Sections in 1987–88

Section dues were instituted for the first time at $5.00/Section for all members, except students, who paid $3.00/Section membership. The purpose was to enable the Sections to financially support their conference activities. Also, each Section was to appoint a Student Young Professional Representative to their Section officer roster. A survey of section members indicated strong affiliation in both scholarly research and practice. The Public Policy Committee, chaired by Hal Wallach, requested that the Board supply a part-time paid staff member in Washington, DC, to represent NCFR at the various meetings and coalitions to which NCFR belonged and in which it played a […]

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Other Activities in 1987–88

The Family Resources Database (FRD) hired a new director, Dr. Rocky Ralebipi, whose doctorate was in Library Science and Database management. She added descriptor codes to all the data. Four hundred fifty prepaid orders for the 1986 volume of IMFL were collected. NCFR began to do searches for its members at a low cost, and a user manual for the database was written. Contracts were signed with other international database companies, such as BRS, Dialog, and ETSI. FRD staff included Craig Roberts, consultant; Dianne Vigenser, keyer; and Elaine Morrow, proofer.  Joseph Bremner, President of Database Development, Inc., served as a consultant. Board discussion took […]

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Affiliates in 1987–88

Eileen Earhart was the 1988 President of the Association of Councils, and Sue Meyers was President-Elect. At this time, there were 28 state/local affiliates with 1,652 members. The states represented were AL, CA, FL, Greater Tucson (AZ), HI, ID, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MS, MT, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, and WI. Howard Kauffman and Dana Scott began compiling information packets for the affiliates on “How to Solicit Members.”

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Leadership 1986–87

Hamilton I. McCubbin became NCFR’s 44th President. At the time of his election, McCubbin was Dean of the School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Madison. He was a native of Hawaii and a former military officer. His scholarship focused on family resiliency and racial relations. His research was dedicated to answering the question “What is it about families that motivates them to rise above adversity, and in their own ways to make both big and small contributions to, and sacrifices for, each other in the midst of chaos and unpredictability?” (His autobiography and professional career are detailed in Pioneering Paths in […]

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Journals and Publications in 1987–88

Family Relations, with its new format, cover, and marketing efforts, now had 1,391 subscribers—an increase of 129 over the previous year. The Journal of Marriage and the Family enjoyed a subscribership of 3,591. Both journals began marketing exchange and paid advertising, and as a result the income from paid ads rose to $4,115. New publications included the 50 Year History Book, edited by Ruth Jewson and Jim Walters, and a special issue of Family Relations, entitled “Families in Rural America.” Volume 13 of the Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature was published under NCFR editorship. View an NCFR publications order form from […]

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Structure and Governance in 1986–87

During this year the NCFR central office changed its accounting system from a cash to an accrual accounting form and computerized all the financial management systems in order to be more accurate as a nonprofit organization. The year ended in a balanced budget of $171,266. Greer Litton Fox became chair of a long-range planning committee charged with the responsibility of providing a vision of the future and general strategies for the NCFR.

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Awards in 1987–88

The 1988 Burgess Award was given to Joan Aldous of the University of Notre Dame. Coretta Scott King was given the Distinguished Service to Families Award. The Reuben Hill Award was given to Sara McLanahan and Larry Bumpass for their 1988 article “Intergenerational Consequences of Family Disruption,” which was published in The American Journal of Sociology. That year, the Student Award was given to Robert Volk of Purdue University.

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Membership in 1987–88

By September, 1988 more than 1,793 members had renewed their memberships. Seven hundred seventy-eight memberships were suspended, but 535 new members were added, bringing the membership up to 3,650. Special flyers were developed to be exhibited at such organizations as American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Home Economics Association, Family Service America, and others. During that year, the first Exhibit Screens for NCFR were purchased and sent to various other organization meetings. With these marketing efforts, by the end of 1988 membership had increased by 13%, to 4,085 members (including 570 new members) with a retention rate of […]

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1987 Conference: Families in an Information Era

In 1987, the Annual Conference began on a weekend to allow for travel and to free teachers from their duties. It took place at the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA, November 15–17. At the time of the conference it boasted the tallest hotel tower in the world. (While an elegant site, the standard joke among NCFR members who attended is that to this day, there may be several attendees still wondering about in the tower!) Carolyn Love was the program chair, and Dana Scott was local arrangements chair. The theme was “Families in an Information Era.” Registration fees for NCFR […]

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Structure and Governance in 1987–88

When the new Executive Director took office, it was discovered that NCFR was in a sizable financial deficit, in part due to the cash method of accounting. After a Board discussion, the financial accounting system and records of NCFR were changed from cash to accrual accounting done by the CPA firm of Fraser & Carpenter Ltd. (Accrual meant that revenue was recognized when it was earned instead of when it was received.) The entire accounting system was also converted to a computer system, which began to function in January 1988. The year-end 1987 budget was balanced at $693,610 despite a fund […]

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