Volume 8 Issue 1
A Newsletter for Members of the International Federation for
Home Economics in the USA
Officers President Mary P.
Andrews email@example.com Past President Juanita Mendenhall firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Finance Nancy
Billings NncyBllngs@aol.com Director of Professional
Development and Programs Joanne
Pearson email@example.com Director of Communications Nancy St. John firstname.lastname@example.org Recorder Kitty
Decker email@example.com Director, UN Liaison Ruth Norman Redla57@aol.com Chair, IFHE-US Development Fund Sharon
McManus firstname.lastname@example.org AAFCS International Division Chair Carole
Makela email@example.com Chair, Nominating Committee Alberta
Hill Liaison to IFHE History Project Janett
Gibbs Subcommittee on History, Archives and Documentation Sharon
Mary P. Andrews
Director of Finance
Director of Professional Development and Programs
Director of Communications
Nancy St. John
Director, UN Liaison
Chair, Nominating Committee
Liaison to IFHE History Project
Subcommittee on History, Archives and Documentation
Call for Research:
Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
ITAA announces a special issue of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, which will focus on the increasing numbers of older people within the global market, and the implications of that demographic upon the design, production, marketing and use of apparel and textile products. The issue will be guest edited by Drs. Lynne Richards and Usha Chowdhary.
By the year 2020, it is estimated that persons 55 and older will comprise 33 percent of the U.S. population, and will control household assets of far greater value than those of younger individuals. Research has revealed that older persons tend to be innovative consumers and desire to actively participate in mainstream consumption. Such phenomena are global in nature, and not restricted to the U.S. only. And yet despite the growing number and obvious wealth of older consumers around the world, they remain an underappreciated consumer segment, resulting in lost revenues for business, as well as lost consumption and service opportunities for the elderly.
The goals of this special CTRJ issue are to:
· increase professional awareness of this worldwide phenomena
· provide new and reliable information that will benefit both apparel and textile businesses and aging consumers,
· stimulate academic curricular content that better prepares apparel, textile, business and gerontology students for dealing with this demographic reality, and
· stimulate the undertaking of new and more diverse research by providing a juried outlet for possible dissemination of that research.
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In order to realize this last important goal, this very early announcement is being published. Manuscripts will not be due until March 2007, providing scholars with ample time to devise and implement studies that provide unique perspectives upon the issue of aging, as it applies to apparel and textiles.
Watch for a forthcoming Aging in a Global Society link on the ITAA website, which will delineate author guidelines for the submission of manuscripts. In the meantime, think about initiating a scholarly investigation of the global aging phenomenon from the perspective of your own apparel and textiles specialization.
IFHE Annual Leadership Meeting
in Berlin, February 2006
IFHE-US and SCAFCS Representative
Berlin in February 2006 was an amazing experience! The last time I was there was just after “THE WALL” came down and the contrast between East and West Germany couldn’t have been more stark! The old, colorless and dank buildings and landscape on ‘the other side’ of the wall were all so memorable I wasn’t expecting the vibrant, ultra-modern city as it appears today. If one looks, there are signs of the past, such as looking at the back side of some buildings now elegantly refaced to the street, where it is possible to see the old frames and scars of the past. Our Ramada Hotel building was once in the eastern sector and we could observe this clearly, yet from the street and inside, most everything looked quite new. Across the entire city, mammoth skyscrapers and malls to rival any on earth have appeared to lure world travelers as well as the local populations to enjoy the NEW BERLIN. The huge Tiergarten (park) and other lovely gardens were beautiful, even in the snow! Oh, the history this city can tell!! And they are clearly optimistic about the future!!
And so can we, the Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics profession, be optimistic. Look at our rich history! Think of all the transitions and experiences we have been through as a profession, at every level we can name: international, national, state, and local. We have great accomplishments we can identify. As I think about the analogy, I think about our need to work together—hard—to return our profession to vibrancy for the future. That is exactly what members are trying to do with IFHE and we are succeeding. We now have the most secure economic base that we have had in all of the years (30+) since I’ve been a member, when only a few short years ago, we wondered if we could possibly survive and nearly closed our doors. Nearly the same can be said for AAFCS, but, we too, are strengthening our position with the initiatives being undertaken currently by the BOD and dedication of many members. Members’ commitment and care is the critical ingredient turning these organizations around.
