Membership Committee Update – May 2019

BobMancusoSubmitted by Bob Mancuso

AAF Omaha Membership Team Co-Chair

AAF Omaha Membership Team Chairs: April Clark, Paula Steenson and Bob Mancuso

Membership Committee Members: Kelly Sohns, Shannon Garner, Juli Jackson and Sandy Barnhart

Each year AAF Omaha participates in AAF’s National Club Achievement Competition. The Club Achievement Competition is designed to recognize outstanding accomplishments of AAF affiliated advertising clubs across the country and to showcase the programs and projects clubs undertake each year. AAF Omaha enters in all eight categories of the competition annually. The Membership Club Achievement Binder was completed and is a great recap of our Year in Membership! Let’s keep the momentum going!

The AdBites professional development luncheon on April 16 at Beacon Hills in Aksarben Village was informative! We heard from Ryan Soutter from Verizon Media!

On May 9th, AAF Omaha’s free member perk event, AdConnect, was held from 5-7 PM at OBI Creative’s new digs in Millard. We celebrated Cinco de Mayo week and had a Mexican “Thirsty Thursday” theme! Our friends at OBI Creative provided “Thirsty Thursday” beverages and we devoured fun Mexican food bites! Our corporate members at OBI Creative provided us with a great setting allowing our members and the advertising community fantastic networking opportunities!

Beacon Hills in Aksarben welcomed us again on May 21st for our May AdBites professional development luncheon and scholarship awards presentation. Marianne Gjerstad, Group Engagement Director at Barkley KC shared her insights on creating social content people care about. AAF Omaha proudly awarded seven scholarships to students from the University of Nebraska Kearney, the Creative Center and Creighton University. This year AAF Omaha awarded $7,500 to AAF Omaha student members.

Some upcoming events for you to take full advantage of your AAF membership are:

June 4 – The Learning Hour | 4 in:60 Panel Discussion 
“Interacting with the Latino Community” at Thunderhead Brewery

Delving into the Latino market can seem intimidating. Plan to join us for an hour of Q & A with some of the Midland’s most knowledgeable professionals that work closely with this unique and variegated market on the daily. Gina Ponce the Director of Latino Community Outreach at Bellevue University and Founder of the non-profit Women on a Mission, will navigate our group through great questions. Not only informative, prepare to laugh and also bring your questions. 
Registration is open at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-learning-hour-4-in60-tickets-62259605155

June 13 – AAFO Bingo
Plan to have fun, network and play a few rounds of BINGO AAFO style. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event. 
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aaf-omaha-bingo-tickets-62276083442

Save the Date | December 17, 2018
Mark your Calendar for our amazing Holiday Luncheon – this year scheduled for December 17, 2019 at Field Club. Information for this event will be out in coming months.

I would like to remind AAF Omaha members to watch for your membership renewal notice. Renew quickly so you don’t miss one minute of AAF Omaha programming and events at special member pricing!  Remember when you attend the AAF Omaha events you may be the recipient of an awesome member perk from one of our great sponsors.

Please help us get the word out about the AAF Omaha organization to the marketing professionals you meet with and invite them to all future events. Tell them about the benefits AAF Omaha has to offer and that membership in the unifying voice of advertising helps everyone in the industry.

The AAF Omaha membership benefits include the following:
• Access to professional development events (luncheons) discussing the latest trends in our industry / profession from experts who will educate, motivate, and intrigue you.
• Access to discounts for club events, luncheons, and the American Advertising Awards. Plus you are eligible for special discounts on shipping, car rentals, insurance, and supplies and more.
• Fun networking events throughout the year including Ad Wars, Bowl-a-Rama, Ad Connect, AAF Open Golf and the Holiday Luncheon.
• Opportunity to share ideas, discuss marketing challenges, and brain storm ideas.
• Free job postings at www.aafomaha.org
• Local AAF Omaha membership also gives you AAF National membership which plays a significant role in supporting charities, legislation, and issues that affect your business.

Apply online for membership, or call 402-561-6625.



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