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                                                      NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
                                                                                VOLUME 27          Number 4          Fall 2009

                                                          As the New Year approaches and you are making your New Year's
                                                          resolutions, please add one more to your list. Resolve to attend the North
                                                          Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual
                                                          Conference, March 5-7, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Cecelia Cameron,
                                                          First Vice President and the Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                                       Frances Parnell, have planned an exciting and educational conference
                                                          with all NCAFCS members in mind.

                                                          The conference will begin on Friday with Communities of Interest
                                                          tapping the talents of experts in family and consumer sciences education,
                                                          research, and Cooperative Extension. The Elementary, Secondary &
                                                          Adult Education (ESAE) Community meeting will feature round table
                                                          presentations by master teachers as well as a presentation by Michael
                                                          Benjamin, FCCLA Executive Director. The Colleges and Universities
                                                          Community meeting will have presentations by researchers about ground
                                                          breaking research and its application. The Student Unit Community
                                                          meeting will conduct leadership training and elect officers and the
                                                          Extension Community meeting will feature current programming in
                                                          Extension and its impact on the community. Marilyn Swierk, President of
                                                          the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and
                                                          Carolyn Jackson, Executive Director of the American Association of
                                                          Family and Consumer Sciences, will be available to meet with groups as

                                                          The speaker for Friday evening is Dr. John Fischetti, Professor of
                                                          Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr.
                                                          Fischetti studies educational systems and seeks to improve them using
                                                          various technologies that can be used by teachers.

                                                          Saturday will continue the opportunities to grow and learn. Carolyn
           Jane Walker                                    Jackson will open the morning session with a discussion of “AAFCS:
                                                          Who We Really Are” followed by Marilyn Sweirk who will showcase
      2009 NCAFCS President                               her initiative, “Taking It to the Streets.” Beth Lineberry, Barbara Long
                                                          and Dr. Ann Hertzler will follow with examples of how North Carolina
                                                          FCS professionals are taking our message to the streets. Saturday
                                                          afternoon will consist of break-out sessions featuring educational
                                                          initiatives and research that has “real world” applications. A festive luau
     Do You Have NCAFCS Historical Pictures,              is planned for Saturday evening.
          Memorabilia or Information?
                                                          Sunday will include a Rededication Ceremony and a guest speaker, Dr.
    Jeannie Leonard, NCAFCS Historian is seeking          Jan Davidson from the John C. Campbell Folk School, who will discuss
    your pictures, memorabilia for inclusion in the       sustainability. The Executive Board also will meet on Sunday. I hope
    NCAFCS Historical Records. If you have items          that this limited preview will convince you to resolve to attend the
    to share, please contact Jeannie at                   conference March 5-7, 2010. In closing I would like to take this                              opportunity to wish for each of you that the holidays bring special joys to
                                                          you and your loved ones.
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                                                                                 We would like to include your
                                                                                 information in the next edition
   The South Carolina affiliate of AAFCS has issued an
                                                                                           of FOCUS!
   invitation to the NCAFCS members to attend their state
                                                                                 Send to
   conference February 25 & 26, 2010 in Charleston, SC at the
                                                                                    Check the New NCAFCS
   Embassy Suites Airport Convention Center. Information about
                                                                                     Website for Up-to-date
   the program, registration, and hotel will be available on their
   website in November.
    Dorothy Blanton, SCAFCS President

                                PLEASE PLAN NOW FOR
                             THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF

                                 THE FUTURE: FCS PIECES OF THE PUZZLE

                                 MARCH 5 FOR COMMUNITY MEETINGS
                              MARCH 6 AND 7 FOR THE GENERAL MEETINGS
                                     BLOCKADE-RUNNER RESORT
                                       275 WAYNICK BOULEVARD
                                   WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC 28480
                              TELEPHONE FOR RESERVATIONS: 910 256-2251

  Room Availability:
  Oceanfront Rooms (double occupancy, 2 queens, including hot breakfast buffet.) $129 per room + taxes
  Harborfront Rooms (double occupancy, 2 queens, including hot breakfast buffet.) $109 per room + taxes

  A charge of $25 will be added per additional guest when triple or quads accomodations are reserved. (That makes the
  rate even more affordable when you plan a "pajama party" with your friends.)

