January 2024 Issue

President’s Message 

 Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season. It is hard to believe that another year has arrived with the 2024 IFHE World Congress less than six months away. We hope to see many of you in Ireland!

We hope you will join us on Saturday, March 23 for the IFHE-US celebration of World Home Economics Day. The official day is March 21, but we will be recognizing the day when most members can join for our webinar focusing on “Home Economics 3.0.” Kim Kamin, Director of Programs and Professional Development, has planned an interesting program on how our profession will look in the future, especially how Artificial Intelligence may impact our work. More information is in this newsletter.

The Young Professionals Network is also providing a professional development opportunity this spring through a Book Study group on The Secret History of Home Economics. Kathryn Carroll has invited the author to join the discussion on February 29. Kathryn has more information about connecting with this discussion later in this newsletter.

The IFHE 2024 World Congress Pre-Tour of Ireland is a go! We have enough registrants to hold this event. We still have space for others to join us. Joyce Cavanagh and I will be the tour leaders. The tour will start on June 15 (leaving the US) and end on June 23, the day activities start for the Congress. The deadline for submitting your registration has been extended until February 1. The tour can accommodate 46 members and guests. More information about the Pre-Tour is also available in this newsletter and at the tour website https://fibergarden.com/2024irelandifhe/

Copies of the IFHE-US History are available for sale and for shipping. Later in the newsletter is the process for ordering your copy!

The IFHE-US Annual Business Meeting will be held during the AAFCS Annual Conference in Minneapolis. It will be a hybrid event so if members are not able to be at the AAFCS conference, there will be an option to join by Zoom. More details will be available closer to the meeting in June.

We hope you will be able to participate in many, if not all, of the activities we are planning for this year.

Thank you for your continued support of IFHE and IFHE-US. If you have any questions about our organizations or have suggestions to make your membership more meaningful, please let me know.

All the best for a healthy and prosperous 2024!

Sue Buck

President, IFHE-US

2024 IFHE Dues Update

All IFHE-US Members whose dues expired December 31, 2023 have been sent an email reminding them to pay 2024 Dues soon.  Thanks to those who have already sent checks or completed payment on the IFHE-US website (www.ifheus.org). You will receive a receipt soon as payments are not deposited or transferred to our bank account until early in January. 

IFHE Membership Dues are based on a calendar year (January – December), so regardless of when you paid the 1-year dues for 2023 they expire on December 31. If you have a question about your dues, email me at the address below. 

We report IFHE-US dues payments to Bonn bi-monthly through March 31 so they get current membership status for verifying IFHE Congress Registration.  BUT also an important reason for all to pay dues by March 31 (even if not going to Congress) is the number of current affiliate members as of March 31 is used to determine the number of affiliate voting delegates at the 2024 Council Meeting held during Congress.

When you select Membership on the IFHE-US website, you will see the Membership Brochure which you can open and print to complete if mailing payment; or if paying on-line, please also email me your current contact information so the membership roster is updated. If you have paid on the IFHE-US website previously you select the LogIn option; if this is first time you select the Join Now to set up a user name and password. We are NOT linked to the Bonn website, but if you choose to use the same LogIn, you will need to set it up the first time. If your employer is paying the dues and they need a W9, email me who needs to receive the form.

There is information in the brochure about the IFHE Young Professionals Network (YPN) which is open to all. YPN embraces the ideas of being young in age, young in profession and/or in the organization, or young in mind. That means everyone is eligible. To be included in the YPN list serve, check the box below the membership form. For more information on YPN, contact Kathryn Carroll, IFHE-US YPN Director (kcarroll5@uca.edu). They have some great activities planned for 2024. 

  While the 4-Year Dues Option is still available, there is NOT A REDUCED FEE other than for members from Developing Countries.  It is available for you as a convenience of not having to pay annually. Those paying the $500, 4-Year Membership in 2024 will have dues paid through 2027. If you have previously paid 4-Year dues and aren’t sure of expiration date, email me.  

Luann Boyer

IFHE-US Director, Finance



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Young Professionals Network (YPN) Update:

Join the Spring Virtual Reading Group

Join the IFHE-US Young Professionals Network, in collaboration with the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics, for a Spring Reading Group! We will be reading The Secret History of Home Economics. This group will meet virtually via Zoom on select Thursday evenings from 5:30-7 PM CT during February and March, with a virtual visit from author Danielle Dreilinger on February 29th. Email Kathryn Carroll at kcarroll5@uca.edu for more info!

SAVE THE DATE! IFHE-US Professional Development Event

Saturday, March 23, 2024, noon Central Time

Topic: Home Economics 3.0 - A Critical Update


Save the Date!! The IFHE-US affiliate will host a ZOOM webinar in celebration of World Home Economics Day. A link will be sent closer to the event. Speakers will address the theme, Home Economics 3.0.  If you have questions about the event, please contact Kim Kamin, kimkamin2018@gmail.com.

Check out this video from IFHE President, Gwendolyn Hustvedt introducing the 2024 theme of World Home Economics Day!

More information about this international event is available on the IFHE website at https://www.ifhe.org/events/world-home-economics-day.

Announcement of 2024 World Home Economics Day


When: Thursday, June 6, 2024

Where: Minneapolis, MN

The McManus Cultural Event will be held in conjunction with the AAFCS Annual Meeting. Details will be shared closer to the event. 

There will be a separate registration for this IFHE event.  

IFHE-US History Book (1998 – 2020)


$5.00 for IFHE-US Members

 $15.00 for IFHE-US Nonmembers

 Shipping will be an additional $5.00.

 To order, contact Sue Buck



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Mail Checks to: Sue Buck

PO Box 927, Stevens Point, WI 54481

2024 Ireland IFHE Pre-Congress Tour

Planning to attend the 2024 World Congress? Tour Ireland with IFHE-US!

Dates have been booked and the tour is secured! there is still room for more to attend. The deadline to reserve a spot is February 1st!

Click HERE for more information!

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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 and Program: 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)

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.