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November 2006

Minutes of the November 6 & 7, 2006 NDEAFCS Meeting

North Dakota Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science
Fall Extension Conference
November 6, 2006

President Macine Lukach called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

In attendance:
Dena Kemmet, Sheila VanderWal, Sue Isbell, Peggy Anderson, Debb Pankow, Ellen Bjelland, Margaret Tweten, Deb Gebeke, Barb Holes-Dickson, Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig, Gayle Gette, Vanessa Hoines, June Kraft, Donna Anderson, Eunice Sahr, Rita Ussatis, Colleen Svingen, Jeanne Hochhalter, Gail Slinde, Lori Scharmer, Kristi Berdal, Julie Garden-Robinson, Karen Armstrong, Sue Fagerholt, Marcia Hellandsaas, Floramay Miller, Sean Brotherson.

Guests included Virginia Clark-Johnson, HDE Dean, Samantha Roth, Williams County; Val Johnson, Wells County; and Judith Konerza, Grand Forks County.

Secretary’s report
The secretary’s report was distributed and had been posted on the association Web site.  Eunice Sahr moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve them as distributed.   Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig seconded the motion.  Motion approved.  Jeanne Hochhalter will fill the term of secretary that was vacated by Merry Green.  

Macine passed around a list requesting information on county FCE and homemaker clubs.

Treasurer’s Report
Sue Fagerholt presented a printed copy of the treasurer’s report and asked for questions.  She pointed out that a transfer of $5000 had been made to the North Dakota 4-H Foundation Endowment fund.  The checking account had been transferred from Norwest bank to Gate City Bank.  Donna Anderson moved to approve the report and Marcia Hellandsaas seconded the motion.  Motion approved.

Sue indicated that it was the time to renew membership.  Renewal forms (using the national form only) are due to Sue by January 1.  She encouraged members to begin turning their renewals in anytime.  Dues are $72 which includes $12 for state and $60 for national.  Only use a state form if you are a state-only member.  New members should check with Sue for the appropriate membership form.  Membership forms and renewal forms are on the State NDEAFCS Web site as well.

Duane Hauck, Extension Director spoke to the group about these issues:
• The parent education budget request in GROW 21 continues to receive attention.  There are parenting education needs out there.
• Collaborative work continues with the Center for Rural Health at UND.    Extension will be working to enhance our partnerships with the center.
• Extension will be working toward enhancing the level and number of multi-state programming efforts.  We need to identify issues where we have common ground with programming in other states in the north central region.  Collaboration helps generate impact.  The FCS subject areas have been identified as successful aging and intergenerational issues; child care and family financial management; food safety; healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention; and poverty.

Virginia Clark-Johnson, Dean of Human Development and Education (HDE), provided a college update.  
• She handed out a HDE brochure with facts about the college.  She stated that wireless internet is now available on campus and the campus hotel is up and running.  An updated faculty/staff list is on the web.  The campus enrollment figures are up by 159 students this fall.  Of this increase, 128 (or 80%) are students in the college of HDE.
• Mini-grants are being offered to HDE faculty to enhance the connection between teaching/research and extension.  Department chairs, Virginia and Deb Gebeke will be deciding which grant applications to fund.  She is encouraged by the ideas that have been generated.
• Virginia has been co-chair of the National EFNEP Task Force.  The north central region appointed a coordinating committee to look at EFNEP research.  Extension involvement would be desired.


Awards and Recognition – Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig
• Congratulations to Vanessa Hoines on her “Continued Excellence” Award.  She received this award at the 2006 National Conference held in Denver in early October.
• Awards-At-A-Glance for 2007 information sheets were distributed to members.  Sheets include a list of 28 awards including communication and other special categories), membership requirements, purpose of the award, special requirements (what to include in application, etc), and what the award is (money, plaque, etc) Members are strongly encouraged to apply for awards and to encourage co-workers to apply.  Contact Sharon for assistance or if you have any questions.
• April 1st is the due date for applications for outstanding educator for 1-5 and 6-10 years.  Applications should be sent to Sharon by the due date for committee review.
• Some awards are based on membership as of February 1 of the current year, so pay your dues!

Member Resources – no report

Public Affairs – Eunice Sahr
• Living Well grant application – didn’t receive funding, so there are no dollars or plans for promotion
• Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference will be April 23-25, 2007 in Washington D.C.  If interested, contact Macine.  The state sends three or so, some use Chapman grant funds to go.  There is a first-timer’s scholarship from national that is available as well.
• Coalition Survey – will be e-mailed to all members after the first of the year.  It’s due April 1.
• Friend of NDEAFCS Awards was given to Rita Wilhelmi at spring conference.  Be thinking of who to nominate for next year.  Form will be e-mailed out after January 1st and is due February 15.
• National mini-grants for multi-state public affairs or professional development.  If you have ideas for this contact Eunice.  Applications are due April 1.

Professional Development – Gail Slinde
• NDEAFCS awards a $200 scholarship for professional development each year.   The scholarship money comes from the interest on $5,000 held by the ND 4-H Foundation.  Applications are reviewed by the committee.   Send to Gail by December 15.
• National conference committee or national conference presentation – you can volunteer! There are also national mini-grants available.

4-H Foundation – Sue Isbell
 Sue has attended meetings and represented NDEAFCS.  It’s been a valuable learning experience.

State Fair representation
 Linda Hauge is not renewing her membership so a replacement is needed.  Donna Anderson volunteered.


National Meeting report – Macine Lukach and Vanessa Hoines
There were many new ideas.  Getting involved is a great experience.  Vanessa was vice-chair of the registration committee so met many new people through this opportunity.  She will be vice chair of that committee in 2007 as well.  Macine and Vanessa encouraged volunteering for national committees through the on-line process that’s available.

2007 National NAEFCS Meeting
Meeting will be Sept 17-20 in St Paul.  There was some discussion about North Dakota hosting a break, hosting a session, or combining travel to the meeting.  Discussion was tabled until the March meeting.


ND Joint Council of Extension Professionals
Group consists of Extension director and past president, president and president-elect of each Extension association.  They meet 3-4 times per year.  It’s a gathering place for information on all the professional organizations.  There is a link to NDJCEP on the professional organization link of the Extension Web page.   There was discussion at JCEP about North Dakota being the 2009 meeting site for the Epsilon Sigma Phi meeting.

National newsletter
Macine checked with the group to see that members were receiving the eNEAFCS newsletter.

Deb Gebeke
• Mentioned the idea/possibility of establishing a fund under the 4-H Foundation to build an endowment for FCS programs/professional development.
• Distributed the results of the FCS training survey that had been recently conducted.  There were 23 responses.  She announced that the packaged programs will be introduced at spring conference in 2007 rather than at a May IVN update.   There will be monthly FCS videoconferences scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of every month (or for nine months with summers off).  A tentative schedule was handed out.

Installation of new members
Debb Pankow and Deb Gebeke were installed.

As time was limited, Eunice suggested that we reconvene the following morning for updates from Deb Gebeke.

Marcia Hellandsaas moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Colleen Svingen.  Motion passed.  Meeting adjourned.

Reconvened Tuesday, November 7.

Deb Gebeke update continued

• Provided a chart with program responsibilities of Jane Edwards and Julie Garden-Robinson.
• Explained mini grants with HDE and which grants were awarded.
• Parents Forever will be the program replacing Children of Divorce.
• Staff library update
• ND Kids Count sheets distributed


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