  Check in: 3 PM
  Check out: 11 AM

  The hotel will hold additional rooms for us when these sell, but we need to sell these rooms now so we can ask for
  more rooms. As you can see they are projecting, at this moment, that meeting attendance will be 30 FCS

                           Contact Cecelia Cameron for further Info:

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                                           92ND Annual Conference
                                               March 5-7, 2010
                                    “The Future: FCS Pieces of the Puzzle”
                                        Blockade-Runner Beach Resort
                                             275 Waynick Blvd.
                                        Wrightsville Beach, N.C, 28480

       Phone (H) __________________ (O) ____________________ (FAX) _______________

                                       Check any that apply
       Professional Section: ___Business ___College, University, Research ___Extension
                            ___Elem. Secondary &Adults ____College/Graduate students           ____First time participants
                            ___Retirees ___ AAFCS members ____Executive Board
                            ___Spouse/Family     _____Guests         ____Past Presidents   ____50 yr. Members

                                  Conference Registration Information
       Registration Fee                  Full Price Friday, Saturday and Sunday
       Members and Non-members                    ____ $150.00
       Students                                   ____ $ 90.00

       Post- marked after February 12, 2010.
       Members and Non-members                    ____ $165.00
       Students                                   ____ $100.00

       Full registration includes Saturday Lunch, Breaks, and Saturday’s Lula.
       Dietary Restrictions for meals: Please list, if any______________________________

       Total Amount Enclosed                $_______________________

       Make Checks Payable to NCAFCS.

       Send this Form and Check to:
       Cecelia Cameron
       102 Woodside Court
        Jacksonville, NC 28546

                                                  HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
       Contact the Blockade-Runner Beach Resort directly to make reservations: 1-910-256-2251. Reservations must be make
       by February 5, 2010 to qualify for the NCAFCS rates (identify yourself as with AAFCS). Tax not included.

       Harbor View                                  Atlantic Ocean Front View
       2 Queens sized beds and Juliette Balcony     2 Queens sized beds and Juliette Balcony
       $109.00 per night                            $129.00 per night

                                 Hotel accommodations include Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.

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    FRIDAY, March 5, 2010

    10:30AM- Spring Executive Board Meeting
     2:00-4:00PM Early Registration
     1:00 - Communities of Interests
     5:00-6:00 PM Dinner - on your own or with Community of Interest
     7:00 PM- Speaker- Dr. Jonh Fischetti, UNC-W School of Education

    Rest, Relax, and Enjoy Wilmington

    SATURDAY, March 6, 2010

     8:00-9:00AM - Breakfast Buffet - meet the 50 Plus Members and the Past Presidents
     9:30-10:30 AM - Registration
     9:00- 11:00 AM - Opening Session Jane Walker, NCFCS President
                              Speakers- Carolyn Jackson, Executive Director, AAFCS
                              Marilyn Swierk, President, AAFCS
     11:00-11:15 - Break
     11:15AM-12: 25- PM Speakers -Beth Lineberry, Author
                         Barbara Long, Local Director/Grant Recipient, Elkin City School
                         Ann Hertzler, PhD.RD, Food Choices
     12:30-2:00 PM - Lunch and Business Session -STUDENT UNIT
     2:00-2:15- Break
     2:15-4:15 PM Roundtables Mini Sessions
     7:00-9:00 PM Dinner- Luau

    SUNDAY, March 7, 2010

     8:00-9:00 AM - Breakfast Buffet with Folk Music by Dr. Jan Davidson
     9:00-9:30 AM - Speaker- Dr. Jan Davidson, John C. Campbell Folk School
     9:30-9:45 - Break
     9:45- 10:15AM - Meditation, Music and Song with Debra Blackwell, Jones County High, FACS Teacher and others
     10:15- 10:30AM - Installation of Officers, Jane Walker
     10:30-10:40 AM - Rededication Ceremony to AAFCS, Cecelia Cameron
     10:40-10:45 AM - The Torch Is Passed: Myrtle Stogner and Newly Elected Officers
     10:45 AM - General Meeting Adjourns - Shannon Braxton
    11:00 AM- 12:00 noon – Executive Board Meeting

          Don’t Forget To Bring Extra Cash for the Silent Auction and Raffle!

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                                             NCAFCS AWARD NOMINATIONS
                                                  Deadline: February 15
   Check One:
          Professional Award (recognizes outstanding performance and service in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences.
          Eligibility: Membership in NCAFCS.)
          Young Professional Award (recognizes outstanding performance and service of a member who has five years or less
          years employment in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. Eligibility: Membership in NCAFCS; no more than
          five years professional experience as of July 1st of the year application is submitted.)
          Student Unit Award (recognizes the preprofessional/graduate student who excels in academics; service to school and
          community; and leadership ability. Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate Family and Consumer Sciences major who is
          a member of NCAFCS at the time of the nomination.)

