Webinar SAVE the DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Time: 12 Noon CDT

Book Study: I am a girl from Africa by Elizabeth Nyamayaro.

Available from Amazon or check with your local library.   

A “profound and soul-nourishing memoir” (Oprah Daily) from an African girl whose near-death experience sparked a lifelong dedication to humanitarian work that helps bring change across the world. (From Amazon) Ms. Nyamayaro was saved by a UN worker and Ms. Nyamayaro went on to work at the United Nations. 

Registration for this event will open in December.

2022 United Nations International Day of Families

2022 United Nations International Day of Families is on May 15, 2022.

The 2022 theme is “Families and Urbanization” to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable and family-friendly urban policies.

UNDESA will organize a virtual/online panel discussion that will include presentations from academics, civil society and urban authorities on Friday, 13 May, 10:00-11:15 AM (Eastern).

Learn more at https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/international-day-of-families/2022-2.html

McManus Development Fund Event: June 24th @ AAFCS


DoubleTree Hotel – SeaWorld

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Check AAFCS Program for Room Assignment.

Registration for this in-person event is $50 – with $40 as a tax deductible contribution.

Special Student Registration Rate – $10

Light refreshments will be served during the event.

The contribution portion of your registration will be used to support the IFHE-US Disaster Assistance Partnership (DAP) to assist with establishing a Home Economics Program at Aishalton Secondary School in Guyana, South America.

The program for the Cultural Evening will share the development and progress of the Aishalton School Home Economics Program.  Dr. Audrey Jones-Drayton, IFHE member from Barbados has worked closely with the project and will coordinate the presentation.  We will also have the Aishalton Home Economics teacher, Miss Vickey Smith, join us.  You’ll learn what has happened and what the current needs are to support and advance the program.

E-mail your registration by June 13, 2022 to marykmerwin@gmail.com  so that we can plan for adequate refreshments and handouts. 


            Checks payable to IFHE-US Development Fund

            Mail to:  IFHE-US

                           Luann Boyer, Director Finance

                           22500 Road 21

                           Ft. Morgan, Co 80701

            Credit Card at www.ifheus.org and select Sharon McManus Cultural Event

If you will not be able to attend the AAFCS Conference in Orlando, FL, you can still participate in this event.  It will be provided by Zoom at a later date.  Please register to receive the Zoom link  of the event by sending your name and e-mail address to marykmerwin@gmail.com.  We hope that you will be able to make a tax deductible contribution that will be used by DAP Fund for the Guyana project.

A snack idea for the 2021 Sharon McManus Cultural Event

We are so excited about the upcoming Cultural Event. Here is a great treat for you to make to snack on during the event.

French Almond Lace Cookie

1 cup old fashioned oats “uncooked”
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg lightly beaten
½ cup unsalted butter “melted”
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350*
In a large bowl combine oats, sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder, make a well
In a separate bowl combine melted butter, egg, and vanilla add to the dry ingredients
Add the almonds mix well
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper drop a level teaspoon of dough 3” apart flatten slightly. Bake until golden brown about 9 -11 minutes
Let cookies cool completely the peel from the parchment paper.

Shared with us by Ms. Anita Ferron

2021 Sharon McManus Cultural Event: June 13th 6 pm CST

The annual IFHE-US Sharon McManus Cultural Event in support of the IFHE Development Fund will be virtual again in 2021 via Zoom.  The Development Fund is an endowed fund to provide opportunities for resolving the impact of global issues upon families; to form partnerships with organizations with mutual concerns; to collaborate on studies and research; and accumulate resources for intensifying educational efforts.  International grants are provided for these purposes.  Currently grants are in India and Pakistan.

The Cultural Event is named in honor of Sharon McManus, a long time IFHE member and Director of IFHE Development, who coordinated the Cultural Events for 15 years. We will be recognizing her contributions to IFHE and IFHE-US during the program.

