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

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Update

Greetings to All!

I hope this finds you well and adapting to the changing world. It’s certainly a different time for all of us. In light of the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, following are resources for you, your family and others who you think would benefit. Thanks to Suzanne and Sara for bringing these resources forward.

  • The Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing is a tremendous resource for your health and wellbeing needs. If you haven’t checked it out start with free webinars on a variety of topics.
  • Watch the Wellbeing in a COVID-19 World recording of the webinar. Share it with family and friends.
  • The Center has developed a variety of resources to support mental health and wellbeing in healthcare professionals and the broader community. Share widely: https://www.csh.umn.edu/covid19
  • From Cari Michaels, Extension educator, Taking care of yourself in isolation.

Please share resources and ideas that you are finding helpful for self-care and wellbeing with others.
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I was honored to attend JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) Leadership Conference, February 12-13, 2020, in San Antonio, TX. I applied for and received an NEAFCS scholarship for first time attendees and also will receive an NEAFCS-MN scholarship for representing our affiliate. Part of the responsibility of receiving scholarship funds which help offset conference expenses is to write a brief reflection about your experience. Following is mine.

Attending the 2020 JCEP Extension Leadership Conference was a valuable and rewarding experience. The 2-day conference was packed with opportunities to listen, engage, learn, share and network with Extension colleagues from across the nation. The keynote speaker provided a snapshot of collaborative leadership, gave examples of how we might work through ‘wicked’ problems and conflict, and the necessary conditions needed to move through conflict to find mutually agreeable solutions. Concurrent sessions were helpful in sharing new ideas, different approaches and reminders of prior learning. I found the Capnote Speaker, Dr. Scott Reed, very insightful as he talked about disruptive innovation, the mega forces impacting our lives and the actions Extension needs to embrace to be relevant in our changing world.

Our time in NEAFCS meetings was productive and a highlight because of connecting with other FCS professionals who love what they do! Brainstorming in small groups on the topic of innovating related to being a viable organization, maintaining and attracting new members, better communication and opportunities for increased engagement, was a thought provoking exercise.

Thank you NEAFCS for providing scholarships to help defray the cost of the conference registration. It is greatly appreciated. Kathy Brandt, MN
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The NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Executive Board will meet this Wednesday, April 29, via ZOOM. If you have questions or concerns you’d like to share, get them to any board member by noon Wednesday.

Be well and take good care of you!

Kathy Brandt, President

MN Affiliate Members Submit Award Applications

Congratulations to all of the MN Affiliate members who submitted NEAFCS Award applications!  Eight award applications were submitted  and all will advance to the Regional and National judging levels. The award applications included:

  • Communications – Newsletters – submitted by Kathy Brandt and Suzanne Driessen for their Cottage Food Connection eNews for MN Cottage Food Producers
  • Early Childhood Child Care Training – submitted by Mary Schroeder, Kelly Kunkel, Donna Anderson, Megan Hruby, Anna Seltjes & Team for their Start Strong: Cooking, Feeding, and More program
  • Educational Curriculum Package – submitted by Lori Hendrickson and Becky Hagen Jokela for their RentWise Train the Trainer Curriculum
  • Extension Housing Outreach Award – submitted by Becky Hagen Jokela and Lori Hendrickson for their RentWise Education program
  • Family Health & Wellness – submitted by Anita Harris Hering, Sara Croymans & Team for their Kids Serve Too! Webinar Series by MFLN and Sesame Street
  • Florence Hall – submitted by Sara Croymans, Anita Harris Hering & Team for their MFLN 2019 Virtual Conference Relationships for Readiness program
  • Human Development & Family Relations – submitted by Sara Croymans, Anita Harris Hering & Team for their MFLN Resilience Webinar Series 
  • SNAP Ed/EFNEP Educational Program – Submitted by Mary Caskey, Kelly Kunkel, Mary Schroeder & Team for their My TIME to Eat Healthy and Move More program

Our MN Affiliate awards will tentatively be presented this spring/summer at our Affiliate Professional Development Day.  (Watch this blog for more information.) The awards were judged by several of our MN Affiliate retirees. Thank you to Shirley Barber, Deb Botzek-Linn, Carol Ann Burtness, Sheila Craig and Phyllis Onstad for reviewing the applications and providing feedback!