   1. Nomination form.
   2. Statement describing basis for nomination (One-page, maximum)
   3. Biographical information (may be nominee’s resume’): personal data, organizational membership and leadership roles,
      community and professional contributions (For P/GS award include student performance and accomplishment; community
      and student leadership roles.)
   4. Two letters of endorsement

   Return all forms and information to: Dr. Rosa S. Purcell, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
   North Carolina A & T State University, 111 Benbow Hall, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411

   Phone: 336/334-7660, FAX: (336)334-7265; e-mail:

   Name of Nominee:
   AAFCS #
   Phone:                                             Email:

   Names and Addresses of Two (2) NCAFCS Members to Document Nominee's Qualifications
   Name:                                              Name:
   Title:                                             Title:
   Address:                                           Address:

   Phone:                                                       Phone:
   Email:                                                       Email:

   For P/GS also include:
   Chapter Advisor:                                             Phone (office)
   Phone:                                             Email:

   Signature of Person Making Nomination:
   Phone:                                             Email:


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                                                 NCAFCS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
                                                                                                                Deadline: February 15
   Eligible Nominees: Any NCAFCS member who, at the time the nomination is submitted, is employed as a permanent Family and
   Consumer Sciences Teacher in grades Kindergarten through 12, with three of more years experience, is eligible for consideration.
   Recipients are eligible to receive this award more than once. The award may be given a second time to an individual for outstanding
   contributions as an educator that are different from those for which the first award was given. (Note: Teachers with less than three
   years experience are eligible to compete for the NCAFCS Outstanding Young Professional Award.)
   Ineligible Nominees: Current NCAFCS Officers and Members of the Awards and Recognition Committee are not eligible for
   nomination. NCAFCS Board Members and Nominators cannot serve as jurors.

   The Educational Program
   The award for Teacher of the Year is primarily based on the quality of their educational program. The judging will be based on:
       Progressive approach to subject matter
       Methods of stimulating student growth and involvement
       Student accomplishments and productivity
       Impact of program beyond the classroom
       Attainment of the program objectives
       Integration of family and consumer sciences concepts with the related subject matter
       Enrollment data

   NCAFCS Teacher of the Year Award will be given at the Annual Meeting. The recipient would become the AAFCS National
   Teacher of the Year nominee the following year, if nominee wishes. Send completed Application to:
   Return all forms and information to: Dr. Rosa S. Purcell, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
   North Carolina A & T State University, 111 Benbow Hall, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411

                                    NCAFCS TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM

   Name of Nominee:
   Title:                                                            AAFCS #
   Phone:                                                Email:
   Name of School:                                                               Phone:
   School Address:
   Grade(s) Taught:                                                              Total Years Teaching Experience:

   Signature of Person Making Nomination:
   Phone:                                                Email:

   Attachments: (Please limit to one typed page each)
   1. A statement of primary focus of program being taught, identifying areas it addresses, highlighting ways in which the goals have
       been and are being accomplished.
   2. Personal data sheet, to include professional memberships and leadership roles in organizations, community involvement,
       education or related work experience, awards and honors received.
   3. Three letter of support: One from supervisor, principal or superintendent.
                                  One from colleague or community leader
                                  One from parent or student

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                                      AUGUSTA A. WHITE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

      This memorial scholarship was established to assist undergraduate students majoring in the areas of Family and Consumer
      Sciences. The amount of the scholarship for 2008 is $200.00. Deadline for application is February lst.

                                               Requirements for Scholarship Consideration
      A.        Majors in areas of Family & Consumer Sciences and attending four-year college in North Carolina.
      B.        Incoming freshmen students majoring in some area of Family and Consumer Sciences with limited finances.
                Freshmen with FCCLA organization background experience and a high school GPA of 2.5 or above.
      C.        Sophomore, Junior, Senior undergraduate students:

      1.       Overall grade point average minimum of 2.7 or above on a 4.0 scale, with a 3.0 or above in major courses.
      2.       Exhibits active status in one or more student organizations including the Association of Family & Consumer
      3.       Membership in AAFCS for at least one year.
      4.       Three letters of recommendation:
                   a. 2 faculty members in major;
                   b. 1 faculty member outside major;
                   c. 1 community or religious leader.

                       FCS Students Need Your Silent Auction Donations
           Do you have good quality new, tenderly used or hand crafted items that you can
           donate to the FCS Students’ Silent Auction?

                  Funds will directly benefit scholarships for our FCS students.

           So, if you produce arts and crafts, have white elephant items – start collecting now!

           Your efforts will benefit many!

           Items will be collected at the Annual Conference
           Registration Desk.

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               “FACS & Career Clusters---Making the Connections”
      Elementary, Secondary & Adult Education (ESAE) Community Meeting
               March 5, 2010 *** 1:00 – 5:00 pm *** Wilmington, NC
      1st day of NCAFCS Annual Conference, March 5-7
                             NC Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
       Register for 3 exciting days of professional development designed to meet your content
                      area needs as a family and consumer sciences professional

           “Best of Rounds” Showcase
          Featuring round tables by master teachers, many with “rave reviews” from past CTE Summer
          Conferences, and other new “star” presenters
          Traditional rounds, model lessons, and “Make It-Take It” formats
          Creative ideas for teaching apparel, interior design, foods/culinary, parenting/early childhood,
          personal finance, and FCCLA integration
          Interactive ways to connect FACS-related knowledge/skills with careers
          Goal: Two rounds of round tables; 8-10 presenters per round
          Each attendee participates in a minimum of six 20-minute round table presentations
          Lots of opportunities for networking and sharing best practices
          Your “latest and greatest” professional development opportunity

    Teachers interested in presenting, please send the title and a brief description of
    your round table, along with contact information, to .
    Indicate whether your round table will be a traditional round table, a model
    lesson, or a “Make It-Take It” session.
    Register for the 2010 NCAFCS Annual Conference and learn more about this
    professional association and the valuable benefits offered to FACS teachers.

