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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Affiliates in 1990–91

A new Military Families Affiliate was initiated by contacting all the military support centers in the United States, with information about their state’s Council. All State Affiliates were notified and asked to make connections with these centers and their personnel. Twenty-two Affiliates applied for tax exemption status under NCFR. They also filed and received their rebates. The Affiliate Council workshop focused on recruiting NCFR members to the state Councils, and a discussion of regional affiliates took place.

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CFLE in 1990–91

In January 1991 the CFLE Task Force met in Fort Worth, TX. Their goal was to redesign CFLE program to make the department self-sufficient. In April 1991 the NCFR Board voted to continue to support the CFLE program. The Task Force proposal included revision of the application process, increase in the application fee, introduction of member/nonmember rates in place of the requirement that applicants be NCFR members, increase in yearly maintenance fee, increased promotion of the Provisional Certification option, reduction of one 1/4-time support staff position, reactivation of state coordinator’s program, and development of “teacher’s kits.”

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Journals and Publications in 1990–91

Timothy Brubaker was editor of Family Relations. Journal subscriptions reported for March 1991 indicated increases over a 5-year period, with the Journal of Marriage and the Family up from 6,770 in 1987 to 7,147 in 1991. Family Relations was up from 4,199 to 5,078 in the same period. John Touliatos of Texas Women’s University graciously volunteered to take over the editorial duties of publishing the Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature without financial support from his university. All keying, indexing, abstracting, and proofing were moved out of the NCFR headquarters. Rocky Ralebipi, who had been doing this, left the post in December to become a faculty […]

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Awards in 1990–91

Winners of the Reuben Hill Award were Toby Parcel and Elizabeth Menaghan for their article, “Maternal Working Conditions and Children’s Verbal Facility: Study of the Inter-Generational Transmission of Inequality from Mothers to Young Children” (Social Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 53). That year the Guilford Student Award went to Elaine Shaw Sorenson.

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Membership in 1990–91

Gary Bowen chaired the committee to do an in-depth study of NCFR members and propose new strategies for the future recruitment and retention of members. A 5-year detailed membership report indicated that, from a 1987 total of 3,610, there were 3,856 members in 1991. Read the March 1991 Newsletter V36 N1 Read the June 1991 Newsletter V36 N2 Read the September 1991 Newsletter V36 N3 Read the December 1991 Newsletter V36 N4

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Structure and Governance in 1990–91

New Board Policy Handbooks were compiled and distributed to all Board members, to be passed on to subsequent boards during the board orientations. Invested reserves of NCFR had risen to $462,084, maintaining an average return of 8%. Staff were restructured at headquarters to include a Marketing Coordinator. By December 1990, NCFR revenues reached $1,000,000, with an excess of $26,000 in revenues over expenses.

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Leadership in 1990–91

NCFR President Lynda Henley Walters, who in 1978 was the first FACS graduate to receive a PhD in Child and Family and Development, can sum up her teaching philosophy in just a few sentences: I teach because I want to share knowledge. I believe that knowledge is an essential building block for competence in children and adults in our culture. I do not believe that education solves all of our problems. I do not believe that the education of any single person will change much of anything. I do, however, believe that the quality of the collective and the expectations […]

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Other Activities in 1989–90

In June, the NCFR CEO participated in the filming of a news brief about NCFR and families and health in the year 2000 as part of a cosponsored program with Weight Watchers to be shown September 6 & 7, 1990, at a Washington conference launching the U.S. Health and Human Services “Year 2000 Health Objectives.” These would be released on public media later that year. NCFR had conducted a hearing for the Department of Health and Human Services at the 1987 NCFR Conference.

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Sections in 1989–90

Family & Health Section – Shirley Hanson, Chair: Over 160 abstracts submitted for the 1990 program. The section newsletterFamily Health News editors for 90-92 are Linda Ladd and Linda Reece. By-laws were reviewed and updated. International Section – Karen Altergott, Chair: Sponsored 3 sessions and a panel for the 1990 conference. Held a fund raising activity, and contributed articles to the NCFR Report. Participated in the family research section of the International Sociological Society. Family Discipline Section – Bill Meredith, Chair: Increased membership by 30%; co-sponsored a “Teaching Family Science“ conference in Indiana; gave a scholarship to a graduate student; […]

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