Committees are the backbone of any great organization and AAF Baltimore is no exception to that. We could not possibly do what we do without dedicated committee chairs/committees working hard to bring you the best in programs and events throughout the year. Our committees are made up of volunteers with great ideas and enthusiasm for our industry, and who want the opportunity to share those ideas, increase their level of networking with other members and enjoy the experience of being a part of our organization.
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Duties and Responsibilites for Standing Committee Chairs
- Committee Chairs are approved by the Board.
- Committee Chairs appoint enough committee members to manage all aspects of the committee’s objectives.
- Lead the committee and guide its direction towards realizing goals and objectives.
- Oversee and manage the work, deadlines and responsibilities of committee members.
- Manage the budget and employ fiscal responsibility to spending and income decisions.
- Secure Board approval for all anticipated expenses before entering into any agreements/contracts and finalizing arrangements with vendors.
- Attend all scheduled Board meetings and report the status of the committee’s accomplishments and action plans.
Take a moment to review our committees – we’re sure you will find one that works for you.
The membership committee is responsible for attracting and maintaining members. It helps develop benefits and incentives for members; develop membership kits/materials; maintain a list of potential members; assist in the collection of member dues and maintain a membership table at all AAF Baltimore events.
This committee is responsible for recommending sponsorship programs for all events and actvities, including defining levels of sponsorship. They work with individual event committees on sponsorship efforts. In addition, the committee develops and implements strategies for attracting new sponsors, solicits targeted sponsorships, ensures sponsor benefits are provided, confirms sponsors are satisfied with their participation and develops sponsor “thank you” initiatives.
The Program Committee is in charge of creating and enhancing the annual Calendar of Events for AAF Baltimore. In addition to developing great ideas for Programs, the committee is also responsible for the execution and success of each show, workshop & seminar. With a love for event planning & a dash of PR expertise, this group is responsible for keeping AAF Baltimore full of exciting events throughout the year.
The American Advertising Awards is the biggest annual event for our club. Due to the amount of work that goes into this event, the committee is broken out into 3 sub-committees: Judging, Show and Publicity. The committee is responsible for developing an imaginative theme for each year's event, all creative (call for entries, invitation, program book and show production), securing judges and their travel/accommodations, judging venue, show venue, vendors and sponsorships to underwrite costs of hosting the competition and event.
The Social/Networking Committee identifies and plans social events for all demographics of the organization by investigating and securing potential locations to host special events, i.e., happy hours, crab feasts, summer outings, etc. In addition, the social committee oversees all creative of event materials and publicity for each event, as well as recognizing sponsors. The purpose of these socials is to provide networking opportunities between members and potential members/sponsors, and deepen their relationships within the organization.
Paying for college can be a daunting task. Every resource can mean the difference in being able to successfully earn your degree. That’s why AAFB annually awards scholarships to students pursuing a degree in one or more advertising disciplines. The AAFB Scholarship Committee develops guidelines and conducts outreach to area high schools and colleges to make students aware of this unique opportunity. They also review applications and present recommendations to the Board for approval. Winners of the scholarship competition are awarded during the AAFB annual American Advertising Awards event, where industry leaders hear about the students' goals and accomplishments.
You can have all the best plans and programs in the world, but they’re not going to matter much unless people know about them. Fortunately, AAF Baltimore is off to a great start with plenty of exciting plans and programs already in the works, designed to cover the hottest need-to-know topics in the industry. Working closely with each of the other AAF Baltimore committees, the PR Committee’s mission is to ensure everyone in this rapidly changing, dynamic industry has the information they need to take full advantage of all that AAF Baltimore has to offer. If publicity is your thing, we’re always looking for more people to share in the fun!
The Social Media Committee of AAF Baltimore manages the group’s presence across social networking platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Instagram. This committee works to share information concerning AAF Baltimore events, benefits of membership, member promotions and general advertising industry news. They also help field questions concerning AAF Baltimore. So if you’d like to communicate with AAF Baltimore, and you’d rather not email (email is SO 2004), feel free to give us a “shout out” at any of our more ‘social’ locations listed on the left side of your screen.
Websites are an integral part of most organizations’ marketing strategies in today’s market. AAF Baltimore is no exception. Our website is an important communication tool which helps attract and recruit new members, but also allows us to communicate with our existing members and other key audiences like the press and local university students. This committee ensures our interactive presence is a worthy reflection of our membership. Meetings are pretty informal and typically consist of discussing site improvements and opportunities for collaboration with other AAFB committees, as well as industry best practices for website design and technology.