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October 2008

Minutes of the October 28, 2008 NDEAFCS Meeting

ND Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science
Fall Extension Conference
October 28, 2008

President Vanessa Hoines called the meeting to order at 10:55 a.m.

In attendance: Peggy Anderson, Donna Anderson, Karen Armstrong, Kristi Berdal, Angela Berge, Donna Bernhardt, Ellen Bjelland, Sue Fagerholt, Mary Froehlich, Julie Garden-Robinson, Gayle Gette, Abby Gold, Marcia Hellandsaas, Dena Kemmet, Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig, June Kraft, Brenda Langerud, Macine Lukach, Callie Maddock, Floramay Miller, Karla Monson, Beth Roth, Eunice Sahr, Lori Scharmer, Colleen Svingen, Margaret Tweeten, Rita Ussatis

Guest:  Sean Brotherson

Members in attendance that have identified an interest in attending the National Meeting in Birmingham are: Margaret Tweeten, Julie Garden-Robinson, and Abby Gold.

Secretary’s report was posted on the website prior to the meeting for review.  Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approved as written, second by Peggy Anderson. Motion approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Gayle Gette reported a beginning balance of $2,651.37. The end balance is $2,421.32. Gayle reminded members about paying dues for 2009. Lori Scharmer moved to accept the report as presented, second by Sue Fagerholt. Motion approved.

Committee Reports

Awards/Recognition – Sharon Kicketz-Gerbig reported that Julie Garden-Robinson received a national award for a press release at Galaxy III in Indianapolis. Sharon reminded members that they need to apply for awards.
 
Public Affairs – Vanessa Hoines thanked Donna Anderson for her years of serving as the contact for this. Eunice Sahr will send a notice to members regarding friend of FCS. Lori Scharmer gave a report on her involvement with Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD). Lori stated that this was a very good opportunity to learn about the National Government. Questions were asked and answered regarding this opportunity. If others are interested, please contact Vanessa. Information was shared regarding the “Living Well” slogan. Vanessa encouraged members to use the logo when possible to help raise awareness.

Professional Development – Lori Scharmer reminded members of the $200 scholarship available for professional development.

State Fair Board – Donna Anderson reported that she plans to attend the annual meeting to be held in November.

Unfinished Business

Galaxy III Report – June Kraft reported on a session she attended regarding membership. Marcia Hellendsaas reported on her involvement with Community Service at Galaxy. Participants involved with this visited Habitat for Humanity. Marcia stated that this was an excellent experience.

JCEP – Macine Lukach explained the possibility of district meetings to bring back communication with policy makers. SBARE members can also attend PILD. We all need to work together to keep them well informed.

Epsilon Sigma Phi – Discussion was held regarding the monetary support for the National Meeting to be held in Fargo in 2009. Karla Monson moved to combine the original $500 donation with the $200 scholarship for 2009. The funds would be used to pay registration for members to attend the conference if they are willing to help work. Second by Ellen Bjelland. Motion approved.

New Business

National Committees – Members reported on current or previous committee involvement. All are encouraged to become involved with committees.

FCS clothing is available for purchase through Lands End.

Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig shared that Nebraska Extension is working to set guidelines for employees regarding professional attire. Deb Gebeke commented on the possibility of forming a committee to look at using this as a guideline for NDSU Extension. Dena Kemmet and Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig agreed to work with Deb on the committee to explore this as professional development.

Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig moved to have the Treasurer along with other executive board members review financial options. It was suggested that it might be in our financial best interest to move money from the 4-H Foundation to a CD. A second to the motion was made by Karla Monson.  Motion approved.

Deb Gebeke shared the importance of doing multi-state collaboration whenever possible. Deb also presented information about the “Stop Bullying Now” campaign.

Rita Ussatis moved to adjourn the meeting, second by Macine Lukach. Meeting adjourned 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Dena Kemmet

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