From the President

October 2012

National Association for Family & Community Education 2012 Annual Conference

Lynne Wince,Vice President, AlaskaFCE delegate to the Conference

This year was the National FCE 76 th  Annual Conference. It was held at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, Erlanger, Kentucky on July 20, 21, and 22. The theme chosen for this year was “Coming Together, Growing Together, Building Together.” The State Presidents Day was held on July 19. The presidents were taken by bus to the historic Tonsen House built in 1822 in Kentucky. We enjoyed a wonderful luncheon there, and after lunch we were taken for a [Duck] ride. 

The amphibious vehicle, a relic from World War II, drove right into the Ohio River. We were each given a yellow plastic duckbill and were told to quack it. We were called the quacking ducks. The Ohio River, at one time, was the river the slaves crossed on the Underground Railroad. The river was very shallow so the slaves could wade across it in the summer and walk across the ice in the winter. Today that would not be possible because it is very deep and has swift currents.

Read more by downloading the full PDF of this newsletter.

Also in this issue: Book sale report, treasurer's report, and 2013 budget.

Spirit of Alaska Women tells the history of Alaska through the adventures of members of the Alaska Association for Family and Community Education. This readable collection covers homesteading, the Good Friday earthquake, encounters with moose, bears and more. The association grew out of homemaker clubs organized by Extension in the 1930s — and is dedicated to strengthening individuals, families and communities. Copies are $16 plus shipping. Buy copies from the following members:

• Nancy Heckart in Anchorage, 349-3361 or

• Colleen Strunk in Mat-Su,

• Patty Hert in Kenai,

• Pat Thurman in Fairbanks,

To order books by mail, contact Pat Thurman.

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