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                                                Call for Educational Sessions
                                                      NCAFCS Annual Conference
                                                          March 5-7, 2010
                                                        Wrightsville Beach, NC

      The NCAFCS Planning Committee announces a Call for Educational Sessions to be considered for presentation at the 2010
      NCAFCS Annual Conference in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

      Submit a cover sheet and one-page program proposal with a cover sheet and an abstract following the format outlined
      below. Proposals can be submitted for a 50-minute time slot, including time for questions. Proposals will be considered
      for presentations in any related field. Submissions that fit into the theme of the 2010 AAFCS Annual Meeting, New
      Century for FCS: New Challenges, New Solutions or the 2010 NCAFCS Annual Conference theme, The Future: FCS
      Pieces of the Puzzle, are encouraged. See pages 2-3 for topic ideas.

      Proposals must be submitted via email (Microsoft Word attachment) to Dr. Cheryl Lee ( no later than
      January 15, 2010. Submissions will be peer-reviewed, and applicants will be notified by February 15, 2010. Acceptance
      for presentation obligates the author(s) to be registered for the annual conference and present an educational session at
      the annual conference..

      Format for Proposal Submission

      1.       The cover sheet must include the following information:
               Title of Presentation
               Name of Submitter, Title, and Employer (provide same information for additional presenters)
               Email and phone
               Format of Session (lecture, workshop, panel, etc.)
               Abstract of submission for program (limited to 50 words)
               Signature of Faculty Advisor/Instructor (undergraduate and graduate student submissions only)
      2.       Follo wing the cover sheet, prepare a one -page (11-12 font) progra m proposal to provide the
               review committee a description of the presentation. Proposals will be judged in accordance with
               the follo wing criteria: (1) significance of the education session to the profession; (2) soundness
               of the approach; (3) anticipated learning outcomes; (4) application of materials to classroom and
               community settings; and (5) clarity and organization of writing. Include the following
               information in the program proposal:
               Title of presentation
               Purpose/goal/theme of presentation: Summarize the presentation. Indicate how the    proposal addresses the
               meeting theme and/or addresses family and consumer needs
               Target audience: i.e., pre -professionals, high school FCS teachers, university professionals, etc.
               Practical application of presentation concept: Detail the practical application of the idea(s) to be
               presented. Describe ways in which this information is innovative, timely, and/or unique.
               Expected outcome(s) of the presentation/project/activity.

      Please note: Presenter will provide own materials and equipment.
      I understand that if the abstract is accepted, the presenting author is obligated to present an educational session at the annual
      conference. The Educational Sessions will last 50 minutes.

      Signature of Submitting Author __________________________________________________

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    The following is a brainstormed list of future challenges generated from various AAFCS committee sources.
    You may want to consider this list of challenges as you develop your presentation topic. Other related topics
    will be welcome.

                             AAFCS 2010: "New Century for FCS: New Challenges, New Solutions"
    What are the strengths of the FCS profession to address the challenges we are facing in the future, to help create

                                                      Future Challenges/Trends

    The aging population/changing demographics
    • Multi-generational communities
    • Long-term care challenges
    • Healthy aging

    Financial issues
    • Retirement challenges/trade-offs/realities or retirement preparedness
    • Housing: foreclosure issues-due to loss of work, homelessness
    • Viable living space for those who have lost their home
    • Affordable, sustainable design
    • The new diversity- immigration laws, impact on schools, colleges/universities
    • Credit Cards - new regulations
    • Credit Scores - used for other purposes beyond lending: insurance premium determination, being hired for a job
    • Saving, retirement plans, money management,
    • Electronic banking - electronic financial transactions in a changing technological environment
    • The new poor, Cheap Chic, Save money-recycle
    • Education, cost of higher education, how to pay for tuition
    • Career transitions

    Health care or Health and Health Policy
    • Health Literacy - what it means
    • Electronic record keeping/privacy, insurance
    • Technological advances, ethical issues
    • Medical advances
    • Health care and the uninsured, especially children
    • People going into Medicare within the next 5 years- information

