eNEAFCS-October 2015

October 2015

Table of Contents

President's Message

Upcoming Webinars

Join the Webinar Subcommittee

Spotlight on Arrangements Committee

2016 PILD Conference RFPs Due November 6

Last Minute Things to Know for Annual Session

Website Spotlight – Help!  I’m a New Affiliate Officer!

Final Reflections from This Year’s First Timer PILD Attendees

Important Dates

Affiliate Presidents' Webinar • Oct 21

NEAFCS 2015 Annual Session • Nov 2-5
White Sulphur Springs, WV

JCEP Leadership Conference RFPs Due • Nov 2

PILD Conference RFPs Due • Nov 6

NEAFCS 2016 Annual Session • Sept 12-15
Big Sky, MT

NEAFCS 2017 Annual Session • Oct 15-19
Omaha, NE

NEAFCS 2018 Annual Session • Sept 24-27
San Antonio, TX

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President's Message
Peggy Ehlers, Ed.D. (IN), President
Peg Ehlers

Dear NEAFCS Members,

I am looking forward to applying our theme of the 2015 Annual Session “Tradition to Guide Us, Knowledge to Share, Innovation to Succeed”. About 18% of our membership will be gathering together for our 81st Annual Session.

NEAFCS is proud to be the association to represent Extension Family and Consumer Science professionals. I want to extend my appreciation to the West Virginia Annual Planning Committee, Ami Cook and Hannah Fincham, the West Virginia Affiliate Co-Liaisons, National Committee members, the West Virginia University administration, West Virginia State University administration, family and friends for the dedication to make 2015 Annual Session a success.

The Program Development committee has done an outstanding job of providing you with many opportunities.

The first three members who find the key in this issue, along with the winners from past months, will participate in a drawing for a free annual session registration.  Make sure to email me directly at [email protected]

Looking forward to November 2-5!

Email: [email protected]

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Upcoming Webinars
Julia Zee (HI), Webinar Subcommittee Chair

Julie Zee
We hope you joined us for “Exploring Gut Health” on October 6 with Jessica Clifford and Elisa Shackelton of Colorado State University. The recording of this webinar can be found in the Webinar Archives on the NEAFCS website under Professional Development. Also available are recent presentations on the “Totally Veggies” curriculum by Penn State’s Mary Ehret, Frances Alloway, and Dori Campbell. Totally Veggies is a 4-lesson series that promotes the health benefits of all vegetables, teaches participants how to prepare various vegetables, encourages formation of family teams to increase vegetable consumption at home, and more.

We’d like to thank the members who have completed the evaluation surveys for the recent webinars. The presenters and subcommittee appreciate your feedback. If you have an Extension program or research that you’d like to present to our membership, please email me ([email protected]). We’d love to hear from you!

Notice of upcoming webinars are will be posted on the NEAFCS website. Stay tuned!

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Join the Webinar Subcommittee
Julia Zee (HI), Webinar Subcommittee Chair

We are seeking members for our Webinar Subcommittee, which is part of the Professional Development Committee. Members of this subcommittee solicit and review webinar proposals, select and moderate webinar presentations, and market webinars to members. The subcommittee conducts business through emails and quarterly meetings via conference call. The next subcommittee meeting will be on October 14. Sign up online at NEAFCS.org and email me, [email protected], for meeting information.

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Spotlight on Arrangements Committee
Debby Mathews (AL), President-elect

Debby MathewsIt’s time to place the “follow” spot on an innovative committee-Arrangements! Under the direction of Chairman Melanie Hart they have tested and put in place Sign -Up Genius as a tool for volunteer recruitment and placement for Annual Session.

Some jobs at Annual Session have great benefits like being assured you have a seat in a concurrent session that is on your “top picks” list. All you have to do to get that benefit is sign up to facilitate a concurrent session Tuesday or Thursday. For those who are energized by meeting new people, working registration would be the perfect match.

Here is the complete list of volunteer jobs: Registration Desk, Tuesday Concurrent Session hosting, NEAFCS Merchandise Table, Thursday Concurrent Session hosting, Ticket Takers for meals/events. Make your choice now by going to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a48a4a62da1f94-neafcs  After making your selection you will be reminded one week before Annual Session about the job you selected. How efficient is that?

