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No. 3, March 2023

๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€President's Message๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€

Greetings to all my LUCKY VATFACS Members!

WE WANT YOU! March is in full swing with Membership Mania Madness!! Your VATFACS Board of Directors is challenging all current members to join the MADNESS by recruiting as many new members to join VATFACS as you can by region in VA! We want to increase our membership in this fabulous organization and get everyone involved! I know that each one of you knows at least two to three educators that you could speak to about joining VATFACS and getting involved. We want to continue what our predecessors have already accomplished in making our organization GREAT, but we need all of you to participate! Our plan is to provide prizes at conference July 16-19, 2023 at The Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center to the region that has the most new members that have joined prior to our institute. March is a great time of celebration, basketball, leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and general LUCK! So, we hope you will join the Membership Mania Madness and help us increase participation in our BEE LUCKY Membership Campaign! Please look through this newsletter for the registration link for the Summer Institute and come BEE AMAZING with us! Donโ€™t forget to BEE PRODUCTIVE and participate in offering your help with this institute by doing a breakout session or two, BEEING involved in the BEST PRACTICES, or just lending a helping hand as a FACILITATOR! Find out how you can BEE involved! Reach out to any of our board members to see how your best attributes can be utilized this summer! We hope to see you all in Harrisonburg in July!

Your Queen Bee,

Diane Breinig - President



Come brake the bracket and help your region win the most in VATFACS memberships! If your region has the biggest enrollment in new memberships to VATFACS and attend this summer's professional development institute at Hotel Madison July 16-19........you will all receive a prize at conference. ***You must be an active member and attend conference to win. Who will be our March Madness Membership Regional Winners???
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Nomination Madness 2023

The Virginia Association for Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences (VATFACS) relies on your commitment to the teaching field to nominate individuals who are outstanding in their FCS career. This is your opportunity to recognize this teacher and/or administrator that stands out from others you've seen in your career. Perhaps there is a business making contributions to the FCS program.

Nominate quickly so the candidate has ample time to complete the application.

Recognition is one of the things done least for teachers but it's one of the most important. Please award someone for their over-the-top contributions. Thank you in advance for making nominations and forwarding the link.

2023 VATFACS Teacher of the Year


2023 VATFACS New Teacher of the Year


2023 VATFACS Carl Perkins Community Service


2023 VATFACS Distinguished Service Award


2023 VATFACS Outstanding Administrator Award


2023 VATFACS Outstanding Business and Industry Award


VATFACS Scholarships for FCS Teachers

The Virginia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, inc. gives out 4 Scholarships to help current & future FCS teachers further their education and training. If you or someone you know could use financial help in seeking an FCS graduate or undergraduate degree or attending a professional development workshop, check out the scholarships below. The deadline for all scholarship applications is April 30. Click the links for more information.

2023 Helen Hopper Scholarship


2023 Martha Creighton Scholarship


2023 Sharron K. Glasscock Scholarship


2023 Keilondi Johnson Memorial Scholarship


Please direct any questions to Renee Stephens at stephensjr@lcsedu.net.

Virginia FCCLA 2023 State Conference

2023 State Leadership & Recognition Conference:
April 14 -16 in Virginia Beach

The 2023 State Leadership & Recognition Conference, including the STAR Events competitions, will be held in Virginia Beach on April 14 โ€“ 16. Begin planning now to attend!

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๐Ÿซ2023 State Leadership Conference & Competition ๐ŸซMarch 4th, Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA

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Nationally recognized speaker and author, Chase Mielke, confirmed as a keynote speaker at the 2023 VATFACS Professional Development Institute

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What's next for April?

  • Spring Hive Hunt
  • Bring a Buddy to VATFACS Promotion
  • FCCLA State Conference
  • Mr. Neville strikes again