May  2016

Table of Contents

President's Message

Affiliate Highlights from Central Region

2016 PILD 1st Timer’s Scholarship Winners Share their Stories

Reaching Latino Audiences

Montana Treasure: Gallatin Canyon- The Gateway to Big Sky

Meet the Board – Central Region Director

Parliamentary Pointers - Main Motions Introduce Business at a Meeting

Important Dates

Members-only Webinar
Aug 24

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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
Debby Mathews (AL), NEAFCS President

Debby Mathews

Dear NEAFCS members:

Wow! In April there was a flurry of activity among the board’s vice presidents in preparation for Annual Session. In-depth session plans were completed and approved, and concurrent session and Showcase of Excellence proposals were judged. Then notices were sent out with days and time slots for presentations -all under Patty’s supervision. Awards subcommittees were busy with judging and scoring applications under Dianne Gertson’s direction. Margie Memmott was busy with her committees working on securing exhibits, planning their committee concurrent sessions and the first timers and life member events.

While all the Annual Session planning was underway, JCEP’s PILD Conference took place April 10-13 in Washington, D.C. where Glenda Hyde proudly revealed the NEAFCS Impact Statements for 2016. I, too, attended the PILD Conference and co-led our association time with Epsilon Sigma Phi’s past president, Ann Berry. Ann and I were very pleased to have our associations meet together to hear Dr. Frances Lee, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, present a chart-packed, information-loaded program about the daily challenges legislators face in terms of time management and fund raising expectations from their political parties. Forty-one NEAFCS members were present for Dr. Lee’s program.

Please look for more reports about PILD in our scholarship winners’ paragraphs as they are published. PILD was a richly rewarding experience! We also had a good time with seventeen of our members during our PILD NEAFCS Night Out at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Following the museum adventure, we relaxed and enjoyed dining at The Oceanaire Seafood Restaurant, a very upscale seafood restaurant in D.C. Please check out our pics on our NEAFCS Face Book page accessible through www.neafcs.org.

In closing, the first three to find the engaged gear icon in April were Araceli Whitwam-Sell, Linda Law-Saunders, and Anne Holland. As you look for the gear icon this month remember to email me at [email protected] to let me know you found it. Happy hunting!



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Affiliate Highlights from Central Region
Rebecca Travnichek (MO), Central Region Director

Ohio Affiliate Activities - The Ohio Extension began hearing about adopted changes to the Ohio Food Code with regards to personnel training requirements. A statewide food safety update was held for educators. Food safety representatives were invited to the training. This successful day set Extension to address the need for training across the state.

Training and core programming interests have been introduced to new educators. Seasoned educators have held updates related to Sun Safety and the use of the dermascan machine. The "Aging In-service" introduced educators to a new curriculum for mature adults while revisiting Matter of Balance and Universal Design. A two-day Healthy People update focused on Million Hearts, Food Preservation, and Dining with Diabetes programming. Healthy Finances in-service is planned for later in the year.

Kansas Affiliate Activities - “Innovate, Integrate, Motivate and Educate” was the theme selected for the annual United Association Conference held in Wichita, KS in March. This brought together Family and Consumer Science teachers, college students majoring in FCS and Extension Agents for a great opportunity to network. Members from the Kansas affiliate of NEAFCS serve on the planning committee for this event. This included contact and welcome of vendors to have booths to share resources and technology with participants. Extension educators also presented concurrent or round table sessions. 150 registered for the conference. Those registered received the book “Leaders Speak” authored by keynote speaker Jody Cross.

Missouri Affiliate Activities - The Missouri Affiliate will be having the mid-year meeting as part of Human Environmental Sciences Annual Program Development and HES Awards. This five-day training includes sessions for the entire group, while others are for Missouri Affiliate specialty.

Missouri is excited. Our affiliate is growing again! There are 44 members, which is an increase of 9 since last year and increase of 12 since 2014.

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2016 PILD 1st Timer’s Scholarship Winners Share their Stories
Glenda Hyde (OR), Vice President for Public Affairs

Forty-one NEAFCS members attended PILD 2016. Twenty of those members were awarded a NEAFCS scholarship of $200. The entire NEAFCS group is pictured here.