Do you have a valuable community partner you would like to recognize?  If so, consider submitting a Friend of NEAFCS MN Affiliate Award application. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual, team, or organization who has provided significant contributions to support and enhance quality Family and Consumer Sciences educational programs. Applications are due June 15. Request application information from Sara Croymans.

NEAFCS MN Affiliate Board Meeting Minutes – February 27, 2020

Present – Kathy Brandt, Kelly Kunkel, Suzanne Driessen, & Sara Croymans; (Megan Hruby was not able to participate due to a team meeting)

President Kathy Brandt Called the February 27, 2020 NEAFCS MN Affiliate Executive Board meeting to order at 2:04 pm

M/S/C (Kelly K./Suzanne D.) to approve the agenda with additions (adopted as corrected/printed). Minute reviews will occur real time.

Secretary’s Report – M/S/C (Suzanne D./Kelly K.) to approve the December 17, 2019 board meeting minutes as printed

Treasurer’s Report – Megan H – not able to attend due to a team meeting running longer than expected and being locked out of Wells Fargo account. She will add current treasury info tomorrow.

President’s Report – Kathy Brandt reported on her participation @ JCEP Extension Leadership Conference –

  • Qualey/Skjervold Funds of $500 werte approved by Trish Olson. She need to submit for NEAFCS-MN funds of $450.
  • NEAFCS meeting times were well attended and interactive. Discussion re: membership and ideas to request a website tour by Roxie Price, National President and to invite her to Affiliate meetings via technology.
  • JCEP sessions were excellent and provided topics on trends, demographics, mindful leadership, visionary leadership and disruptive innovation. Kathy will provide her written summary in March, to be shared with membership.

Committee Reports – Suzanne, president-elect

Awards – Sara

  • 8 award applications submitted
  • 5 retirees (Shirley Barber, Deb Botzek-Linn, Carol Ann Burness, Sheila Craig, & Phyllis Onstad) are judging & will have judging sheets back by March 5; Sara will submit list of Affiliate winners to national by March 15
  • Sara will follow up with one applicant about team members listed not fitting our policy of only members being listed on applications; The policy reads:
    • Receiving NEAFCS Awards is a benefit of membership. To honor and encourage membership the MN Affiliate requires team members listed on award applications to be NEAFCS members. Those individuals not eligible for membership (such as community partners) may be included as team members on award applications. Those eligible for NEAFCS membership who are not members may not be listed on the awards application. NEAFCS membership is accepted throughout the year, however national membership must be received by December 31 (dues must be to state treasurer by December 1) to be eligible for any awards given that year.
  • No Distinguished Service/Continued Excellence applications, as no one currently qualifies.
  • No Friend of MN Affiliate applications. Sara encouraged folks to think of possibilities and information will go out to members
  • Sara will submit a blog article listing the applications that will advance to Regional & National judging and will invite Friend of MN Affiliate by a stated due date.
  • See Awards committee meeting minutes here.

Membership – Kathy Brandt

  • Kathy reported that Megan Hruby sent a check for member dues following some challenges in mailing from a small post office.
  • No response from Trish Olson as being our official Affiliate Liaison.
  • Kelly suggested that Kathy Brandt send Trish Olson & Julia Gladhill the Members dues sheet & board meeting dates;
  • Currently we have 13 MN Affiliate member
  • Kathy will follow up with Megan to see if NEAFCS pins have been sent to new member Anna S., Donna A. & Kate W.

Professional Development – Lori Hendrickson, chair

  • Met once, meeting again in March. Have not decided anything yet. Will get a “save the date” out by April.

