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Life Member Newsletter - Jan 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hugh Davis, Life Member Committee
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In This Issue... 
  • From Your NAE4-HYDP Past President, Tony Carrell, Indiana
  • From Your Life Member Committee Chairperson, Glenda Booker, Tennessee
  • 2020 NAE4-HYDP Conference, Idaho, Life Member Program Update 
  • Next NAE4-HYDP Conference Dates and Locations 
  • Life Member Pinning
  • Traveling Retirement's Highways and Byways
  • Life Member Award Winner, Julie Adamcin
  • Interested in Supporting the Life Member Award?
  • Updating Your Profile on our Website
  • What are Life Members Up to?
  • What are States doing in Support of Life Members
  • NAE4-HYDP Memorials, Celebration of Life


From NAE4-HYDP Past President, Tony Carrell, Indiana 


It was great to see so many life members at our 2019 NAE4-HA Conference at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. I hope you were able to connect with others and left excited about the direction our association is headed. Here are some highlights:

· In 2018 the board adopted a new conference format that still involves a state host but puts a larger workload on our management company and the board of trustees. The conference is also being shortened to three days, all beginning with our 2021 conference in Memphis, TN. Since the conference will be Tuesday-Thursday, our association is partnering with Program Leaders Working Group, National 4-H Council, and NIFA to conduct a pre-conference on Monday that will be devoted to one national priority identified by program leaders. Our vision is this day will begin with a keynote speaker followed by breakout sessions led by PLWG charter working groups and association working groups, all focusing on that single national priority. 

· Not only will we see a new conference format in 2021, but we will also celebrate the association’s 75th anniversary. A committee will be working to roll out this anniversary celebration at the conclusion of our 2020 conference with information and ways to engage members all year long with a major celebration at the 2021 conference. Please let me know if you would like to be part of this committee’s work. tcarrell@purdue.edu 

· The board of trustees work has been guided by our current strategic plan. As this plan begins to close, the board will embark on a process to create our next strategic plan to help guide future boards. I am not sure what this process will entail, but am confident members will be asked to provide input so be watching for that.

· The board hired Capitol Hill Management Services four years ago to provide executive and day-to-day management services. This agreement has been renewed for five years as CHMS provides executive, day-to-day, financial, and conference management expertise. The board and CHMS value each other’s partnership as we work to Make the Best Better.

· This year’s conference concluded with the board officially changing the association’s name to National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals. The new name that includes youth development aligns with our own strategic plan and better aligns with many university titles as well as the association’s national partners. Although change can sometimes be difficult to accept, let us all embrace the new name and move the 4-H youth development movement forward across the nation. As the cliché says, the name says it all. Be proud to be a 4-H youth development professional and stand proud as a member of your professional association, National Association of Extension 

4-H Youth Development Professionals!



From Your Life Member Committee Chairperson, Glenda Booker, Tennessee 


Thank you to all Life Members who have assisted and/or supported our efforts during these first few years as a committee. Being in a leadership role with this group is a great experience and one which has afforded me opportunities to meet new people and renew old acquaintances and friendships. A special Thanks to the two ladies who served prior to me for their leadership and for sharing notes and reminders.


Two great big “thanks” go to Tom Davis for agreeing to produce our newsletter, and to Mike Klump for agreeing to serve as our 2020-2022 Committee Chairman.


One of our goals as a committee continues to be updating our membership list and member information. (Please go to our website to update/review your profile so as to help us have up to date information. See more information below.) Although I sent the most recent list of Life Members available from our management team to each state, I still have not heard from everyone. It has been difficult getting a current state leadership list due to the different times that these changes in each state. Help me out if you can---would any person who retired in 2019 let me know the name of your state’s President as of January 1, 2020. If I get more than one response from a state that’s okay; really, it’s better than no response.


Thirty-five Life Members and guests attended one or more of the Life Member events at our 2019 National Conference. We heard from Tony Carroll, Jim Thompson and Kia Harries (Tony has commented above) to update us on the business of our association. Jim shared the responsibilities of our management team at Capitol Hill Management Services. I am very appreciative of the work done by this team and really owe them a big “Thank You” for their assistance this past year as I served in this capacity.


