The 2018 NEAFCS MN Affiliate Awards were presented at the Stearns County Museum in St. Cloud on Friday, September 14 following the Professional Development Day and prior to the Affiliate’s annual meeting.
The awards presented were:
Communications – Internet Educational Technology, “Military Families Learning Network FT/PF Generations Webinars & Wrap Arounds”; Anita Hering, Sara Croymans, Karen Shirer, Barbara O’Neill, Molly Herndon, Jen Chilek, Karen Jeannette, Brian Fredrickson, Lisa Hinz, Vickie LaFollette, and Robert Bertsch; 1st place MN Affiliate, 1st place Central Region and 1st place National
Communications – Photography: Signs of Community Support for Military Families”; Sara Croymans; 1st place MN Affiliate and 1st place Central Region
Continued Excellence – Kathy Brandt, recognized at Affiliate, Central Region and National levels
Florence Hall Award; “RentWise: Assisting Renters When Housing is Out of Reach”; Becky Hagen Jokela and Lori Hendrickson, 1st place MN Affiliate and 1st place Central Region
Innovation in Programming; “Military Families Learning Network 2017 Virtual Conference”; Sara Croymans, Sarah Baughman, Robert Bertsch, Rachel Brauner, Alicia Cassels, Jen Chilek, Andy Crocker, Robyn DiPietro-Wells, Betsy Graham, Anita Hering, Hannah A. Hyde, Karen Jeannette, Stephen Judd, Kyle Kostelecky, Vickie LaFollette, Rebecca Lombardi, Melody McDonald, Terry Meisenbach, Kacy Mixon, Michaelene Ostrosky, Coral Owens, Chris Plein, Amy Santos, Anne Schulte, Brigitte Scott, Karen Shirer, Bari Sobelson, Kerry Walker, Barbara Wilson, and Naomi Younggren; 1st place MN Affiliate and 3rd place Central Region
School Wellness; “Supporting Schools to Increase School Breakfast Participation”; Mary Schroeder, Mary Caskey, and Kelly Kunkel; 1st place MN Affiliate, 1st place Central Region and 3rd place National
Snap-Ed/EFNEP Educational Program; “Forks Well Fed”; Megan Hruby, Molly Soeby; NDSU Extension Service, Caryl Lester, Stable Days Youth Ranch, Jean Noland; NDSU Extension Service, and Linda Kuster, NDSU Extension Service; 1st place MN Affiliate and 2nd place Central Region
Friend of NEAFCS – MN Affiliate – Karen Shirer, UMN Extension Center for Family Development Associate Dean
- Those present to receive awards were (L to R): Anita Hering, Mary Caskey, Becky Hagen Jokela, Lori Hendrickson, Karen Shirer, Mary Schroeder, Kelly Kunkel and Sara Croymans.
- Friend of NEAFCS – MN Affiliate Karen Shirer shared reflections from her career and her time with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development. She shared that one constant over the years has been the presence of change — some planned and some not predicted. Karen indicated that one mantra she has used over the years is “It is what it is. I may not like what it is …”. Learning to accept change, figuring out paths forward and selecting battles are skills Karen has utilized over the years. To weather the storms Karen often asked herself “What drives me?” The promotion of health has often been her response. Karen also shared the importance of using resources wisely, having a commitment to our mission, believing in relationships, building networks, and remembering our history.