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Sick leave awards are available for the following:
You can submit the award online by visiting https://www.kascoe.com/Awards.html. Submission of sick leave award deadline is October 7.
Employees can submit their own milestone, or timekeepers or supervisors are encourage to on behalf of employees in the office.
Please contact Katie Taylor of New Castle with any questions or concerns you may have.
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Due to Kentucky hosting the 2018 South East Area Rally, KASCOE will not be hosting a state convention this year. The NASCOE South East Are Rally is right around the corner, April 11-14. Sick leave awards are available for the following:
You can submit the award online by visiting KASCOE.com and clicking on the awards section. Submission of sick leave award deadline is October 7. However, if you or the employee you are nominating will be retiring before this deadline or next year’s state convention please make the submission for the award by February 26, 2018 so that we may be able to present the employee with the award at the SEA Rally.
The Spirit of KASCOE Award is also available for submission.
The Spirit of KASCOE Award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the State Association. Any member may submit a nomination. The Executive Committee makes final selection of the award recipient.
HOW TO NOMINATE: Spirit of KASCOE Award nominations shall be in a brief narrative format, and addressed and delivered to Katie Taylor. Written nominations may be submitted by email, mail, or in person.
Please contact Katie Taylor of New Castle with any questions or concerns you may have.
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|Posted on April 17, 2016 at 10:37 PM||comments (107)|
Southeast Area Rally April 6-9, 2016
Savannah, Georgia was the beautiful location of the 2016 SEA Rally which was sponsored by GACOE (Georgia), SCASCOE (South Carolina), ALASCOE (Alabama), and FASCOE (Florida).
Kentucky was well represented with the following present and retired employees attending: Henry Ford, Emerson Rider, Roger Swatzell, Joyce Logsdon, Jeanie Williams, Laura Howell, Mildred Scarborough, Barry Allen, Dawn Ovesen, Dana McKinney, Micki Crider, Diane Dunn, Gera Ferguson, Marcinda Kester, Jenni Blandford (and family).
Friday meetings began with a welcome from SEA Executive David Curtis. We then heard from 5 SEA SEDs, who each gave some ag statistics and history for their state and then sang the praises to FSA employees for the awesome job they do daily serving producers and going above and beyond in their duties. Speaking were: Georgia SED, Dr. Fred Harrison, Jr.; South Carolina SED Wilfred Pace; Alabama SED Daniel Robinson; Florida SED Rick Dantzler; and Louisiana SED Craig McCain.
Speakers from the National Office included: Greg Diephouse, DAFO (Deputy Administrator for Field Operations); Brad Pfaff, DAFP (Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs); and Mark Rucker, Deputy Administrator for Management (DAM).
Greg Diephouse spoke about SED priorities and that he had recently shared the following should be the top 5 priorities for SEDs in their states: (1) Pay attention to customer service and programs (2) In addition to our programs, look toward innovation and how we can provide more. Bridges to Opportunity is in 20 states now, with positive results from both producers and state users. (3) Find new customers- Where do we want to be in the future? (4) Emphasis on workforce. A happy employee makes a happy customer. How can we make a more pleasant and positive work environment for our employees? We need to provide more opportunity, needed training, and awards. (5) Gears should be oiled and operations efficient. IT function improvement is a high priority.
Other speakers on Friday included: Sarah Baker who represented the Southeast United Dairy Association, and Micki Linehan who represented RASCOE.
NASCOE President, Wes Daniels shared issues that were discussed during the negotiations meeting with management the week of March 28th. He pointed out that one of the hot issues with the agency was IT performance. He shared that recently management has hired a new Chief Information Officer, Darren Ash. We have high hopes for Mr. Ash. Though he has no farming background, he has extensive IT operating system background. Some of the ideas for improvement that he shared were that offices that have slower band width could be going to satellite in the future. States should send concerns to SEA Executive, David Curtis for the newly formed IT steering committee. David will then share these with NASCOE’s representative on the committee.
New workload tool is being developed by BPMS. The tool was shared with the negotiations team. The report will be at the county level in the near future, and we expect the initial numbers will appear low in the beginning.
