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Board Votes to Change Association Name

Friday, November 22, 2019  
Posted by: Tony Carrell, Immediate Past President
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The NAE4-HA Board of Trustees has been gathering feedback from members and partners over the last year and a half to determine if a name change was in order.  At the board’s pre-conference meeting, November 2-3, 2019, the Board voted to change our name to:  National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP).

When this was announced during President Kia Harries’ call to action at the conference awards banquet a muffled roar was cast across the banquet hall.  Some voicing approval, some sharing angst, and others questioning why this wasn’t announced during the association business sessions earlier in the week.  Quite simply, it couldn’t be announced due to procedural checks and balances.  Our association bylaws serve as the organization’s foundation with built-in procedures to make sure that foundation remains solid and does not crumble.  The bylaws allow its Board of Trustees to amend them, but only if sixteen of the twenty-four voting Board members agree to do so.  Once that criteria is met, the amendment(s) is not official until being reviewed by the association’s Policy and Resolutions Committee to make sure the amendment does not create contradiction within the bylaws and to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed, giving that check and balance system.  It is only when the Policy and Resolution Committee Chair reports the committee’s findings and that report approved by the Board is the amendment official.  Even though the Board voted to amend the bylaws name change during their pre-conference Board meeting, it required the P&R committee to examine changes during their committee meetings at Conference and the Board was able to solidify amendments during their transition meeting Thursday, November 7, 2019.  As much as the Board wanted to share this news early in the conference, respect was given to the process with no announcement until everything was finalized.

With a new name comes several procedural changes that need to occur.  Over the course of the next year the Board will be working to update its NIFA charter, adopt a new logo, update web and social media pages, update IRS and State of Maryland legal documents, and much more.  The Board plans to begin using the new name and acronym as a transition is made with full implementation and celebration at the close of the 2020 conference.  This also means the new name and logo will be celebrated the same time as the 75th anniversary of our association kicks off.

The new name that includes youth development aligns with our own strategic plan and better aligns with many university titles as well as the association’s national partners.  Although change can sometimes be difficult to accept, let us all embrace the new name and move the 4-H youth development movement forward across the nation.  As the cliché says, the name says it all.  Be proud to be a 4-H Youth Development Professional and stand proud as a member of your professional association, National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals!


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