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 6, 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
Annual Session Keynote Presenters
Tim Moore Generational Insights Timothy Moore is an accomplished author and speaker with over three decades of experience in marketing, sales, and training. He is the owner and principal of the sales consultancy DEAG Sales Training and is Editor of the on-line daily business magazine Carolina Business Connection in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. More >>
Jean Regalie-Carr From Farm to Fork with Families: Connecting Food, Nutrition and Agriculture NEAFCS members are leaders in the education of families and consumers about relevant topics in health and wellness. This session will help prepare attendees to address these questions with science-based information and also to learn how they can continuously educate themselves on the connection of agriculture, food and nutrition. More >>
Hotel Rooms, Group Rate, Dress Code
Hotel Reservations Open May 1. The Group Rate Closes September 30 or until the block is filled, whichever occurs first. The standard room rate is $199.00 for 1-2 people per room per night plus an Historical Preservation Fund (HPF) fee of $12.94, occupancy tax of $5.97, and sales tax of $12.72. An additional $40 per person per night (plus applicable HPF fee and taxes) will apply to each third or fourth adult occupant in the room. The group rate will be offered three days prior to the Annual Session and three days after, subject to availability. Click below to read more and download the Hotel Fact Sheet. More >>
Be an Exhibitor and Sponsor
We invite you to exhibit and/or sponsor! The Annual Session attracts approximately 650 Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Cooperative Extension Educators from across the nation and its territories. NEAFCS members touch the lives of your consumers every day through the knowledge and resources they share with communities they serve. FCS Extension professionals teach community education programs in nutrition, food safety, human development, aging, parenting education, financial management, 4-H youth development, housing, clothing/textiles and more. More >>