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)



Recommendation of Ad Hoc Committee Addressing Membership Issues

NEAFCSS MN Affiliate Ad Hoc Committee Addressing Membership Issues
Recommendations to the Board
January 31, 2011
Ad Hoc Committee Members: Suzanne Driessen, Jill May & Sara Croymans
Recommendations to NEAFCS MN Affiliate Board:
1. Adopt National’s by-law definition of an active member “An Extension employee working in any capacity with family and consumer sciences or home economics programming, who has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, who belong to his/her state/territory affiliate of Extension Educations, upon payment of dues, may become an active member of NEACS” to allow for increased membership in Minnesota, to include eligible Program Coordinators, Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs), Community Program Assistants, etc.
a. This would require a Minnesota Affiliate by-law change, Article III, Section 2 to remove ‘professional appointment’
2. Investigate “partner” and “student” membership categories as utilized by National. With student membership, consider an additional Minnesota membership fee, separate from National dues.
3. In light of the national increase in dues over the next three years, and considering that this year’s increase was absorbed at the state level, recommend that we:
a. Allocate a portion of the NEAFCS MN Affiliate endowment funds annually to supplement dues.
b. Increase registration fee for our NEAFCS MN Affiliate Professional Development opportunities to generate extra funds to be allocated to supplement membership dues.
These two actions would result in a reduction of dues that individuals would need to pay to help offset current dues and dues increases, support continuation of membership as well as encourage new members to join.
4. Contact past retirees to inform them of the MN Life Member option and the benefits available to them.
5. Develop a plan to actively recruit eligible non-members to join, including but not limited to, making it more visible to potential members that there is a reduced member fee for the first year, availability of a brochure or recruitment tool, and professional advantages as it applies to scholarship.
6. Develop a strategic plan to inform administration of NEAFCS’ scholarly importance worthy of support by the U of M Extension Center for Family Development, allowing funds to be used for membership dues and professional development funds to be used to attend the NEAFCS Annual Session. Examples could include emphasis on the impressive national objectives, the scholarly strength of the association, opportunity for visibility of the U of M Extension Center for Family Development at the national level, and support in strengthening the emphasis of the U of MN Extension as an employer of choice.

Proud to be a NEAFCS, Minnesota Affiliate Member: A Look at Who We are and What we do

The purpose of this association is to provide a professional state organization for Extension Educators with degrees in Family Consumer Sciences and/or working in family related programs or administration in order to promote professional growth and development by:

  • Providing for and recognizing leadership and achievement;
  • Exchanging effective educational methodologies;
  • Encouraging members to conduct research and to use research-based information in programming;
  • Providing means for the exchange of ideas and methods;
  • Promoting cooperation among all branches of Extension;
  • Working cooperatively with National Association of Extension Educators-MN Affiliates and other professional associations;
  • Prioritizing programs that meet current social needs and concerns affecting family and communities. Communicating present and potential contribution of Extension Educators; and
  • Providing support for programs that benefit families/individuals and enhance the profession.

Active NEAFCS-MN Affiliate membership is granted to any Extension employee who holds a professional appointment, has a degree in Family Consumer Sciences, or related field and is actively engaged in work or on leave from such positions. Rights and privileges of Active members may hold office, vote, serve on committees and participate in section award and recognition programs. Membership in NEAFCS is automatic upon payment of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate dues.
As a member of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate you are also joining the National Extension Association of Family Consumer Sciences or NEAFCS.
NEAFCS Mission
The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) educate its professionals to empower individuals and families to make informed decisions.
Our Vision

  • Being the voice for professionals in Extension family and consumer sciences program development;
  • Providing an information network for its members;
  • Providing continuing education for Extension professionals; and
  • Recognizing Extension professionals through awards and recognition

NEAFCS Membership Benefits
As a member of NEAFCS-MN Affiliate, you will enhance your career and have a positive impact on your profession. NEAFCS-MN Affiliate members enjoy the following benefits from their participation in the association:

  • Access to a growing, nationwide network of more than 2,000 Extension professionals actively involved in Family & Consumer Sciences programming in their communities.
  • Opportunities to develop and enhance your leadership and management skills by serving in a leadership capacity on the state or national level.
  • Forums for presenting research and program information and discussing common Extension concerns.
  • Opportunities to publish research in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Recognition for outstanding achievements through an extensive awards and recognition program.
  • Access to professional development opportunities on the state, regional and national levels.
  • The ability to earn continuing education credits through participation in national meetings.
  • Up-to-date information on the latest products, methods, materials, and technological advances to enhance the effectiveness of your programs.
  • The opportunity to develop lasting friendships.

