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We Can Use Your Help!

Help us out at the Regional Meetings at Galaxy this  year!  We need volunteers for the Central, Eastern, and Western Regional Meetings.

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Galaxy IV Conference: Items of Interest

Sonja Koukel, PhD (NM), VP for Professional Development

So, you’ve registered and made travel arrangements to attend the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, September 16-20. Great! We look forward to seeing you there. If you haven’t taken the time to visit some of the JCEP online links to acquaint yourself with the Convention Center and the downtown district, this article may prove helpful.

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Galaxy IV Conference: Registration Update

Sonja Koukel, PhD (NM), VP for Professional Development

Nearly two weeks remain before the end of regular registration for Galaxy IV in Pittsburgh. Between now and August 15, the registration cost is $495 for the once-every-five-years special gathering of all the Extension Professional Associations that begins September 16. After the August 15 deadline, the price increases to $550.

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Marian Ross, Southern Region Director

Where has the time gone? It was just two years ago that I was preparing for Albuquerque and our NEAFCS Annual Session to run for Southern Region Director and now, it is already time to bid adieu….

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Creative Grants

University of Florida in Bay County Extension
– A Keeping the Pressure Down Program was to reduce risk of hypertension and reduce blood pressure among program participants.  Approximately sixteen individuals attended the four week sessions.  Each week two recipes were used from the cookbooks. Results of workshop:  100% know more about choosing healthful menu items when eating out; know more about changing recipes to make them more heart healthy; 100% stated they would make changes. All participates received the Cookbook! Because the Health Department wants more classes, Marjorie Moore is offering more classes this fall.

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Save the Dates: NEAFCS Annual Session November 2-5, 2015, in West Virginia

Sonja Koukel, PhD (NM), VP for Professional Development

Is it too early to begin planning for 2015? The West Virginia affiliate members don’t think so! They have already rolled up their collective sleeves and begun the planning for the 2015 Annual Session.

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Meet Your Executive Director

Jody Rosen Atkins

I can't believe that I am already in my second year as your NEAFCS Executive Director!  In many ways, it seems like just yesterday that our management company was interviewing to serve as your National Office. 

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President's Message

Dear Friends,

Carol ChandlerAs I pondered what I wanted to share with you in my final President’s Message, I am once again amazed at how quickly time has passed since I began these duties last September. Serving as your NEAFCS national president has been a wonderful experience.

Probably the best part of the year’s activities has been having the opportunity to interact with many of you and learn more about Extension and Family & Consumer Sciences programs in other states. Extension professionals are a resourceful, creative, compassionate group of people and I count myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn more about the impact that you have on individuals and communities all over the country and to share those impacts with others.

I’ve written in previous months about the important role that Family & Consumer Sciences plays in strengthening families and communities. FCS professionals strive to equip others with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy choices in every area of their lives. Our efforts are as important today as they have ever been!

In order to continue that work, our profession and our association needs for each of you to become more involved to help us all move forward. I know that you are already working very hard in your local county, area or region, but I am going to ask you to consider digging a little deeper to extend yourself to become more active in our professional association.

There are lots of ways to be more involved – just explore the webpage and you’ll find endless opportunities. NEAFCS can only meet your needs if YOU become an active member…and you need to be an “active member” in more that title alone.

As our society changes, we need to embrace new ways of reaching our audiences and making the information that individuals need available in more formats. I am certain that many of you are exploring new methods of information delivery. NEAFCS can serve as a resource for our members to assist them in those efforts if each of you shares their expertise for the benefit of not only other Extension FCS professionals but also for the benefit of those we serve.

Consider ways that you can become more involved in our national association to help move our profession forward and so that we can all become more effective educators.

2012-13 Theme

As one of my last projects for this year, I’d like to request your assistance with another item. It is tradition that the outgoing president of NEAFCS identifies a charity to which members can make a contribution. This year however, as we look forward to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension in 2014, the NEAFCS Endowment committee has prepared a new campaign to celebrate this milestone. You’ll be receiving more details about the campaign at the Galaxy conference.

Instead of designating a President’s Charity, I would like to encourage you to make a contribution to the NEAFCS Endowment fund. It is even possible now to make a donation on our website. You can also break your donation into monthly payments automatically charged to your credit card. Making a contribution to the Endowment is another way to secure the future of our association and our profession! Please consider participating in the campaign at whatever level you choose.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,


Upcoming Event List

Members-only Webinar • Oct 15
Parents as Teachers
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Members-only Webinar • Nov 7
Youth Targeted Food Marketing
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Galaxy IV
September 15-19

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