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Celebrate Excellence! The 2022 Distinguished Service Award

This esteemed award was established by the American Home Economics Association (AHEA) Foundation in 1979 as a living tribute to members to recognize superior achievements in family and consumer sciences and sustained association leadership. A list of prior recipients may be found here.

Beverly Card, CFCS Virginia

Barbara George, CFCS-Retired, Wisconsin

Marilyn Swierk, CFCS-Retired, Florida

"It takes a team to be successful in our efforts to provide leadership development in order to have strong leaders to continue the AAFCS legacy. Bev has and continues to be a vital part of that team effort. She continues to ‘pay it forward’ through her contributions to our community’s efforts." ~ Sue Byrd, CFCS Community of Building Leadership Capacity in AAFCS

"Barbara George is a voice for the profession, well known and respected in Wisconsin, nationally,
and internationally. She remains a stellar advocate for our profession." 
~ Emily Larson, President, Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

"She has impressed me for her educational involvement, leadership and sharing of her love of FCS through initiatives and support of other professionals and celebration of those with high recognitions."  ~ Patricia L. Hetrick, CFCS, ESAE Leader 2018-2022

Read more about Beverly!

If you need Bev, she’s there. She is always willing to help. No deed is too small or significant for Bev – whether revising a document and to creating a newsletter for her affiliate to leading efforts supporting the annual conference in MD and co-leading the IFHE-US conference. Bev is also a supporter of all things FCS. She will help her colleagues in and out of her professional role, whether attending conference sessions facilitated by new professionals meeting with them for encouragement. Bev is an exceptional professional model who has exemplified throughout her career in Family and Consumer Sciences noteworthy contributions and achievements to build social, economic and human capital for individuals, families .and communities. As an instruction, research and service/outreach professional her leadership, followership and mentorship skills for the foundation for a pathway that our next generation of professionals can follow, to make a difference in the profession and societies globally.

Read more about Barbara!

Barbara is an articulate advocate for Family & Consumer Sciences. She has been an outstanding leader as the voice of Family & Consumer Sciences Educators regarding what they need to be successful in the teaching/learning environment. Educators have known that she supports and listens to them as they articulate needs. They knew her creative and innovative skills resulted in useful products that were developed and marketed. They knew she would be at conferences related to their profession. She has been the face and name known immediately by her peers and other FCS colleagues. Existing FCS programs were enhanced by: Creating new products for FCS and Nutrition professionals, Developing numerous lesson plans in all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Developing FCS and Nutrition catalogs, Creating successful marketing and advertising campaigns, Providing leadership for and collaboration with sales and marketing teams and, Convincing NASCO to fund various FCS programs and events.

Read more about Marilyn!

Many of Marilyn’s efforts within the association have been enduring ones, including the “Take It to the Streets” initiatives. I particularly remember the obesity initiative and the first pandemic, “Prevent H1N1” initiative. These efforts had impact on countless numbers of families nationwide and garnered recognition for our profession. Her “Twice Is Nice Accessory Swaps” at AAFCS annual conferences have been memorable, popular, and fun. As AHEA Teacher of the Year, her acceptance speech, “All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Home Economics” was published in eight thousand posters by the award co-sponsor, Glencoe/McGraw Hill. Her professional vita is a life story of love and commitment, so “jampacked” it is with significant accomplishments and contributions to our field.
AAFCS is honored to celebrate her achievements with the Distinguished Service Award!
AAFCS is honored to celebrate her achievements with the Distinguished Service Award!
AAFCS is honored to celebrate her achievements with the Distinguished Service Award!

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