    Unemployment/poverty issues
    • Role of FCS Professionals in working with limited resource families
    • Importance of Earned Income Tax Credit, Individual Development Accounts as paths to sustainability
    • The new unemployed: people who have never been jobless
    • Kinds of coping mechanisms when unemployed

    Food safety, food distribution, biotechnology

    Sustainable agriculture, locally grown food supplies
    • Food insecurities
    • Relevance of hunger because of limited resources
    • Children not getting enough to eat
    • Urban gardening
    • Safe, secure food practices

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      The changing face of employment
      • Home offices, company loyalty, entrepreneurship
      • Outsourcing and the reversal of outsourcing
      • Changing environment in employee benefits

      Changing communication - effects of social networking
      • Facebook, twitter, cell phones, messaging, online
      • Information/newspapers

      Family relationships
      • Divorce, childcare, teens and sexuality issues
      • Parents and children
      • Grandparents raising grandchildren
      • Multi-generations living together when the money runs out
      • Out of wedlock pregnancy, and just teens
      • Relationship problems in hard economic times

      Environmental issues
      • Implications for organizing our residential environment
      • Recreating cities
      • Embracing disciplines, including art, natural sciences and math
      • Improving energy efficiency and savings

      UN Millennium Development Goals
      • Focus on one or more of the goals

                                                                          2010– 2011 Committees
                                                                    Please contact any member of the
                                                                    2010 – 2011 Committees if you
                                                                    would like to serve on the
                                                                    committee. Also, the committees
                                                                    need your ideas, support and

                                                                    Remember, the work of NCAFCS
                                                                    depends on its members!

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                                              Call for Abstracts of Research
                                              NCAFCS Annual Conference
                                                     March 5-7, 2010
                                                 Wrightsville Beach, NC

    The NCAFCS Research Committee announces a Call for Abstracts of Research to be considered for presentation at
    the 2010 Annual Conference at the Blockade-Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Abstracts will be judged in
    accordance with the following criteria:

            #               Significance, importance, or usefulness of the research
            #               Soundness of the research design
            #               Accuracy of analysis and interpretation of the research results
            #               Accuracy/relevance of the implications and/or conclusions
            #               Clarity and organization of written abstract, including meeting the requirements listed

    Acceptance for presentation, either poster or oral, obligates the author to register for and present his/her research
    at the annual conference.

    Format for Abstract Submission
    Abstracts must be submitted via email (Microsoft Word attachment) to Dr. Cheryl Lee ( no
    later than January 15, 2010. Submissions will be peer-reviewed, and applicants will be notified by February 15,
    2010. The word attachment should be approximately 1 page, 11-12 font.

    The abstract must include the following sections in the order given:
    1.     Title of the research
    2.     Name(s) and title(s) of the author(s), and the name(s) of the institution(s) (following each name, in cases of
           multiple authors)
    3.     Preference for the type of presentation (oral, poster, or no preference)
    4.     Purpose and Rationale
    5.     Methodology (including research design, data collection, and analysis procedures)
    6.     Findings
    7.     Conclusions and Implications for research and/or practice

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                                             Calls for Round Table Sessions
                                                  NCAFCS Annual Conference
                                                      March 5-7, 2010
                                                    Wrightsville Beach, NC

     The NCAFCS Research Committee announces a Call for Round Table Sessions to be considered for presentation
     at the 2010 Annual Conference at the Blockade-Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC. Family and consumer
     sciences teachers and professionals are cordially invited to participate in the Round Tables. The round table
     discussion might focus on displays of recently developed materials, such as curricula, videos, software, student
     work, pamphlets, posters, books, samples, and marketing items. It might also showcase community or
     educational programs that have been implemented. Professionals submitting research abstracts for the annual
     meeting are encouraged to develop round tables that highlight the practical application of their research.

     Abstracts must be submitted via email to Dr. Cheryl Lee ( no later than January 15, 2010.
     Submissions will be peer-reviewed, and applicants will be notified by February 15, 2010.

     Participants should bring 50 handouts, CDs, etc. Include your name, address, phone, and email.
        * Participants must register for conference.
        * No materials may be sold during the sessions.
        * All expenses incurred are the responsibility of participants.
        * Three feet of table space will be provided.
        * No electrical outlets will be available.

     1) Name___________________________                     AAFCS Credentials (if applicable)________________

         Title:___________________________                  Email:______________________________________

         Place of Employment:                                                         City                         State

     2) Name___________________________                     AAFCS Credentials (if applicable)________________

         Title:___________________________                  Email_______________________________________

         Place of Employment:                                                         City                         State _____

     Program/Presentation Title ________________________________________________________________________

     Description of round table session for program (50 words or less) __________________________________________



     If my round table session is accepted for presentation at the annual conference, I agree to register and present.

