April 2023 Issue

President’s Message 

Happy Spring! The weather is getting warmer and the daylight is longer. It is good to start seeing the flowers blooming and the leaves budding after a long winter in Wisconsin! Hope all is well in your world.

Thank you to Kim Kamin, Director of Professional Development and Programs, for an excellent program celebrating World Home Economics Day on March 25. We had an international program with our speakers, Helen Maguire from Ireland and Sheri Dragoo from Texas. The theme was Waste Literacy. Their presentations focused on clothing – how long we keep and maintain our clothing and what happens to clothing after we donate clothing.

Our next major event will be the IFHE-US Sharon McManus Cultural Event that will be held on Thursday evening, June 22 on the campus of Morgan State University. Mary Kaye Merwin, Director of the IFHE Development Fund, has been working with Jacqueline Holland at Morgan State University to organize an event on campus to learn more about the family and consumer sciences program, the history of Morgan State and its international program. More information is in this newsletter. Kathryn Carroll, Director of the Young Professionals Network, has scheduled a Young Professionals Mixer at the AAFCS Annual Meeting to let new professionals know more about IFHE and IFHE-US as well as developing a network to support their work. The event will be held on Monday, June 26 at 7:45 pm after the Salute to Excellence Awards Reception. More information will be available soon.

Ginny Hall has completed the IFHE-US History Book and it is now at the printers. The plan is to have copies available at the AAFCS Annual Meeting in Baltimore for purchase. Many thanks to Ginny and Juanita Mendenhall for all their efforts to make sure we have a record of the first 20 years of IFHE-US. The historical information that Juanita and Ginny have collected, along with a copy of the book, will be delivered to the IFHE-US archives at Cornell University this summer.

The IFHE-US Annual Business Meeting will be held during the AAFCS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The date and time will be Saturday, June 24 at 2 pm. This will be an in-person meeting only. Hopefully many of you will be able to attend to learn about the accomplishments of the past year – including a final report of the 2022 IFHE World Congress – and upcoming plans for 2024.

As we transition to the next IFHE World Congress in Galway, Ireland in 2024, IFHE-US is planning a pre-Congress tour of Ireland. Joyce Cavanagh and myself have been working with a travel agent and CIE Tours to organize an eight-day tour to learn more about Ireland – its history, landscape and home economics related businesses and industries of the country. The tour information is almost complete. We plan to open registration for the tour later this spring. Stay tuned!

Thank you to all our members for your continued support of IFHE and IFHE-US. Our work in the US and around the world is important for the sustainability of individuals, families, and communities.

See you in Baltimore!

Sue Buck

President, IFHE-US


Thank you to all who attended the World Home Economics Day (WHED) Celebration! The speakers provided interesting information about waste literacy related to clothing.   Many thanks to Dr. McGuire and Dr. Dragoo for their informative and interesting presentations! Special thanks to Kim Kamin, Director of Professional Development for organizing the event.

If you missed the event, you can access the on-demand recording using the link below (Passcode: @rcW19Aq).

Click HERE to Access the On-Demand Recording


When: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Registrants will board a bus at the hotel at 5:00 p.m. for a short ride to Morgan State University, one of our nation’s historic Universities with a long history for inclusive and diverse audiences and program offerings. We will be meeting in the top floor of one of their newest buildings with a panoramic view of the Baltimore Harbor and city skyline. We will enjoy a meal planned with their food service program featuring Maryland specialties.

Professor Dale Green who has a family history dating back to the establishment of the university will share with us the history and programs of the university.

There is a maximum of 60 for this event, so plan early and watch for more details on cost which will include transportation, program, meal, and a contribution to the University to support their programs and students. 

Community of Global Perspectives: Pioneers of IFHE

When: Monday, June 26, 2023

Time: 8 - 9 AM

The AAFCS Community of Global Perspectives invites you to their meeting at the Annual Conference this summer. The session will share information about pioneers in IFHE.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the legacy of these individuals.  

Young Professionals Network (YPN) Update

When: Monday, June 26, 2023

Time: 7:45 PM

If you are a young professional who will be attending the 2023 AAFCS Conference in Baltimore, Maryland please join us for our next YPN Mixer on Monday, June 26th at 7:45pm. We will gather in the lobby of the conference hotel. Hope to see you then!

Be sure to check out the IFHE Annual Report!

The Disaster Assistance Partnerships for Home Economics Programs in Developing Countries, DAP, (an IFHE Council Committee), with particular support from the International Home Economics Services, Inc., initiated phase two of the Aishalton Secondary School Home Economics project in the Rupununi Region 9 District of Guyana in 2022. Eighty-two boxes of large and small donated home economics supplies and equipment were shipped on two pallets to the Guyana Ministry of Education Home Economics Supervisor the end of April. One pallet was for the Aishalton Secondary School and the other for Ms. Marlyn Davis, the Ministry Supervisor, to distribute to other schools similar to Aishalton, an indigenous village in the Amazon Savannah at the very remote southern end of the country. It is accessible only by heavy delivery trucks that take more than 26 hours to transverse the difficult terrain from Georgetown, the capital and port city. Small plane travel is the only reasonable option for people to get there. Click the link below to read the full report!

Read the Full Report:  2023 DAP Partnership Program

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IFHE US Board of Directors

President: Sue Buck (sue.buck@wisc.edu)

President-Elect: Rachel Schichtl (rschichtl@uca.edu)

Director of Finance: Luann Boyer (luann.boyer@colostate.edu)

Director of Professional Development: Kim Kamin (kimkamin2018@gmail.com)

Director of Communications: Lori Myers (dr.lorimyers@gmail.com)

Director of Young Professional Network: Kathryn Carroll (kcarroll5@uca.edu)

Recorder: Sandra Poirier (sandra.poirier@mtsu.edu)

Director IFHE-US Development Fund: Mary Kaye Merwin (marykmerwin@gmail.com)

Nomination Chair: Cheryl Empey (empeyc@byui.edu)

AAFCS Global Perspectives: Kim Kamin (kimkamin2018@gmail.com)

IFHE United Nations Chair: Anita Ferron (anita@ferron.com)

IFHE-US Diversity and Inclusion Statement
IFHE-US values diversity, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and accessibility. We promote respect, dignity, and equality for all global individuals and families. We are committed to human well-being through education, health, safety, and sustainable living for all people. As we act with integrity and respect intercultural values and ethics, we will be able to empower and improve every-day living for all.