Hamilton McCubbin and Graham Spanier at the fundraising event at the 1986 annual conference
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Given the President’s emphasis on fundraising, a special event—“Focus on the Future of Families,” chaired by Britton Wood—was held. It was a one-woman show based on five generations of women from one family. Also, Matti Gershenfeld spoke on “Looking Forward Toward NCFR’s Second 50 years.”
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 During that year, a total of $28,726 in pledges was raised. This was the first of a 5-year fund campaign. Most of those funds went to NCFR Awards endowments. Britton Wood succeeded Graham Spanier as Fund Development chair. There were three subcommittees formed: the Committee of Former NCFR Presidents, chaired by Lee Axelson; the Committee on Goals, chaired by Alice McCarthy; and the Committee on Grants and Foundations, with a “researcher” from each of the NCFR Affiliates.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 A new NCFR logo was designed and placed on all new NCFR materials. Margaret Feldman did the hand search with the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Offices to determine that it was not infringing on any other existing logo.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The Family Therapy Section appointed committees to address the three key issues confronting it: (1) mission of Family Therapy Section in relation to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, (2) the direction of the yearly pre-conference research workshops, and (3) recruitment and retention of the section members. The Family Discipline Section made plans to launch a quarterly bulletin, Family Science Review, designed to promote the field of family science. Geoffrey K. Leigh was named Editor. Erik Filsinger became chair of a standing social science development committee, and plans were announced to publish a book entitled Professional Issues in Science, edited by Thomas Holman and Barbara Vance. The section also planned to develop a code of ethics for family science and a network of family scientists interested in promoting the family discipline.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The new Feminism and Family Studies Section defined its purpose as follows: to integrate women’s studies scholarship into theory, research, and applied work with families. Alexis Walker was Section chair.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 The NCFR also supported the Alliance for Better Child Care and the Generations United Coalition. The former was a part of the Children’s Defense Fund, which aimed to develop a national bill for better child care and increased federal funding.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The Washington-based members of the NCFR Public Policy Committee began monthly meetings with representatives from the Coalition of Family Organizations (COFO) to plan strategies for interacting with national lawmakers on issues affecting families and COFO members. They devised a plan for more effective use of Legislate, the online Congressional tracking system to keep NCFR members and others abreast of the major issues in congress. The quarterly COFO Memo was sent to Congressional offices and NCFR affiliates. This Public Policy Committee was chaired by Carla Howery and included Roger Rubin, Linda Harris, Harold Feldman, Margaret Feldman, Linda Rothleder, Harold Wallach, Penny Maza, and Elaine Anderson. The committee was made a standing committee of the NCFR Board. It prepared an NCFR statement of beliefs about families and public policy to be used for informing policymakers about NCFR.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 President Hamilton McCubbin stated that NCFR was taking a stronger initiative and was trying to cultivate a clearer and better defined role in shaping and developing family-relevant policies on the Washington scene.