NEAFCS Board Meeting Minutes – December 17, 2020

1:30 – 3:30pm

Invited 

  • Executive Committee: Suzanne Driessen, President; Kathy Brandt, Immediate Past President; Megan Hruby, Treasurer; Kate Welshons, Secretary
  • Committee Chairs: Anita Harris Hering, Public Policy/Public Relations; Mary Schroeder, Awards/Membership; Donna Anderson, Professional Development
  • Administrative Liaison: Patricia Olson

Present: Suzanne Driessen, Kathy Brandt, Megan Hruby, Kate Welshons, Anita Harris, Hering, Mary Schroeder, & Patricia Olson 

The Meeting of the NEAFCS MN Affiliate Executive Board meeting was called to order by President Suzanne Driesen 1:34 pm on December 17, 2020 via Zoom.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and Introductions 
    • Intros – how long you’ve been in Extension, NEAFCS, & one thing you’re excited about 
      1. Kathy 29 years with Extension, excited about the website
      2. Kate – 7 years with Extension, excited to get more involved with the affiliate and to attend the annual conference again 
      3. Megan 7 years with Extension, excited about new members, & joining the awards committee
      4. Mary – chairs awards & membership, 21.5 years at Extension, new members
      5. Anita – chair – awards – always excited to work with this group!
      6. Trish – been with Extension since 1987, excited about continued and new relationships
      7. Suzanne — 23 years, excited to have more connection with national affiliate 
  • Orientation – Kathy Brandt
  • Administrative Liaison Update – Trish Olson
  • Communication with members plan 
  • NEAFCS grant opportunity for innovative projects discussion (applications due January 31, amounts range from $300-$3000. Proposals must focus on innovative ideas that benefit NEAFCS and its members and/or promote the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences in one or more of the designated areas of Leadership/Professional Development, Awards & Recognition, Public Issues, Diversity,)
    • 2 or more NEAFCS members who want to take on a project — it does need to be completed within a year 
    • Grant $ cannot be used for salaries or stipends
    • Needs to be an innovative idea 
    • Proposals 
      1. Public relations
      2. Diversity issue – racial equity & diversity taskforce
      3. Professional development day – can bring bigger name speaker to affiliate day 
      4. Must submit proposal by January 31
      5. Let our membership know – highlight ideas HOWEVER – let’s revisit this next year as no ideas are really rising to the top to apply this year 

Committee Reports

Awards – Mary Schroeder

  • Due to national on March 15, Mary will be in touch with the national office – can we share with Extension during our program conference?
  • Mary has sent out email encouraging others to join so they are able to submit for an award
  • Who is eligible? You DO need to be a member in order to apply & have your name listed on the award 

Membership – Kathy Brandt

  • Welcome to new member Sam Roth! 
    • Was a member in North Dakota 
  • Joyce Serido – has also joined as a new member 
  • Who can we identify as a new mentor? 
    • Let Kathy know if you are interested 🙂
    • Mentor is to be there for that person, to answer questions & to help them feel connected as a new member
    • Not a tough task, it’s fun!
  • Revisit membership brainstorm meeting 11/8/19, for next steps. Do we want to do short videos about the benefits of membership?
    • Think about whether or not it makes sense to create our own video to promote joining 
  • Member benefits video, https://youtu.be/0bJND3wnG-o,  President Dianne Gertson (TX) message
  • Suzanne – has ideas from SOPHE that could be shared 

Professional Development – Donna Anderson (unable to attend.)

  • The FD professional development is working on job descriptions for SNAP-Ed educators. Donna is working on some training on Photovoice which will be used in two pilot programs I am working on. 
  • Thinking of Mental Wellness, both for participants and ourselves wellness as a topic for the next conference.  Does anyone know of speakers that would work for this? Other ideas for topics or themes? 
    • Mental wellness was done as a topic ~ 2 years ago 
    • Trish will share catalyst with Kathy & Suzanne – especially re: recruiting volunteers from FD day in spring 2021 — could request a breakout session that relates to NEAFCS — i.e. how do we write impact statements? Kathy & Suzanne could do something about food safety? Membership promotion?
    • Continue to consider additional topics 
  • Annual session proposal due January 31, 2021: https://neafcs.memberclicks.net/2021-annual-session
    • Suzanne encourages us all to submit a proposal! 
  • 2021 Annual Session Reviewer Sign-up deadline January 31, 2021 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a48a4a62da1f94-2021.Two reviewers per state to review 5 proposals each, 10-15 minutes per proposals via online portal done first 2 weeks in March. Webinar: How to Review a Proposal, February 2, 2021 @ 12:00 PM, https://neafcs.memberclicks.net/webinars  
  • 2021 Journal of NEAFCS Submission Portal Opens January 1
    • Mary has submitted in the past

Public Policy/Public Relations – Anita Hering

  • Met twice already 
  • Discussed goals for upcoming year 
  • Suzanne asked other groups about impact statements — did they collect from members? Or from all programs? Strong feelings last year that it should be extended to anyone from FD 
  • The committee will request & review impact statements & identify potential awards that individuals would be eligible for (good marketing piece for new membership!) 

By-laws Committee Ad Hoc – Suzanne & Kathy

  • Will revisit updating by-laws, so committee chairs would also attend & have voting rights

Future Board Meetings 

  • Suzanne & Kate will get something scheduled for future meetings ASAP

Executive Committee Officer Business

  • NEAFCS officer manual – Suzanne encourages us all to review — the manual provides good info & timelines 
  • Check out the NEAFCS shared drive to learn more! 
  • Key highlights from meeting 

Secretary’s Report – Kate Welshons

Treasurer’s Report – Megan Hruby – Budget 

  • Checking Account-$6,365.64
  • Savings Account-$851.45
  • Endowment-Total Fund Balance $12,117.00
  • Spendable amount as of Oct 2020-$161.15
  • Will mail dues tomorrow 12/18/2020-11 total national members=$1,100
    • Exploring options for online payments
    • Megan will reach out to National to discuss options 

President’s Report – Suzanne Driessen

  • Annual affiliate report and officer roster submitted to national – January 1 – December 31 – Suzanne has drafted that up
  • National Updates from Vanessa Hoines, Central Regional Director
    • Call to feature members in the monthly NEAFCS eNetwork newsletter via a short video clip (30 secs to 1 minute) reflecting on one of the following questions/statements? What has NEAFCS done for your career? My favorite benefit of my NEAFCS membership is… This is what NEAFCS means to me… How have you used resources/information from NEAFCS webinars or Annual Conference? Here is an example: “Hello, my name is Kate Shumaker from Ohio and I am currently the NEAFCS National Secretary.  Learning about the _____ program at the 2019 NEAFCS Annual Conference motivated me to…” Sign Up Genius link provides opportunities from now until October 2021.  Once signed up an email will provide details about recording and submitting their video.  
    • Scholarships Available for JCEP ELC: JCEP Extension Leadership Conference is scheduled for February 10-12.2021 via a virtual platform.  Affiliate Presidents can apply for a free registration, initially each affiliate will receive one scholarship to cover the registration.  Remaining scholarships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis to first timers.  Deadline January 11, 2021.
      • Suzanne is attending
      • We should also get another affiliate scholarship 
    • 2021 Call for Proposals for Annual Session – Abstract to present a Concurrent Session or Showcase of Excellence (Poster) November 2-5, 2021, Grand Rapids, MI. See Annual Session page for selection criteria and link to portal.
    • 2021 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) April 11-14, 2021. First time scholarships available. 
    • Hyatt Regency Hotel Crystal City, Arlington, VA

Past President’s Report – Kathy Brandt

  • Recommends that we continue using the blog as a communications tool rather than developing a Google Site at this time.

