The Michigan Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS), with co-sponsorship by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, held its Annual 2010 meeting at the Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan, July 16, 2010. The keynote luncheon speaker and workshop leader was Richard M. Lerner, renowned Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development and Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. Two of his graduate students, Miriam Arbeit and Christopher Napolitano assisted Dr. Lerner with the keynote presentation and workshop.

On Friday, July 31, 2009, thirteen members and guests enjoyed celebrating the 100th Birthday of the Family & Consumer Sciences profession. Our annual meeting, a luncheon and time for visiting took place at Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall, Michigan. Schuler’s was chosen because they are also celebrating their 100th Birthday this year. Four generations of the Schuler family have served guests over the last 100 years. Their current facility is 97 years old and has housed a hotel, a bowling alley, and a pub as well as the restaurant.

Members were invited to bring wedding pictures of their family members, and guests enjoyed trying to figure out which pictures belonged to which member. The Silent Auction was popular again this year with over 20 items donated. Proceeds of $150.00 were paid for the donated items and will go into our Ethel Washington Memorial Scholarship fund.

2008 MAFCS Annual Meeting was held on Friday, July 25, 2008, in Frankenmuth, MI.

We assembled for a pre-luncheon tour of Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, visiting the original family farmhouse and a restored one room schoolhouse.

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After lunch in the Garden Room of Zehnder's Restaurant, President Balik conducted the Annual Meeting and passed the gavel to incoming President Kelly Welker, CFCS. Kelly announced that she had become a certified FCS professional after testing at AAFCS Annual Conference in Milwaukee. She shared her goals and objectives for the first year of her term.

Glenna Fritz was honored as the Family and Consumer Science Professional of the Year.

The poster board exhibits of AHEA/MAFCS history and outstanding Michigan FCS professionals were displayed by Kelly Welker and Julia Miller.

The 2007 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Association of Family and Consumer Sciences was at Student Center at Eastern Michigan University on Friday, July 27, 2007.

Prior to the conference, at 1:00 pm on Thursday July 26, 2007, there was a visit to the Jiffy Mix factory in Chelsea, MI. The visit included a tour the manufacturing floor and sample tasty treats http://www.jiffymix.com/tours.html.

Topics included multi-culturism, problem solving, and civility issues; Engaging Wicked Problems: Using the PRSM Model for a Quality of Living Assessment by Dorothy I. Mitstifer, PhD; Tour of Multicultural Center; Business meeting;

Michigan Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station Conference Center, E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI.

Pictures from 2006 Annual Meeting:

  • Jan Hartough: Michigan State University Extension, lead the "Sizing up America" deliberation on obesity.

  • Deanna House: Cookbook editor and newspaper columnist, shared humorous stories and tasty treats.

  • Joy Jacobs, CFCS, out-going president, enjoyed lunch before she turned the gavel over to Cathy Balik.

  • Kathy Royle shared her vision and success establishing Teen Heart, a peer abstinence education program.

  • Luncheon: Jennifer Burgess (left) who serves on the nominating committee and Shirley Bitters (right) who is chair of the membership committee.