Bridges to Opportunity was discussed by both Greg Diephouse and Wes. NASCOE will be supporting the Bridges to Opportunity (BTO) initiative. BTO is currently in 20 states and has positive reports from county offices that are using it. Darvin Collins, who a Texas CED of a shared management arrangement and is also the SWA Executive, has it in his office and has shared with us that he feels it will increase our workload. He has very positive things to say about BTO. This is exciting to hear from an employee who is actually using the software.
Handbook 22-PM will soon be updated to include RASOCE as the “official” retired employee association and retirees will be given information at retirement on how to join.
Banquet on Friday evening had surprises for KY! We were so proud! Scholarship winners announced were : Traditional scholarship for the SEA was Luke Estes from KY!! His mom is PT Patricia Estes in the Madisonville Service Center. (Woo Hoo!) Open continuing winner was Kristen Garrett from North Carolina. Distinguished Service Award winners were: DSA Service to FSA/Ag winner was John David McBryde II from North Carolina. DSA Service to NASCOE was Lindsey New from Kentucky!! (Woo Hoo!) DSA Service to Community winner was Donny Green from Tennessee.
Saturday we heard from SEA Presidents: Darby Hall from Georgia, Hugh Hunter from Florida, Renee Boykin from South Carolina, and Olivia McCray from Alabama.
JM Marketing gave a presentation, followed by Dillards Financial Solutions.
We then heard SEA Committee reports. Key issues shared: *New benefit called Working Advantage which gives discounts for apparel, theme parks, etc for NASCOE members, Contact your State benefits chair or President for the membership number *There will be an associate member scholarship in 2017 of $500, * Legislative Leadership training will be conducted in September, States can send up to 2 members for the training, * Emblems totals during the rally were $2200. Also, $2800 from Live Auction and $2500 from Silent Auction *Please share NAFEC with your COCs. Pam Rhodes will be happy to meet with them by phone during a meeting if you contact her.
The Rally was very information and enjoyable. Plans for next year are currently to have an All South Rally, with both the SEA and SWA in San Antonio, TX in 2017.
|Posted on February 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM||comments (0)|
On February 18, 2016, Dana McKinney, KASCOE President, presented the Spirit of KASCOE Award to Kevin Whitaker, KASCOE District 5 CED. Kevin was recognized for his "out-of-the-box" ideas that have increased KASCOE's membership and improved the overall morale and spirit of the organization, including employee activities at FSA trainings, March Madness bracket challenge, and more. Kevin was also a part of Kentucky's Jump Team, and has served as Scholarship Committee Chairman in previous years.
|Posted on February 19, 2016 at 8:47 AM||comments (102)|
On February 17, 2016, KASCOE Directors met at Residence Inn in Lexington, KY. Full minutes will be shared at a later date, when approved. The following is an overview of items addressed.
On February 18, 2016, KASCOE had opportunity to meet for about 1 hour with the STC, SED, AO, FPC, and Administrative Specialist, Mitch Dunn. The following issues were addressed.
|Posted on December 21, 2015 at 7:21 AM||comments (6)|
The Exec. Committee was on a conference call Friday afternoon and apparently there has been some confusion and discomfort with the changes to the scholarship application process in some areas. I have not been contacted about any problems in the SEA. But to make sure we don’t have members that could not make the deadline. Please get this out as soon as you can. To allow anyone that missed the deadline to go ahead and apply.
Please note that for THIS YEAR ONLY, deadlines for submission of scholarship applications and DSA Award nominations have been extended to the following:
There are new scholarships available…
The Traditional and both Continuing scholarships will pay at the Area and National levels. The other two will pay at the National level only.
The below link contains the new scholarship application forms as well as an updated handbook. It has detailed information about each scholarship.
The DSA nomination guidelines and the Scholarship applications are all together on the Forms & Downloads page under Awards & Scholarships.
Please note that the deadlines for submission are January 1 to State Chairpersons, then February 1 to Area Chairpersons. Area winners will be submitted to Micki Crider for national judging by March 1. Micki will notify the Executive Committee of the national winners by April 1.
Please take time to read through the handbook and applications prior to sending out information to your state. Let us know if you have questions.