Additional business 

  • Anita will explore options for retirement gifts. 

The meeting was adjourned at 3:31pm. 

Minutes by Kate Welshons, NEAFCS MN Affiliate Secretary

Reviewed by Suzanne Driessen, January 4, 2021

Reviewed by Kathy Brandt, January 5, 2021.

Key Highlights to send to membership via email 

NEAFCS-MN Membership Memo January 2021

Welcome new, returning and life members

As we welcome in 2021, I would like to welcome our new, returning and life NEAFCS members. Welcome to three new members, Sam Roth, Trish Olson and Joyce Serido! So glad to have you aboard! Welcome back to 11 returning members: Donna Anderson, Kathy Brandt, Sara Croymans, Suzanne Driessen, Lori Hendrickson, Anita Hering, Megan Hruby, Anna Sneltjes, Kelly Kunkel, Mary Schroeder and Kate Welshons. We welcome Becky Hagen Jokela and Mary Caskey as life members for a total of 21.

All active members have access to our shared drive on Google drive here. On this site, you will find board meeting minutes, committee reports, history and everything NEAFCS Minnesota. Join and check out the committee list and members here. 

I would like to introduce your board of officers for 2021. As a member, we want you to engage, ask questions, provide suggestions and input.

  • Executive Committee: Suzanne Driessen, President; President-elect, Vacant; Kathy Brandt, Immediate Past President; Megan Hruby, Treasurer; Kate Welshons, Secretary
  • Committee Chairs:
    • Anita Harris Hering, Public Policy/Public Relations
    • Mary Schroeder, Awards/Membership
    • Donna Anderson, Professional Development
  • Administrative Liaison: Trish Olson

Look for board meeting highlights from Secretary Kate to keep current about the many opportunities NEAFCS provides. Again, as your current President, I am humbled to serve in this role and know with your input and involvement it’s going to be a great year.

Cheers to 2021!

Suzanne Driessen, NEAFCS MN-Affiliate President, 2021


Membership checklist to get the most return on your investment

How do you get the most return on your NEAFCS membership investment? Here is a list to help you access the many benefits of membership.

  1. Follow our NEAFCS Minnesota blog to get email updates when something is posted. Sign up here: https://neafcsmn.wordpress.com/about-neafcs-minnesota.
  2. Use the member only listserv to connect and engage with members. New members receive an email to accept the invitation to join the list: MEAFCS@lists.umn.edu.
  3. Submit a project proposal for a NEAFCS mini grant without going through the University grants program. You just need two people, an innovative idea that benefits NEAFCS and its members and/or promote the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences of Leadership/Professional Development, Awards & Recognition, Public Issues or Diversity. Applications due annually on January 31st. More here.
  4. An excellent opportunity to share your work nationally in a scholarly fashion is to submit an abstract to present at the national NEAFCS conference or via monthly professional development webinars. More here.
  5. Receive state and national recognition and apply for an award. Award applications are due for Minnesota members by February 15th here.
  6. Spend some time on the re-designed national website https://www.neafcs.org/. A great way to connect with your colleagues around the nation is through the Member Center.
  7. Finally, record a short 1-2 minute video to share your story as an Extension family and consumer science professional. See examples here. The first person to send a video to Suzanne, driessen@umn.edu will receive a prize. You can also sign up to have your video shared via the national newsletter, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e4ba9aa2da20-neafcs.

Member Spotlight: Kate Welshons and Dr. Joyce Serido

Kate Welshons, MPH, MSW

Kate has worked for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development since 2014. Her work focuses on adapting research-based curricula and resources into online learning environments and exploring innovative ways to increase access to educational opportunities using technology. Kate supports various distance-learning initiatives in areas including SNAP-Ed, diabetes prevention, parent education, and opioid use prevention. Check out Real Life, Good Food for recipes, cooking tips, and physical activity ideas for a healthier life. 

Kate joined NEAFCS in 2019. She served on the Professional Development Committee in 2020, elected as secretary for 2021-2022 and is an active member of the Public Policy/Public Relations committee.

In her free time, Kate loves baking, yoga, reading, and long walks with her 110 lb. dog, Tina. 

Joyce Serido, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Family Social Science,  University of Minnesota

Welcome new member Joyce Serido! Dr. Serido studies financial behavior at the intersection of family and personal well-being. She received a PhD in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University. As an Extension Specialist, she works with educators and practitioners to develop materials on the connections between family, finances, and emerging adult well-being. She is the principal investigator of Arizona Pathways to Life Success for University Students (APLUS), a longitudinal study of young adults and their finances. In addition, Dr. Serido is the Editor in Chief for the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. Learn more about Dr. Serido here: Serido | Family Social Science | U of M (umn.edu)


NEAFCS-MN November Memo

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November 10, 2020

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Annual Meeting and Election of Officers Held

To say it’s been an unusual year is an understatement. A year ago as we launched into our work as NEAFCS-MN, I know that I was clueless about the dramatic changes that lay ahead. How and where we work has greatly changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has truly changed the world. Though many things have changed, many things remain the same. What comes to my mind is the small and mighty group of individuals who together are NEAFCS-MN! Thank you to each of you for your contributions – serving as an officer and/or on a committee, saying yes to run for an office, attending our professional development day, applying for an award. These are ways that our collective contributions make NEAFCS-MN better, stronger and more relevant to our profession and our professional growth. It truly takes all of us, ‘our village,’ to carry out the goals and mission of this association. It has been my privilege to serve as your president, to work with each of you and be part of the village! Thank you for the opportunity!

Many highlights of our year are summarized in the committee reports in the NEAFCS-MN Annual Report 2019-2020. Our committees have been very active and as you will read, have made significant contributions to our association. Thank you to all committee chairs and members for your time, energy and commitment! You are valued members of our village!

Congratulations to our incoming officers: Suzanne Driessen – President; Kate Welshons – Secretary; and Megan Hruby – Treasurer. I will serve as past president and look forward to continued good work with the officers and all members!

Thank you one and all for the online ‘group greeting’ card and the Caribou Coffee gift card! They made my day – two days in fact – receiving the online greeting with your message was a day brightener and opening the mail and finding the thank you note and gift card made me smile again…and go get a great cup of coffee!

All the best, Kathy Brandt, Past President

2020 NEAFCS-MN Virtual Annual Business Meeting, October 26, 2020. Missing at the time of the screenshot were Anita Hering and Kate Welshons.

Thank You Officers and Administrative Liaison!

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Thank you to the NEAFCS-MN Executive Board: Kelly Kunkel – Past President; Suzanne Driessen – President Elect; Sara Croymans – Secretary; and Megan Hruby – Treasurer. We appreciate your commitment, time, talent and work through the year! It takes a village to get it done! Special thanks to Sara and Kelly as they move off the board. We appreciate all of your contributions and look forward to your continued involvement in NEAFCS-MN!

Thank you to Trish Olson, Extension Center for Family Development Associate Dean, for her active involvement and serving as our administrative liaison! We are delighted to have you in the village!

We’re Going to Miss You, Becky and Mary!

Congratulations, Becky!

Two of our colleagues and members have announced they will retire in the upcoming months.

Becky Hagen Jokela, Extension Professor and Educator, Family Resiliency, and NEAFCS member since 1994. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Continued Excellence Award in 2012.

Congratulations, Mary!

Mary Caskey, Associate Program Director, Health and Nutrition Programs, SNAP Education and NEAFCS member since 2005. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and the Continued Excellence Award in 2019.