     Applicant’s electronic signature:                                                   Date: _____________________

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                                  2009-2010 EXECUTIVE BOARD
               Jane Walker, President                Lee Ann Williams, Treasurer
               2 Loch Ridge Drive                    PO Box 22
               Greensboro, NC 27408-3868             Trade, TN 37691

               Shannon Braxton, President-Elect      Jody Roubanis, Advisor
               3546 Liberty Drive                    12301 Kensington Road
               Burlington NC 27215                   Los Alamitos, CA 90720

               Cecelia Cameron, 1st Vice President   Jeannie Leonard, Historian
               102 Woodside Court                    North Carolina State University
               Jacksonville, NC 28546-7732           Cooperative Extension
           Davidson County
                                                     301 E Center St
               Lynne Bell, 2nd Vice President        Lexington, NC 27292
               PO Box 733
               Blowing Rock, NC 28605                Marilyn Gore,
               828-295-4365                          Executive Administrator
                                                     P.0. Box 562013
               Linda Cooper Suggs, Secretary         Charlotte NC 28256-2013
               2417 Saint John Drive       
               Wilson, NC 27893

               Jackie Webb, Vice President –

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                             PEOPLE TO HURRY UP AND BUY A HOUSE!

 The credit is for first-time home buyers, and you qualify as a first-timer if you haven't
 owned a home in the past 3 years. It's true that time is running out - the sale of the
 house will need to close by the end of the day on November 30, 2009 in order to qualify
 for the credit, which is worth up to $8,000. If you want to close on the sale by the end
 of November, then you probably should make an offer on a house in early October to be
 safe.   That makes NOW the time to start shopping around, if you haven't already.

 But stop first to think about whether buying a home is the right move for you. There's no
 question that if you are ready to be a first-time home buyer, now is a great time. But
 don't let yourself be persuaded to buy a house if you are not ready. It's too big a
 financial commitment to take lightly. How do you know if you're ready? Here are some
 factors to consider:

 1) Are you going to live in that community for several years? Because of the upfront
 costs involved in buying a house, you'll almost certainly lose money if you need to sell
 again within 2 years. Even staying just 4 or 5 years might be questionable from a
 financial standpoint. When you buy a house, you give up some mobility. Even after
 you've been there 10 or 20 years, and there's no question that you've come out ahead
 financially, you will still find it more difficult to move. A renter can just give
 notice and leave. A homeowner needs to sell the house - that can take time.

 2) Is your income reliable?   You need to be quite secure in your employment in order to
 take on a mortgage.

 3) Are you sure you can afford the payments, along with the other costs of owning a house
 (utilities and upkeep)? Even if it now appears that you can afford the payments, would
 you be stretching yourself to the limit to do so? If so, you may find yourself in a jam
 if a problem arises with your income, or if you take on new expenses such as new
 medical expenses. Keep in mind that household maintenance costs average 1-2% of the
 value of the house each year. For a $75,000 house, that would be $750 - $1500/year.
 That's average - you might have 3 years with no expense, and then a year in which you
 need both a new roof and a new water heater. So you need to plan to save those funds
 even in the years when you don't need them.

 4) Can you qualify for a favorable mortgage? If you have a terrible credit history or
 other factors working against your ability to get a loan, you might not be able to get a
 loan at all - or perhaps the only loan you could get would be one with high fees
 attached. The high costs could pull you down over time - could even cause you to lose
 the house sometime in the future.

 There are many advantages to home ownership, including a steady monthly payment, pride of
 ownership, tax deductions for mortgage interest and property tax expenses, and the
 possibility that your home will increase in value over time. For many people, owning a
 home is an important step in their progress toward long-term financial well-being. Just
 be sure that it's right for you before you take that major step.

  Barb Wollan, Family Resource Management Specialist
  Iowa State University Extension
  311 Bank Street, Webster City IA 50595
  Ph: 515.832.9597; Fax: 515.832.9599
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  The November/December issue of the Soap and Detergent Newsletter can be found at:

                                                                             AAFCS Website Tip
                                                                             Can’t find the
                                                                             information you need on
                        ESAE COMMUNITY UPDATE                                typing a keyword into the
                                                                             Search box, located at the
   State 2009 Teachers of the Year must submit the National
   Teacher of the Year applications by January 15, 2010.                     top right of each web
   Contact the Awards chair for your state or Janet Ward,                    page, and clicking on the
   ESAE Community Chair at for more                    Search button. You will
                                                                             then see a list of web
   EASE offers 10 membership incentive awards each year.                     pages that include that
   Five are awarded to students majoring in Family and                       keyword (if available).
   Consumer Sciences. Five are awarded to relatively new
   Family and Consumer Science teachers. Applications are
   available on line at or by contacting Janet
   Ward at These applications are
   due by March 15, 2010.

