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GETTING TO KNOW OUR PAST PRESIDENTS………......…………………………… Gary L. Roegner

Federation President—1988 Gary L. Roegner was born in Ackley,

Iowa on July 18, 1939. Early on Gary nurtured his leadership skills as presi- dent of his senior class at Ackley High School. Immediately after high school graduation, Gary joined the US Navy. He served for 4 ½ years, attained the rank of E-5 and was the recipient of the American Spirit Honor Medal. Honorably discharged in 1963, he

went to work for Naegele Outdoor Ad- vertising Company of Jacksonville, Florida and served in many capacities up to Vice-President of the Jacksonville Division. His duties compiled over 18 years in advertising, marketing and

public relations. Prior to becoming General Manager

of the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Association in April 1981, Gary served on the Board of Directors and was Vice-President of the Association. Actively involved with the Florida

Federation of Fairs for many years, Gary served as organization President in 1988 and was named to the Hall of Fame in 2000. He received his CFE certification from the International As- sociation of Fairs and Expositions in 1986. After 24 years of Fair fun, Roegner retired as President/CEO from the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair on December 31, 2004. He re- mains an Honorary Life member of the

Florida Federation of Fairs and still regularly attends Board meetings. Gary has served in many civic and

fraternal organizations in the commu- nity including the Kiwanis Club, 4-H Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Sales & Marketing Executives of Jack- sonville, Morocco Shrine Temple, Flor- ida Farm Bureau, Northside Business- man’s Club and the Jacksonville-Duval County Agricultural Council. Gary has been married for 47 years

to his wife Jeanette. They have two daughters, Tanya and Tracey. Both daughters are married and they have one granddaughter and one grandson. Gary enjoys fishing, water activities and NASCAR racing.

IAFE UPDATES……………………………………………………………………………….

ZONE II NEWS………………………Submitted by Becky Brashear, CFE, Zone II Director

Greetings to members of the Florida Federation of Fairs and

Livestock Shows! Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of the Florida

Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows’ newsletter! It’s hard to believe we’re at the time of year when the IAFE Convention is soeo r rather than later! Aim Higher! is the


theme for this year’s national convention in Las Vegas, No- vember 29-December 2. I look forward to seeing you at the convention and remind you to attend the Zone II Meeting set for 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29. Be sure to register early for the convention at … and save! Among the attendees at this year’s IAFE Convention will be

Cindy Rieskamp from the South Florida Fair and PBC Exposi- tions Inc. Cindy has been awarded a scholarship up to $1000.00 that was made available by Zone II as part of the Young Professional Institute (YPI) Scholarship Program. Cindy is controller at the Fair, overseeing accounts payable, ac- counts receivable and payroll. When explaining why she would like to attend the IAFE Convention and why attending will be beneficial to her and her Fair, Cindy wrote: “As the Controller, I feel it is necessary to understand all realms of the Fair indus- try. I have a pretty good idea, but sitting behind the computer does not always make it possible for me to fully understand.” Cindy went on to say, “I would like the opportunity to network with other Fairs and learn at the workshops during the IAFE Convention.” P

lae j i es on m n cn r t l tn id o en o e I’ P c oas i

bi g Zn Is Y I Shl rhp Po rm rcpe t As we lead up to the IAFE Convention, please help our zone

and the IAFE in its membership drive. Calling "All Hands On Deck:" to recruit new members into the IAFE! Nancy Smith, CFE, from South Carolina State Fair, serving as national mem-


bership chair, said prizes will be awarded in three separate competitions: the Individual Competition; the Zone and Fed- eration Competition; and the State and Provincial Executive's Competition. A special "Ships AHoye Prize Drawing" will take place for an Alaskan Cruise. To qualify for the drawing, simply recruit one new member and complete the Official Registry Form and provide the IAFE office with some prospective leads. Complete details and a copy of the registry form are available at In looking ahead to Zone II’s 2011 meeting, discussions are

taking place between myself, Lisa Hinton and Happy Norris from the Florida Federation of Fairs about joining forces with the Zone II meeting and the FFF Convention next May. More details concerning this partnership will be forthcoming, so be on the lookout for e-mail updates as well as updates on Zone II’s Facebook Page. And speaking of social media, if you’re not a fan of Zone II’s

Facebook page, join in today! We’ll have lots to discuss and review at our Zone II meeting

in Las Vegas, and I look forward to seeing you! Until then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

IAFE Convention - Agriculture Focused Workshops

e i o gauai g Cny f r rga ei in!

The role Fairs play in agriculture education is more important than ever! These workshops will help Convention delegates focus in on the hottest topics today: • Animal Care/Animal Welfare Committees • Telling the True Story of Agriculture • Hot Seat Lab: Ag Education for the Public • 4-H & FFA Industry Relations Panel • Feed Additives, Drugs and Ethics at Livestock Shows

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