We want to thank Becky and Mary for the many contributions and roles they have filled as active members and look forward to them continuing their involvement through Life membership. All the best to you both, on the next chapter! Enjoy every moment!

2020 NEAFCS Annual Session Scholarship Recipients Follow Up

The 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session was held virtually. To encourage more participation from our affiliate, the Board brought forth a motion to utilize available professional development monies through the NEAFCS-MN Quasi-Endowment Fund. An Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee was invited to determine criteria, scholarship amounts and timeline. Thank you to Mary Caskey, Lori Hendrickson and Megan Hruby for working on the specifics. Scholarship recipients included Megan Hruby, Lori Hendrickson, Kate Welshons, Becky Hagen Jokela, Kelly Kunkel and Mary Schroeder. A total of ten members and Trish Olson, administrative liaison, attended the Annual Session. Following are reports from scholarship recipients about their experience.


Thank you for the opportunity to attend the 2020 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science (NEAFCS) Virtual Annual Session on September 14-16. I was thrilled to be able to attend virtually and take part in the many informative sessions. The best part of the conference for me was listening to the keynote speaker, Dr. Dave Schramm. The topic was, Happy Hacks for More Positivity and Productivity Amidst the COVID Craziness. Perfect timing and exactly what I needed to hear. I think he would be an outstanding presenter for our Extension program conference. I also attended several sessions on nutrition and aging, and on diversity, areas I would like to see family development grow. Please contact me with any questions.

Sincerely, Kelly Kunkel


Thank you for the funds to attend the NEAFCS Annual Conference. I appreciated that it was a virtual conference this year so I was able to attend even though it was the beginning of the school year. My favorite session was the pre-session on Baking Trends 2020 as it was interesting to learn about the baking competition and receive a digital cookbook with the winning recipes. They also discussed the importance of using a thermometer when baking breads (quick and yeast) for the best results. I’m looking forward to this winter to try out the techniques that were shared. I also enjoyed the Diversity in Early Childhood as I learned different ideas on how MN Extension can better address diversity in early childhood. This will align well with the 16 hour Equity in ECE Settings training I’m attending in October (sponsored by MDH).

Although I missed the atmosphere of an in-person conference, a virtual conference had some advantages. I liked being able to go back and watch the videos of sessions that I was unable to attend. I also liked the flexibility to come and go from sessions without disrupting others in attendance. I had started in one breakout session that wasn’t what I was expecting so as able to leave that breakout and hop into another one without any doors slamming.

Thanks again for the opportunity to attend – Mary Schroeder  


Thank you so much for the funding to attend the NEAFCS Annual Session this year.  This year I was able to attend a variety of sessions including, some of our colleagues across the nation that are implementing University of Minnesota programs in different ways, as well as similar content that we are involved with shared through different methodologies. I believe that the conference provides us an opportunity to view research and practice across FACS disciplines and think differently about programs across the nation.

Probably the most interesting sessions for me this year were those that included different approaches to substance use education similar to our opioid work. Both prevention and intervention educational strategies were shared.  I was also interested to attend the Rent Smart workshop from the University of Wisconsin Extension.  Our RentWise program was born from Rent Smart and although they still have commonalities, I find it interesting that Minnesota and Wisconsin took very different approaches in sharing their educational materials.

 It is so important for educators in Minnesota to continue to be involved in NEAFCS and I appreciate the opportunity! Lori Hendrickson


Thank you for the opportunity to attend the virtual 2020 NEAFCS Conference, “Experience Life Elevated”, on September 14-16, 2020!  I truly appreciated the experience to learn at the national level:  Research, evidence-based resources, content updates, networking, etc.

I also appreciated the opportunity to accept two awards for the RentWise Curriculum, during the awards ceremony:  Educational Curriculum Package and the Extension Housing Outreach Award.

My key conference takeaways:

  • Happy Hacks opening presentation:  The importance of nurturing positivity and productivity in uncertain times, affecting us in both our personal and work lives.  A research focus of seeking happiness affects our brain and influences our lives.
  • CFPB Resource session:  A review and update of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s variety of resources.  The free resources can be ordered and shared with our audiences.  New consumer friendly financial booklets are available on savings, credit, and budgeting.
  • Importance of “Beating the Winter Blues”:  To consider that some individuals are truly affected by the SAD disorder, which affects their mood and wellbeing in life.  It was helpful to reflect upon the signs, symptoms and risk considerations.  Mild depression can affect many individuals, especially in our climate.  There are coping strategies which may help, such as mindfulness, light therapy, etc.  Also, “digital detoxing” may be helpful for individuals.  It is important to take care of one’s self.
  • One of the key learnings from the conference, reflected the importance of enhancing “wellness” in the workplace and home life.  A number of the sessions addressed topics such as financial and health wellness, impact of silence, senior health, mindfulness, etc.
  • Resiliency Game based learning.  Introduction to an active learning, resiliency- board game.  New awareness of a teaching resource.

Thank you! Becky Hagen Jokela


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Happy Fall Y’all!!

NEAFCS Board Meeting Minutes – September 29, 2020

Present: Kathy Brandt, Sara Croymans, Megan Hruby, Kelly Kunkel

Absent: Suzanne Driessen & Trish Olson (Kathy & Trish determined there were not pressing agenda items requiring Trish to participate.)

The Meeting of the NEAFCS MN Affiliate Executive Board meeting was called to order by President Kathy Brandt at 11:09 am on September 29, 2020 via Zoom.

Secretary’s Report – Sara

Treasurer’s Report – Megan

  • Checking balance – $5,133.83
  • Savings balance – $851.44
  • Two checks have recently cleared – Mary Caskey for $132.50 for Professional Development Virtual meeting gifts and $200 for NEAFCS Scholarship
  • Megan was able to connect with Sue Young & received this information about the Endowment fund: 
    • “University side balance” – $1,339.74
    • Foundation Side- $10,907.30 
    • Total Endowment funds: $12,247.04
    • Fiscal year beginning balance – $11,117.10
    • $700 from the Endowment fund was used for NEAFCS Annual Session scholarships
  • Megan will request a Zoom  meeting with Trish Olson, Sue Young, Kathy Brandt, Suzanne Driessent (President elect) and herself to develop a clear understanding of the Endowment fund, perhaps resulting in a tutorial for our reference; and determine which numbers we need to have access to and how frequently we need those figures (ie. quarterly, bi-yearly, etc). 
  • The Treasurer’s report will stand subject to audit. 

President’s Report – Kathy

  • 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session – 10 members and Trish attended
    • Feedback/comments – there were some technology issues. good sessions.
    • Silent Auction – thank you to Kelly for coordinating our MN Affiliate donation. Our donation (books) received a top bid of $50.  Total funds raised was $2,692.
  • September-October blog – NEAFCS Annual Session recap / member renewals / new member recruitment / NEAFCS-MN Annual meeting details / etc.

