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Nathan Winter Visits Kenya

By Nathan Winter
January 11, 2018
A Catholic priest from Kisii, Kenya visited Minnesota in the summer of 2017. His visit was a part of a mission to encourage efforts to support a village near the city of Kisii, Kenya. Damaris, who moved from Kenya to Minnesota, invited him. Damaris, along with her siblings and mother, had been working closely with the Berquist Foundation to help the village out financially. Through this work, the connection was made with the priest.
The priest found out I worked in agriculture for the University of Minnesota Extension and suggested I visit Kenya. At the time, I laughed off the idea of traveling to Kenya since it would be well out of my comfort zone.
Butch and Karen, a retired farm couple from Hutchinson, were planning to travel to Kenya with Damaris in November of 2017. Butch and Karen convinced their daughter, Anissa, to go along. They asked if I wanted to go as well. I thought about this idea for a while and told them I would see if there was any E…

MEWS funds helps life member attend conference to advance skills as a financial counselor

by: Phyllis Onstad, Retiree and ESP Life Member

Conference attended:  Association of Financial Counseling Planning and Education (AFCPE) Symposium, San Diego, CA  November 15-17, 2017

As a retiree, I find the ability to continue to apply for a MEWS Scholarship a true value added component of life membership. Thank you MN ESP! The funds awarded help me to continue to grow in my professional life and allows me the opportunity to continue the work that I do in retirement with military members and their families.  This work requires that I receive personal finance continuing education units to maintain my Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) designation.

In particular, these diverse sessions provided me added knowledge, understanding and tools to utilize in my work and in my life: Behavioral Biases of Clients, Bridging the Gap from Military Financial Education to Military Financial Readiness, Someday Syndrome (Behavioral fina…

Conference Provided Opportunities to Learn, Present, Connect and Celebrate

Epsilon Sigma Phi - Pi Chapter
MEWS Report
Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator, Food Safety
December 21, 2017

Thank you to Epsilon Sigma Phi-Pi Chapter and the MEWS Committee for the financial support I received to attend the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Annual Session, October 16 – 19, 2017, Omaha, Nebraska. The conference provided many professional development opportunities focused on the theme “Harvesting Opportunities in NEAFCS.”

Highlights included attending the ‘Farm to Table’ in-depth session where I learned about local entrepreneurs building businesses around locally grown food for both personal and community growth; serving as a Minnesota Affiliate voting delegate and being part of active decision making on the national level; and receiving the 1st place national food safety award along with my colleague, Suzanne Driessen. Our award was given for the Safe Food Sampling at Farmers Markets program that we developed and implemented to meet…