Other Activities in 2005–06

Because of fiscal concerns, the Annual Public Policy Conference was suspended for 2006. A Margaret Feldman Scholarship Award Committee was appointed, led by Debra Berke as chair. This was to honor Feldman‘s many years of service to NCFR. During the spring of 2006, the NCFR Washington, DC, office was closed, which entailed a long legal process. The closure was due to NCFR’s leaving the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center project administration. On June 13, 2006, Executive Director Emeritus Ruth Jewson passed away at age 92 after a lengthy illness. She was a loved and revered leader who led the initiation […]

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Sections in 2005–06

As a part of the program committee, Section chairs were as follows: EE, Lynette Olson; EM, Farrell Webb; FH, Barbara Mandleco; FP, Suzanne Smith; FS, Kevin Allemagne; FT, Volker Thomas; FF, Lee Ann De Reus; IN, Shulamit Ritblatt; RF, Angela Wiley; RT, Stephen Marks; Student/New Professional Program Representative, Elise Radina. NCFR began a series of new services for the Sections, including a welcome letter to all new Section members. Also, the listserv was updated monthly, and each Section was given its own website. Read the document produced by the Family Policy Section circa 2006—35 years of family policy

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Journals and Publications in 2005–06

A result of bundling the Journal of Marriage and Family/Family Relations (JMF/FR) for all institutional subscriptions by Blackwell produced a 97% renewal rate and an increase in NCFR revenues of $180,000. In addition, since the journals were put online the readership of JMF increased by over 600,000 and that of FR increased by over 400,000. The two Editors were given high rankings by Blackwell for their organizational skills and high-quality articles. JMF published over 1,410 editorial pages, and FR published a total of 703 editorial pages. Marilyn Coleman was appointed to chair the search committee for the new JMF Editor. […]

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Affiliates in 2005–06

Marcie Brooke, President of the Association of Councils (AOC), represented the affiliates on the Board of Directors. Kathleen Gilbert, program chair, coordinated the Leadership Training Workshop addressed by Marcie and Nancy Gonzalez and having a panel led by Lane Powell. The AOC bylaws were revised to include a President-Elect position that would be a 2-year term leading to a 2-year term as President of AOC, to provide continuity with NCFR Board work and work with the affiliates. A new Florida Council was in the process of being formed.

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Awards in 2005–06

Award recipients were as follows: Student Award: Amy Rauer, University of Michigan Ruth Jewson Award: Marta McClintock Comeaux, University of Maryland Margaret Arcus Award: Joan Comeau, Family Information Service, Minneapolis, MN Jessie Bernard Research Proposal Award: Hyun-Kyung You, Oregon State University Jessie Bernard Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Award: Catherine Kenney, University of Illinois Burgess Award: Ted L. Huston, University of Texas Reuben Hill Award: Aletha Huston and Stacey Rosenkrantz Aronson, University of Texas Anselm Strauss Award: B. K. Beitin and K. R. Allen NCFR named the following Fellows: were Karen Bogenschneider, Cheryl Buehler, Thomas Chibucos, Edith Lewis, Stephen Marks, Gary Peterson, Blaine Porter, Karen Seccombe, and Constance Shehan.

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Membership in 2005–06

Membership had declined over the period of 2002–2006 by 17%, with correlating decline in Section membership of 12%. The most often quoted reasons were retirement and financial. NCFR made an agreement with Boxwood Technology for managing a job bank for student members. Read the March 2006 NCFR Report Magazine Read the June 2006 NCFR Report Magazine Read the September 2006 NCFR Report Magazine Read the December 2006 NCFR Report Magazine

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CFLE in 2005–06

In order to maintain connections, a new “emeritus CFLE” category was created because many of the first certified people were retiring. As of June 2006, 72 applications had been received. The CFLE program continued to publish the CFLE Syllabus Collection. The recently formed CFLE Advisory Board was in the process of revising the hiring brochure, developing a legislative monitoring network, producing a family life education PowerPoint presentation, and planning a special session at the 2006 Annual Conference. Continuing education credits earned from the NCFR journals were continued through several entities: “The Study Credit,” the International Association of Pastoral Counselors, and “Get CEUs Now.” Ninety-four college […]

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Structure and Governance in 2005–06

On June 26, 2006, as the Board was convening its June meeting, Executive Director Michael Benjamin tendered his retirement resignation, effective immediately. President Pamela Monroe appointed CFLE Director Dawn Cassidy Acting Executive Director. The services of Linda Tacke, President of Leadership Tactics, were obtained to deal with transition management in the interim before a new Executive Director was recruited. This included a profile of the next leader identifying criteria up front; assessment of current staff and job descriptions; assessment of current strengths, vision of the future, and creating a plan to move forward; and communicating with membership. In late July, Tacke became the […]

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Leadership in 2005–06

Dr. Pamela Ann Monroe is a professor in the School of Social Work, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She was awarded the Doris Lasseigne Carville and Jules Carville Endowed Chair as Professor of Human Ecology in 2002. She is the Director of the Louisiana Poverty Initiative and was Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Louisiana State. She was a policy analyst for the Louisiana House of Representatives and is the State Director of the Family Impact Seminars. She co-founded and coordinated NCFR’s pre-conference Public Policy Advocacy Skills Workshops. A prolific writer and researcher, she has authored many publications, has served as a […]

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2004–05: NCFR involvement in the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center

The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC), funded for 5 years by ACF through the Department of Health and Human Services, was initiated. It was a cooperative agreement between the U.S. government and NCFR, with the work carried out by NCFR and its six partners. The exclusive focus was on heterosexual marriages. Michael Benjamin was the designated principal investigator, with the following staff: Linda Malone-Colon, director, and Derek Gwinn, research associate. The HUB partners were as follows: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Child Trends, Washington, DC Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Texas Tech University, Lubbock University of Minnesota Bill Doherty was director. […]

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