I can hardly believe it’s already 2014. As we begin another year and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Smith Lever Act which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. We can take a look back at the visionary leaders such as Seaman Knapp, Jane McKimmon and Edna Trigg and marvel at their foresight in addressing emerging issues for their time. (For more information n on the Smith Lever Anniversary, visit www.extension100years.net ) Most of us have come to realize that we in Extension are in a constant state of change. While we continue to provide updated research rooted information on traditional topics, we also strive to be prepared to address emerging issues that face our clientele and our communities.
Some of us embrace change more quickly than others. As Family and Consumer Sciences professionals, we understand that our field will forever be in a state of transformation.
The TEAFCS deadline for NEAFCS awards is quickly approaching. Awards are due to Julie Smith, 1st Vice President by January 27. I hope that you are in the process of completing your awards applications to highlight the outstanding programs occurring in Texas.
This year we have added state awards that are more reflective of some of our programming efforts. Also new this year, is our Professional Development Scholarship. Two (2) $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to TEAFCS members pursing post graduate degrees. Those applications are also due to Julie Smith by April 1st. (Awards information and applications are available on our website, teafcs.tamu.edu) Things are moving full speed ahead for the 2014 TEAFCS Conference. I hope you are making plans to attend the conference in Bryan July 29 – 31. Registration information will be coming out soon – hopefully. District 9 has been busily preparing for a great conference.
I know this is a busy time of year for many of you. You are catching up with work that accumulated while you took some time off, working on end of year reports, setting goals for 2014 and getting back into the swing of your programming. Keep in mind that your attitude can make all the difference in the work you do, the relationships you have, and how happy you are. Stay positive and set the tone for others around you. Creativity, inspiration, and energy are born out of a positive attitude.