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315 F.O.O.L.S., Oriskany, NY

Tri-State F.O.O.L.S., Dumas, TX

CONVENTION 2023

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Thanks to all the hard work of the Northland F.O.O.L.S. and the Minnesota Malting F.O.O.L.S., instructors, and hotel and event staff for putting on a spectacular convention this year!

Congratulations to the 2023 convention award winners!

  • Dana Hannon Award:  Brian Roussel (Bon Temps F.O.O.L.S.)

  • Chris Blackwell Award:  50th State F.O.O.L.S.

  • John Mickel Award:  Muddy River F.O.O.L.S.

  • Josh Early Award:  Kegan Ricker (New England F.O.O.L.S.)

  • FOOL of the Year:  Wyatt McCall (CS United F.O.O.L.S.)

CONVENTION 2024

Plans are underway for the 2024 Convention hosted by the Bon Temps F.O.O.L.S. in Baton Rouge, LA.

JUNE 11 - 14, 2024

The hotel block is already open, so get in early to make your reservations.

Check out the CONVENTION PAGE for links and more information.

F.O.O.L.S. International membership call to action!

 

For those of you who attended the 2023 convention in Minneapolis, you are likely aware President Fleagle expressed his intentions to maintain the position of President of the International for one more term.  He has the full support of the Founders and the current Executive Board in that decision.  At the convention, he also announced he would be stepping down when this term is up in 2027.

 

The second Executive Board position that is due for a vote this year is that of the International Treasurer.  This position is currently held by Dana Larkin and he has expressed interest in maintaining his position as well.  Once again, Dana has the full support of both the Founders and the current Executive Board to stay on.

 

In maintaining transparency related to Executive Board elections, we feel it imperative to inform the general membership of the expiration of both current terms and to request any qualified F.O.O.L.S. member who wishes to be considered for either position to make themselves known.  Letters of interest may be directed to President Fleagle no later than January 31, 2024.  The descriptions and qualifications for both can be found in the International Articles of Association, Article 7, Section 1.  The International Articles of Association can be found via a link on the International’s website home page.

 

The third piece of Executive Board business to be reported is the retirement of Bob Faas from the position of International Vice President.  Vice President Faas has faithfully served the Executive Board and general membership for 10 years and he feels it is time for him to move on.  Given that his retirement comes at a time before the end of his term, the Executive Board has opted to assign the position of Interim Vice President to the current International Public Information and Technology (PIT) Chair Chris Bednarek.  The official transition of duties will take place no later than February 1, 2024.

 

Chris has agreed to pull double duty as both Vice President and PIT Chair until a replacement PIT Chair can be found.  If you, or another member you know, is interested in being considered for the position of PIT Chair, please convey a letter of interest directly to President Fleagle no later than January 31, 2024.  The description and qualifications for the PIT Chair can be found in the International Articles of Association, Article 7, Sections 1 and 2 (Updates to the Articles formally address this position but have not been ratified yet.  Interested applicants may request the draft version of the job description by emailing pit@foolsinternational.com.). The International Articles of Association can be found via a link on the International’s home page.

 

Please feel free to share this post with other groups where interested and qualified F.O.O.L.S. members may find it.  If you have any specific questions, please direct them to President Ben Fleagle or Vice President Chris Bednarek.

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If you are an ACTIVE F.O.O.L.S. member, there is no need to return the yellow or blue card mailed directly from AIL.  You are covered simply by being a member of the International.

 

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