Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

The State of the Association-Headquarters

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

The State of the Association-Headquarters

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Presented at the 2001 Annual Meeting

This is my last column as Executive Director of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I am humbled by the confidence you have shown in me and exceedingly grateful for the warm friendships that have evolved with the hundreds of AAFCS members I've had an opportunity to become acquainted with over the past 8 years. The years have flown by so swiftly!

My heart swells with pride every time I have an opportunity to explain to someone who doesn't know us very well what we do to make a positive difference in the lives of human beings all over the world every day.

I have many plans for my life from this day forward. My priorities are my family and taking time to smell the roses in my own back yard. I also want to stay actively involved in AAFCS and will serve where needed and as appropriate.

Thank you for your words of encouragement when that was what I needed most. Thank you for your patience when, like Alice In Wonderland, I was running as fast as I [could] just to stay in oneplace!And thank you for sharing with me the most rewarding and fulfilling profession in the world. Our brand of soul has touched my life forever.

This is my final report to you as executive director of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I present it in keeping with the delineation of roles and responsibilities of members and staff that the Board of Directors adopted in 1995. That is: the Board and other volunteer leaders are responsible for setting policy and the staff is responsible for implementing it. So I will focus on the staffs activities of the past year, while President Kinsey Green will address member leadership and involvement.

It is well to bear in mind that while the roles of staff and members are separate, they are also complementary and intertwined. It is essential that we work together for the well-being of the Association.

In one sense, this annual joint address is an assessment of the health of our organization. The health indicators of an organization include its financial position, influence, and value to members. We will address these vital signs of the health of AAFCS as we outline the Association's accomplishments and challenges, and share our observations with you as we conclude our respective roles.


The staff take pride in our accomplishments in the areas of public policy, collaborations, communications, public information and education, member services, support for professional development, and finance and administration.

The Association's public policy priorities for the past year were child care, biotechnology and health, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The public policy columns in the journal provide the context in which we shape policy.

Communication regarding public policy has increased exponentially, with updates several times a month via the e-newsletter, "Did You Know" to leaders, the AAFCS Web site, and AAFCS Member News, all produced by staff to keep you informed.

Staff served on a coalition that helped double the funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers to $851 million. Many AAFCS members have received these grants and are utilizing the funds in their communities.

The Association sent letters to all members of relevant U.S.Senate and House of Representatives committees, informing them of the critical need for life skills education, and urging that these classes be provided for every student in every state. We also wrote to First Lady Laura Bush supporting her education initiatives to include character education for every student.

Staff and members worked with the Association for Career and Technical Education to increase funding for secondary education by $50 million.

In addition, the staff worked with the staff of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the House Science Committee to include $ 5 million in funding for the Children's Research Initiative, which is to be implemented through integrated human sciences programs at the postsecondary level. …

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