Affiliates in 1996–97

The task force on the Association of Councils (AOC), led by Libby Balter Blume, had worked for a year gathering data from NCFR history, other organizations, and affiliates. Their report highlighted the fact that the Affiliated Councils were an energizing, vital, and active component of NCFR. With the intent of strengthening relations between the national group and the affiliates, the committee made the following recommendations: The creation of five regional networks within NCFR to increase communications & cooperation among existing councils and areas where no council existed. Each region represented at the AOC business meeting. (Regions: Southwest included AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, […]

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Journals and Publications in 1996–97

A proposal was submitted to the Board for the sale of the NCFR journals to Sage Publishing Co. This came as a result of the Publications Committee’s recommendation to find a publisher who would market and sell the inventory of “other publications.” No publisher out of 11 who received RFPs was interested. Sage, however, wanted to purchase the Journal of Marriage and the Family and Family Relations only. These journals were the primary asset of NCFR, providing 49% of all operational revenue. Thus, a professional valuation firm, Boulay, Heutmaker & Zibell, was hired to assess the market value of the NCFR journals. […]

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Awards in 1996–97

Student Award, Karen Wilcox, Virginia Tech received this year’s Student Award. The Osborne Award was given to Katherine R. Allen of Virginia Tech and Paul C. Rosenblatt of the University of Minnesota. The Jessie Bernard Research Proposal Award was given to Terri Karis of the University of Minnesota. Leslie King, of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Madonna Harrington-Meyers, of Syracuse University; received the Jessie Bernard Feminist Scholar Award. The Reuben Hill Award was given to Lisa Matthews, Rand Conger, and K. A. S. Wickrama, all of Iowa State University. The Distinguished Service to Families Award was bestowed on Emily and John Visher of the Stepfamily Association of America.

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Membership in 1996–97

In June, NCFR had 3,793 members. The results of the 1996 Membership Survey done by Marilyn Flick and analyzed by Susan Keskinen of the K&C Software Co. were reported. Read the March 1997 Newsletter V42 N1 Read the June 1997 Newsletter V42 N2 Read the September 1997 Newsletter V42 N3 Read the December 1997 Newsletter V42 N4

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Structure and Governance in 1996–97

On July 24, 1997, a Presidential Task Force on the Future of NCFR met at the Crystal City Hyatt Hotel in Arlington, VA. Members included Graham Spanier, Chair; Pauline Boss, President; Greer Litton Fox, President-Elect; Past Presidents Sharon Price, David Olson, Lynda Henley Walters, Harriette McAdoo, and Alexis Walker; and President-Elect Bill Doherty (as well as Mary Jo Czaplewski, ex officio, and Carl Williams, recorder). The purpose of the meeting was to explore a fresh vision, new ideas, and agenda for NCFR. The committee was not to look at long-range planning but rather to discuss specific recommendations to define the key […]

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1997 Conference: Fatherhood and Motherhood in a Diverse and Changing World

The 1997 Annual Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA, November 5–10. The theme was “Fatherhood and Motherhood in a Diverse and Changing World.”

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Leadership in 1996–97

Pauline Boss, new NCFR President, was of Swiss decent and grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. Her grade school was a one-room rural school where she learned her reading and research skills. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison (UWM) in 1956, taught at Madison Memorial High School, and began raising two children. Her master’s and PhD were also from UWM, in family systems. Her advisors included Carl Whitaker, Bert Adams, and E. E. LeMasters. She gave her first presentation at NCFR on “Father Absence” in 1972. Her strength was her ability to combine research, theory, and application (applying abstract theories to everyday life.) […]

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