ACE Update – August 2017
for allowing me to serve ACE. What a learning experience the past two years on the Board of Directors has been, and I know there’s a lot more learning coming my way.
That’s how it’s been for me in ACE. Anytime I’ve volunteered or participated in an effort—whether as a Learning Community leader, a member of a conference planning committee, or as a board member—I’ve received more than I’ve given. That may sound a little cliché, but it’s true.
By working closely with other members, I’ve learned how other states handle issues, crises, and every day happenings. I have a network of people to rely on when I need ideas. And then there’s the stretching—learning how to handle situations that challenge me and help me grow.
When you hear about an opportunity to volunteer or serve, raise your hand. There are lots of opportunities in committees and learning communities and in planning and presenting for webinars or annual conference. When someone asks for a volunteer—you are being asked! Step forward. You won’t regret it.
Speaking of volunteers, ACE 2018 co-chairs Lori Greiner and Martha Filipic are already hard at work planning an outstanding conference for you in Scottsdale next August. Send them a note if you’d like to join the committee. This will be a hybrid meeting, of sorts. We are joining the Ag Media Summit, which includes the American Ag Editors Association, Livestock Publications Council, Conectiv Agri-Media Committee, and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. We’ll share speakers, breakout sessions, and some meals. Mark your calendars now for Aug. 5-8. We’ll have the lowest room rates ($139) and registration ($385-$395) rates in years.
Other committee members include Brian Meyer and Ed Adcock, Iowa State, Maggie Lawrence, Auburn, Susan McGinley and Robert Casler, University of Arizona, Donna Sheffield, Kansas State, ChaNae Bradley, Fort Valley State, Kelsey Hall, Utah State, Victor Villegas, Oregon State, and Beth Forbes, Purdue.
It was great seeing many of you at the annual conference in New Orleans. Kudos to Steve Miller, past president, and his stellar planning committee led by Jennifer Alexander and Tobie Blanchard. Congratulations to all of the ACE and Critique and Awards Program winners. You are a talented bunch.
Suzanne Steel, President
Forrest Laws was presented the Reuben Brigham Award at the national ACE meeting in New Orleans. Laws is director of content for the Penton Media Agriculture Group and oversees content creation for Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Press and for BEEF, Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and National Hog Farmer.
Laws joined the Delta Farm Press in 1980, meeting the requirement an editor write at least three features a week.
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