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Other Activities in 1994–95

The International 4th World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, China, September 4–15,1995. Over 189 countries and governments attended and ratified the platform statement. Marilyn Bensman, Margaret Feldman, Harriette Pipes McAdoo, M. Janice Hogan, Lynda Walters, and Mary Jo Czaplewski were involved over a 3-year period. Meetings were held in Vienna, Austria; New York; and Beijing/Huairou, China. NCFR sent McAdoo, Feldman, and Czaplewski as official delegates with observer status to these two Chinese cities (i.e., Beijing and Huairou). There they presented a workshop on Family Life Education, Research and Policy. Others from NCFR who attended were Verna Hildebrand, Lucy Jackson Bayles and Dorothy Cudabeck. […]

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Structure and Governance in 1994–95

As NCFR’s assets and publication sales increased, so did its equities and financial policies. NCFR asset portfolios grew to $569,988; thus, new policies were enacted. An Electronic Technology Task Force worked on the implementation of an electronic home page for NCFR’s programs and services. Several task forces were assigned to review NCFR’s governance policies for the Board and Sections. In October 1995 a new policy manual was approved that included policies for the Annual Conference, Association of Councils, the Board, Certification, Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature, Membership, Publications, Public Policy, Sections, and staff/headquarters management. All Board members were to have […]

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Other Activities in 1992–93

Executive Director Mary Jo Czaplewski and Margaret Feldman attended the International Union of Family Organizations conference in Vienna, Austria, May 6–9, in connection with the International Year of the Family sponsored by the United Nations. Plans were underway with the leadership of Jan Hogan and Lynda Walters for the NCFR International Year of the Family Workshop to be held in Black Mountain, NC, in July 1994. Theme chosen was “One World, Many Families.” Karen Altergott edited a special publication with that title. She received 13 manuscripts and needed five more to complete the book. Henry K. Sokalski, UN High Commissioner on the International Year […]

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Other Activities in 1991–92

Roger Rubin chaired the Public Policy Committee and submitted new plan for the committee and a new statement of NCFR Policy Beliefs about families to be used for Congressional mailings and publicity. Read the 1992 report of the NCFR public policy committee. Read the 1992 NCFR public policy plan.

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Other Activities in 1990–91

Margaret Feldman became the NCFR representative to the Coalition of Family Organizations (COFO) in Washington, DC. The Public Policy Committee was headed by Roger Rubin. Three special reports were published using the “family policy framework.” NCFR was a co-sponsor with COFO of several Family Impact Seminars held on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Family Data Project Proposal was also submitted to the Board.

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Other Activities in 1986–87

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.” 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 […]

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Affiliates and Other Activities in 1985–86

The Michigan Council on Family Relations sponsored the hospitality room at the national conference, as well as the opening reception. At the November Board meeting, the CFLE program was approved for special recognition of professional competence and contributions. It was to be marketed as the “Experience Recognition Program.” Family Life Educators with 5 or more years’ experience were invited to submit applications through June of 1988. The CFLE Standard Application program would continue to be in effect for those with less than 5 years’ experience as Family Life Educators. Dr. Joyce Portner was hired in June to direct the CFLE program at 10 hours per […]

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Other Activities in 1984–85

Special gifts from Mutual of America Insurance, Margaret and Harold Feldman, the Congress of Affiliated Councils, and the Minnesota Council on Family Relations enabled NCFR to purchase online services to The Washington Post’s Congressional Tracking System for a year. These services were shared by NCFR, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and FSA and made it possible for the organizations to obtain information on daily activities and votes of Congress and access all Washington Post articles related to Congressional decision making. A legislative news flyer, called COFO Report, was sent each month to the Affiliated Councils and Family Action Section members. Three NCFR […]

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Other Activities in 1983–84

The Public Policy Committee reported in December 1983 on two initiatives in Congress to address the needs of families: (1) The Family Protection Act and (2) the activities of the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. A survey of public policy issues revealed strong NCFR member support for ensuring timely child support payments, requiring high school students to take a course in family life education, and development of a catastrophic illness insurance program and tax incentives for families caring for elderly or handicapped members. The NCFR Board voted to accept recommendations by the Family Action Section and the […]

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Other Activities in 1981–82

The Public Policy Committee urged its members to meet with key federal officials during the conference and suggested ways to do so. The committee noted two reports: “Families and Work, Strength, and Strains,” General Mills. And Better Home and Gardens Magazine: “Is Government Helping or Hurting Families?” 1982 report of the public policy methods committee One of NCFR’s outstanding leaders and its 1956 President died that year. Margaret Slingerland, Detroit, became NCFR’s official representative to the National Voluntary Organization for Independent Living for the Aging, better known by its acronym, NVOILA. She fulfilled this position until her death.

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