Affiliates and Other Activities in 1977–78

Vi Rexford chaired the Affiliated Councils in 1978. A District of Columbia Council was established that also included Maryland and Virginia members, which were in close proximity to DC. Marie Peters and David A. Baptiste wrote a paper on the current and future roles of racial/ethnic minority members in NCFR.  A position statement on “Concerns of NCFR’s Black Members” was accepted. Robert Staples, Marie F. Peters, and David Baptiste organized a minority caucus that became the Ethnic Minorities Section of NCFR. Representatives of this section were placed on the NCFR Board of Directors and on all standing committees. A voluntary system of identifying […]

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Journals and Publications in 1977–78

A special issue of the Journal of Marriage and the Family was edited by Marie Peters on the topic of “Black Families.” The Family Coordinator special issue, edited by Timothy H. Brubaker and Laurence E. Sneden, was devoted to “Aging in a Changing Society.” The Journal of Family History June issue carried articles from the Shelby Collom Davis Center for Historical Studies, and the December issue had a collection of essays about “The Family in Latin America.” The Monograph Series, published by Ralph La Rossa, was dedicated to “Conflict and Power in Marriage: Expecting the First Child.” Volume 1 of Contemporary Theories About the […]

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Awards in 1977–78

The Burgess Award went to noted gerontologist Ethel Shanas of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mary E. Heltsley of Iowa State University was the recipient of the Osborne Award. The Distinguished Service to Families Award went to Norman Fenton, Superior Court Justice in Pima County, AZ. McDonalds Restaurants received the Commendation of Merit Certificate. The Outstanding Student Award was given to Rosemary Smith Nelson of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro; runners-up were David Weiss, Douglass College, Rutgers University; Karen Smith Wampler, University of Georgia; Joan M. Druckman, University of Alabama—Birmingham; and David Fournier, Oklahoma State University.

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Structure and Governance and Membership in 1977–78

Recommendations were made for Constitutional changes and were later accepted by mail ballot. An important change was the elimination of the Executive Committee of the Board. In 1978, membership held steady at 5,500. Each NCFR member belonged to a State Council, in states where councils had been established. Read the March 1978 Newsletter V23 N1 Read the May 1978 Newsletter V23 N2 Read the August 1978 Newsletter V23 N3 Read the December 1978 Newsletter V23 N4

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Leadership in 1977–78

Gerhard Neubeck became NCFR’s 35th President, through 1978. He was a professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota. An excerpt from his Presidential Address follows: More people than ever are marrying today, and not withstanding other options, marry for the first time, a second and even marry again. And each time they expect payoffs to follow as if they had not learned anything from the previous experience . . . Permanent bonding seems to be such a powerful incentive, such an eternal invitation, if not temptation to happiness that we succumb over and over again. What is it then […]

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Other Activities in 1976–77

During this year, the Coalition of Family Organizations (COFO) was formed, consisting of NCFR, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Family Service Association of America, and the American Home Economics Association. This coalition began publishing the COFO Memo, a quarterly newsletter on the major developments in U.S. family policy. It also began serving as a vehicle for each of the four organizations to strengthen their Washington presence through such activities as joint congressional testimony, press conferences, and, eventually, advocacy efforts of major importance. Read the inaugural COFO Memo from Fall 1977 In that same year, NCFR fulfilled […]

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Affiliates in 1976–77

Thelma Dunn Hansen of Michigan State University became the Affiliated Councils chair. A second workshop for regional representatives of the Councils was held in Minneapolis. A motion was presented to the Board and passed that an NCFR member would automatically become a member of the state or provincial Council on Family Relations in the state or province in which she/he resided and that Councils would be established in states or provinces where they did not already exist. A membership handbook for State and Regional Councils was prepared by John W. Metler, the membership chair of NCFR.

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Journals and Publications in 1976–77

Family Coordinator published a special issue titled “The Family and the Law,” edited by Lynda Henley Walters. NCFR continued its support of the Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature, edited by David Olson. Seventeen volumes of this resource were published over that many years. Charles Figley prepared a working bibliography for the Subcommittee on Certification and Standards for Family Life Education.

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Awards in 1976–77

Ivan Nye, past recipient of the Burgess Award, gave his address on “Is Choice and Exchange Theory the Answer?” The 1977 Osborne Award was given to Evelyn I. Rouner of Central Michigan University. Murray A. Straus, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire, was the 1977 recipient of the Burgess Award. Read the February 1978 Journal of Marriage and the Family announcement about Murray Straus being presented with the Burgess Award The Distinguished Service to Families Award was given to Muriel Brown, Parent Education Consultant, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Commendation Award recipients were Clark E. Vincent of Bowman […]

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Membership in 1976–77

A new membership dues structure was enacted whereby dues were rebated by the national office to the state organization. Suggested model bylaws were provided by NCFR to the Affiliates to assist them in writing their own. Student memberships were extended to one year beyond graduation at the student rate. Read the March 1977 Newsletter V22 N1 Read the May 1977 Newsletter V22 N2 Read the August 1977 Newsletter V22 N3 Read the December 1977 Newsletter V22 N4

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