Governor’s Update – April 2016

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Dear Fellow D3 AAF Brethren,

It has been a whirlwind year so far with lots of activity going on.  As we take a breath before the end of your club year and ADMERICA, let’s look at some of the great things going on in our district.  Between AAAward galas, club achievement books, NSAC and the AES fund drive, everyone should be a little exhausted.

Most AA Award competitions and galas at the club level were done by the end of February.  By most accounts, clubs saw an average of an 8% increase in entries in the district compared to an increase of 3% nationally.  A big shout out to Triangle Ad Fed who saw an increase in entries of 40.7% and have been one of the top ten clubs nationally that will receive an incentive award which includes two members getting trips and registration to this year’s ADMERICA conference in Anaheim, CA.

Only a couple of short weeks after the galas, club achievement books were due to the national AAF office.  I am proud to say that 4 of our clubs had books place in the national competition.

AAF Midlands                   

1st Place Public Service

3rd Place Programs

AAF Roanoke

1st Place Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives

3rd Place Public Service

3rd Place Advertising Education

AAF Greenville 

1st Place Government Relations

2nd Place Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives

3rd Place Advertising Education

Triangle Ad Fed

3rd Place Programs

3rd Place Membership

In addition AAF Roanoke also is a Mosaic Award winner in the multicultural student category for its “Adscape: Explore the Landscape of Advertising” program.

AAF District 3 also just hosted its National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in Raleigh in conjunction with the district spring board meeting. Amanda Longo did a great job with her team of running the completion in which 9 schools participated and one came as an observer. We were excited to have VCU Brandcenter as a sponsor and appreciate their presence as well.  The University of Virginia emerged as the winner and will advance to the next round of competition.  We wish them good luck and hope to see them again in Anaheim.  We were excited to have them present to those in attendance at the board meeting and were amazed at the great work those kids put in.  Remember all of these competitors are future AAF members so make sure you reach out to your local schools for new members.

We are continuing our drive to raise funds for AES.  These funds are used to help fund our NSAC competition.  Our goal is to raise $8,000 and we are over halfway there so please say “Yes to AES”!  We are one of the few districts that do not charge schools to participate in NSAC and we want to continue that.

At our board meeting, we covered all of the committee reports and saw ourselves in good financial standing this year.  We also nominated district officers for next year.  These nominations are open until the district meeting in Anaheim and the slate will be voted upon at that time.  The nominations are as follows:

District Chair: David Campbell

District Governor: Chris Dodd

Lieutenant Governor: Jeremy Bise

Secretary/Treasurer: Megan Telencio

Virginia Governor: Elana Todt

North Carolina Governor: Jessica Eure

South Carolina: Tiffany Andrews

And last but not least, it was reported that the district conference will be held August 12-14, 2016 in Asheville, NC.  Details will be forthcoming but please mark your calendars and make sure to include in your budgets enough to bring as many board members as possible.  This is the best time to energize your board and to share ideas with other clubs’ officers.

Right after the district meeting, I attended the national council of governor’s (COG) meeting and the national AAF board meeting.  Our district should be proud in the Shelley Magee will become next year’s COG chair and Margaret Gregory will become the Eastern Region Chair. Our district should be proud to see its members continue to serve in all levels of the AAF.

Thank you for all you do for AAF and I hope to see you at ADMERICA.

 

David

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