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A Letter from your Incoming President

Dearest members and friends of AAF-Madison and Ad2 Madison,

Wow… 2020, amiright?!  I find it difficult to find the words to describe the rollercoaster that has been this year so far.  I realize that I’m speaking to a community of marketing, advertising and communications professionals so I know you all feel the immense weight of that statement.  How often can any of us say that we TRULY cannot find the words to describe anything, ever?  Yet, here we are.

First and foremost, we hope you are well.  We hope you are safe.  We hope you are healthy.  Beyond that, we hope you are thriving.  We hope you are adjusting to this new normal in the best way any of us can.  We hope you know you are not alone.  You are not alone. 

The world changed, but it didn’t stop.  Your Board of Directors have been strategizing ways to pivot our operations to bring you the content, value and professionalism you know and deserve.  We will move forward in this new normal as long as we need to.  We will change, we will adapt, and we will thrive together.  You are not alone.

Our annual speaker series kicks off in September; The unofficial start of our club year!  We are excited to deliver premium, fresh content and new ways to connect.  We are meeting this challenge HEAD-ON! 

We have two major orders of business we need YOUR help with! 

Our first is a MAJOR announcement that has been in talks for YEARS.  I am so excited to announce that AAF Madison and Ad2 Madison are affiliating our organizations under one umbrella.  Each organization will still operate as separate entities.  This partnership will enable our organizations to work together on certain events, to expand our networks and to establish a stronger foundation for long-term success.   We could not be happier to team up with this group of rising stars in our industry.  We look forward to learning and growing together! 

We are also excited to welcome a new board of directors to AAF Madison for the 2020-2021 year. We have a dynamic group of engaged individuals who are eager to help triumph over the challenges of the moment.  We have exciting programming, social events and content planned for you.  This year’s Board of Directors is looking forward to working hard for you.

In a typical year, we would have voted on both items (amended bylaws that include Ad2 affiliation and the new BOD), during one of our monthly educational meetings.  We all know that 2020 has been many things- typical is not one of them.  In order to make everything official, we will need our members to vote on each topic.  You will be receiving an email in the next few days that will include BOTH of these topics.  You will have 10 days to simply respond to the email with your vote.  This membership vote is required by our bylaws, and so it is very important that our members participate!

Thank you for sticking with us and for entrusting AAF Madison to bring you the content, education and networking opportunities you deserve now more than ever.  We value each and every one of you and vow to do all that we can to live up to the standards set by those before us.  2020, you have not won yet.


Ashley Taylor, AAF President Nominee 2020-2021

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