NEAFCS Minnesota Affiliate August 2021 Board Meeting key highlights
By Suzanne Driessen, 2021 President
Your Executive board is here for you keeping your interests in mind and to support you as an Extension professional working in family consumer science related programming. Please share your ideas, questions, and suggestions to any of our 2021 board members:
- Suzanne Driessen, President
- Kathy Brandt, Immediate Past President
- Megan Hruby, Treasurer
- Kate Welshons, Secretary
- Trish Olson, Administrative Liaison
- Committee Chairs:
- Anita Harris Hering, Public Policy/Public Relations
- Mary Schroeder, Awards
- Kathy Brant, Membership
- Donna Anderson, Professional Development
Here are a few highlights discussed at NEAFCS Minnesota Affiliate August Board Meeting.
- Proposed an ad hoc committee to develop a procedure for accessing endowment funds to support professional development activities and scholarship for members in 2022.
- Approved Bylaw revisions submitted by By-laws Committee Ad Hoc for membership approval at membership annual meeting on October 28, 2021 from 2-4:30 pm via Zoom. Mark your calendars and please plan to attend!
- Officers and Committee Chairs are working with Kathy Brandt to update the NEAFCS-MN Officer-Committee Manual to successfully carry out their duties and responsibilities.
- Brainstormed topics and authors for the monthly Membership Memo.
- Approved and allocated funding for the 2022 membership promotion and recruitment. Details forthcoming. Stay tuned!
Professional Development Day Recap
By Donna Anderson. Professional Development Committee Chair
The NEAFCS Minnesota Affiliate held its annual professional development day on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 via Zoom. Twenty-four Extension professionals attended, including 16 annual members, 2 guests, 2 retirees and 4 non-members.
The day started with a slideshow with photos of peonies taken by Ladona Tornabene, our keynote speaker. President Suzanne Driessen and Family Development Center’s Associate Dean and NEAFCS Affiliate’s Administrative liaisonTrish Olson gave brief welcome addresses.
Keynote speaker, Ladona Tornabene, PhD, associate professor in the public health program at UMD, started the day with a enegetic and passionate presentation on how important arts are to teaching and health. Ladona shared the benefits of using art to educate, advocate and motivate for better health. Tailoring the presentation for the audience, Ladona shared examples of how Extension educators can use arts in outreach efforts, collect impact data and communicate successes to stakeholders.
Next on the agenda was Karen Matthes of Extension’s Technology Team. Karen presented a session entitled, How to spice up your workshops. Karen demonstrated ways to engage your audience using technology and shared the google site and sli-do deck of resources and with the presentation.
Following Karen’s presentation, Solomon Trimble shared how he uses Photo Voice and storytelling to engage his audiences to tell and share their stories, challenges and successes.
Self-care activities were interspersed throughout the day. A coloring mediation activity, yoga and creative dance kept participants engaged and energized. The day ended with celebrating national, regional and state level award winners.
The end of the session evaluation revealed attendees found the professioanl development day enjoyable and useful. Attendees really enjoyed the added self-care acitivites put into the day’s agenda.
Below are a few quotes from conference attendees expressing their thoughts about the professional development day:
- “The variety of presentations and ideas for our toolbox. Loved being together. The coloring pages and activities were so great for personal care”.
- “We can’t help others if our ‘buckets’ are empty. Thanks for a great day of refueling my bucket!”
- “I found something helpful in every presentation, and really appreciate the links to all these wonderful resources. Really enjoyed the interactions”.
- “Ladona’s presentation was wonderful. And I really liked the new tips and tools that Karen shared”.
- “All of the 4 hours was awesome!”
The professional development day was recorded in case you missed it or want to review content presented.
Finally, I would like to thank my committee members for their involvement to making our day such a success! Thank you to Joyce Sierdo, Lori Hendrickson, Kelly Kunkel, Megan Hruby!
Minnesota Military Family Service Providers awarded the Friend of NEAFCS Minnesota Affiliate Award
By Mary Schroeder, Awards Chair
It was difficult to pick just one Friend of NEAFCS Minnesota Affiliate so why not recognize a group of friends. The friends provide significant contributions to support and enhance the quality of Extension’s family resiliency programming for military families. The 2021 Friends of NEAFCS – MN Award recipients are seven Military Family Service Providers. Congratulations to:
- Laura Groeneweg, MN National Guard, Lead Child & Youth Program Coordinator
- Mel Johnson, MN National Guard, Child & Youth Program Coordinator
- Marian Belinski, former MN National Guard State Family Program Director
- Rachel Johnson, BTYR, MN Yellow Ribbon Outreach Coordinator
- Annette Kuyper, BTYR, Director of Military Outreach, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
- Mike Meier, MN Military OneSource Consultant
- Tiffany Kovaleski, Building Healthy Military Communities, MN State Coordinator
Updates from national NEAFCS
- Annual Session Reminders:
- Both the in-person and the virtual registrations are available on the NEAFCS Annual Session webpage.
- Early-bird deadline extended through October 1.
- Complete registration as soon as you have finalized your plans.
- Reserve your hotel room as soon as you’ve finalized your plans if attending in-person. Do not HOLD extra rooms at the hotel if you are unsure of your plans as this time.
- 2022 Grants for Innovative Projects:
- Deadline to submit is January 31, 2022. Complete the Proposal Form to be considered for a grant in 2022.