Leadership in 1963–64

Blaine Porter

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Blaine R. Porter became the 21st NCFR President. He was then Professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Relationships at Brigham Young University (BYU) and was a widely known lecturer. His distinguished teaching and leadership led BYU to honor him with the designation “University Professor”; he was the first person in BYU’s history to be so honored. His Presidential Address was titled “American Teenagers of the 1960s—Our Despair or Hope?” The following is an excerpt:

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Our  youths are still in a state of becoming; and in order to become the best, to experience the best within them, they need to have parents, adults, and community and national leaders who will set an example of fairness, untouched by favoritism—individuals who will provide inspired leadership . . .  John Glenn himself is almost as important as his flight into outer space, for he dramatized before the eyes of the entire nation the noble qualities of the human spirit . . .  Not all models can or must be national in scope. Good teachers and strong parents can provide an image that makes the phony mass culture of the vulgar and untalented idols fade. What is needed is the kind of character and mind that conceives itself too clearly to consent to its own betrayal.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Executive Committee comprised the following:

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  • President: Blaine R. Porter
  • President-Elect: Clark Vincent
  • Past President: Wallace Fulton
  • Secretary: David Fulcomer
  • Treasurer: Frederick E. Berger
  • Editor, Marriage and Family Living: Marvin Sussman
  • Members-at-Large: Helen Buchanan, Elizabeth Force, Msgr. John Knott, and Dr. William Smith

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The number of state councils remained the same, at 37; and the number of sections was still four.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Cynthia Winter, a new graduate of Crossroads College (then called the Bible College), was hired as a part-time secretary to Ruth Jewson on June 8, 1964. A year later, she became a full-time employee of NCFR and has continued to work for the organization ever since. In 1984, as Mary Jo Czaplewski became the Executive Director, Cindy was given the role of Conference Coordinator, which she held until her retirement from full-time work in 2006. Cindy continues to work part time as a conference consultant to this day—a 48-year record of employment with the same organization.


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