Old Business

  • NEAFCS-MN Quasi-Endowment Scholarships 
    • Recipients of the scholarships to participate in the NEAFCS Annual Session received accounting details from Trish and can submit a brief summary of learning to Trish and the Executive Board. 
    • Kathy Brandt will check back on expectations laid out for scholarship recipients and will follow up with recipients.
  • NEAFCS-MN Annual Meeting preparation – 
    • The Annual Meeting is scheduled for  October 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm via ZOOM
    • Past President Kelly K will lead the nominating committee to seek Officer candidates for President-elect and Secretary. At a future board meeting we will discuss with Trish membership and leadership opportunities and obstacles. 
    • Budget – actual and proposed for next year – Kathy will send an email to all committee chairs for input on the proposed budget for next year by a certain date; she will also invite all board members to a dedicated meeting to develop the proposed budget that will be taken to the membership for approval at the annual meeting. 
    • Suzanne is leading the development of the Annual Report and has requested written reports from committees and president. The board will work on the current and proposed budget.
    • The board requested the Awards Committee review the Award policy indicating team members listed need to be members. 
    • Membership drive – nothing formal this be implemented this year, rather the board encourages current members to invite potential members to join. For next year, consider doing a membership drive offering incentives for participation and new members. 
    • Kathy is working on updating the Officers and Committee Manual.  She will request review and updates for each officer and each committee.  

Committee Reports – No committee reports were given. Suzanne Driessen has emailed all committee chairs to submit information for the Annual Meeting report on this google doc. 

New Business – There was no new business discussed.

Dates to Remember

  • NEAFCS-MN Annual Meeting, October 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm via ZOOM

M/C/C (Sara C. /Megan H) to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:38. 

Minutes by Sara Croymans, NEAFCS MN Affiliate Secretary

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Quasi-Endowment Fund Scholarship Available

2020 NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Quasi-Endowment Fund Scholarship Criteria and Application

WHO: All NEAFCS-MN members including Active (national), MN Active (state) and Life members are eligible to apply for scholarship funds to attend the virtual 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session.

WHAT/WHEN: Originally planned for Snowbird, Utah, however due to COVID-19 the 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session will be held virtually, September 14 – 16, 2020. All conference details are accessible @NEAFCS.org. 

HOW this promotes professional development and supports NEAFCS-MN: The NEAFCS Annual Session is an opportunity to increase the ability of attendees to access and utilize relevant, research and evidence-based resources to address current and emerging issues and promote lifelong learning; showcase excellence in innovative programs to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities in Minnesota; and provide networking opportunities that nourish new partnerships on multi-state and national levels. It is a tremendous opportunity to learn subject matter and new approaches for program delivery; share the great work done in Minnesota which builds credibility/awareness with peers within the state and across the country; and participate in national level decisions related to this organization.

CRITERIA – to apply you must meet one of the following criteria:  

  1. Current Active (national) members and Life (national and state) members are eligible for up to $100 in scholarship funds to attend the virtual 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  2. Current MN Active (state) members are eligible for up to $200 in scholarship funds to attend the virtual 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session.

APPLICATION: The application deadline is Friday, August 14, 2020. Send your email application to Kathy Brandt, brand030@umn.edu.

Include the following: 

  1. Name
  2. Phone number
  3. Current NEAFCS-MN membership level
  4. Years in NEAFCS-MN
  5. Tell us why you’re interested in attending the 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session

REGISTRATION AND SCHOLARSHIP NOTIFICATION: 

  • The NEAFCS Annual Session registration fee needs to be paid out-of-pocket. 
  • You will be reimbursed for the amount of the scholarship through the NEAFCS-MN Quasi Endowment fund via a check. 
  • For the remainder of the registration fee, use your personal funds or professional/staff development funds. Check with your supervisor.
  • You will be notified by Tuesday, August 18, regarding your scholarship award.

Should you have any questions, contact Mary Caskey, Lori Hendrickson, Megan Hruby or Kathy Brandt, Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee.

NEAFCS-MN Exec Board Special Meetings

RE: Request for Scholarship Funds to Support NEAFCS Annual Session Attendance 

July 20 and July 22, 2020

On Call:  Kathy Brandt, Suzanne Driessen, Kelly Kunkel, Megan Hruby and Sara Croymans. 

Kathy Brandt called this board meeting to order on July 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm via Zoom to further address allocation of NEAFCS-MN Endowment Funds for National Session attendance for first time members. 

Note: The NEAFCS budget has two $250 designated in the budget for Annual Session scholarships. 

Discussion from June 24, 2020 board meeting: 

  • NEAFCS provides each affiliate a $150 Annual Session scholarship for the affiliate President or designee. Since Kathy will use the award for the food safety team receiving a national award, the question if this $150 scholarship should be offered to first time attendees to the NEAFCS Annual Session?  National members who have not attended an annual session include Mary Schroeder, Anita Hering and Kate Welshons. 
  • Discussion about state membership vs. national membership and upcoming NEAFCS Annual Session/attendance.  Suzanne and Kathy suggested the possibility of a pot of money for state members to attend and help with the cost burden.  There is money which is budgeted each year for attendees.  Currently there are 2-$250 scholarships per year (use endowment funds for this), that could be used towards the NEAFCS Annual Session for state members and 1st time attendees.  We have money available to support our members, let’s use it to encourage this professional development opportunity and experience of the national session. If possible, have this ready by July 28th Prof Dev Day. Mums the word, announce it that day. Need a board vote.
  • (M/S/C) (Suzanne/Megan)To request up to $900 (6 – $150 scholarships) from the Endowment Fund to offer scholarships for the 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session. Scholarships would be available to 6 members; 1st time attendees and 3 MN Affiliate members. 

At the time of our June meeting, we didn’t know the registration cost for non-members to attend the NEAFCS Annual Virtual Session. The early bird (by August 23) registration fee is $250 and by September 9, $300. We were thinking the registration would be $150 so the actual registration amount is much higher than anticipated.

Following are calculations/dollars needed based on the action from the June 24 meeting:

  • We need –
    • $150 x 3 (NEAFCS members who are 1st time annual session attendees) = $450
    • $250 x 3 (NEAFCS-MN Affiliate members) = $750
    • $1,200 total cost to cover the above 6 registration fees
  • We have — 
    • $150 from NEAFCS (President with board agreement, designates this complimentary registration to pool of money)
    • $500 from NEAFCS-MN Endowment (2 – $250 scholarships allocated/budgeted yearly for attendance to NEAFCS Annual Session until these funds are depleted / need to request each year)
    • Total of $650 is designated for attendance to the annual session.
  • Amount to request from NEAFCS-MN Quasi Endowment Funds –
    • $550 from NEAFCS-MN Endowment Funds for a total of $1,200 available to NEAFCS members who are 1st time annual session attendees and NEAFCS-MN Affiliate members. 

Let’s go back to the original motion — (M/S/C) (Suzanne/Megan)To request up to $900 (6 – $150 scholarships) from the Endowment Fund to offer scholarships for the 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session. Scholarships would be available to 6 members; 1st time attendees and 3 MN Affiliate members. 

Questions – 

  • Do we want to keep the motion as previously stated?
  • Scholarships for MN members – keep at $150 scholarship OR increase the amount up to $175 OR $200 to offset more of the $250 registration fee OR full $250 scholarship?
  • Scholarships for NEAFCS members who are 1st time annual session attendees – keep at $150 OR establish scholarship amount based on the difference between award scholarship (if applicable) and what is needed for registration fee?

Current motion states 6 people could receive $150 scholarships totaling up to $900.

  • Mary Schroeder will attend, use $75 award scholarship and pay the rest. If funds were available, that would be nice but I can certainly swing the $75. Might be nice to give to SNAP-Ed educators who usually can’t attend something like this.
  • Anita Hering unable to attend due to scheduling conflict with MFRAcademy. She says, “check with Sara C, as she had ideas for the funds.” Had I been able to attend it would have been great to have access to “local” scholarship funds and definitely would have made a difference in whether I attended or not. Can Anita designate her award funds to someone else who is attending? Yes, however no one else from MN would qualify for the award scholarship.
  • Kate Welshons is not planning to attend however says, “my only reason for not registering/attending the virtual conference is cost (no scheduling conflicts, etc.).”