Public Policy/Public Relations – Suzanne and Becky HJ

  • Reviewed 12 impact statements from members.
  • 100% of members wrote or co-wrote statements.
  • 5 statements needed tweaking to define the impact of the program.
  • Assignments made to work with submitters to edit statements.
  • Assignments made to submit the final version to the NEAFCS impact statement portal.
  • Twelve Impact statements received include:
    • Smarter Lunchrooms = Kelly Kunkel and Mary Schroeder
    • MFLN Family Transitions = Sara Croymans and Anita Hering
    • Power of Produce = Megan Hruby
    • Start Strong: Cooking, Feeding & More = Mary Schroeder & Kelly Kunkel
    • Time to Eat Healthy and Move More = Mary Caskey
    • RentWise = Lori Hendrickson & Becky Hagen Jokela
    • Children’s Garden = Anna Sneltjies (new Minnesota member in 2019-20)
    • Food Shelf Work = Kelly Kunkel & Anna Sneltjies
    • Food Safety-Serve it Up Safely = Suzanne Driessen & Kathy Brandt
    • Food Safety Cottage = Suzanne Driessen and Kathy Brandt
    • Financial Preparedness for Disasters = Sara Croymans & Lori Hendrickson
    • Go Wild With Fruits & Veggies! = Donna Anderson
  • The committee identified other ways to get information out about the Impact Statements in multiple different ways
    • News Release with addendum; A template was developed
    • 30 social media messages
    • A memo with numbers was developed
    • Info sheet for PILD participant and others to share
    • These will be shared with MN Affiliate members & ECFD list serve; to create awareness & potentially encourage others to join
    • Include an invite for folks to join —
      • “We know you have stories and program successes to share as well. Join us in collectively telling our Family Consumer Science story by becoming a member of the National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences – MN Affiliate. See the attached membership brochure for membership information.”
    • Living Well Month – March
      • A google sheet was created to collect Living Well Month activities

Ad Hoc By-laws – Suzanne

  • Additional committee members include Lori H & Anita H.
  • Reviewing Bylaws. They need to determine which version is the most current.
  • Another meeting scheduled in April.
  • The committee will bring any recommendations to the board and then to the full membership for a vote at the annual meeting in October.

Old Business

  • Kelly reported that $500 was received from the Qualey/Skjervold 12/30/2019 fund to support the 2019 MN Affiliate Professional Development Day
  • M/S/C (Kelly K/Sara C) to accept the following 2019-2020 Board Goals —
    • Encourage members to participate in opportunities through the state and national organizations (NEAFCS, JCEP) to receive recognition and enhance teaching, scholarship and professional development.
    • Communicate responsibilities to the standing and Ad Hoc committees; provide input and support for their work. The President-elect is liaison to the committees.
    • Establish a regular blog schedule to keep membership informed of opportunities and information.
    • Monitor and review the NEAFCS-MN Affiliate budget and investments. Utilize funds to support the work and growth of our association members.
    • Update the Manual for Officers and Committees with the President providing leadership.
    • Promote NEAFCS and MN affiliate’s benefits and membership opportunities to potential members.
  • At the next meeting we will identify action steps and target dates for the goals.
  • PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development) – April 5 – 8, in Arlington, VA.
    • Becky HJ will represent our affiliate
    • Scholarship funds available include: $450 – NEAFCS-MN; $455 – NEAFCS; Extension Dean’s Office up to $1,100.

Other business? 

  • Annual Meeting date – October 22 – conflicts with SOPHIE date — so rescheduled to Monday, October 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm; Kathy will switch the meeting invite.
  • Communication with members
    • The NEAFCS-MN listserv (neafcsmn@umn.edu) is not current and not being used any longer.
    • Email addresses for 2020 active & retirees can be pulled from this Google Sheet

M/C (Kelly K.) to adjourn meeting

Dates for your calendar

  • Living Well Month – March 2020
  • PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development) – April 5 – 8, in Arlington, VA.
  • NEAFCS 2020 Annual Session – September 14-17, 2020, Snowbird Resort, Utah
  • Monday, October 26, 2:30 – 4:30 pm – MN Affiliate Annual Meeting

Minutes by Sara Croymans, Secretary

NEAFCS Award Applications are Due for MN Affiliate Judging February 15

There is just a little over a week left before NEAFCS Award applications are due.  MN Affiliate members are encouraged to do a little bragging & share the good work you are doing here in MN!  Award applications are due February 15 to allow time for MN Affiliate judging before the Awards Committee submits the winning applications for Regional & National judging by the March 15 national deadlines.

All Award information can be found on the NEAFCS website under the “Awards Tab”.  Those who are ‘national’ members will submit their applications directly into the national system.  Those who are “MN Affiliate” members only should follow the instructions on the national website, but email application materials to Sara Croymans (croym001@umn.edu) by the February 15 deadline – rather than input the application into the national system. (Please let me know if you have questions on this!)

Please let me (Sara Croymans – croym001@umn.edu) know if you have any questions or need assistance with your applications.  We would love to have your great work recognized!

