NEAFCS joins with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in promoting “Dining In for Healthy Families” on December 3. You will find NEAFCS materials in the Member Center under Document Library > Forms and Templates. There is a project overview with tips, news release, proclamation, and two posters. Get more ideas at aafcs.org/fcsday where you may pledge to eat together on December 3. Follow twitter feeds - #FCSday and #diningin4fam and AAFCS & NEAFCS Facebook posts.
Plan Ahead for the PILD Presentations! Deadline - Nov 17
The 2016 Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference planning committee “invites participants to highlight their own contributions to Cooperative Extension that give insights into issues that are currently affecting Extension programming, clientele and volunteers. Presentations should highlight productive models of Extension advocacy and how Extension programs successfully address relevant and emerging public issues. The presentation should offer some education on issues including how to inform others and how to react when they occur. All proposals must be received electronically via the online process by 5:00 PM (PST), November 17, 2015.” The details for The Request for Proposals for Oral Presentations are posted on the web pages of the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) under the PILD Conference tab and NEAFCS under the Public Affairs/PILD Conference tab.
In these 50-minute, concurrent sessions participants would like to learn about current or on-going public issues along with related programs and activities that you have been addressing in 2014-15. Please consider submitting a proposal. Note that the deadline coincides with the NEAFCS Annual Session. You may want to get it submitted in October!
Membership in NEAFCS has many benefits. Among them are:
Access to a growing, nationwide network of nearly 2,000 Extension professionals actively involved in Family & Consumer Sciences programming in their communities.
Opportunities to develop and enhance your leadership and management skills by serving in a leadership capacity on the state or national level.
Forums for presenting research and program information and discussing common Extension concerns at annual conferences, through webinars, and in the Journal of NEAFCS.
Recognition for outstanding achievements through an extensive awards and recognition program.
Discount on conference registration packages.
Access to professional development opportunities on the state, regional and national levels. This includes free webinars for all members sponsored by NEAFCS.
Ability to earn continuing education credits through participation in national meetings.
Up to date information on the latest products, methods, materials and technological advances to enhance the effectiveness of your programs.
Opportunity to serve as External Reviewers for promotion and tenure, as well as publication reviews.
Access to creative networking opportunities through www.neafcs.org.
Membership dues for 2016 are $100 for Active/Affiliate Membership, $50 for Student Membership, $300 (one time) for Life Membership, and $100 for Partner Membership. To review the requirements for each type of membership, download the NEAFCS Membership Brochure.
Over 310 Extension professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City April 12-15 to learn how to tell Extension’s story more effectively to elected officials and other stakeholders at all levels of government – local, state and federal. The conference theme -- “Imaging Extension – Eyes on the Future” -- permeated the entire event starting with the opening keynote about the power of storytelling to the fast-paced capnote about using technology to advance Extension’s future. Plenary and concurrent sessions reinforced these messages while addressing such issues as advocacy, public policy, and partnership building. NEAFCS members heard from a number of NIFA Division of Family and Consumer Sciences program leaders on their latest program initiatives and were able to interact with their fellow colleagues from across the county. Throw in some beautiful spring weather, moonlight national monuments, fragrant cherry blossoms, exciting Hill visits and learning how to navigate the Metro system and you had the makings of an exhilarating three and a half days. You’ll be hearing more about PILD from the 20 first timer scholarship recipients in future e-Newsletters. Stay tuned!
-Theresa Mayhew (NY), Vice President for Public Affairs