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In Berlin, at the Annual Leadership Conference, we were busy planning for our future by representatives working on Programme Committees, Committees of Council and the Executive Committee, all working to bring quality and professionalism to everything we do.
Our professional meetings this summer are designed to bring new knowledge and enthusiasm to bear on the work that we do, varied as it is. But, if we miss all the opportunities to take part we may miss the opportunity to catch the spirit and to strengthen the profession. With our AAFCS Annual Meeting, June 22-25, in Charlotte this year, I encourage you to participate. If you have never been to an AAFCS Annual Meeting, I think you will really enjoy it and benefit from the experience. (Charlotte is so very close for we South Carolinians compared to the normal distance we must travel, why not try it?) Cape Town, South Africa July 16-21, may be more of a challenge, but the quality of that program and the experiences associated with it will be well worth the effort. I was just as surprised by Cape Town and Soweto the first time I visited those destinations as I was by Berlin then and now. Lifelong learning is a concept we support as a profession. It’s part of our history and a must for our future, both personally and professionally!
2006 WORLD FOOD DAY
The Food Agriculture Organization (FAO's) 2006 World Food Day Theme is
"Investing in Agriculture for Food Security"
For more details on World Food Day visit www.worldfooddayusa.org.
The 5th International Household and Family Research Conference
June 6-9, 2006
Sustainable future and ’good life’ imply practices, which are ecologically, socio-culturally and economically sustainable. The 5th International Household and Family Research Conference invites researchers in Home Economics, Consumer and Family Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Food Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education, Technology Studies, Textiles, Crafts and Design Sciences and related fields, to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences on the various aspects of sustainable development. The Conference focuses on visions and innovations for sustainable good life from a variety of academic disciplines under the following themes: Home Economics and Family Sciences; Textiles, Crafts and Design; Education; Consumer Sciences.
Continue the Celebration
of World Family and Consumer Sciences Day
by Promoting LifeSkills!
AAFCS joined the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) in recognizing March 21, 2006 as World Family and Consumer Sciences Day. The 2005-2008 theme for World FCS Day was “Home Economics Supporting Sustainable Development and Quality of Life for All.”
With the challenges caused by recent natural disasters and other increased threats to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities across the globe, World FCS Day highlighted the need for the critical life skills addressed by thousands of family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals, including AAFCS members like you.
AAFCS will be promoting this same theme at the upcoming Annual Conference & Expo, LifeSkills: Solutions for Thriving in Threatening Times. You are urged to attend the AAFCS 97th Annual Conference & Expo in Charlotte, NC, June 22-25, 2006. Preceding the AAFCS meeting is the annual IFHE-US assembly and business meeting on June 21. Also plan to attend the joint Project Identify and Recognize ceremony and IFHE-US Development Fund event in the evening of June 21.
See registration form on Page 11.
IFHE Leadership Happenings
Dr. Geraldene B. Hodelin is the regional nominee for IFHE President. Hodelin is currently the Dean of Education and Liberal Studies at the University of Technology in Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree from Ryerson University and received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. She first became a member of IFHE in 1984. She was an Executive Council member for the Region of Americas from 2000 to 2004 and has since been a co-opted Member of the Executive Council.
Janice Archibald was chosen to serve as the Region Director. Archibald is the Director of Food Policy for the Ministry of Health in Guyana and has served as the President of Caribbean Association for Home Economics. She has also contributed many articles to IFHE and presented at many international conferences.
IFHE-US Development Fund
P. O. Box 2403
Holland, MI 49422-2403
Dear IFHE-US Member,
The IFHE-US Development Fund continues to work towards its goal of $75,000 by 2008 so we can help fund one or more projects at the 100th anniversary and 21st World Congress of IFHE in Lucerne, Switzerland. The principal is kept intact and projects are funded from the interest income.
Your commitment to the IFHE goals and your monetary gifts help us achieve our global mission. We thank you for your ongoing support. All contributions are tax deductible.
The International Cultural Event will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Charlotte, NC. This is a combined event with Project Identify and Recognize. Bring a friend. A portion of $65 ticket is tax deductible. Your ticket includes transportation, food, and program. Registration form is included in this issue of Connections. Hope to see you in Charlotte.