NEAFCS – MN Affiliate Executive Board Meeting Minutes – December 17, 2019

NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Executive Board Meeting Minutes

December 17, 2019

2:30 – 4:00 pm via Zoom

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

Not Present: Megan Hruby

Call to Order – Kathy B, president called the meeting to order at 2:31 pm.

  • Additions/approval of agenda (adopted as corrected/printed)
    • Review roles/duties of executive committee members
    • Set 2020 board meeting dates
    • Review Blog activity and needed updates
  • Parliamentary Procedure discussion – Suzanne shared a Parliamentary Pointers handout
  • Minute reviewer – Kelly Kunkel volunteered to review the minutes before they are posted on the blog.
  • Bylaws & Constitution -Suzanne will share the most recent bylaws/constitution with the bylaw review committee with a planned vote on any updates at the next annual meeting.

Secretary’s Report – Sara C

Treasurer’s Report – Megan H (not attending due to schedule conflict)

  • Membership updates
    • 13 total members as of 12/17/19
      • New members:
        • Katherine Welshons (Kate) – New National Member; Kate is an EE in FD
        • Donna Anderson, Anna Sneljtes (both  SNAP-Ed) joined as  Minnesota Active members; and Megan Hruby, (SNAP-Ed) renewed as a MN Active member
    • Megan sent Trish Olson an email this morning (and cc’d Julia) about NEAFCS membership and stressed that if Trish wanted to submit awards her dues and forms will need to be to Megan by Dec. 21 but in case that doesn’t happen she can get that to Megan by the end of the year….of course we want her to join regardless.
  • Megan will send MN Affiliate dues payment to national, 12/20/19
  • Account balances:
    • Checking account balance-$5,814.53
    • Savings account balance-$851.31
  • Concerning expenses for the Professional Development Day (speaker fees, etc): Megan has been in contact with Kelly Kunkel who worked with her support staff Melinda to set up NEAFCS as a vendor to have  a check cut from the Qualey/Skjervold fund processed (with Trish  Olson approval) for $500. Sue Young indicated the check was processed on 11/20/19 and it can take up to 30 days for delivery. As of 12/17/19 Megan has not received the check in the mail.
  • The Treasurer’s report was filed subject to audit.

President’s Report – Kathy

  • Communication & Organization Tools:
    • Google Shared Drive
      • The board member discussed and agreed on member access levels:
      • Past pres, pres, pres elect = manager (manage content, members, settings)
      • Secretary, treasurer, committee chairs = content manager (add, edit, move, delete files)
      • All other members = contributor (add, edit files)
      • Other options are commenter and viewer

      • Purpose of Google Shared Drive =  provides a space for internal ‘workings’ of the organization
    • Blog:
      • Purpose of Blog = external communication with members, (active & life) and others
      • We will continue to discuss and investigate other blog options, including learning from ESP as they consider shifting to a Google Site.
    • List Serve:
      • Do we have a current List Serve?
      • Kelly shared that last year as President she used the Blog as a primary communication tool with membership.
      • Do new members need to be instructed to subscribe to the blog? Kathy will invite the new members to subscribe to the blog.
  • Kathy Brandt invited Trish Olson to be our NEAFCS administrative liaison, but hasn’t received a response.
    • The roles of the Administrative Liaison are outlined in the MN Affiliate Constitution/Bylaws/Policies; MN Affiliate Policies section towards the back.
  • Kathy Brandt has submitted the Officer/Committee Chair list to National
  • The MN affiliate report is due to National by 12/31/19. President Kathy Brandt will develop the report in coordination with Past President Kelly Kunkel.
  • Shared Drive: NEAFCS-MN – Kathy B. thanked everyone who has worked to develop and update (Suzanne) this resource. One of Kathy’s goals is to continue to organize and streamline content. Suggestions/ideas/volunteer to help are welcome.

  • Schedule 2020 meetings:
    • February 27, 2020; 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Board meeting
    • April 29, 2020; 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Board meeting
    • June 24, 2020; 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Board meeting
    • August 27, 2020; 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Board meeting
    • October 22, 2020 – Annual Meeting; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • The MN Affiliate Manual for Officers and Committees needs to be reviewed/compared with the national Officer Manual for consistency. Kathy Brandt will check in with Anita on this and have it completed by the annual meeting.

