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T e Fir r c e March 2011

President’s Message The fall season had kicked into gear and I was able to attend a few

fairs. Dodged the rain and endured a little cold weather but the visits went well. Thursday November 4th I headed up to Columbia County. Literally dodged rain and storms the whole way, picked up my grand kids and out came the sun and we all had a wonderful time….stole some ideas and left Friday. On my way to Jacksonville stopped and visited with Pete and Karen at Clay County Fair. Had a great lunch and then on my way to Jacksonville. Now that is where the cold came into play. Un- fortunately Jacksonville was calling for temperatures in the 30’s so we all bundled up and hit the grounds. The visit was wonderful as the crew from Plant City was also there. We enjoyed the con- cert and livestock showmanship events and building displays. That was my first trip to Jacksonville and I was in total amazement of the skyscrapers all around the grounds. Jacksonville does a great job of bringing “the country” right smack in the middle of the city! Saturday morning I was up early and headed down to Volusia County. It was a beautiful Saturday and the crowds were huge. David and his volunteers, as usual, were great hosts and hostesses. My visits were somewhat limited this fall but visiting fairs is one of my favorite things…hopefully I will catch up next fall with a few more visits. A big thank you— I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your prayers, cards,

thoughts and donations when my husband Bob passed away this past November. My friends and family were just in awe of the response that came from all of you. I do miss him terribly but truly know that it was for the best as we really had a great time with each other overcoming the illness and I have great memories of the great times we had together. Please remember to treasure every moment as we are never promised a tomor- row. Thank you all is so wonderful being part of such a great group of friends.

Convention and Zone II Highlights At A Glance May 19—21, 2011

Wednesday, May 18th – Giles Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament at the Slammer & Squire Golf Course at World Golf Village

Thursday, May 19th – President’s Party in honor of President Jeanne Keaton at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

Friday, May 20th – Opening Session and Keynote speaker

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – Educational Sessions featuring many out of state guest speakers

Saturday Lunch—Annual Business Meeting and Closing Keynote Speaker

Zone II Business Meeting—Catch up on the news from our Zone at Saturday morning’s business meeting Fantastic Showcases throughout the Convention!

Technology Encounter workshops – learn from the pros while you actually work on a computer Friday Night Showcases sponsored by the Associates!

Federation Hospitality Suite open Wednesday & Saturday nights - a great place to network! Trade Show featuring over 60 Associate member businesses Table Topics for exchanging thoughts and ideas

And more……. Sincerely, Jeanne Meeting Notice The Florida Federation of Fairs

Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, May 19th at 10:30 am and also on Saturday, May 21st after the luncheon and showcases at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in conjunction with the An- nual Convention. The Federation Annual Business

Meeting will take place on Saturday, May 21st at lunch in conjunction with the Annual Convention.


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