Last Chance to sign up for Cultural Evening at AAFCS


If you are planning to attend the AAFCS Annual Conference and Expo in St. Louis, don’t miss out on the IFHE-US Cultural Evening, June 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn – Gateway Arch (a short walk from the Hyatt).  Experience genuine Syrian food and hear the story of a Syrian refugee who has started a catering business with the help of Welcome Neighbors STL.  Welcome Neighbors STL organizes Supper Clubs where refugees can prepare and share their native foods as a way to raise funds for refugee families.  Mawda Altayan started with the Supper Clubs and has now opened her own catering business, DamascusFoodSTL.  Hear her story and taste her delicious food!  The menu will include (all but the chicken are vegetarian):

Hummus with pita bread
Baba Ganoush (grilled eggplant with fresh vegetables such as parsley, green peppers, tomatoes and pomegranate molasses and tahini served with pita bread)
Chicken shawarma sandwiches (chicken, garlic cream, pickles, wrapped in pita bread)
Yalangi (grape leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables)

Pre-registration by June 17 is required using the attached registration form.  This event is open to all, so invite your non-IFHE member friends to join you.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Joyce Cavanagh, Ph.D., CPFFE


Helpers needed for AAFCS St. Louis   (Survey on Survey Monkey)

Hi Everyone,
The AAFCS Conference St. Louis, June 23-26 is right around the corner.
AAFCS and IFHE-US will be hosting the Welcome Reception “Gateway to the World.”
We need you to make this reception a success!

Welcome Reception Plans
Volunteer Opportunities
Pre-Conference:   These will be done prior to AAFCS Conference if you are not attending.  
     1) Design the “passport”
     2) Create cards for memory game
     3) Procure International money–will be returned
     4) Select phrases common to all travelers
     5) Collect pictures of International clothing

AAFCS Conference
Sunday, June 23
Setup: 1:00-4:30 pm. No heavy items involved. Setting up room with displays, tables and chairs. Hotel is responsible for setting up food tables.

4:30-6:00 pm–  Time will be split into 45 minute work periods.   
Attendees pick up passports and participate in activities. Passports are stamped. At the end, attendees drop off passports for drawing ticket for substantial prizes. Light appetizers will be served, hotel responsible for food.

Volunteers needed for activity stations.
     1) Match FCS content phrase to phrase in another language
     2) Match traditional dress (images to the country)
     3) Match currency to country
     4) Memory game for International foods
Passports are stamped after attendee has participated in the activity.

6:00 pm-6:30 pm–Clean-up  (Note – if you are attending the Cultural Event at 7 pm, we’ll make sure you are done in time to walk or ride the 4 or 5  blocks from Hyatt to the Cultural Event. )

Please complete the survey ASAP  (link given at start of this message)  so we will know where you have graciously volunteered and can put a schedule together and let you know when or how you are needed.  If you have any problems connecting to the survey link – contact Luann Boyer at

We want to thank you ahead of time for representing IFHE-US during the Welcome Reception.
If you have any questions, please text or send me an email.

Thank you and see you soon,,
Roxie V Godfrey Ed.D.
IFHE-US President