Affiliates in 1967–68

Affiliated Councils chair was Obert Kempson. Joseph Burroughs gave the following report on Affiliated Councils with the following recommendations based on data collected, consultation, and study: Bylaws Section 4 be amended to read: “State and Regional Councils which share the purposes of the NCFR and desire to become integrated units of NCFR may become divisions.” Add new section 5 to bylaws: “Agencies and organizations sharing the same purpose as NCFR and desiring mutual communication and cooperation may become affiliated organizations.” Bylaws Section 5 become Section 6 and read: “Dues for divisions of FR Councils be in common with the NCFR […]

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Awards and Journals and Publications in 1967–68

The recipient of the Osborne Award was James Walters, one of the early family life newspaper columnists, whose “Family Life Today” column appeared regularly in the New York Sun. Robert Winch, of Northwestern University, received the Burgess Award. In 1968, NCFR began publishing The Family Coordinator, a publication concerned with education, counseling, and services in the family field. From 1952 to 1967—16 years—it had been published as the Family Life Coordinator, by E. C. Brown Trust Foundation in Portland, OR. William M. Smith was Editor in 1968–69. The birth of Family Coordinator (later named Family Relations) was accompanied by the […]

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Membership in 1967–68

Membership dues that year were $12.00 and included a subscription to Family Coordinator as well as to the Journal of Marriage and the Family. Bob Coombs reported that there were 1,519 returning members of NCFR. Read the March 1968 Newsletter V13 N1 Read the May 1968 Newsletter V13 N2 Read the December 1968 Newsletter V13 N4

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Structure & Governance in 1967–68

The Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution requesting that the major emphasis of the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth be on the role of the family. The resolution called for a focus on issues that relate to children and youth growing up in diverse kinds of families and then moving out of their families of origin into families of their own. While being cognizant of all significant changes and development since the 1960 conference, it was proposed that it should deal with such issues as The problem of authority and permissiveness in the family, as these relate […]

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Leadership in 1967–68

NCFR President William Kenkel was a sociology professor at the University of Kentucky and author of a very popular textbook first published in 1960 that had undergone many editions. He is quoted as saying, upon his induction as President, “Years ago I was attracted to the NCFR because I saw it as a concerned organization. It was concerned with quite real problems of quite real families. It was concerned with strengthening the bases for gaining sound knowledge about marriage and the family. It was concerned with its members, their wishes, their interests, and their needs. In that way I can and […]

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Affiliates in 1966–67

“Feedback,” a new newsletter for the NCFR affiliates, debuted in September 1967. The first editor was J. Obert Kempson, chair of the affiliates. The issue discussed clarification of roles and leadership for action. At the 1967 annual business meeting a motion was passed that “The Executive Committee [would] appoint a committee to define affiliated groups and to develop standards and guidelines for such groups; that the committee be instructed to prepare a structure which would lead to complete local affiliation, including the relationship of the local representatives of the agencies affiliated on a national level, and that such a structure be incorporated into […]

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Journals and Publications in 1966–67

The special issue of the Journal of Marriage and the Family (JMF) that year focused on “Government Programs and the Family.” Existing programs and their relationship to the structure and functions of American families were reviewed. This was supported financially by the Russell Sage Foundation. In the May JMF issue, Rose Somerville presented a selection of articles in which authors attempted to clarify the relation between sex education and family life education. Professor Gerrit A. Kooy of the Netherlands became the International Editor for JMF. He had received the first full professorship in family sociology in the Netherlands.

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Awards in 1966–67

Harold T. Christensen was awarded the Burgess Award. He was cited “for having pioneered the method of record linkage to overcome limitations of interviews and questionnaires in obtaining valid information for studies of such delicate issues as premarital conception and child spacing. By the use of record linkage he established firm relationships between age at marriage and premarital pregnancy and between premarital pregnancy and subsequent divorce.” Henry Bowman, of the University of Texas, received the Ernest Osborne Teaching Award. To his credit was a long history of outstanding teaching, writing, counseling, and related contributions to the field of family life. […]

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Membership in 1966–67

NCFR membership had reached approximately 6,700. During the Annual Conference, Evelyn Millis Duvall proposed that as many NCFR members as possible sponsor membership for foreign colleagues by paying their annual membership fees and then maintaining close contact by correspondence, sharing problems, resources and ideas. Read the March 1967 Newsletter V12 N1 Read the May 1967 Newsletter V12 N2 Read the November 1967 Newsletter V12 N3

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1967 Conference: Family Communication

The 1967 Annual Conference was held August 16–19 at the San Francisco Hilton. The theme was “Family Communication.” William F. Kenkel was the program chair, and Ruby Dean Harris was local arrangements chair. Five hundred individuals attended. The Hilton room fee was $16.00/night for a single room; twins and doubles were $21.00. Parking was free. At the opening session, a hippie panel shared their views on marriage, family, and sex. At other plenary sessions, Vance Packard spoke on communicating with colleagues and community, and Arthur Bodin discussed disruptive family communication. Eleven luncheon dialogues were held.

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