“I don’t remember that”, “was this room really that small”, and “they didn’t tell us that last time” were just a few of the things I heard as we proceeded on the Bunker Tour. It was fun to see how much I remembered from the last I took this tour as part of the NAE4-HA National Conference. Were you at that conference?


We are attempting to identify a contact in each state; either as a member of their state’s Board or as a volunteer. If you are the Life Member Committee Chair for your state, please let me know (gbooker2@utk.edu or gkbooker2@gmail.com), or email the name and contact information for the State Committee Chair. We are not having a lot of success finding out which states have such a position. If your state does not have a Life Member Chairman, and you would be willing to assist us as we attempt to work on communication with our members, please let me know. I will share that with the leadership of our committee.


Four additional concerns that we have, and are trying to work on are having a current list of retirees in each state who pay National Life Member dues, maintaining an up to date list of deceased members to be included in our Celebration of Life, publicizing the requirements/time frame for the Life Member Award, and financial support for our Life Member Award. Additional information may be found elsewhere in the newsletter.



2020 NAE4-HA Conference Update – Boise, Idaho, Mary Jean Craig 



The University of Idaho has a great program planned for the NAE4-HA Conference in Boise. The Life Member registration fee of $375 is all-inclusive. Life Member specific events are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, but there will be things of interest all four days. 


The tour planned for Wednesday will be to the historic Ghost/Mining Town of Idaho City: Idaho City was founded in December 1862 as the town of “Bannock” during the Boise Basin gold rush, the largest gold bonanza since the California gold rush a dozen years earlier. This one-hour drive takes you along Lucky Peak dam. Hear about the historic New York Canal and irrigation projects that turned the desert green. The drive up the winding mountain highway brings you to Historical Idaho City. At its peak during the mid-1860s, there were more than 200 businesses in town, including three dozen saloons and two dozen law offices. We will start our tour at the Boise Basin Museum, then a visit to the Pon Yam Chinese Museum, and ending our tour with a walk through the Pioneer Cemetery. Tour includes a box lunch. Tour cost still to be determined.


 Monday, October 19th 

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Retirees & Friends Orientation 

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Life Member Leadership Meeting 

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Opening Event – Basque Block Festival


 Tuesday, October 20th

8:30 am – 10:00 am Business Meeting – Session #1 (including. Life Member Pinning, Award & Celebration of Life) 

10:45 am – 11:30 am Keynote Speaker – Kristin Armstrong 

12:45 pm – 2:30 pm Life Member Seminar (including box lunch) 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Life Member Committee Meetings 

6:00 pm - States Night Out


 Wednesday, October 21st

7:15 am – 9:15 am Regional Breakfasts 

9:45 am – 3:30 pm Life Member Tour & lunch

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Hors d’oeuvres & Science Showcase at JUMP


Thursday, October 22nd

10:45 am – 11:30 am Capnote Speaker – Lazarus Lynch 

6:30 pm – 8:45 pm Awards Banquet


We are looking forward to hosting you in beautiful Boise, Idaho in October!

Mary Jean Craig and Linda Webb, Life Member co-chairs, NAE4-HA 2020


Next NAE4-HYDP Conference Dates and Locations

- 2020 Boise, Idaho, Oct. 19-22

- 2021 Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 16-18

- 2022 Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 10-13


Life Members Who Were “Pinned” at the West Virginia Conference, Glenda Booker, Tennessee 


To receive the special life member pin of the association life members need to attend a pinning ceremony at our national conference held each year. If you haven’t yet been pinned and are going to Boise this year let us know so we can get you on the list! In 2019 the following were pinned: 


Barbara Board, Virginia

Beverly Connelly-Brown, South Carolina

Lee Hecimovich, Alaska

Cherry Hovatter, Georgia

Laura Marek, Connecticut

Reita Marks, West Virginia

Nancy Valentine, DC and West Virginia

Cheryl Varnadoe, Georgia 

Jean Woloshuk, West Virginia

Shirley Williamson, Georgia



Retirement's Highways and Byways 

Editors Note
We know some of you have had some terrific travel experiences out there….camping, amusement parks, cross country journeys and national parks! How about you share with us your secrets, tips and suggestions! Articles don’t have to be long! Please send them to Tom Davis, htd2@cornell.edu.