     I would like to say thank you so very much for the opportunity to be one of the recipients of the 2016 Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) scholarship.   It was an experience of a lifetime and I will never forget it.  As I return home, I am in awe of all I gained while attending the PILD Conference in Washington, D.C.  My participation allowed me the opportunity to see advocacy unite with education in a fantastic manner.  Most importantly, the critical role advocacy plays in the very existence of Extension in general.   As Dr. Ramaswamy stated in his general assembly presentation, we must do a better job telling our story and I plan to do just that whenever possible.  The speakers were truly informative and their words challenged my thinking in more ways than one.  I was inspired by their passion and amazed by their knowledge and expertise.  In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful Extension educators from around the United States.  It was wonderful having the opportunity to share programmatic ideas and discuss county success stories.   That was fantastic!!!  What an awesome experience and I look forward to my participation next year.  Michelle Allen (TX)

     My first time attendance at the PILD conference was enlightening, refreshing, and insightful. I gained a new appreciation of the history and importance we serve within our communities.  This year’s theme “The Story of Extension” provided an insight of how valuable our impact is not only just in my community, but in all of our communities.  The best quote which set the course of what to expect throughout the conference was best stated by Dr. Douglas Steele, “Important part of our past allows us to understand our future.”  As the future state of our communities adapt to the ever-changing ways of society, so must Extension, in order to remain as effective while still holding true to our foundation of providing education to the people.  Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy stated “Capitalize trust within our communities” which is so true, because we serve as the voice. 

     The most impactful sessions were “Crafting Your Message” led by Ethan Orr because it really gave me an opportunity to strengthen my leadership efforts and feel even more confident on my visit to the Hill to deliver my speech.  I already had a speech in mind that was well rehearsed; however, I really felt after attending this session I needed to skip the script and really express the what, how, and needs of our community.  Therefore, I left that session with an “A-Ha” moment which served as my voice to my legislative officials: “community sustainability is only achievable through continued growth and education and this is the story of Extension.”  The most memorable event with the conference was our Association Night.  Just imagine 15 women and 1 man traveling the metro and fine dining in the heart of Washington D.C.! It was, indeed, a true blast!!!  Kim Gowdy (MS)

     What a privilege it was to attend the Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) conference in Washington, D.C.!  The experience broadened my understanding of public policy issues that impacts Cooperative Extension and Extension clientele. Having the experience to learn, in depth, the political process at the National level, made this the best professional development opportunity I have had in my 18 years with Extension.

     Keynote speaker, Dr. Doug Steele, spoke with integrity in his message that we are all in the people business, and we are all about relationships. He stressed the fact that using social media must be a tool to move our message forward. In addition, he emphasized the importance of innovation and technology, and how those connections determine our relevance in the world today.

     One breakout session examined the importance of advocacy for Extension and how it is critical for our future survival.  More than ever, we must know our impact data, and the positive changes we are making in our state. We must also be able to communicate these changes to stakeholders, as well as legislators.

     Another session stressed the role of narrative inquiry and how stories can document the value and impact of Extension programs on our local communities. Linking stories to purpose enables the storyteller to motivate others through their positive experiences.

     The National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) National Program Leaders brought updates from Family & Community Health, Housing & Environmental Health, and Adult Development & Aging. In addition, funding opportunities were announced, and links to new resource materials were shared.

     A highlight of the conference was Dr. Frances Lee’s presentation during the NEAFCS sponsored session. Currently a professor, researcher and author at the University of Maryland, she painted a very realistic picture of “a typical day in the life” of a legislator. Her enthusiasm for the political process was interesting and informative. Her comments helped us be better prepared for Hill visits at the conclusion of the conference.

    Thank you for the opportunity and support to attend this year’s PILD conference. I look forward to sharing my experiences and insight with colleagues throughout Kentucky. Vicki Wynn (KY)

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Reaching Latino Audiences
Karim Martinez (NM), FCS County Program Director

Karim MartinezThe topic of reaching new audiences is not a new one for Extension.  In fact, it is becoming increasingly important for our organization to adapt to a rapidly changing society. By doing so we are sure to keep Extension viable for at least another hundred years! A current societal trend is that Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. Therefore, it is in Extension’s best interest to identity successful strategies for reaching this growing clientele group.

The first step to successfully reach this audience is to understand the group’s richness and diversity. For example, some Latino families may have lived in areas even before they were colonized by the U.S. This is typical in the Southwest where many families trace their roots to Spanish and Indigenous heritage.  On the other end of the spectrum are families who have recently emigrated from one of many Latin American countries around the globe. Each of these groups come with their own beautiful traditions, language and culture.     

One specific challenge for Extension is reaching Latinos whose primary language is Spanish.  It can be very tempting to simply translate English materials into Spanish, but it is also important to assure the materials are culturally appropriate.  In addition, it is important to view Latino audiences, as well as other minorities, from a strengths perspective and not a deficit perspective. By developing programs that respect and value our clienteles’ lived experiences, we can successfully provide meaningful and impactful programs to these new audiences.  

