American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


AAFCS 2013-14 President Peggy Wild, CFCS, (far left) and AAFCS 2013-14 President-Elect
Beverly Card, CFCS, (far right) present Linda Schaeffer (middle) with the AAFCS Distinguished Service Award
during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Schaeffer Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award


Alexandria, Va. – July 14, 2014—The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) honored its Distinguished Service Award recipients at a ceremony during the 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 28th. Among those selected for the prestigious award is Linda Schaeffer, Ford City, Pa.

During the last 50 years, Linda Schaeffer has served the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as a member in a variety of ways. A major contribution was her continued commitment to the Pennsylvania Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (PAFCS) for 30 years as the executive director—a claim held by no other professional throughout history.

“Beginning in 1976, I attended all the annual meetings of this association until the year 2000, each and every one,” said Schaeffer. “I always admired those chosen for recognitions especially those chosen for DSA’s. I am honored and humbled to have been selected this year.”

Linda Schaeffer's service represents all those members who have chosen to be homemakers, work part‐time, and volunteer full‐time service to the professional association. She found her niche by working in the community in innovative ways. Beginning in 1984, she worked for a displaced homemaker center; in 1990, she assumed the role of director of the center, and, recognizing the difficulties faced by displaced homemakers, she worked to secure funding to continue the center and expand it to serve two counties and help more homemakers gain the support and skills needed to support their families. Her creative instruction resulted in a successful program that continues today, and touches not only the lives of its clients, but ultimately their families and the communities in which they live.

Linda Schaeffer is a committed professional who has served on the AAFCS Board of Directors, chair of the By‐Laws and Nominating Committees, and participated in the debates and challenges that the organization has confronted over the past half century and has provided sustained leadership within PAFCS and AAFCS.

Other AAFCS 2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipients are:
Sharon McManus, CFCS
Virginia Moxley
Cynthia Smith

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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