With much appreciation,
Sharon V. McManus, Director
Committee Members: Talma Benavides (TX), Nancy C. Billings (AL), Carolyn Blount (WA), Vera Gardner (WY), Mary Turner Gilliland (CA), Betty Harwood (CA), Norma Maynard (St. Lucia), Marianne Calhoun McKeon (NY), Marguerite Scruggs (OK), Nancy St. John (VA)
The IFHE-US Development Fund, P.O. Box 2403, Holland, MI 49422-2403
Yes, I want to support the IFHE-US Development Fund. Enclosed is my contribution of:
___ $25 ___ $50 ___ $100 ___ $250 ___ $500 ___ Other _$__________
Please make checks payable to the IFHE-US Development Fund.
Name ______________________________ Address __________________________________
IFHE-US Development Fund Committee
Talma D. Benavides
3830 Silver Creek Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
Carolyn Fix Blount
2026 10th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102-4106
P.O. Box 21554
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Mary Turner Gilliland
1040 Tehama Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1742
2316 Colt Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
P.O. Box 713
Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies
Marianne Calhoun McKeon
1346 Lohengrin Place
Bronx, NY 10465-1326
Sharon V. McManus
145 Columbia Ave., Apt. 637
Holland, MI 49423
2805 N. Husband St.
Stillwater, OK 74075-2615
Nancy St. John
324 Diana Ct.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: 540-442-1482 (H)
IFHE-US Development Fund Contributions
($500 or more)
Sharon V. McManus
Ohio Association of FCS
Patron Sponsor: ($250-499)
Vera I. Arendsen
Mary Turner Gilliland
Sky Sponsor: ($101-249)
Mary P. Andrews
Wanda L. Montgomery
Julia Faltinson Anderson
Mary (Kitty) Decker
Abby L. Marlatt
Marianne Calhoun McKeon
Dorothy I. Mitstifer
Gwendolyn A. Newkirk
Sharon Y. Nickols
Irene M. Ott
Jean A. Shipman
Elizabeth L. Stephenson
Gretchen Ann Speerstra
Elizabeth S. Weiss
Beatrice H. Bagby
Talma D. Benavides
Nancy C. Billings
Beverly J. Braun
Margaret M. Bubolz
Mary W. Covington
Ruth E. Deacon
Sally L. Fortenberry
Lillie B. Glover
Guadalupe F. Landeros
Gregg E. McCullough
Mary Ellen McFarland
Deborah J. Nelson
Joanne M. Pearson
Supporters continued: Carmen Rivera
Nancy St. John
Patricia M. Tengel
Friends: ($25 or less)
Lois J. Alfsen
Thelma (Dee) M. Brown
Nancy E. Crago
Johanna T. Fugazzi
Mary A. Keith
Patricia J. Mogan
Eunice H. Murphy
Lillian C. Reguero
Douglas R. MacDonald, Atty
Sharon V. McManus
University of Minnesota,
Grant Obtained from the Monsanto Fund to Aid Children in Moldova
Three NGOs with headquarters in the United States, Germany, and the Republic of Moldova have recently received funding for a project entitled “Improving Nutritional Health With School Gardens in Moldova” from the Monsanto Fund. The organizations are the International Federation for Home Economics-United States (IFHE-US), the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), and “Partenaires” in Moldova, in conjunction with the Technical University of Moldova. Additional funding for nutrition education books and posters for participating schools has been received from IFHE.
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Its four priority areas are improving nutritional well-being through agriculture, the environment, sciences education, and our communities. The goal of the Monsanto Fund is to bridge the gap between people’s needs and their available resources.
This multi-year, 2.5 years, grant is designed to provide a 2-day nutrition and community gardening workshop for science teachers, health teachers, home economics teachers, boarding school administrators, and school food service managers whose schools have expressed an interest in establishing a school and community garden. In the year following the workshop, gardens will be established and tended, produce harvested and consumed in the schools, and excess produce preserved for use in school cafeterias later in the year. Fruit and vegetable consumption in the school cafeterias will be compared in the schools with gardens and those without gardens to data collected in the schools at the beginning of the grant. The ultimate goal is improved nutritional knowledge and food practices of school-age children.
The project came as the result of efforts of the Outreach to Central and Eastern Europe Programme Committee of IFHE that wanted to provide a tangible effect of their outreach efforts of the last 10 years. This committee includes representatives from the United States who are members of IFHE-US and members from the European Region of IFHE. It is hoped that this project, and others of its type, can be continued here and in other regions of the world by home economists.