There was discussion to clear up confusion over the amounts of money available. Suzanne suggested utilizing funds for award recipients as well as all members to attend the conference. Sara suggested that we go back to the intent of the original discussion, that of supporting 1st time attendees since most members have professional development dollars they can use.

Kathy Brandt had a conversation with Trish Olson about requesting the Endowment funds.  Trish indicated that to make it easy to allocate/pay out the funds it would be helpful to have the request indicate people’s names and dollar amounts. 

Given that the Annual Session registration fee for MN members (nonmembers) is $250 and not $150 as anticipated, and in an effort to include all members to benefit from Annual Session scholarship dollars Kathy Brandt moved / Suzanne seconded to allocate $200 for each of the three MN members (who are civil service staff and have no access to Extension professional development funds) and up to $150 for the 10 NEAFCS members.   

(Set a deadline for applications – suggest August 14 / who to send application to / simple application of an email with name, amount requested and why this is important. Thoughts?

The motion was tabled until all board members could be present for discussion and vote.  A meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, July 22 @ 8:30 am.  

Kathy Brandt, President, adjourned the meeting at 5:58 pm.

Secretary, Sara Croymans

NEAFCS MN Affiliate Special Board Meeting via Zoom

July 22, 2020

On call:  Kathy Brandt, Kelly Kunkel, Suzanne Driessen, Megan Hruby, Sara Croymans

President Kathy Brandt called the meeting to order at 8:35 am

Kathy provided these notes:

  • Board quorum is at least 50% or 3 members to conduct business.
  • FY 2020 maximum amount available from NEAFCS-MN Endowment Funds, $2,223.42. 
  • Fund request will not be made until the deadline date when names/amounts of maximum requests are known. 
  • Set a deadline date / who to send application to / simple application including email with name, amount of request and why this is important for professional development. Other thoughts?

Tabled motion: Kathy Brandt moved / Suzanne Driessen seconded to allocate $200 for each of the three MN members (who are civil service staff and have no access to Extension professional development funds) and up to $150 for the 10 (rather than 11 as Megan is listed twice on membership list) NEAFCS members. 

Moved by Kelly Kunkel/ seconded by Suzanne Driessen to take the current motion from the table for resumed discussion. Motion passed. Kathy rescinded the motion because according to Parliamentary Procedure she was not supposed to make a motion as President so the motion is goine. 

Moved by Suzanne Driesens/seconded by Kelly Kunkel to allocate $2000 from the NEAFCS MN Endowment Fund for scholarships for members to attend the NEAFCS Virtual Annual Session with details to be determined by a subcommittee. Motion carried with 3 yes and 1 no.

Discussion: 

  • Kelly indicated that in review of the numbers outlined below, the committee should consider reducing the amount for NEAFCS members from $150 to $100, so they would need to pay $50 similar to MN members
  • Sara shared the desire to preserve a portion of the endowment fund for future use, so supports use of funds for first time attendees, but not others at this time, given the conference registration is such a bargain this year. Sara also suggested that people use their Professional Development funds for the conference, if available, before they tap into NEAFCS Endowment funds. 

President Kathy Brandt asked for volunteers to serve on a subcommittee. Megan volunteered to serve on the committee as Treasurer and as a Professional Development Committee member. Kathy Brandt will also serve on the committee and will seek additional subcommittee members from the Professional Development Committee. 

Kathy provided this proposed outlined for maximum funds to request based on motion, if all eligible individuals apply for maximum amount:

  •   3 MN members @ $200             =     600
  • 10 NEAFCS members @ $150 =  1,500 (not all likely to apply for total amount)
  • NEAFCS complimentary reg =    -150
  • Total =  1,950 
  • NEAFCS-MN budgeted but not yet requested from Endowment Fund  =  -500
  • Maximum additional amount request   =  $1,450

Total maximum amount of request  = $1,950

Kathy Brandt adjourned the meeting at 9:01 am.

Minutes by Sara Croymans, Secretary

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Executive Board Meeting Minutes – June 24, 2020

Present: Kathy Brandt, Suzanne Driessen, Sara Croymans, Megan Hruby, Trish Olson

Absent: Kelly Kunkel (team meeting)

The Meeting of the NEAFCS MN Affiliate Executive Board meeting was called to order at 2:09 pm on June 24, 2020 via Zoom by President Kathy Brandt.

Secretary’s Report – Sara

Treasurer’s Report – Megan

Megan shared the following balances as of today: 

  • Checking Balance: $5,466.33
  • Savings Balance: $851.42

Trish Olson shared the following regarding the money in the endowment account:

DEPTDEPT DESCFUNDTYPENAMEUSEINVESTMENT RETURN YTDSPENDABLE AMTCASH FUND BALANCENON-CASH FUND BALANCETOTALFUND BALANCEAVAILABLE FUND BALANCE
250FD Family Development8094QNational Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences FundP$     (537.89)$       374.50$       10,579.21$                  –  $      10,579.21$             1,239.89

Discussion:

  • Megan asked Trish if there are times of the year that are better to request funds. Trish indicated that there are times when she is asked if she wants to draw money. 
  • There was a question on the difference between the “Spendable amount” and the “available fund balance”. Trish explained that the “available fund balance” is interest earned which has not yet been moved over to the ‘spendable amount”.  She will verify this information and ask for the ‘purpose of the NEAFCS Quasi Account’ and email us. 

Email string of afore mentioned verification from Trish / Sue / Ahmad —

(Ahmad attached the NEAFCS-MN Endowment Fund statement as of June 24, 2020. Named file located in meetings and agendas folder. Amount available for FY 2020 is $2,223.42.)

Hello,

Here is clarification to our questions. (an attached doc about status of account)

Thank you so much for inviting me to your meeting.

Trish

———- Forwarded message ———

From: Sue Young <young006@umn.edu>

Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Subject: Fwd: Foundation Account

To: Patricia Olson <pdolson@umn.edu>

I received this email from Ahmad who handles the foundation accounts which is great because I really was never told all these things, so it was really helpful for me.  I forgot that on a Quasi you only can take a certain percentage without having to write a letter but I was always told it was 17% but Ahmad says 20%.  We never get to see the full statement so we never see the principal amount that you can take 20% from or a breakdown of what every column is. Let me know if you need anything else.

Sue

———- Forwarded message ———

From: Ahmad Al-Warraky <alwa0007@umn.edu>

Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 10:10 PM

Subject: Re: Foundation Account

To: Sue Young <young006@umn.edu>

Cc: Madonna Monette <m-mone@umn.edu>

Hi Sue,   

    1. Purpose: Supports the growth and development of U of M extension educators. Funds will be used to pursue professional activities for scholarly work and maintain the well being of families and communities in Minnesota.

   2. Quasi funds have a spending limit up to 20% of prior year cash balance.

   3. No. 

         Available Balance = available to spend (which adds each month: the spendable amount  earned monthly), 

        Spendable Amount = is Shows the current annual payout rate per the Foundation’s Board. Allocation for a month is scheduled to be completed by the end of the following month.

        Cash Balance = Principal (not in table) + Available Balance (last column), 

        Fund Balance = Cash Balance + Non-Cash Balance.

I have attached a recent statement for your reference.

I hope this helps.