DATE:  Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

PROGRAM FOCUS:  Expanding on the IFHE International Theme of Age-friendly Homes and Communities, the program will focus specifically on Family Challenges and Resources for Caregivers. 

INTERNATIONAL PANEL:  Canadian Panelists, Dr. Janet Fast, University of Alberta and Dr. Nora Spinks, CEO of Vanier Institute for the Family; Caribbean Panelist, Dr. Audrey Porter DaCosta, University of Technology of Jamaica; and U.S. Panelist, Dr. Karen Goebel, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin. 

WHO IS INVITED:  In addition to our IFHE-US members and friends, we are also inviting our Canadian and Caribbean colleagues to join us.

HOW TO REGISTER: To register for this virtual Zoom program, please send your name and email address to Mary Kaye Merwin, IFHE-US Director of Development, at marykmerwin@gmail.com

DONATIONS ACCEPTED:  There is no registration fee for this event, however, contributions will be accepted to the IFHE-US Development Fund in whatever amount you wish.  Normally, when we have been able to meet in person, we have had a $50 registration fee with $25 going toward food and room and $25 as a contribution to the fund.  Attached is a form for donations. 

IDEAS FOR REFRESHMENTS:  To continue the event’s tradition of fellowship around cultural foods, we invite you to pour a glass of wine or punch and an appropriate snack.  Our Caribbean partners have provided the following link to their IFHE Cookbook with many great ideas.  Download it at:  https://online.flowpaper.com/7bee0792/ROBERTSCOOKBOOK2020FAWDIGITAL/#page=1


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NAME:  _______________________________________________________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS:  _______________________________________________________

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT MAILING ADDRESS:  ____________________________________


AMOUNT:  ______________________________________________________________


            Luann Boyer

            IFHE-US Director, Finance

            22500 Road 21

            Ft. Morgan, CO 80701


PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR IFHE-US WEBSITE.  The donation portion of our website is presently under maintenance, but should be up in mid-May.  Instructions on how to use this option will be forwarded to all who register.  The website is:


Invitation to the Toronto Home Economics Association Celebration of Home Economics Day

Toronto Home Economics Association (THEA) is inviting us to celebrate World Home Economics Day with them.  

Please see below and the attached poster.

Thanks so much for the invitation from Ruth Macdonald.


  To celebrate IFHE World Home Economics Day 2021 theme and World Health Organization Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030, Toronto Home Economics Association presents Age Friendly Communities, a virtual presentation by Heather Thompson, Director of Age-Friendly Initiatives with Community Development Halton.

Save the date, Saturday, March 20, 2021 noon CST- World Home Economics Day Presentation

Celebrate 2021 World Home Economics Day-Age Friendly Homes and Communities.

Elderly healthcare heart shaped logo. Nursing home sign. Elderly healthcare heart shaped logo. Nursing home sign. elderly care stock illustrationsJoin the IFHE-US Board of Directors in an event to celebrate World Home Economics Day.  Dr. Virginia Vincenti,  Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wyoming, will share Resources on Elder Abuse and Elder Financial Exploitation.  Followed by question-and-answer session. Short reports will be made about in innovative program at the University of Connecticut that focuses on students addressing aging in communities and  an update by the World Congress 2022 co-chairs.  Grab your lunch or breakfast depending on your time zone and join this informative session. 

The event will be held via Zoom.  The event should last about 1.5 hours.   Send an e-mail to Kim Kamin,  kimkamin2018@gmail.com to receive the link.  The link will be sent a week before the event.  PDU’s will be applied for. 

Kick Off Webinar- November 27th: Successful aging

Dear members,

Don’t miss out on our free KICK-OFF WEBINAR “Successful ageing: Challenges for home economists” with IFHE member Seema PURI, Associate Professor at the Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, and expert on Social Gerontology:

Join us online on Friday 27 November 2020 at 7:30 Delhi/India time

With kind regards,
IFHE Office Bonn, Germany