ND Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science


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September 1991

Minutes of the September 18, 1991 NDAEHE Meeting

Holiday Inn, Bismarck, ND                       

President Anita Rohde called the meeting to order with installation of new members: Rita Wilhelmi, Mountrail County and Mary Whitmer, Adams County.

A number of guests were present at our association meeting including Dick Hanson, Assistant Director – Human Development. He introduced himself with some background and shared his insights to the Home Economics – 4-H/Youth Development Office.

Jan Flack from Continuing Education told of various offerings and requested assistance as to how our educational needs and those of our clientele can be met. “How to talk…” can be offered for credit with cooperation from Deb Gebeke and Continuing Education. Director Bill Pietsch took a few moments to respond to our questions. He indicated that he is considering a little change for field staff. He welcomes our suggestions. The meeting continued with a motion by Margaret Tweten to dispense with reading of the minutes, second by Eunice Berthold, passed.

Joleen Johnston reported a treasury balance of $1,426.46



Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig reported that NDAEHE member with 10 or more years of membership are eligible to submit an application for the national award. The 1991 recipient will receive her award at the 1991 National meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sharon encourages eligible member to apply, it takes some time, but it is worth it! The 1991 award recipient is Joleen Johnston, Towner County.


Margaret Tweten told of the outstanding Extension Home Economist award. This year’s recipients are:

 1-5 years – Merry Green, McHenry County

 6-10 years – Janet Sabol, Ward County


Merry Green reported for Ellen Dunlop about current research being conducted.

As part of this report, Geri Bosch shared her graduate research study, “A Comparative Study of Employed Urban and Rural Women: Factors Related to Depression.”


Ellen Bjelland told of winning Communication Award entries:

News Letter II – Northwest District Extension Home Economists for their Kids and Money series. This entry also won at the regional level.

News Story – June Kraft, Walsh County for her article on food safety.


The Public Relations Committee was given the chance by President Anita Rohde to present an idea list to membership on ways to publicize the work extension does to key leaders in our counties. Director Bill Pietsch would like to see something done in each county this off season for district legislators.

The public relations committee met with public affairs committee chair, Linda Narum, and has come up with the following list:

                *Invite Legislators to local in-service and activities.

                *Invite all public officials to appropriate office or advisory council meetings.

                *Promote programs through before and follow up with news articles.

                *One page summary of all county programs to use with legislators and county commissioners.

                *Make use of NDSU Extension folders/business cards.

Our committee also has asked Becky Koch from Communications to work on one page summaries of the following programs: “How to talk…”, “Kids and Money”, “Leadership Development –     MCCV Master Gardeners, Master Food Preservers, FCL”, “Women’s Financial Information Program and Youth Programs”.

Each page would consist of a front page summary and the back of a state map with each county being highlighted with the number of their clientele participating.


Carol Sellie reported that invitations were sent in August to twelve full and part time home economists to join the association. We installed two new members.


Karla Monson referred us to the Report – “Valuing Diversity: A Strategic Plan for Cultural Diversity.”



Peggy Anderson and Margaret Tweten attended this event with the theme of “Regaining the Competitive Edge.” The focus was on building a quality work force for the 21st Century. The trend is moving toward management being “in” and mid management being “out”. They shared resources with the group. Geri Bosch will obtain leadership resources for the staff development library.


Anita Rohde and Verona Lechler will be attending.

Discussion was held concerning the duty of Extension Homemaker Advisor being tied to the president of NDEAEHE. Anita visited with the state Homemaker Board and they had no objection to changing the role of the advisor to another officer. Linda Hauge shared options from our executive board, that presidents have the option to delegate this duty to the office of vice president or president elect; or the role be taken by the president elect and then rotate it to the vice president on the  “off  years”. Motion by Verona Lechler that the president have the digression to delegate the role of Homemakers Advisor. Second by Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig, passed.


Discussion about local “Extension Awareness Campaigns” was held – if district dialogue teams handle this planning versus a separate association committee. It was moved by Teresa McElroy to have district dialogue teams handle the matters, second by Eunice Berthold, passed.

Discussion about the function of “Federation”, the association board believes that larger input is felt and acted upon from the district dialogue teams than from the Federation. The association decided not to pursue reorganizing Federation.

Discussion of fewer Association business meetings was held. Concerns include reduced support/sharing opportunities as well as conducting business. A suggestion is to do Association things at various in-service (ex-committee meetings). Amy Sorlien has agreed to develop an Association Newsletter as a sharing resource for members. Please feel free to contribute ideas. Geri Bosch volunteered to assemble an in-service about evaluating techniques with Dick Hanson to be held this spring. Each of these methods will help to increase the number of times the association can meet.

Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig moved that the Professional Improvement Committee be given the task to prepare one or more proposals for in-service offerings to be put into the 1992-93 in-service offering plan. Second by Julie Hudson-Schenfisch, passed.

Ellen Bjelland moved the Public Relations Committee study the “Commodity In-service”, second by Julie Hudson-Schenfisch, passed.

The Public Relations Committee is working to find a date for the commodity in-service. At this time, the March 4-H in-service (Supporting the Youth Audience) dates are being considered.

Meeting Adjourned

Respectfully Submitted,

Amy Sorlien



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