Thanks

Ahmad  🙂

On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 3:28 PM Sue Young <young006@umn.edu> wrote:

Ahmad

I’m wondering if you could help me answer some questions:

1,  What is the purpose of 1701-11527-21398-UMF0008094

2. This is a Quasi and we can invade the principal $10,579.21? 

3. Does the $10,579.21 consist of each of the columns (579.89), 374.50,1239.89?

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Megan questions regarding professional development day expenses:

  • The committee wants to provide each of the two speakers a $25 gift card and they also want to provide 5 UMN Bookstore gift cards as door prizes. Megan shared that another committee member questioned if Megan should purchase the cards directly or if another committee member should purchase the cards and then submit for reimbursement. The annual budget has $200 budgeted for the professional development expenses so funds will be spent from the checking account.

The Treasurer’s report will be filed subject to audit. 

President’s Report – Kathy

  • NEAFCS President/President elect webinar – Suzanne and Kathy attended.                                            Website Review —                                                                                                                                                                   
    • COVID-19 Resources Board and committee members review these before posting as well as most are peer reviewed in the state prior to submitting
    • ‘About NEAFCS’ – where state officers, web and annual report are kept; national committees, how to sign up, responsibilities, etc
    • ‘Member Center’ – for members only. Document library/forms and templates/member training on website
    • Officer toolkit is being updated
    • ‘Professional Development’ –  webinars/upcoming offerings/ archives/ submit your proposals and more
  • Affiliate Operations — provided guidance for hotel contract cancellations/ can help with online platforms and best practices for virtual programming 
  • Annual Session — September 14, 15, 16. Registration materials should be available at the end of the week and anticipate registration to be $150. There will be many emails in the next few weeks so open and read them. National provides one $150 scholarship to each affiliate for attendance to the affiliate president or designee. See New Business.
  • Updates —
    • Marshall Regional support staff Carlee has started to work on a google site to replace the current blog

Trish’s Report – 

  • Trish invited questions. 
    • Sara asked if FD professional development support will remain the same, as we may be able to participate in more virtual conferences this year, given we won’t have travel and hotel expenses. 
    • Trish asked if there are opportunities to coordinate better? 
      • NEAFCS Impact Statements are developed on the National level, but were also localized. The messages could be coordinated with FD & AFNR on social media – to focus on impacts.  
        • Trish asked if there would be a way to co-brand the statements with NEAFCS & Extension/UMN. The “NEAFCS” acronym probably doesn’t mean anything to the public. In what environment is it important to have the co-branding
      • Awards Announcements – could also be promoted
      • Trish encouraged us to submit items to the FD Catalyst newsletter for internal FD communication.  Perhaps we could also submit to Family News for external communication?
  • Trish indicated that she will submit her membership dues next fall.

Old Business

  • NEAFCS Endowment Campaign – MN Affiliate contribution
    • M/S/C (Suzanne/Megan) to donate a total of $1000 to NEAFCS Endowment Fund over the next 5 years ($200/year) beginning in 2020 and continue through 2024.

Committee Reports – Suzanne

  • Awards – Sara — National sent results for Regional & National Awards. MN did  well:
  • Membership – Kathy 
    • extend an invitation at professional development day to non-members who attend
    • consider membership drive this fall/utilize the 2020 recruitment list
  • Professional Development – 
    • Save the Date – July 28, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm for a virtual conference
    • Currently 22 are registered
    • Agenda
      • 9:00-9:15 PD Welcome/Kathy NEAFCS President (15 mins)
      • 9:15-10:15  Speaker – Liz Heimer
      • 10:15-10:20 Bathroom Break
      • 10:20-10:35 Scavenger Hunt
      • 10:35-11:35 Speaker – Laura Palombi
      • 11:35-11:40 Bathroom/Coffee Break
      • 11:40-11:45 Energizer
      • 11:45-12:15 Awards – Sara C
      • 12:15-12:30 Prizes/Closing
  • Public Policy/Public Relations – Suzanne
    • from last meeting – check in with Sarah Greening &/or Gwen Gmeinder, as well as Becky HJ, about possibly sharing the MN specific Impact Statement with legislators (last year Kelly sent the piece to MN legislators)
  • Ad Hoc Bylaws – Suzanne

New Business

  • NEAFCS provides each affiliate a $150 Annual Session scholarship for the affiliate President or designee. Since Kathy will use the award for the food safety team receiving a national award, the question if this $150 scholarship should be offered to first time attendees to the NEAFCS Annual Session?  National members who have not attended an annual session include Mary Schroeder, Anita Hering and Kate Welshons. 
  • Discussion about state membership vs. national membership and upcoming NEAFCS Annual Session/attendance.  Suzanne and Kathy suggested the possibility of a pot of money for state members to attend and help with the cost burden.  There is money which is budgeted each year for attendees.  Currently there are 2-$250 scholarships per year (use endowment funds for this), that could be used towards the NEAFCS Annual Session for state members and 1st time attendees.  We have money available to support our members, let’s use it to encourage this professional development opportunity and experience of the national session. If possible, have this ready by July 28th Prof Dev Day. Mums the word, announce it that day. Need a board vote.
  • (M/S/C) (Suzanne/Megan)To request up to $900 (6 – $150 scholarships) from the Endowment Fund to offer scholarships for the 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session. Scholarships would be available to 6 members; 1st time attendees and 3 MN Affiliate members. 

Announcements

  • Anita – get well/thinking about you card

Meeting adjourned @3:47 pm

Dates to Remember –

  • NEAFCS-MN Professional Development Day, July 28, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm 
  • NEAFCS-MN Exec Board Meeting, August 27, 2:00 – 3:30 pm via ZOOM
  • NEAFCS Annual Session, September 14 – 16, virtually
  • NEAFCS-MN Annual Meeting, October 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm via ZOOM

Minutes by Sara Croymans, Secretary with assistance from the board as she left at 3:30 for a dental appointment.

NEAFCS-MN June Memo

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June 19, 2020

Congratulations to All NEAFCS-MN Award Applicants!

The final selection of national award applicant recipients were notified this week with the results. Let’s say, MN Affiliate was well represented!

Details and recognition will be held in conjunction with the NEAFCS-MN Professional Development Day.

Professional Development Committee Adapts for Professional Development Day During COVID-19 Pandemic

Lori Hendrickson, Megan Hruby, Mary Caskey, Donna Anderson and Kate Welshons are the creative members on this hardworking committee.

The Professional Development Committee is charged with the responsibilities of encouraging our NEAFCS-MN Affiliate members with finding professional growth opportunities. These include organizing and communicating with our members about upcoming professional development workshops. 

This active team had begun planning for an in-person meeting this summer when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and, needless to say, plans for the day changed. We hope you will join us on July 28 for an online NEAFCS-MN Professional Development Day. The schedule will be finalized soon but plan to attend all morning (9:00 am – 12:30 pm). The program will include information about vaping with a presentation from Liz Heimer, American Lung Association, as well as a presentation on substance use disorders by Laura Palombi, University of MN Associate Professor. Laura is one of our partners at the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Stay tuned for details.

We want to make sure that our day is interactive, so some fun online activities will be included! Our Minnesota affiliate award winners will also be honored. 

Please plan to attend and invite a friend to attend! Here’s the URL to register for our Zoom meeting: https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuc-Ggpz0uE9TALt-E__HZ3G9ecud6BI0j

NEAFCS Annual Session Goes Virtual, September 14 – 17, 2020

NEAFCS has made the decision to cancel the in-person meeting in Snowbird, Utah and will be moving forward in developing a virtual conference to take place during the scheduled week in September. Click here to view the full cancellation statement.

Attend the virtual NEAFCS Annual Session, September 14-17

First Timer Annual Session Attendee Scholarships – check the details on the NEAFCS member site.