To become a NEAFCS-MN Affiliate member contact:
North Jennifer Garbow jgarbow@umn.edu
Metro Rosi Heins heins002@umn.edu
South Kathy Brandt brand030@umn.edu
Or state membership committee chair, Cindy Petersen peter210@umn.edu
Encourage colleagues to become a member by sharing this membership encouragement document. Membership encouragement 2011.doc

April News – Committee reports

The Award/Membership committee is proud to announce this years NEAFCS-MN affiliate award winners:
1. DSA – Suzanne Driessen
2. NEAFCS Extension Educator of the Year – Colleen Gengler
3. Food Safety Award – Peddling Your Pickles Safely? – Debra Botzek-Linn with team of Carol Ann Burtness; Lou Ann Jopp
4. Educational Curriculum Package – Dollar Works 2: A Personal Financial Education Program – Cindy Petersen with team of Shirley Anderson-Porisch; Rosemary Heins; Susan Hooper; Jean Bauer
5. Educational Publications -Parenting for School Success – Kathleen Olson with team of Colleen Gengler; Patricia Stoppa; Joanne Musich; Madge Alberts
6. Internet Education Technology – Family Education Network – Ellie McCann with team of Rose Allen; Colleen Gengler; Joanne Musich; Kathleen Olson; Minnell Tralle
7. Newsletters – Home Food Preservation Newsletter – Debra Botzek-Linn with team of Carol Ann Burtness
8. Written Press Releases – Thaw and cook your Thanksgiving Turkey safely – Debra Botzek-Linn
9. Marketing Package Award – Marketing Package – Suzanne Driessen with team of Elena Yepiz; Joellen Feirtag
Congratulations to everyone!!
The Professional Development committee is still in the process of securing speakers for the workshop on Aging and Technology. They are tentatively planning for a July 20th or 21st event. Please hold those dates until all the speakers have been confirmed. Topics the committee is exploring include: mental acuity, aging and technology, retiree panel, good food and fellowship.
From the Living Well committee: ‘Tis the season of graduations, weddings, showers, and Mother’s Day! Would you be interested in purchasing more copies and if so how many? The Living Well resource book is available for only $23. Please let Rosi know by April 30th if you are interested in ordering more ‘Living Well’ cookbooks.

I can hear the birds! Spring is here!

This has been an unusual spring, but I don’t complain. It has been wonderful to watch this March, with the snow melting and sun shining. By now my front yard grass is turning green and the trees are having some leaves.
March 21th is very significant in our Mexican culture, we celebrate every year the spring equinox, is the end of winter and beginning of spring. I remember as a child watching the celebration of the Spring Equinox at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City. On this date hundreds of thousands of visitors visit the site, many dressed all in white. They climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun where they perform rituals and stretch out their arms to receive the special energy they believe is present on that day.
So, let’s welcome the sun and the good vibe. I imagine that the farmers are starting their planting by now and haven’t even gotten in the fields for the first time yet this year. I predict that there will be a very productive year as fruit and vegetables.
Last week I had the enormous opportunity to join a “Methods and Safety for Home Food Preservation” class with Debby Botzek-Linn and Lou Ann Jopp, part of the Extension Food Science team at the Extension Farmington Regional Office. It was refreshing to remained all the opportunities to enjoy the delicious food provided by fresh garden or farm, and with time and safety preserved techniques to prevent food-borne illness, people can enjoy them year-round. Check our UM Extension Food
Safety website to see all the classes.
Food preservation methods have become so popular among the trend of consuming fresh and organic. Canning was once the preferred way to preserve foods at home, however, freezing and dehydrating is an easy way to prolong the garden’s bounty.
Keep on mind always washing the fruits and vegetables to remove dirt or fertilizer residue, and enjoy every bite. We are now into the growing season time!