Committee Reports – Suzanne, president-elect

Awards – Sara

  • Committee met on December 10, 2019.
  • Members are: Mary Schroeder, Kelly  Kunkel, Mary Caskey
  • Established timeline for year.
  • MN Affiliate award applications due Feb 15 … which will allow time for judging (by retirees) …. with national submissions due March 15.
  • Brainstormed projects to encourage members to submit an award for
  • See minutes here.

Membership – Kathy

  •  Members are: Sara, Croymans, Mary Schroeder, Kelly  Kunkel, Mary Caskey
  • Welcome to Donna Anderson, Anna Sneltjes and Kate Welshons!!
  • Follow up to our membership brainstorm hangout – rather than schedule another meeting, recap here and possibly send out a reminder with potential member link. Let’s keep the momentum rolling!
  • Texted Trish O/thanked me for the reminder
  • Mary C contacted Kate Welshons – she joined as NEAFCS member!
  • Sara C created a Google Sheet for potential members – how are we doing?
  • NEAFCS pins/small gifts – have they been given to Donna and Anna? We need to get one to Kate W.
  • Kelly/Mary S – update re: Start Strong program/SNAP-Ed involvement
  • Anita, Kelly, Megan – membership video update
  • Anything else?
  • Mentor plan – does it work that the member who recruits a new member serves as their mentor? Keep it simple – develop a checklist/guide of basic info to share with new members.

Professional Development – Lori H

  • Members: Mary Caskey, Megan Hruby, Donna Anderson
  • Meeting scheduled for Jan. 24, 2020

Public Policy/Public Relations – Suzanne and Becky HJ

  • Members: Suzanne and Becky are co-chairs with new MN member Anna Sneltjies.
  • Met on December 9, 2019 Minutes here.
  • NEAFCS MN Public Policy Goals
  • Solicit impact statements for state and national impact reports.
  • Summarize Minnesota impact statements and debrief with PILD representative to share highlights with legislatures at the 2020 Public Institute Leadership Conference.
  • Promote NEAFCS the national campaign Dining In for Healthy Families on December 3rd.
  • Disseminate MN impact via social media and media channels during Living Well Month in March.
  • Committee work and efforts in 2019-20
  • November: Promoted “Dine In” on December 3rd, 2019 Campaign – wrote and sent a statewide press release featuring a statement from President Brandt about FCS work in Minnesota and its impact and tips for dining and preparing meals together by  Anna Sneltjes, SNAP-Ed nutrition educator, St. Cloud, shares these tips for family mealtime.
  • December. Drafted memo for impact statements. Due January 13, 2020 to committee. Committee review and feedback: January 13-29, 2020; Committee submits statements online to NEAFCS by February 1, 2020.
  • In the past we collected Impact Statement reports only from members. There was a request from a supervisor to collect impact statements system wide, not just from members. Public Policy chairs from other states indicated that the intent is to collect impact statements systemwide.
  • M/S/C (Sara C/Kelly K) that MN Impact Statement should be submitted for work conducted by MN Affiliate members only. Others interested in submitting Impact Statements will be encouraged to  join, as promoting programming through Impact Statement is a benefit of membership.

Ad Hoc By-laws – Suzanne

  • Members: Lori Hendrickson, Anita Hering
  • Meeting scheduled for Feb 11, 2020 10am – 11:30am

New Business

  • 2019-2020 Proposed Goals — Board members were asked to review the following goals for discussion at the February meeting: 

    • Encourage members to participate in opportunities through the state and national organizations (NEAFCS, JCEP) to receive recognition and enhance teaching, scholarship and professional development.
    • Communicate responsibilities to the standing and Ad Hoc committees; provide input and support for their work. The President-elect is liaison to the committees.
    • Establish a regular blog schedule to keep membership informed of opportunities and information.
    • Monitor and review the NEAFCS-MN Affiliate budget and investments. Utilize funds to support the work and growth of our association members.
    • Update the Manual for Officers and Committees with the President providing leadership.
    • Promote NEAFCS and MN affiliate’s benefits and membership opportunities to potential members.
    • Other?
  • JCEP (Joint Council of Extension Professionals) Leadership Conference –        February 12-13, 2020, San Antonio, TX. Kathy will attend. She received notification that she will receive a JCEP Scholarship from National. She is also pursuing Qualey/Skjervold funds.
  • PILD (Public Issues Leadership Development) – April 5 – 8, in Arlington, VA. Neither Suzanne nor Kathy can attend. Who is interested in representing the MN Affiliate? Scholarship funds available include: $450 – NEAFCS-MN; $455 – NEAFCS; Extension Dean’s Office up to $1,100. Please consider this leadership opportunity! Kathy Brandt will check with 1) Megan Hruby; 2) Mary Caskey; and 3) Kelly Kunkel about possibly attending.