You should have received information about this earlier this week. NEAFCS will provide a minimum of six (6) scholarships to assist members in attending the 2020 NEAFCS Virtual Annual Session. Applicants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. Scholarships will only be awarded to First Time Attendees of the NEAFCS Annual Session.

Stay tuned for more details about the NEAFCS Annual Session.

Getting to Know You!

Welcome, Anna Sneltjes! Anna is a new NEAFCS-MN member this year and here are a few things she’d like you to know about her. 

Hello MN NEAFCS members! My name is Anna and I have been a SNAP-Ed Educator out of the St. Cloud Regional Office for just over two years now. I grew up in the Twin Cities but have enjoyed being a Central MN transplant, and especially working with my colleagues at the SCRO. I graduated from Concordia College in 2015 with an Exercise Science and Nutrition degree.

Prior to Extension, I spent two years in national service through AmeriCorps/FoodCorps and spent time living on both the East and West coast. I also spent one year as a substitute teacher and as the assistant coach for the Roseville girl’s cross-country team. All of these experiences eventually led me to Extension!

When I’m not working you can find me running, trying out new recipes, outside, and/or spending time with my friends and family. Or there is a good chance you’d find me doing homework as I’m currently working my way through the Integrated Food Systems Leadership certificate program at the University.

For those of you I haven’t met yet, I look forward to doing so in person, hopefully soon, and continuing to learn from you all! My non-work photo is of me and a few of my favorite things (summer in MN (including the MN State Fair), my younger sister, and corn on the cob (Go Cobbers!)). 

Anna and her sister at the Great Minnesota Get Together!

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Board Meeting Wednesday, June 24

The next board meeting is next Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Let any of the officers know if you have questions, concerns or topics that you’d like included on the Zoom meeting.

Make it a wonderful day!!

NEAFCS-MN May Memo

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May 17, 2020

Becky Hagen Jokela Attends Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference Virtually

Thank you, Becky, for representing the MN Affiliate at the PILD Conference and for sharing your reflections. The report follows.                            

Thank you for the opportunity to represent NEAFCS-MN at the PILD Conference! I really enjoyed the conference opportunity and learned a lot, especially being able to view a conference offering change to an online format before our very eyes!

The Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) is a unique professional development opportunity that brings together leaders from all levels and subject matter areas of Extension, along with key volunteers and elected officials; to gain insight into the “big picture” of how the Extension system and our government work at the federal level. The PILD Mission: To provide leadership and advocacy skills to affect public issues.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 PILD Conference, “Moving Knowledge into Solutions”, was modified and offered through a Zoom 2-day online format, as many states restricted travel for employees.

I was very impressed as to the quick conference turn-around time, in regard to planning and implementation. Bob Ohlensehlen, JCEP Executive Director, Karen Munden, PILD Chair Presiding, and Julie Robinson, 2020 JCEP President, plus many other individuals, stepped-up to create an excellent offering.

Monday sessions included:

  • Keynote: “Influencing Up, Down and Across Your Organization”, Dr. Jermaine Davis
  • “What is Your Extension Story: Communicating the Value of Extension.”, Panel
  • “Stop Being the Nation’s ‘Best Kept Secret’: Successfully Delivering Your Extension Story,” Panel
  • “The New NIFA” – Dr. Scott Angle, Director of the National Institute for Food & Agriculture (NIFA) 
  • Panel of NIFA National Science Liaisons

Tuesday sessions:

  • Breakout sessions: I attended the session on “Power, Agency, and Equity in Extension Programming.”

Key take-a way’s: 

  • We are living in unprecedented times, with many moments to remember, not to get back to old “normal”, as we will create a new normal and be resilient.
  • We will get through this challenge.
  • 5 actions we can take: Communicate, partner, serve, innovate and lead.
  • Tell our stories! Relationships are critical!
  • Important for equity in Extension programming: Put it all together! Include: Access to resources, acknowledge values, beliefs & cultural responses, allow space for differences, etc. Key: Ensure diversity and equity in an agency.
  • Acknowledge our systems approach: Individual, interpersonal, community and systems. Keep in mind the “process” may take longer.

Thank you again for this opportunity to represent NEAFCS-MN! Becky                                         

Public Policy/Public Relations Committee Shares Exciting News!

Suzanne Driessen, Becky Hagen Jokela and Anna Sneltjies, are the members behind the NEAFCS-MN Public Policy/Public Relations Committee. They have been extremely busy over the last few months and have exciting news to share!

  • MN Affiliate members were featured in 7 of the 10 categories in the National NEAFCS impact statements. Look for the NEAFCS-Minnesota mentions in the NEAFCS Impact Statements. It is exciting to see how our programs intertwine with national efforts. Thank you for your submissions. 

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  • Minnesota’s Living Well Campaign social media messages can be used all year long and a good way to stay connected with your partners and clientele during this time. Our messages were shared with the national with public policy chairs. Woot! Woot!

         Continue to report your Living Well efforts. Share them with                 colleagues who may have contributed to these efforts.  

Help build the NEAFCS COVID-19 resource page with your Minnesota resources, developed to address concerns within the communities you serve. NOTE: NEAFCS-MN resources were shared but not yet added to the national resource list.                 

To share a resource, email Danielle Jessup at djessup@executiveoffice.org. If you are using social media to share your resources and messages, please use these hashtags: #NEAFCSresponds, #FCSresponds.

Getting to Know You!

Welcome, Donna Anderson! Donna is a new NEAFCS-MN member this year and here are a few things she’d like you to know about her. 

I am Donna Anderson; I am a SNAP-Ed Educator and Donna Andersonhave been for the past 13 1/2 years; I am housed in Park Rapids in Hubbard Co, covering some of Becker and Wadena counties. I love meeting new people and helping them set goals and watching them meet the goal. Cooking Matters adults/parents and Go Wild youth are my two favorite curriculum that I work with. In 2017, I won the Dean’s Distinguished SNAP-Ed Educator Award.

I would say the most amazing projects I have done in my job are the start two weekend backpack food programs in Menahga and Sebeka. I organized school staff and community volunteers to mail letters to businesses, meet and unload the truck, pack bags, deliver to schools and school staff distributed them to classes. About 12 years ago I started in Wadena Deer Creek School and it is still running today.

I was an early childhood educator for 18 years between Hawaii and Washington State. I graduated and married my high school sweetheart 37 years ago. We have two grown children; Dave (DJ) is married to Katie and they have one son Oliver who is 2 years old, they live in Illinois. Danielle is married to Chris and I’m a volunteer for many community based organizations and events including Miss & Little Miss Sebeka Pageant Coordinator for the past eight years, President of the Sebeka Civic & Commerce for the past year and 2013-2016, was secretary for the Sebeka Economic Development Team and wrote grants to build a skate park downtown Sebeka, a Disc Golf course and an information booth in City Park of Sebeka. My husband David has been the Mayor of Sebeka for the past 12 years and we organize city clean up with youth and family volunteers.

 

Keep in touch with any of the officers or members, with questions, concerns and ideas for NEAFCS-MN. We want to hear from you! Make it a great week!

