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April 1999

Minutes of the April 13, 1999 NDEAFCS Meeting

NDEAFCS Spring 1999 Meeting

President Connie Weed call ed the meeting to order at 5 PM, April 13 1999 at the Radisson in Bismarck, ND with 26 members present.

Those present were: Barb Holes Dickson, Floramay Miller, Marcia Hellandsaas, Pam Bernstein, Pam Hajicek, Rita Ussatis, Lynette Flage, Eunice Hauck, Peggy Anderson, Margaret Tweeten, Vanessa Hoines, Ellen Larvick Dunlop, Anita Rohde, Karen Armstrong, Merry Green, Teresa McElroy, Sharon Kickertz Gerbig, June M Kraft, Karla Monson, Connie Weed, Julie Garden Robinson , Verona Lechler, Colleen Svingen, Dena Kadrmas, Jamie DeVries, and guest Deb Theurer.

The meeting opened with initiation of new members, Colleen Svingen, Dena Kadramas, and Jamie DeVries. Eunice made a motion seconded by Peggy to accept the minutes as printed on the web site.

For correspondence, cards of thanks from Geri Bosch and Rita Wilhelmi were read and circulated.

Vanessa made a motion, seconded by Peggy to accept the treasurers report as presented by treasurer, Marcia. The treasury has a balance of $8,314.75 It was reported that a list of members is posted on the web.

President Connie interspersed a bit of humor by "Delbert" throughout the meeting.

Pam Bernstein announced awards selected by the committee and sent on to regional DSA - Rita Ussatis; Florence Hall - Parent/Family Resource Centers for the "Brown Bag Bytes" ( Pam Bernstein, Pam Hajicek, Verona Lechler and Deb Theurer) ; Radio - Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig; FCS Educator of the Year - Ellen Dunlop, Communication Newsletter - Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig

Karen Armstrong reported that the NDEAFCS marketing task force met on Tuesday April 12 and began looking at needs. Needs include: marketing to being key decision makers; messages to convey and reaching decision makers. If anyone has ideas related to these please share them with Karen Armstrong or other task force members. The marketing task force will meet again during update in May.

Anita Rhode reported on the program development committee. A survey of NEAFCS initiated professional development activities was taken. All districts are encouraged to initiate professional development activities. The professionals development committee has been asked to participate in the development of core competencies in 5 areas. Core competencies are organizational management program development, communications, computer, and subject matter. Two persons will serve, one with several years of service and one with less. She also asked for the status of the former "Day To Ourselves". The SW is doing an educational piece, MPU 3 & 4 do a retreat at Spirit Lake that all field staff and district director put together, done every other year, NW rotate, doing both programming and professional development, and the SE have dropped the activity for several years.

Dr. Sharon Anderson visited the group sharing that newsletter funding is gone and we need to come up with alternative funding or sponsorship. The three primary newsletters "Parenting the First Year, Parenting Pipeline, and Parenting Preschoolers, takes 3/4 of the budget. Sharon Kickertz Gerbig, Verona Lechler and Ellen Bjelland volunteered to be on a committee to check on funding for the newsletters.

Sharon announced that the week of June 14 a program review will be conducted. Some members of the team will be Sharon KG, Connie, Carmel, Virginia, Jim, Teresa, Jerry Done SBAR.

Sharon reported that the move toward a closer relationship with SBAR will be a positive. Sharon suggested that we invite SBAR members to our programs and offices etc. July 1 the merger happens. Linda Crow has agreed to act as interim when Jeff Miller leaves. Food and Nutrition interviews are coming up. Leadership position will not be filled. $-H literature prices will be increasing as of June 1.

Karen Zotz reported on the program review. The intent is to put together a series of questions that can be asked as they go out. Half of the team will bo to the east and half to the west.

Under old business some staffing concerns were discussed. Sharon K.G. reported on the "Pin Project".

The national meeting is in Greensborro, North Carolina, October 31 at the Holiday Inn Four Seasons. The exhibit task force wants help. Eunice Berthold made a motion, seconded by Sharon K.G. to donate $1,000 to the 4-H national meeting committee, motion carried.

Eunice made a motion, seconded by Sharon K.G. to cast a unanimous ballot for the slate of officers recommended by the nominating committee, motion carried. The new officers are President, Pam Hajieck and Treasurer, Marcia Hellandsaas.

Respectfully Submitted:
Verona Lechler, Secretary

 

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