Introducing the New
2006-2007 Board of Directors
Dr. Tahira K. Hira is from Iowa and will be serving as Director of Professional Development and Programs. She is Professor of Personal Finance and Consumer Economics, served as Associate Vice Provost for ISU Extension, 1998-2002. She has been Vice President for Finance & Properties and President of AAFCS. Also she has taught in Japan, Canada and New Zealand. Not only has she served as IFHE Council delegate and attended IFHE Congresses but was keynote speaker at Congress in Kyoto, 2004.
Dr. Jan Scholl is from Pennsylvania and will serve as the Director of Communications. She is an Associate Professor of Agriculture and Extension Education 4-H Curriculum Faculty. As IFHE Member, she worked with Women and Families in Development Committee, attended Regional IFHE meetings in Norway and Antigua and other IFHE related meetings in Ireland, Latvia and Sudan. She attended conferences on Family (2001) and Women (2005) at United Nations, New York, developed curricula for Save the Children, Bolivia. She has also made conference presentations in Australia, Italy, Russia, Poland and Austria.
2006 Board of Directors
President Mary P. Andrews
Past President Juanita Mendenhall
Director of Finance Nancy Billings
Director of Professional Dev. and Programs Joanne Pearson
Director of Communications Nancy St. John
Recorder Kitty Decker
AAFCS Int’l Division Chair Carol Makela
Chair, UN Liaison Committee Ruth Norman
Chair, IFHE-US Dev. Fund Sharon McManus
Chair, Nominating Committee Alberta Hill
Liaison to IFHE History Project Janett Gibbs
Subcommittee on History, Archives and Documentation Sharon Christie &
Further Contact information can be found on the IFHE-US website http://www.ifhe-us.org
THE UNITED NATIIONS:
“What Goes With our NGOs???”
(They are eager to answer all your questions.)
How many of you know what our 5 representatives do when they spend their day at the UN? Attend a committee meeting? Have a coffee in the Vienna Café? Look for materials in the Resource Center?
Does it matter? … IFHE has had representation at the UN in NYC for 26 years; AAFCS has had representation through the Department of Public Information for 2 years; AHEA had representation through DPI for 20 years. IFHE-US is in the process of also obtaining representation through DPI. Does all that time and effort make a difference to our organizations?
If it Matters… What do you want our representatives to do? List the meetings they attend? Read the statements to they submit to Commission meetings? Provide you with information you can use in your work?
Are you Satisfied?… If their major activity is attending NGO Committee meetings related to our mission, sign our organization’s name to statements? Help plan conferences for NGOs? If so, do you want to know about it? Or just keep a record?
Do you remember?… What the Commission on Social Development and the Commission on the Status of Women does? If not, refer to the Fall 2005 IFHE-US newsletter Vol. 7 Issue 2.
Would you Like to attend any of The following meetings?
- The Family Today: Emerging Issues on the International Agenda
- Iraqi Families: Coping with Conflict and Uncertainty
- Human Trafficking: Consequences for the Family
Each is the topic of the recent monthly meeting of the Committee on the Family.
What implications do these statistics have for our organization?
Japan S. Afr. Liberia
Primary Enrollment of girls 100 89 61
Secondary Enrollment of girls 100 68 13
% Illiterate - 15 to 24 n/a 6 45 % of women over 60 29 8 4
% of pop. Under 15 14 33 47
Source: The World’s Women 2005: Progress in Statistics, UN Publication
The Millennium Goals…how do they apply to our organization?
-Which do you feel applies to us the most?
-Did you watch the HBO movie,
The Girl in the Café?
(Based on one of the millennium goals)
-Our NGOs know all the answers
Sept. 6-8, 2006 – Annual DPI/NGO Conference
Oct. 5, 2006 - International Day of Older Persons
Conferences Attended by IFHE and AAFCS NGOs:
Annual DPI/NGO Conference
Annual Int’l Day for Older Persons
Annual Day of the Family
Commission on the Status of Women
Commission on Social Development
Statements Submitted by NGO committees and signed by IFHE:
UN Commission on Social Development:
NGO Committee on Ageing
NGO Committee on the Family
UN Commission on the Status of Women
NGO Committee on the Family
Copies of all statements are available from the NGOs
Mary Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Covington: MWC186@aol.com
Eileen Labiner: email@example.com
Gloria Tanderjian and Nora Gorman
Are you a current member of IFHE and IFHE-US?