We salute Melanie Hart and her committee as well as the Regional Directors who guide them for taking this innovative approach to connecting people with fun jobs. As Melanie says, “Now, click on the link!”

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2016 PILD Conference RFPs Due November 6
Theresa Mayhew (NY), Vice President—Public Affairs

Theresa MayhewNext year’s JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference takes place April 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Virginia. The conference theme is “Innovation:  The Story of Extension.” Having been very much involved with the compilation of this year’s Impact Statements I know there’s some terrific programming going on across the country that can address this topic. You’ve already shared those programs with your fellow members; here’s an opportunity to do so across the entire Extension spectrum! The PILD conference planning committee is looking for examples of professional development programs that give insight into issues currently affecting Extension and its clientele and volunteers. Presentations (which must be 50 minutes in length) should highlight productive Extension advocacy strategies and models that demonstrate how Extension addresses relevant and emerging issues.

All proposals must be received electronically by 5 pm (PST) on Friday, November 6. Details are posted on both the Joint Council of Extension Professionals website (www.jcep.org) under the PILD conference tab and the NEAFCS website (www.neafcs.org) under the Public Affairs/PILD Conference tab.  Do consider submitting a proposal. If you have been reading the PILD reflections this year’s First Timers have shared over the few months in this publication, you have a good idea of how valuable they found these concurrent sessions to be. Keep in mind that the deadline submission date coincides with our Annual Session in West Virginia but don’t let that hold you back. Go ahead and put this on your “to do” list for October! As the saying goes – “You’ll be glad you did!”

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Last Minute Things to Know for Annual Session
Ami Cook and Hannah Fincham (WV), Co-liaisons to 2015 NEAFCS Annual Session

Ami CookHannah FinchamFor those of you who are flying into or out of the Greenbrier Valley Airport the week of the conference on Sunday, Monday, Thursday or Friday, WVU Extension Service is offering FREE shuttle service to and from The Greenbrier Resort. Please let us know if you will need transportation from the GVA to The Greenbrier Resort by signing up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YQTG35W by Friday, October 23.

Once you have arrived at the airport, look for a person holding a NEAFCS sign inside the airport. The driver will wait for 30 minutes after the flight has landed. GVA is a very small airport and this should allow for plenty of time to find our driver. For departures, vans will pick you up at the front entrance of The Greenbrier Resort approximately 1.5 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Again, look for a person holding a NEAFCS sign.

For those planning to attend the State’s Night Out event on Wednesday, November 4, several shops in the Lewisburg area have agreed to extend their hours to 8 p.m. that night for your shopping pleasure. We have confirmed that Brick House Antiques, Harmony Ridge Gallery, The Front Porch, The Pepper Shed, Washington Street Gallery, Yarid’s Shoes and Outlet, Studio 40, High Country Boutique and Gallery, Patina, Show Your Colors, Wolf Creek Gallery, Plants Etc and Bella the Corner Gourmet will remain open for late evening shopping. Others have been invited and may join the party. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to explore West Virginia a little deeper.

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Website Spotlight – Help!  I’m a New Affiliate Officer!
Susan Routh (OK), Southern Region Director

Susan RouthStepping into an affiliate leadership role is sometimes overwhelming.  The NEAFCS Executive Board wants to help new affiliate leaders to be prepared and comfortable in their new role as an affiliate officer.  The NEAFCS Officer Toolkit is available on the NEAFCS website to help you as a new affiliate officer to become better prepared to serve your affiliate members.

Information has been contributed by National Officers to the toolkit to help communicate their advice and information to affiliate officers.  Finding the toolkit is easy!  Follow these steps to make your way to the Toolkit:

  1.  Log into the NEAFCS website.
  2. Click on “Document Library” under the “Member Center.”
  3. Click on “Forms and Templates.”
  4. Under “Affiliate Forms & Templates” is an Adobe file titled “NEAFCS Affiliate Officer Toolkit.

When you first scroll through the toolkit, it may appear the document is for the Affiliate President.  Scrolling down through the document, you will discover that the Toolkit has information for Vice Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers.  Presidents can certainly distribute a copy of the Toolkit to their new incoming officers to help them understand their role or the outgoing officer may want to present the new incoming officer with a copy to help with training.

