Public Policy and Relations Committee Update 3-3-17

Writing a good impact statement is hard to do

We had 11 impact submissions this year. Thank you! We will compile them for Anita to take to the Public Institute Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C.

NEAFCS impact statement template limits us to 40 words. This gives us no choice but to be concise. Many times our statements are too general. They read more like reports with not a lot of impact. True impact statements are hard to write.

Consider three questions as you frame your statement

(AFNR intranet, January 1, 2017)

  1. What was the need or problem you were trying to solve?
    • Focus on one issue.
    • Target the audience you want to reach.
    • One impact statement does not fit all audience. Select messages from statement and tailor to each audience.
  2. What service (course, conference, materials, curriculum, etc.) did you provide/facilitate to address the need?
    • Pick 1 or 2 things that had the biggest bang.
    • Include the relevance to improve people’s health, the economy, the environment.
    • Use active verbs.
  3. How did your service improve the lives of people in the community, etc.? The results
    • Lay it out like a sports page—
      • who’s playing– identify your audience
      • what happened and how
      • what was the score or so what–numbers with $ or %
      • Why does this score (program) matter?
      • What is interesting or surprising?
      • See Top 9 Tips for  your Impact Statement, Purdue Extension,

Quotes should extend the story

Our NEAFCS impact statements ask for quotes on the benefit of the program. Quotes should illustrate and extend your story.

This: “Though, I was skeptical at first, planting cover crops improved my overall yields over the past three years.”

Not this: “Of course, Food Safety Training was the main reason we attended this academy. These classes teach the specifics. It was very interesting and informative, as well as, being a requirement to legally sell cottage foods.”

Snap a photo

Pictures tell a story! Our Extension program story. Be sure to take action photos when out and about. Take photos to help educate your point. Take photos to tell the story about your program and its impact. Be sure to have your subject(s) complete Extension’s PhotoVideo Release form.

Resources for you

Impact statements tell a compelling story, gets attention (published in the national NEAFCS impact statement report) and gets funded. Check out Pitching your Story on our extension Intranet.

More to come! The professional development committee is exploring this topic for our professional development day.

Suzanne Driessen and Becky Hagen Jokela


Minnesota Represented at the 2016 Annual Session

Presentations, poster sessions, awards, attending annual meetings and committee meetings kept Kathy & Dave Olson, Sara VanOfflen, Mary Caskey, Kathy Brandt, Karen Shirer and Suzanne Driessen busy in Big Sky, Montana.

Photo of Minnesota Members 2016

Minnesota NEAFCS members annual session, Big Sky

2015 NEAFCS-MN Annual Mtg Minutes (3)


NEAFCS-MN Procedures for Scholarship Application for Members Attending 2014 Annual Session, Lexington, KY

NEAFCS-MN Procedures for Scholarship Application for Members Attending 2014 Annual Session, Lexington, KY
• Based on recommendations from Quasi-Endowment Funds Committee, MAEE Funds Committee and NEAFCS-MN Executive Board
May 15, 2014

Because it’s a magical year with our own Kathy Olson as NEAFCS President, the NEAFCS-MN Executive Board had a goal to provide financial support to members as a way to encourage attendance at the 2014 NEAFCS Annual Session, September 15 – 18 in Lexington, Kentucky. We believe that the financial support which is summarized in the following information will do just that! As this is being written we have heard that 8 active members and 6 life members are planning to attend; we look for that number to increase. We will be Minnesota proud as Kathy O presides over the national session.

A BIG thank you to both the Quasi-Endowment Fund Ad Hoc Committee (Rosi H, Suzanne D, Mary C, Sara C, Jennifer G) and the MAEE Fund Committee (Sharon P, Mary C, Mary S) for the time and work they put into making recommendations for financial support to all (active and national or state life members) attending the 2014 NEAFCS Annual Session. The board utilized recommendations from both committees and has formulated the following procedures.

From NEAFCS-MN Quasi-Endowment Funds –
1) $2,400 will be requested for professional development purposes as follows: $750 to be divided by 1 attendee to JCEP and 1 attendee to PILD; $400 to support the annual affiliate professional development conference; and $1,250 to scholarships for active and national or state life members who are attending the 2014 NEAFCS Annual Session in Lexington, Kentucky.
2) This request will be written by Kathy Brandt and Mary Caskey, submitted to Heather Lee for review and decision by Karen Shirer.