   Are you looking for professional opportunities? ESAE
   publishes a CD of Best Practices that includes the
   Teacher of the Year programs and any successful lessons
   members take the time to submit.    Presenting at the
   ESAE Curriculum Showcase at the national meeting in
   Cleveland is another way to share with colleagues and
   expand your professional network. By getting involved
   and sharing, we all grow professionally.

   For those of you receiving calls regarding potential novel H11N1 contaminated surfaces at school or the
   work place, CDC does address these issues as well as cleaning and sanitation. This information has been
   included CDC box of the Pandemic Influenza Issue at

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      Dear Past, Current and Prospective NCPEN Member,
      Exciting things are happening in the field of parenting and NCPEN wants you to be part of them. Please
      read further to learn how to join an elite group of professionals working together to build the field while
      also helping families and children in North Carolina.

      Is your NCPEN membership current? To remain a member in good standing and enjoy the benefits of
      NCPEN membership, a membership application and $10 fee has to be submitted annually (due December
      1 and good through January 31). New members and resubscribing members should visit Email NCPEN membership questions to

      NC is one of only two states in the nation to offer credentialing for parenting educators! To apply for
      NCPEN credentials, visit and follow the directions and sample
      application. The next deadline to submit credential applications and renewal forms is NOVEMBER
      15th. Only active members can apply for credentials and credential renewals. Credentials are good for
      three (3) years. An up-to-date list of Credentialed Parent Educators can be found at An
      asterisk (*) beside a name indicates that the person's credentials have expired and need to be renewed.
      Renewal forms can be downloaded from the credential page located at Direct credentialing questions to

      Fall Forum: DECEMBER 8th
      The topic of our Fall Forum is: Best Practices for Helping Parents Navigate Systems. Save the date to call
      in (from anywhere) to a *toll-free* number and listen to presentations from a variety of dynamic
      speakers. Valuable resource materials will be posted online and can be viewed in advance of the event on
      December 8th. Additional details are forthcoming. Visit

      Stephanie Jones, M.S., CPE-I
      Extension Associate
      4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences Human Development and Family Studies

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                         The latest issue of The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues
                                 can be found at:

      This issue of The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues brings a wealth of information. Read below
      for a summary of the information and the actual abstracts.

      Educators know that there is always room for improvement in the way they plan and deliver education
      to their various audiences. This issue of The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues (FFCI) includes
      research, ideas, and practices that will augment an educator’s knowledge and skills in the field. This
      issue focuses mostly on applied research articles but also includes one program article and a
      perspectives piece. All discuss issues and methods useful in educational programming or trends in the

      Two articles deal with the topic of mothers feeding their children healthy diets. Townsend et al. report
      on portion sizes and energy density of foods served at home and in restaurants. How do mothers know
      how much and what to feed their children? Mothers’ perceptions of appropriate portion sizes to feed
      their children are identified and discussed. The other article by Agbon, Oguntona and Mayaki shows
      some of the decisions mothers in Nigeria make when trying to feed their children adequate diets.
      Discussions of the issues faced and ways to improve the nutrient quality of the food fed infants can be
      useful in Extension programming when working with immigrants and refugees.

      In the last article, a program article, Delgadillo, Ralph and Horrocks report on the development of an
      Extension family finance program for Latino families. The authors documented details of the
      program’s development and success in a step-by-step manner so Extension agents can replicate it in
      other places.

  NUTRITION & YOUR CHILD is a research-based newsletter produced by the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research
  Center (CNRC) at Baylor College of Medicine and is electronically distributed to individuals who have subscribed to the

  View this issue as a "newsletter formatted" Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file at

        Children's Activity Levels
        Golden Rice
        Food Pyramid
        Kamp K'aana
        Walking School Bus
        Volunteer Opportunities


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                     2009 – 2010
                 NCAFCS COMMITTEES                                        2009 – 2010
                                                                  NCAFCS AWARD COMMITTEES
       Judith Simon
       Peggy Garner
                                                             Rosa S. Purcell
       Cynthia Johnson
       Jacquelyn Webb
                                                             KATHERINE B. LYONS
                                                             Carolyn Turner
       Rosa Purcell
                                                             AUGUSTA WHITE
       Jeannie Leonard
                                                             Agnes Evans
       Sarah Shoffner
       Joyce Miles
                                                             ELLEN BREWER
                                                             Deborah Tippett
       Marilyn Gore

       Lynn Bell                               NCAFCS COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST

       PROGRAM OF WORK                                     COLLEGE
       Jane Walker, chair                 Jackie Webb, Co-chair,
                                                           Cynthia Johnson, Co-chair,
       Cheryl Lee, Chair                ELEMENTARY/SECONDARY/ADULT EDUCATION
                                                           Janis Meek, chair,
       FINANCE                                             Vacant, Historical Display Coordinator
       Lee Williams, Chair
       BYLAWS                                              Renay Knapp, chair,
       Kathleen Mitchell, Co-chair                         Jeannie Leonard, Historical Display Coordinator,                   
       Janet Ward, Co-chair
                                                           STUDENT UNIT
       MEMBERSHIP                                          Nikki McCormick, Chair,
       Jacquelyn Webb