In preparing recent newsletter mailings, we realized that a significant number of members on previous mailing lists were no longer listed on current mailing lists. Although we are sending this newsletter to individuals from previous lists, we urge you to check your records and pay your annual dues. This discreptency could be reflective of various factors. Some people may have just dropped their membership. But some might have dropped their AAFCS membership and didn’t realize that their IFHE membership dues requests were combined on those dues notices. If you are in that situation, please apply for continuing IFHE membership directly with our IFHE-US Treasurer. Some people only pay their dues when they plan to attend or present at the Congresses. If you are one of those individuals, we plead with you to sustain your membership annually. Such a practice makes planning for budgets and events very difficult. It might be a necessity for colleagues from developing nations, but the federation hopes that those of us in developed countries can keep the rosters stable. And lastly, some people may have just forgotten to pay their dues. Traditionally we have not sent dues notices, relying on your attention to this task. If that is the case, check your checkbook receipts and if you haven’t paid since January 1, 2005; please pay now! The following shortened membership form can be used to secure your continuing membership. THANKS.
International Federation for Home Economics Membership Form
Phone: _________________ Fax:______________ E-mail________________
Student ($20) _____
Individual ($65) _____
* Organizational ($400) _____
* Associate ($400) _____
*Name of Organization or Association:________________________________
Mail checks made payable to “IFHE-US” to:
Nancy Billings, IFHE-US Treasurer
706 Corlett Dr. S.E.
Huntsville, AL 35802
International Cultural Event
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
St. Sarkis Armenian Church
Project Identify and Recognize and the IFHE-US Development Fund Educational Event are combined this year to save you time and money while in Charlotte. Mark this event on your calendar now!
Travel by bus from the Hilton Charlotte & Towers at 3:45 PM and Westin Charlotte at 4:00 PM. Network with friends and meet new friends en route to St. Sarkis Armenian Church. Return to hotels at 8:30 PM.
This International Cultural Event will include Project Identify and Recognize awards ceremony, a presentation on the topic “Women in the Military in Times of Crisis”, delicious Armenian hors d’oeuvres, and a cultural program on “The American South and South Africa”. Dr. Tom Hanchett, Historian at The Levine Museum of the New South will be our speaker. PDU’s pending. All are welcome to attend. Bring a friend. Your $65 ticket includes transportation, food, and program. A portion of ticket is tax deductible.
More information will be available at www.ifhe-us.org or contact Sharon McManus, CFCS, Director, IFHE-US Development Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 546-3394 or Janett Gibbs, Director, Project Identify and Recognize at email@example.com or (706) 546-6372.
You won’t want to miss this exciting time, which includes Armenian dancers, Armenian food, time for networking, recognition of past and present military, learning more about the New South and South Africa, and an opportunity to support the IFHE-US Development Fund! Registration deadline: June 1, 2006.
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EVENT REGISTRATION
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 3:45 – 8:30 p.m.
IFHE-US Connection NON-PROFIT
324 Diana Court ORGANIZATION
Harrisonburg, VA 22812-2694 U.S.
Permit No. 89
Wednesday June 21
-IFHE-US Pre conference Meetings
8:30 am IFHE-US BOD
11:00 am IFHE-US Business Meeting
3:45 pm-8:30 pm IFHE-US Development
Fund Educational Event and Project
Identify and Recognize Ceremony
June 22-25 --- AAFCS Annual Conference
and Expo Charlotte, NC
Saturday June 24
7:00 am Division Business Meetings
8:00 am Section Business Meetings
10:30 am International Division Scholarship
Sunday June 25
9:30 am Pacesetter Brunch
July 16-21 --- IFHE Council Meeting
Cape Town, South Africa
August 12 --- International Youth Day
Sept. 6-8 --- Annual DPI/NGO Conference
October 5 --- International Day of Older Person
--- World Teachers Day
October 16 --- World Food Day
Future IFHE Congress & Council Venues:
2008—XXI World Congress and
100th Anniversary Celebration
2010—Council in Ireland
Check www.ifhe.org for additional dates.