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IAFE Zone 2 Changing Lives – One Fair at a Time was the theme of the combined Florida Federation of


Fairs and IAFE Zone 2 Convention this past May in Orlando. Those simple words carry so much meaning. The impact we make at our Fairs goes well beyond anything we can imagine. I am sure each of us could site an example of how our Fair has made a difference in someone’s life, most likely at a time when it was needed most. We do change lives Thank you so much to the Florida Federation Board and of course, we extend our thanks to


Lisa Hinton. Meeting in conjunction with the Florida Fairs allows our Zone members to build long lasting relationships with so many new people. This year we had 7 of our 8 states from the Zone represented at the meeting. Next year, 100% participation is our goal. I would like to thank Laura Murek of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg,


Vicki Chouris, Zone 2 Director


MD for her role as Zone 2 YPI representative. Our Zone 2 YPIs along with the Florida YPIs went above and beyond for our industry at the Convention. Their success is outlined in Laura’s message below. As we move forward, I would like to encourage each of you to join the IAFE at the Annual IAFE Convention held this


year in San Antonio. Reservations are now open. Registration and information is available at a special website www.iafeconvention.com. The convention committee has worked very hard to provide a great, informative program that is filled with educational sessions that are very relevant to our industry today. Make sure you check it out right away and register today. Let’s continue our amazing tradition of Changing Lives – One Fair at a Time. And when we get to San Antonio, our industry will make a great First Impression!


The Zone 2 YPI made it their mission this year to raise a minimum of $1,000


to send at least one Zone 2 Scholarship winner to the 2018 Convention in San Antonio. It is only fitting that we give back to the organization that has so graciously provided the YPI’s with the opportunity to attend Convention through a scholarship. Nicole Jones took the lead with the Florida YPI’s to raise money through the


sales of “Wonka Bars.” These Wonka Bars were sold at $10 a piece on Fri- day night where we raised $650 towards the scholarship. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Maryland donated a basket to the silent auction that went for $350. This generous donation raised our total amount to $1,000 which is ex- actly what we needed to achieve our goal of sending one Zone 2 YPI scholarship recipient to San Antonio for the 2018 Convention. I am challenging all of the states in our Zone to have at least one bas- ket in their live auction at their state conventions where the proceeds come back to the Zone to help pay for our two annual scholarship recipients. With your help I know we can achieve this goal, Laura Murek.


35th Annual Women in Leadership Award (WILA)


April 18, 2018


Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation


Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - Cohen Pavilion


West Palm Beach At the WILA luncheon, EWPBF presents


awards to exemplary women who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements and leadership in the nonprofit, private, public and volunteer sectors. Since 2010, each re-


cipient has been presented with the Free to Be statue by artist and member Jo- Anne B. Berkow. The luncheon is one of the county’s most successful community events, attracting approximately 600 attendees annually. Marilu Henner was Keynote Speaker for the 35th annual Women in Leader-


ship Award (WILA) event. Vicki Chouris, pictured above, during her speech at the Women in Leadership Awards Luncheon as she was honored by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation as the 2018 Non-profit Sector Awards Honoree. At the end of her speech she quoted Mike Bubis saying "We not me."


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