                                        ACCOUNT BALANCES - AS OF JULY 28, 2009

                         Checking $4,879.12
                         Money Market $16,503.77
                         Shares $33.55
                         Annual Meeting $633.07
                         Ellen Brewer $3,600.00
                         General Money Market $14,000.00
                         Augusta White $1239.60

                         Total $41,088.91
                                   All Accounts are maintained with the NC State Employees Credit Union

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                      2009 – 2010
       NCAFCS Student Unit Officers
      Chair: Mary Kathryn Hardison
      Meredith University

      1st Vice-Chair: Olivia Jones
      Applician State University
                                                    GREETING FROM NCAFCS STUDENT UNIT
      2nd Vice-Chair: Maisha Abdullah
      NC A&T State University
                                                   The Student Unit gathered at Appalachian State University on
                                           November 13, 2009 for a wonderful fall conference focused on
      Secretary: Nicole Mas                Career Survival skills. These skills taught us how to “outwit, outlast
      East Carolina University             and outplay” in our career field. One of the main skills that we                      learned while at this conference was how to assert ourselves in
                                           positive ways, and in ways that would help us to get the most
      Treasurer: Nikki McCormick
       NC A&T State University             satisfaction in the workplace. One of these skills was learning that it          is ok to say no to commitment that we previously had committed.
                                           In our careers for us newcomers and those seasoned veterans, we
      Reporter: April Simon                easily become overwhelmed with tasks and duties. One of our rights
      North Carolina Central University
                                           is to say no. NCAFCS Student Unit students learned to say no
                                           without having to give long explanations.
      Parliamentarian: Tavia Spencer
      North Carolina Central University          We also had wonderful sessions talking about how to               incorporate team building exercises into our classrooms. One of
                                           these activities was throwing balls to one another while calling the
      State Advisor: Dr. Deborah Tippett   other persons name. As the game continued, the number of balls also
       Meredith College
                                           grew. This was designed to resemble the different types of hats that
                                           we will have to use in our classrooms and in our career professions.
                                           Did you know that working at a computer is one of the worst things
                                           for your vision and your health? Have no fear we learned simple
                                           exercises to keep those chronic problems away. Simple exercises
                                           like neck roles and arm stretches can help keep that doctor away. So
                                           as a unit we encourage you as career professionals to take charge of
                                           yourselves and learn how to outwit, outlast and outplay in order to
                                           survive in the workplace.

                                           Thank you to Olivia Jones 1st Vice President, her advisor Dr. Cheryl
                                           Lee, and the students at ASU for planning this conference.

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      Discover quality, research-based Extension parenting resources designed to
                           increase your visibility and impact

          Learn how to access and use Just in Time Parenting resources!
              Mark your calendar and register at

   Join this innovative network of parent educators by participating in one of the upcoming webinars. Learn how a small
   investment of your time can earn you rave annual reviews and great dividends.
           Thursday, December 10th at noon Eastern – for state specialists and state contacts
           Thursday, Jan. 21 AND Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern – for Extension colleagues (including county
           educators and administrators) interested in learning how Just in Time Parenting can meet your
           parenting education goals. The presentations on Jan. 21 and 22 will be identical – so choose the day
           that will work best for you.

   Description of parenting resources at
           Newsletters: electronic subscriptions for parents; printable and customizable PDF printed versions
           for educators; English and Spanish; prenatal to year 5
           Resources for parents of school aged children and teens (Parenting 24/7)
           Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
           Featured news stories; Podcasts; Videos

   Description of supporting resources for Extension professionals at
              marketing materials, flyers to adapt to your location, press releases to publicize JITP
              print-ready letters with customizable space for state logo that can be distributed by mail or
              evaluation reports automated and customized for your state and county; evaluation guide and

   “For every hour I put into it, this project gives me back more rewards than any other I’ve done.” --County Extension educator
   with 20 years experience


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                          MARK YOUR CALENDARS – UPCOMING EVENTS

  February 1, 2010 – Augusta A. White Memorial Scholarship Fund Application Due

  February 1, 2010 – NCAFCS Award Nominations Due

  February 25 & 26, 2010 – SCAFCS Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC,

  March 5-7, 2010 – 2010 NCAFCS Annual Conference, Wilmington, NC

  April 7- 10, 2010 - 31st Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Richmond, VA,

  August 3-5, 2010 – NCEAFCS Annual Meeting, Historic Brookstone Inn, Winston Salem, NC

  September 20-24, 2010 - 2010 NEAFCS Annual Session & Exhibits, Portland, Maine

  March 7-8, 2011 - 27th Statewide Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

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