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History of National and Oregon FCE

National Association for Family and Community Education

The National Association for Family and Community Education has been a strong voice in promoting a healthier and better life for individuals, families, and communities. Building on the strength of the family as the center of a strong citizenry, FCE has a rich history of accomplishments.

Assembling in Washington, D.C. in 1936, a determined group of rural farm women had a vision... to strengthen adult education, to share their good sense and experience for improvement of home and community life, and to initiate and promote projects of national importance for the protection of the American family. That vision became the mission of the newly formed organization..

Early efforts focused on support for a national school lunch program, development of local public health services, immunization programs for children, implementation of the first bookmobiles, and national safety programs. Recent efforts resulted in the establishment of the content-based television programming system for children and families.

Keeping pace with the evolving needs of society, FCE focuses today on three major concerns:

A) CONTINUING EDUCATION: FCE provides curriculum for members to help adults, youth and children to fulfill their potential as viable, contributing members of society;

B) DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP: FCE provides training for emerging leaders and opportunities to practice techniques to develop confidence for leadership positions. Family Community Leadership (FCL) is FCE's certified leadership development program which enables citizens to better understand issues and to impact public policy relating to families and communities. It provides a structure to learn leadership skills and offers opportunities to practice these skills, developing confidence in leadership positions.

C) COMMUNITY ACTION: FCE conducts an annual nationwide campaign to bring awareness for the positive effect television programming can have on children and their families. FCE members provide opportunities for individuals, families and communities to join them in improving literacy for adults and children, practicing environmental stewardship, promoting health and nutrition, and role modeling ethical values.

Times change, but the needs of people remain the same. The strength of the National Association for Family and Community Education is the commitment of its membership in caring for and sharing with others.

Oregon Association for Family and Community Education

- Established 1936 -

Note: If you have additional information on Oregon FCE history,  please contact Scott Teeples to have it added to this page. 

Oregon FCE History and Goals

Oregon FCE was established in 1936. Study groups were called Home Demonstration Clubs until 1964 when we became Extension Homemakers. In 1992, we changed our name to match our national affiliate: The National Association for Family and Community Education. The name has changed through the years but the basic objective has remained essentially the same.  To strengthen individuals and families through continuing education, leadership development , and community service.

Oregon FCE member can be proud of a rich legacy of projects that have enhanced the lives of thousands of people. Some of the projects FCE supported and helped make successful include the school lunch program; the first bookmobiles; immunization programs for children; as well as national safety programs like defensive driving courses and child laws.

FCE today focuses on Education, Leadership, and Action. This focus allow FCE members to help adults and youth to fulfill their potential as contributing members of society. FCE gives opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to join in improving literacy for adults and children, practice environmental stewardship, promote health, and role model ethical values. 

Oregon FCE Presidents

1939-1941 K.Ethel Lathrop
















1985-1987  Margaret Seibold

1988-1990  Sue Fortune

1991-1993  Lois Enstrom

1994-1996  Anne Engen

1997-1999  Janie Van Dyke

2000-2002  Doreen Garland 

2003-2005  Bonnie Teeples

2006-2008  Edgel Sudul

2009-2011  Marlene Currin

2012-2014  Barbara Voltin

2015-2017  Patti Malanaphy

2018-2020  Scott Teeples

2021-2023 Scott Teeples

Scott Teeples and Patti Malanaphy - 2017 Fall Conference

L-R: Barbara Voltin, Anne Engen, Edgel Sudul,

Bonnie Teeples and Marlene Currin 

Fall Conferences

1986 and earlier - unknown

1987 Seaside, OR

1988 The Dalles, OR

1989 Salem, OR

1990 Albany, OR

1991 Klamath Falls, OR

1992 Bend, OR

1993 Umatilla, OR

1994 Ontario, OR

1995 Coos Bay, OR

1996 Portland, OR

1997 Astoria, OR

1998 The Dalles, OR

1999 McMinnville, OR

2000 Corvallis, OR

2001 Medford, OR

2002 Bend, OR

2003 Pendleton, OR

2004 Coos Bay, OR

2005 Tualatin, OR

2006 Salem, OR

2007 Klamath Falls, OR

2008 Bend, OR

2009 Pendleton, OR

2010 Bandon, OR

2011 Wilsonville, OR

2012 Salem, OR

2013 Medford, OR

2014 Pendleton, OR

2015 Wilsonville, OR

2016 Salem, OR

2017 Klamath Falls, OR

2018 Pendleton, OR

2019 Clackamas, OR

2020 Canceled - C19

2021 Springfield, OR



Standing L-R: Dorene Garland, Lois Enstrom,  Anne Engen, and Bonnie Teeples. Seated is Edgel Sudul.

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