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Montana Treasure: Gallatin Canyon- The Gateway to Big Sky

Kelly Moore (MT), President Elect NEAFCS Montana Affiliate
Tara Andrews/ Sheila Friedrich Co-Liaisons

Unless you are planning on arriving to the 2016 NEAFCS Annual Session in Big Sky by helicopter or private jet, you will most likely be arriving by car or bus through the Gallatin Canyon, a spectacular 40 mile journey winding through rocky cliffs and towering pine trees, the raging Gallatin River below.  World class fly fishing (scenes from Robert Redford’s 1992 classic-A River Runs Through It, were filmed here) and white water rafting (“Mad Mile”- a continuous stretch of Class 1V white water) opportunities await.

In 1898, a man named, Pete Karst homesteaded here.  He built an inn for travelers where he served the guests a secret recipe drink, somewhat frowned upon during the prohibition years. He is most known for the bus business he developed in 1924 that delivered visitors to Yellowstone National Park (Karst Stage still operates today) and for designing the very first tow rope ski hill in Montana.

The Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area borders the canyon with 23 miles of hiking trails to challenge the most seasoned backpacker and the casual day hiker.  At the end of the Canyon lies the town of West Yellowstone, the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the first designated national park. Midway in this incredibly beautiful drive, is the entrance to Big Sky, our Annual Session destination.

Adventures await!  http://neafcsmontana2016.blogspot.com/

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Meet the Board
Dr. Rebecca Jane Travnichek (MO), Central Region Director

Rebecca TravnichekGreetings from Becky at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri! I am excited to be serving on your board for a second two-year term; formerly as your Treasurer, now as your Central Region Director.  I come from a very small community in the middle of Kansas – Cassoday.  I arrived in Missouri following a bachelor’s degree at Emporia State University (Emporia, KS), a master’s degree at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK), and a doctorate at Auburn University (Auburn, AL).

I have been with University of Missouri Extension since July 1, 1996.  I lived in a small town in northwest Missouri (Savannah, MO) until December 5, 2014, when my husband and I moved to Lake of the Ozarks area in Camdenton, Missouri.  What is great is that I am doing the exact same job (Family Financial Education & County Program Director) in the lake area as my previous location.  My FACS programs focus on financial management, financial counseling, VITA tax preparation, leadership development, and succession/estate/retirement planning.

As a member of the Missouri Affiliate for almost 20 years, I have served as Affiliate Treasurer, Secretary, President-elect, President, Past President; as well as leading and serving as VP for all of the affiliate committees (some roles multiple times).  As your Central Region Director, I am thrilled to be able to work directly with NEAFCS members from my region to make the most of their NEAFCS membership and opportunities.

Away from work, I enjoy playing with my 9-month-old granddaughter who lives with us and also with my 3-year-old granddaughter when we are able to seem them.  I like being outdoors, sewing/knitting, and spending time with family and friends.  I have recently become a “pistol packing Mama.”

As a member, NEAFCS offers opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.  But you will get out of it what you put into it - join committees, write journal articles, submit proposals to present, apply for awards, and look for leadership opportunities in your state affiliate.

See you in Big Sky, Montana in September for the 2016 NEAFCS Annual Session!

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Parliamentary Pointers - Skillful Presiding
Janice Strand (NM), Professional Registered Parliamentarian

Is your concern that it takes a long time to conduct business at your organization’s meetings?  Is there a long, long discussion before a decision is made?  Parliamentarians recommend that a main motion be used to introduce business as then the content of the issue is focused and discussion can center on the specific statement of the motion.

A main motion is stated, “I move.....” as a meeting participant introduces business at a meeting.  A complete main motion includes:

  1. The proposed action.
  2. Who will follow through on the action; President, Board, Individual, Committee.
  3. If the action requires “reporting back” or completion....to whom? when?
  4. If money is involved, how much?  are funds available:  how will it be financed?
  5. If a committee is involved, how appointed? how many? Is the committee to investigate, consider, act, plan?

It is recommended that each main motion be written on a motion form, read by the maker of the motion, handed to the presider who restates the motion after it has been seconded.  The presider then hands the completed form to the secretary; the motion, as stated, can then be written in the minutes.

     The steps in the handling of the motion are:

  1. The member seeks recognition from the chair.
  2. The chair recognizes the member.
  3. The member states the motion.
  4. Another member seconds the motion.
  5. The chair states the motion (it now belongs to the assembly).
  6. The chair asks for debate/discussion; debate/discussion occurs. The maker of the motion is given the first opportunity to speak.
  7. The chair “puts the question”.. “Is there any debate?”
  8. The members vote on the motion.
  9. The chair announces the result of the vote and the action to be taken if the motion is adopted.

Subsidiary motions are applied to main motions...to amend a main motion, to refer a main motion to a committee, to limit or extend debate on a main motion, etc.  Each one of these subsidiary motions can be covered in a future column.

Information on agenda can be reviewed in Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th Edition,  (RONR) pp. 353-375.  

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