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Executive Board Meeting Minutes – April 29, 2020

Present: Kathy Brandt, Kelly Kunkel, Suzanne Driessen, Sara Croymans, Megan Hruby

President Kathy called the April 29, 2020 NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Executive Board meeting to order at 2:12 pm. There were no corrections to the agenda/adopt as printed

Secretary’s Report – Sara
Minutes are reviewed and corrections made in real time.
M/S/C (Kelly K/Suzanne D) to approve the minutes from the February 27, 2019 meeting

Announcements:

  • Mary Ellen Miller passed away. A sympathy card was sent to her daughter. Mary Ellen worked 25 years as an Extension educator in Mower County, retiring in 1989. She was a longtime NEAFCS-MN member and rec’d the DSA in 1976.
  • Caroline May Fredrickson, deceased. She worked from 1947-1966 with U of M Extension in Blue Earth County and District Supervisor of Home Economics Extension. She went on to serve the U of M in international program development for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The obituary is also available online here.

Treasurer’s Report – Megan

  • Megan was not able to provide a Treasurer’s report due to limited access to materials left in the office due to COVID-19.
  • Megan will have a bill for priority mail from December when she sent the membership dues to national

President’s Report – Kathy

  • COVID-19 resources on NEAFCS site 
  • Blog schedule –
    • January, February, March – Impact Statements, Awards and Living Well Month
    • April – JCEP report, COVID-19 and wellbeing resources; Exec board meeting minutes
    • Beginning in May
      • SNAPshot/feature for members – getting to know you/active and retired/personal &/or professional paragraph and photo.
      • Feature something on the national website to draw members to that resource
      • Feature one of the committees and what they do/could tie in to a scheduled event such as Prof Dev Day
    • Ideas/suggestions
      • May – PILD report, Public Policy-Public Relations Committee – Impact Statements, Living Well Month highlights
      • June – Professional Development Committee and ??Prof Dev Day details & promotion
      • July – Annual Session details
      • August – Awards Committee – regional/national awards, ??Prof Dev Day highlights and summary
      • September – Member renewal, new member recruitment, Membership Committee Report, MN Annual Meeting details including Ad Hoc Committee, National & Regional Award results
      • October – MN Annual Meeting details, new members! and mentors
  • Kathy Brandt will take lead on getting articles submitted for blogs
  • MN Affiliate contribution to NEAFCS Endowment Campaign
    • The goal was to raise $300,000 was met, but are still accepting donations; designed for the betterment of NEAFCS
    • Should our affiliate donate?
    • At the 12/17/2020 board meeting our account balances are:
      • Checking -$5,814.53
      • Savings – $851.31
      • Endowment – ?? (approx. $2000 interest to spend this year)
    • This will be addressed at the next board meeting.
  • Google Site development –
    • Kathy has a regional support staff, Carlee, who has some time & is willing to pull together a new NEAFCS – MN Affiliate Google Site, with goal of having it together for fall;
  • Trish may join us at the end of the meeting – things to share? Questions? Thoughts about staffing?

Committee Reports – Suzanne, president-elect

  • Awards – Sara reported that awards were submitted for regional and national judging. We should receive results mid May from National.
  • Membership – Kathy
    • Samantha Roth has indicated she wants to join!
    • NEAFCS pin supply for new members – Megan indicated she has letters ready on her desk to send out NEAFCS pins to new members; she needs to purchase padded envelopes. There may be an opportunity to distribute the pins at future staff and program conferences when those are held in person!
  • Professional Development – Lori H submitted the following:
    • The Arboretum in Brainerd on July 28th is being held for professional development day. We’d like the board’s comments on whether or not to continue planning for an in-person event. If we were to meet in-person, what are the board’s thoughts on having some education in the morning and perhaps more “member-centered” afternoon? We discussed having lunch and the awards followed by perhaps exploring the arboretum.
    • Megan asked for input for the committee that is meeting tomorrow. The board suggested considering an online professional development session if in-person doesn’t make sense. More retirees may participate if the event were held via technology. Costs might be lower with no food or rental, although there may be speaker fees.
  • Public Policy/Public Relations – Suzanne and Becky HJ, Anna S.
    • The committee met April 24 and have 3 exciting things to share:
      • Minnesota members were featured in 7 of the 10 categories on the National NEAFCS impact statements. Find all impact statements here: https://www.neafcs.org/impact-statements. It is exciting to see how our programs intertwine with national efforts. Thank you for your submissions.
      • Continue to report your Living Well efforts. Share with colleagues who may have also contributed to these efforts. The social media messages can be used all year long and may be a good way to stay connected with your partners and clientele during this time. Minnesota’s Living well campaign efforts were shared nationally with public policy chairs. Woot! Woot!
      • Help NEAFCS build their NEAFCS COVID-19 resource page with your Minnesota resources to address concerns within the communities you serve. To share a resource, email Danielle Jessup at djessup@executiveoffice.org. If you are using social media to share your resources and messages, please use these hashtags: #NEAFCSresponds, #FCSresponds.
    • Discussion:
      • Suzanne & committee will share the above 3 items with membership via a blog in May
      • Suzanne will check in with Sarah Greening &/or Gwen Gmeinder, as well as Becky HJ, about possibly sharing the MN specific Impact Statement with legislators (last year Kelly sent the piece to MN legislators)

Ad Hoc Bylaws – Suzanne

  • Canceled last call; will reschedule

Old Business 

  • PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development) – Becky Hagen Jokela attended virtually and submitted the following report.
    • Thank you for the opportunity to represent NEAFCS at the PILD Conference! I really enjoyed the conference opportunity and learned a lot, especially being able to view a conference offering change to an online format before our very eyes!
    • The Public Issues Leadership Development Conference (PILD) is a unique professional development opportunity that brings together leaders from all levels and subject matter areas of Extension, along with key volunteers and elected officials; to gain insight into the “big picture” of how the Extension system and our government work at the federal level. The PILD Mission: To provide leadership and advocacy skills to affect public issues.
    • Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 PILD Conference, “Moving Knowledge into Solutions”, was modified and offered through a Zoom 2-day online format, as many states restricted travel for employees.
    • I was very impressed as to the quick conference turn-around time, in regard to planning and implementation. Bob Ohlensehlen, JCEP Executive Director, Karen Munden, PILD Chair Presiding, and Julie Robinson, 2020 JCEP President, plus many other individuals, stepped-up to create an excellent offering.
    • Monday Sessions included:
      • Keynote: “Influencing Up, Down and Across Your Organization”, Dr. Jermaine Davis
      • “What is Your Extension Story: Communicating the Value of Extension.”, Panel
      • “Stop Being the Nation’s ‘Best Kept Secret’: Successfully Delivering Your Extension Story”, Panel
      • “The New NIFA” – Dr. Scott Angle, Director of the National Institute for Food & Agriculture (NIFA)Panel of NIFA National Science Liaisons
    • Tuesday Sessions:
      • Breakout sessions: I attended the session on “Power, Agency, and Equity in Extension Programming.”
    • Key take-away’s:
      • We are living in unprecedented times, with many moments to remember, not to get back to old “normal”, as we will create a new normal and be resilient.
      • We will get through this challenge.
      • 5 actions we can take: Communicate, partner, serve, innovate and lead.
      • Tell our stories! Relationships are critical!
      • Important for equity in Extension programming: Put it all together! Include: Access to resources, acknowledge values, beliefs & cultural responses, allow space for differences, etc. Key: Ensure diversity and equity in an agency.
      • Acknowledge our systems approach: Individual, interpersonal, community and systems. Keep in mind the “process” may take longer.
    • Thank you again for this opportunity to represent NEAFCS!

Dates for your calendar

  • NEAFCS 2020 Annual Session – September 14-17, Snowbird Resort, Utah
  • NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Annual Meeting – October 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm via Zoom

Next Board Meeting – Thursday, June 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm via Zoom
The meeting adjourned at 3:40 pm
Minutes by Sara Croymans, NEAFCS – MN Affiliate Secretary