Dates for your calendar –

  • NEAFCS MN Impact Statements – due January 13, 2020
  • NEAFCS 2020 Annual Session Call for Proposals – due January 31, 2020
  • PILD First Timer Scholarship Application – due February 1, 2020
  • NEAFCS-MN Awards Applications – due February 15, 2020
  • NEAFCS 2020 Annual Session – September 14-17, 2020, Snowbird Resort, Utah

Any other business?                                                                                                                         Meeting adjourned.

Minutes by Sara Croymans, Secretary

What Extension Work are You Most Proud of in 2019?

As we prepare to take a short break to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday I encourage you to reflect on your 2019 work in Extension and consider submitting an award application!

You may have seen information in your email in-box that the 2020 NEAFCS Awards System will be ‘open’ beginning December 1.  Check out all of the Awards Documents and Application Instructions on the national website. Our MN deadline has traditionally been February 15 … the Awards Committee will confirm the 2020 deadline once we meet!  Please let us know if we can assist with your award applications.

Also note:

  • The 2020 NEAFCS Annual Session will be held Sept 14-17 in Snowbird, Utah.  The call for proposals will open December 1 and be accepted through  January 31, 2020
  • Begin thinking about Affiliate Impact Statements.  Suzanne & Becky have been doing an amazing job guiding us through this process. I’m guessing we will hear more about this process & due dates in the near future.

Have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday!  I am extremely thankful to have each and every one of you as my colleague!
Sara Croymans, Awards Committee Chair

2019 NEAFCS MN Affiliate Annual Meeting Minutes — October 8, 2019

2019 NEAFCS MN Affiliate Annual Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 — 1:00-4:00 pm

 

President Kelly Kunkel called the NEAFCS MN Affiliate Annual Meeting to order at 1:03 pm

Participants:  Kelly Kunkel, Kathy Brandt, Megan Hruby, Sara Croymans, Anita Harris Hering, Suzanne Driessen, Mary Caskey, Mary Schroeder, Lori Hendrickson, Becky Hagen Jokela (100% member participation!)

Parliamentarian – Sara Croymans

Timekeeper – Lori Hendrickson

Minute reviewer – Kathy Brandt

Vote counters  – TBD, if needed

Annual Report document

Member announcements and celebrations

  • Kelly K – pleased with the NEAFCS year has gone!
  • Sara C – surviving NEAFCS last week with many, many commitments!
  • Megan H – the sun is shining & it is not raining! Crookston is in the midst of sugar beet season (8 days late) so farm families are stressed out
  • Kathy B – seeing the light at the end of a busy fall schedule!
  • Mary S – glad on Sunday she got some things done in her flower garden so is ready for snow
  • Lori H – red squirrel has been stashing black walnuts in her car
  • Becky HJ – enjoyed NEAFCS Annual Session in Hershey, PA & enjoyed the chocolate smell
  • Anita HH – enjoys fall leaves & weather
  • Mary C – smiling over the number of sporting events she is attending for grandchildren ages 7, 8 & 12
  • Suzanne D – appreciated the photos posted in her office for national award

 

Secretary’s Report

  • M/S/C (Suzanne D./Anita HH) to approve the 2018 NEAFCS, MN Affiliate 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes (September 14, 2018) – Sara Croymans, Secretary

 Treasurer’s Report – Megan Hruby

  • 2018-19 budget report (the treasurer’s report will be filed for audit)
  • Checking account balance $5,194.53
  • Savings account balance $851.27
  • Trish Olson approved $500 from the Qualey/Skjervold account to support the Professional Improvement event. Megan completed a W9 to be set up as a vendor. Megan has inquired about the status of that payment. The payment balance is still outstanding.
  • Quasi Endowment Fund balances as of September 3, 2019:
    • Fund balance (w/in the University Foundation) – $11,117.10; we are allowed to use 20% of the balance – so we are allowed to use $2023.42 for the current fiscal year; which Madonna would transfer up to that amount to a CF String Account balance
    • CF String Account balance in University $1,639.74
  • The audit letter and an up to date accounting report will be placed in the Annual Report to reflect expenses.
  • The NEAFCS – MN Affiliate MN Non-Profit Annual Renewal for being a 501c3 had lapsed; Megan re-filed the form so we are current. (Add this to Treasurer list of responsibilities.)