From MAEE (Disbandment) Funds –
1) $1,750 will be requested for professional development scholarships for active and national or state life members who are attending the 2014 NEAFCS Annual Session in Lexington, Kentucky.

The total amount available (pending approval by K. Shirer for Quasi funds) is $3,000. The criterion for applying for a scholarship is simply this; you are a current active member or a national or state life member, as of December 31, 2013, who will attend the 2014 NEAFCS Annual Session in Lexington, KY.

The money will be divided among the applicants, with a maximum award amount of $250/applicant. Scholarships will be awarded after the 2014 Annual Session with final dollar amount based on actual number of applicants in attendance.

If you meet the criteria and want to apply for a scholarship, copy and paste the form at the end of this message into an email. The application MUST be returned to Kathy Brandt, by June 16, 2014. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this date. If you miss the date you are not eligible for the scholarship money.

Additional points:
1) $2,500 from MAEE Funds will provide support to the National President’s Reception (Kathy Olson) held at the Annual Session.
2) Two-$250 NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Scholarships (established 2012-13) from MAEE Funds will continue to be awarded based on criteria developed by the Ad Hoc Scholarship Committee. Selection criteria are based on supporting active members representing the MN Affiliate at Annual Session, JCEP and PILD. See application posted on the blog for details. Application is due June 16 to Kathy Brandt.


NEAFCS-MN Scholarship Application for 2014 Annual Session
Due by June 16, 2014 to Kathy Brandt,

Name _________________________________

Mail Address_______________________________________________________________


Telephone (cell) _________________________ (home) __________________________

As of December 31, 2013, I was an Active Member _______ National or MN Life Member _______

I will attend the 2014 NEAFCS Annual Session, Lexington, Kentucky? Yes _______No_______

Thank you for your application!

Letter to NEAFCS-MN Members

Greetings NEAFCS-MN Members!

On behalf of NEAFCS-MN Executive Board, congratulations on becoming a
member and welcome to our organization!
It’s going to be a magical,
exciting year with Kathy Olson leading us as national president! I hope that
you’re making plans to attend the Annual Session in Lexington, KY, September
15-18, 2014. A committee has begun work on how we will generate monies to hold
a reception honoring Kathy during the Annual Session. If you’d like to get
involved, there’s still time to get on the committee!

It’s the goal of the Executive Board to provide
opportunities for growth for each of you. But we need your help. Please share
your ideas, get involved on a committee, and consider running for office! The
more involved you become, the more you’ll get out of our organization!

Many of our colleagues in Family Development, specifically
in Health and Nutrition, are working through very challenging times. We know
that difficult decisions have been made and many of our members have been
directly impacted. The Board wants to extend our support to everyone involved.
We want you to know that we care about you.

Most of you have heard by now but we want to acknowledge our
members, Rosi Heins and Cindy Petersen, who will retire at the end of January!
Congratulations and best wishes on the next chapter for both of you! We hope
you’ll become lifetime members and continue with us!!

Important dates are approaching:

  • MN Affiliate Award applications are due 1/15/14.
    For details refer to the message sent 12/11/13 from Sara Croymans on behalf of
    the Awards Committee.  Here’s contact
    info for awards applications:
  1. Hard copy of
    application materials must be postmarked by 1/15/14 &
    mailed to
    Rosi Heins,      U of MN Extension,
    Andover Regional Office, 
    Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Suite L-1,
    Andover, MN 55304-4122
  2. Scanned/pdf copy of

    complete application packet must be emailed by the end of 1/15/14 to Rosi Heins

  • NEAFCS-MN Scholarship applications due date has been
    changed from 1/15/14 to 6/1/14. The Executive Board decided to move the date to
    later in the year to allow for further discussion of providing additional
    scholarships since we want to have a large delegation attending the Annual
    Session.  Currently two-$250 scholarships
    are available to members to be used for NEAFCS, JCEP and PILD professional
    development opportunities. The scholarship application including selection
    criteria is posted on the blog. Stay tuned for updates on this.

Remember, we want to hear from you about your ideas,
concerns and ways to improve our organization! Check the December Executive Board call minutes and Scholarship Application, both found on the right-hand sidebar.

Happy 2014!

Kathy Brandt

NEAFCS-MN President