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April 2003

Minutes of the April 4, 2003 NDEAFCS Meeting

NDEAFCS
Minutes of April 4, 2003 Meeting

President Rita Ussatis opened the meeting with initiation of new members conducted by Margaret Tweten and Sue Fagerholt. New members initiated were: Karen Bartoszuk, Sue Isbell, Beth Roth, Kathleen Schmaltz, Lori Scharmer and Rebecca Ziegler.

The Secretary’s report was approved on a motion by Peggy, seconded by Vanessa. Vanessa read and circulated a "Thank You" note from Anita’s retirement.

The Treasurer’s report was approved by a motion by Sharon K-G, seconded by Margaret. The ending balance on March 28, 2003 was $5,749. Sharon K-G made a motion to accept the proposed budget as presented. Gail S. seconded and the motion passed.

Ron Anderson presented a request on behalf of Upsilon Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi for North Dakota and National Endowment Funds to increase competencies professional development grants and scholarships. Sharon K-G made a motion that we contribute $1,000, seconded by Eunice and carried. The money is to be sent to EPS through the 4-H Foundation.

Committee reports were given as follows.

Sharon K-G reported that Marcia received the DSA Award and Karla Monson the Continued Excellence Award at the NEAFCS last fall. This year’s Outstanding Educator, 1 to 5 years, is Sue Fagerholt. State winner of the National Communicator Award, Individual and Food Safety Award, is Julie Garden-Robinson. Ellen Bjelland is this year’s DSA winner. They will receive their awards at the NEAFCS meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah this fall. Sharon encouraged us to apply next year - being recognized by our peers is very meaningful.

Margaret presented a slate of officer candidates. Candidates for President-Elect were Ellen Bjelland and Verona Lechler. Candidates for Treasurer were Sue Fagerholt and Merry Green. Margaret made a motion, seconded by Sharon K-G, to accept the slate of officer candidates. An election was held with results of Ellen being elected President-Elect and Sue, Treasurer.

Rita welcomed Jane Edwards and Sean Brotherson to the Association meeting and invited them to join the association.

Professional Development Chair, Gail, gave a Public Issues and Leadership Development report.

Sharon K-G gave a "pin project" report. The pins are still selling well. Sharon reminded us that the pins make good secretary’s gifts. The pins are $10 each, either silver or gold tone.

As the Public Affairs Chair, Eunice reported on the "Living Well" PSA’s. Brenda is requested to send a thank you note to the communication department for their help with the PSA’s. There is a move to make "Living Well" a National Week.

Scholarship Fund, chaired by Margaret. Verona and June will assist the committee and will bring a proposal back to the Fall meeting of our association.

The Galaxy National Meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sean has volunteered to be our tour guide. If we are using Chapman Funds, we are asked to send our forms to Rita after we get our district director’s signature and she will take them to Sharon Anderson’s office for her signature.

Eunice inquired as to whether there were any rules about jack potting. It was clarified that the Association President has her expenses paid, including transportation, award winners next and after that the remainder is shared among other participants.

Rita presented a JCEP 2003 meeting report. She stated that we are sitting well, compared to other states. The 2004 meeting will be held in Chicago in February.

Virginia Clark Johnson was unable to attend our spring meeting as she was in Bismarck, but she encourages us to continue supporting the department.

Karen Zotz discussed the Citizens Support Group for Nutrition, Youth and Family Science. Karen would like to highlight county programming in the fact sheets and so requests that we send information to her.

Respectively Submitted

Verona Lechler, Secretary Pro-tem.

Brenda Langerud wishes to express a heart-felt thank you to Verona for stepping in as secretary when Brenda was out-of-state visiting her son in the National Guard.

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