 Annual Reports

  • President’s Report – Kelly Kunkel provided a list of successes to reflect on and opportunities for growth.
  • Committee Reports – President Elect
    • Professional Development – Lori Hendrickson
      • The professional development event was well attended and evaluation responses were good.
    • Awards & Membership – Sara Croymans, Kathy Brandt
      • MN Affiliate was very well represented in receiving Awards at the National Annual Session
      • Membership – a new optional MN membership option was added this past year. Megan shared that Donna Anderson, a SNAP Ed Educator has joined.
    • Public Policy/Public Relations – Suzanne Driessen, Becky Hagen-Jokela

Impact statements were collected to share our stories on the state and national levels. Only NEAFCS members were listed on the Impact Statements. The committee will discuss whose names should be listed on the Impact Statements and provide a recommendation to the board. Suzanne shared that there was a conversation at the Annual Session about using infographics and social media to promote programming. Suzanne also encouraged members to take action photographs to be used in the future.

  • Ad Hoc Membership – Mary Caskey highlighted that she, Kathy Brandt and Anita Hering met to investigate new membership options with a MN Active Member option being identified and approved through membership vote late March 2019. This ad hoc membership committee is no longer needed.
  • Ad Hoc Treasurer’s Fund – Megan Hruby, Mary Caskey
  • Ad Hoc Scholarship Fund is no longer needed. This report was from the 2017-18 annual report.
  • M/S/P (Megan H/Kathy B) to approve the Committee reports as edited.

 

NEAFCS 2019 Annual Session Follow-up – All who attended

  • Scholarships awarded, MN presence, and comments from attendees
  • Attendees: Mary Caskey, Kathy Brandt, Suzanne Driessen, Lori Hendrickson, Becky Hagen Jokela, Kathy and Dave Olson & Sara Croymans
  • Suzanne & Mary served as voting delegates. No major votes, although a new Central Region Director from North Dakota was elected.
  • Suzanne shared that National has a new membership brochure on benefits of membership (13 reasons why)
  • NEAFCS 2020 Annual Session – September 14-17, 2020; Snowbird Resort, UT

 

 Old Business

  • Move $350 from board mileage to PILD and JCEP.
  • Line items with $0 will be deleted if they are no longer used.
  • Secretary will serve as a second person on financial accounts.Megan and Sara will follow up with Wells Fargo to make this happen. The 2018 Annual meeting minutes document the vote to authorize this addition.

 New Business

  • M/S/C (Mary S/Becky HJ) to approve 2019-20 proposed budget as printed.
  • Discussion on bylaw changes:
    • change Area Reps to Program or Center Reps
    • divide the Awards and Membership Committee into two committees
    • M/S/C (Suzanne D/Mary C) to form an ad hoc bylaws committee to bring recommended changes back to the membership. Volunteers for the ad hoc bylaws committee: Suzanne D, Anita H & Lori H
  • Any questions or edits for Manual for Officers and Committees – Anita reported that there has been no progress on; the bylaw review & any subsequent changes will inform the work of the this group
  • Committee sign-up for 2019-20 – Kelly Kunkel encouraged members to sign up for a committee.
  • Kathy Brandt will call an all-member meeting in November to discuss & create a membership recruitment plan

Election of Officers Anita Harris Hering – Past President

  • Anita HH presented the following slate of candidates:
    • President – Kathy Brandt
    • President Elect – Suzanne Driessen
    • Treasurer – Megan Hruby (2 year role)
  • M/S/C (Mary S/ Lori H) to cast a unanimous ballot for President, President Elect and Treasurer.
  • Congratulations and thank you to the new officers!

Introduction/Installation of 2019-20 Officers – Kelly Kunkel

 Adjourn meeting – Mary C moved to adjourn the 2019 NEAFCS MN Affiliate meeting.  President Kathy Brandt declared the meeting adjourned.

Meeting minutes by Sara Croymans, Secretary

Minutes reviewed by Kathy Brandt on October 8, 2019