2019 NAE4-HA Life Member Award Winner – Dr. Julie Adamcin, Arizona 


The 2019 winner of the NAE4HA Life Member Award is Dr. Julie Adamcin from Arizona. She began her career in 1970 as Pima County’s first 4-H EFNEP Agent. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program was new to Arizona and Julie was ready for the challenge. Julie joined NAE4-HA and in 1973 attended her first National Conference. Following attendance of the Conference in Louisville, Julie and some fellow members of NAE4-HA began the process of organizing the Arizona Association of Extension 4-H Agents.


Julie served in almost all elected positions in AAE4-HA, as well as State and Regional contact with Programs. She was a co-chair for fundraising for the 1991 Annual Meeting held in Phoenix. As a Life Member, Julie assisted with fundraising when the 2010 Conference was again held in Phoenix. Since retiring, Julie worked on compiling and maintaining a current list of retirees. She has assisted in preparing nominations for Hall of Fame, Salute to Excellence, and Life Member Awards.


As a member of the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation since 2015, Julie has worked to increase and diversify board members. Julie took a hiatus from 4-H work for a few years and worked with others at her church to begin a program to provide food to several hundred men and women who were living on the street of Tucson during the coldest time of the year.


Would you join me in recognizing Dr. Julie Adamcin.


Editor’s Note: The 2020 Life Member Award application and criteria are available on the NAE4-HA website and is due March 1, 2020.



Interested in Supporting the Life Member Award? 


When we present the Life Member Award at the National Conference we also give the winner a check for $500 to help cover their expenses of attending the conference. Each year we have supported this award with donations from life members. Interested? Tax-deductible donation checks can be made out to NAE4HA Activity Fund, attention: Betty Johnson, National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 20815 and in the memo section put: NAE4HA Life Member Award donation.


Update your Profile on our Website 

We would very much like you to update your profile on 
nae4ha.com. This will particularly help us with communication efforts. Visit https://nae4ha.com/login.aspx and enter your username or email address and password. From there, you will be taken to your profile where you can update all your personal and professional information. If you have any issues with sign-on please email nae4ha@nae4ha.com for assistance.



What Are Our Life Members Up To? 


What are you doing in retirement? One of the goals of the Life Member Committee is to allow for connecting with friends made over the years. Let us know (within 4-5 lines) what you have been up to in your retirement. I am sure that you would all love to hear from those you might not have heard from for years. Please send these to Tom Davis, htd2@cornell.edu.  



What are States doing with Life Members? 

Does your state have interesting activities for life members, social gatherings and/or some type of communication? In NY where I’m from one of our life members volunteers to write a newsletter for retirees that is put together by our state 4-H office. We also have a once a year picnic for retirees again organized by one of our life members. Send me what is happening in your state so we can share the information. Please send to Tom Davis, htd2@cornell.edu


NAE4-HA Memorials, Celebration of Life, Glenda Booker, Tennessee 


During the national conference association members who have died over the past year, are remembered for their service to families and youth throughout the United States. The following persons were recognized in 2019 in West Virginia:


Rita Charlton, Vermont Sue Cummings, Colorado

Laurence A. Cushman, Jr., Connecticut and Michigan Yvonne “Vonnie” Young, Pennsylvania                                 

Bobby Deal, Georgia Lloyd Downen, Tennessee

David Eigenbrode, Maryland Richard Freeman, North Carolina

Nadine Henry, Colorado Irene Kuykendall, West Virginia

Pat Lewis, Oklahoma Peter Martens, New Jersey

Donald Osburn, Illinois and Maryland Sheri Siebold, Illinois

Mary Phelon, Massachusetts Robert Smiley, Massachusetts

Elva Parker, New Jersey Kristen Poppell, Florida

Nancy Searle, Massachusetts Mike Smith, Tennessee

George Silver, New Jersey Andy Spraque, New York      

Bruce Smith, Idaho Charles Thomas, Idaho

Woody Stout, West Virginia Jerald Rose, Kentucky

James Teagarden, Missouri  

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