Once you have reviewed the Toolkit and if you still have questions, please contact your regional director to help locate answers.  The NEAFCS officers are here to serve you!. 

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Final Reflections from This Year’s First Timer PILD Attendees
By Theresa Mayhew (NY), Vice President – Public Affairs

As we get ready to take part in our Annual Session at the Greenbrier, I’m very pleased to share the last of the Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) reflections from this year’s first timer attendees. The timing couldn’t be better as the request for proposals (RFP) deadline for concurrent sessions for next year’s PILD Conference is Friday, November 6. I hope that the thoughts shared by Marnie, Denise, Holly, Sarah and Dana inspire you to submit a proposal and/or to plan on attending next year’s event. Learn more about both at www.jcep.org. In the meantime, here’s some great reading courtesy of our fellow NEAFCS members who discovered that PILD is the place to be!

“I was privileged to attend the PILD conference in Washington, D.C. I attended all of the sessions and learned a lot about advocacy and public policy. I also made new partnerships with other educators throughout the country and built stronger partnerships with those I already knew. I especially learned from the NIFA FCS program leaders who spoke at the FCS breakout session. Our small Idaho delegation met with [legislators] and with staff members. I look forward to mentoring other FCS Extension Educators when they have the opportunity to attend PILD.” -- Marnie Spencer, M.S., R.D.; Professor and Extension Educator; University of Idaho

“I want to thank NEAFCS for the scholarship support to attend the 2015 PILD conference. What a fantastic experience this was! Even though I have been an extension professional for over 25 years, I don’t think I fully understood the layers of connections and partnerships that make this organization so unique. The resources and fact sheets on the appropriation requests laid out the funding streams in a way clear enough for me to share with local constituents and my colleagues. I have already started including some of the language in the introductory ‘commercial’ that I give at the beginning of my educational programs. The opportunity to include history of the 1890 institutions on the 125th anniversary was uniquely special. I came away with tools and a plan on effective utilization of social media to use in my programming. Concluding the conference with a visit to ‘The Hill’ to tell our legislators and/or staff how Extension programs impact their local constituents was amazing. Seeing the legislative process in action is really only fully grasped when experienced in person and it is something I hope to be able to repeat in the future. Above all, one of the very best things about national conferences like this and our professional association is making new connections. The friendships created through this common ground that we call ‘extension’ are special and they extend beyond the professional realm…and for that, I am very thankful.” -- Denise Sullivan; Kansas State Research & Extension Leavenworth County; NEAFCS Kansas Affiliate President

“I think PILD was the best experience I have had since being with Extension for almost 15 years.  I was a reluctant attendee because I am not as familiar with the workings of our government as I should be, and I am really kind of shy. I really appreciated the sessions because they helped me to feel more relaxed and prepared for visiting the Capitol.  I also appreciated learning the difference between lobbying and advocating.  I appreciated knowing that I could confidently communicate our successes and tell the ‘story’ of our extension programs that I am most familiar with and passionate about.  I learned that familiarity builds trust, which in turn builds cooperation, which leads to reciprocity. I also learned that there is ‘vigorous reciprocity in Extension with the people, of the people and by the people’ -- Ruby Green Smith, The People’s Colleges.” -- Holly Tiret; MSU Extension Kent County; NEAFCS Michigan Affiliate President

“I truly enjoyed attending the PILD conference! Not only was it a pleasure to be in Washington, DC, but I learned so much about NIFA, appropriate advocacy, Capitol Hill, and even better yet, came back to Missouri feeling revived with a new excitement about my programs and the impact I am making. Thanks to my state organization MEAFCS and NEAFCS for this wonderful opportunity!” – Sarah Traub; Human Development & Family Studies Specialist; University of Missouri Cooper County

“Attending the PILD conference expanded my insight into how important Extension is the local, state and federal community. The conference was packed with relevant, forward thinking presentations that focused on emerging topics and issues. The ideas shared at the conference provided me with many “thinking outside of the box” ideas that will increase the benefit to my program participants. PILD by far was one of the most beneficial conferences that I have attended in my Extension career. I highly recommend that every Extension professional attend this conference at least once. It will provide them with the insight and tools needed to be successful in advocacy, program development, and their institution.” – Dana Wright, Families & Health Agent; West Virginia University Extension

Note:  Some PILD reflections have been edited due to space constraints

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