affiliate officers. Read More

10 Ways to Achieve a Heart-Healthy Eating Pattern

In its nearly 100 years of improving cardiovascular health — and saving lives — for all people, the American Heart Association has emphasized the importance of a heart-healthy eating pattern.

The AHA also encourages establishing healthy habits early in life and acknowledges systemic problems, such as food insecurity and targeted marketing, may affect adhering to a heart-healthy diet. Read More 

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.