Good morning! It’s Friday and a wonderful day for YOUR Foundation and YOUR Future. Preparations are moving right along in the Foundation office after having returned from a trip to the Super Region Conference in Lexington, KY, plans to experience Venue Management School in June, the 30 I UNDER I 30 awards wrap-up, and VenueConnect in Toronto on the horizon in July…and much, much more!
Foundation activities for VenueConnect are shaping up well and look to be exciting and fun for all. The annual IAVM Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 22th will take place at the Lionhead Masters Golf Course. If you are interested in participating, now is the time to register. We are also offering sponsorship opportunities for the golf tournament. This is a great way to showcase your company to those who matter to you the most…your clients.
Also coming together nicely is the Foundation’s Silent Auction. It’s back this year, and it is bigger and better than ever with items sure to interest everyone! Please consider donating an item to the auction or becoming an auction sponsor. Once again, this is a great opportunity to spotlight your company.
In April, both the Region 6 conference and the Supper Region conference (Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5) came through with flying colors for the Foundation. Together those regions raised over $5,600 to invest in YOUR Foundation and Your Future! I was able to make the trip to Kentucky and the Super Region conference, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many IAVM members, attending classes, seeing Rupp Arena and the Lexington Opera House, and sampling a little local bourbon. Thank you to everyone who had a part in raising the funds, and those who invested in the Foundation. Remember that you too can invest in the future of your career, the careers of your colleagues, and the future of your industry by making an investment in the Foundation.
Scoring has been underway for the past few weeks to determine the 30 I UNDER I 30 Class of 2018. We had over 50 worthy applicants this year! Teams made up of volunteers from the Foundation Board of Trustees and CVP members have been working hard to select the award-winning applications. Many, many thanks go out to those who are aiding in this endeavor. Good luck to all who applied! Stay tuned for the outcome!
Venue Management School takes place the first week of June. The Foundation will be there to talk about our purpose and lead fundraising activities. Please contact me for more details.
My first two months with the IAVM Foundation have been an enjoyable whirlwind in which I have learned a lot about the industry I am now serving, the wonderful people involved and their generous spirits, and what steps to take in which to move the Foundation into the future. I’m definitely looking forward to a bright and prosperous future for the IAVM Foundation and the industry as a whole.