“Improving the Health and Well-Being of a Changing Society,” was the theme of the 107th Conference in Bellevue, WA! Members, non-members and family guests were able to attend a number of outstanding professional development seminars, workshops, luncheons, banquets, and educational learning tours. Even though Bellevue is an upscale cosmopolitan city neighboring Seattle, it boasts towering evergreens, cultural events, and AAFCS members savored the quaint small town ambiance. Participants also raved about the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest!
Members received firsthand information on the new FCSfit initiative! The three year AAFCSplatform is enabling people to set small realistic goals to improve: Physical Well-being (Year 1), Financial & Resource Well-being (Year 2), and Emotional Health and Relationship Well-being (Year 3).
Frances Hare and Sherri Dragoo created an inspiring, swag, and beautiful “Invitation to Dallas – 2017” video, which was shown at the Pacesetter’s Luncheon! Save the Date: 108th Conference and Expo, June 25-28, 2017, Hyatt Regency Dallas! Thanks Frances and Sherri!
During the Pacesetter’s Luncheon, delegates were also treated to video remarks by the Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/ USDA, Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy. He commended family and consumer sciences professionals for their efforts in working to solve families and societal issues.
The National Expo stimulated members to continue doing good works to benefit humankind. Thank you colleagues for teaching, helping to implement public policy, conducting research, sharing, fulfilling outreach programs, and engaging others to learn about the value Family and Consumer Sciences professionals provide to youth, individuals, families and communities!
Many people indicated they left the meeting inspired and with new tools and resources to implement within their various positions. In closing, our American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences National President Duane Whitbeck stated,”Be that somebody that makes a difference.”
Joice A. Jeffries, Ph.D.