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A Jam-Packed May

Erin Smith

 May is jam-packed with cool stuff for AAFSB!

May is jam-packed with cool stuff for AAFSB!

This month is FULL of activities for the American Advertising Federation of Shreveport-Bossier! 

First off, we are having our first-ever discounted membership drive. Anyone who joins this month, gets 10% off their annual membership! Students, professionals, corporate members: EVERYONE! 

Secondly, we're also currently seeking applicants for the Jim Leslie Memorial Scholarship. The deadline is May 30th, and the scholarship recipient will be announced in mid-June. Visit our SCHOLARSHIP page for all the details. 

Third, we're hosting our annual board member recruitment get-together on May 17th at Pizza Rev on Line Avenue at 6:30. If you've ever been interested in joining the board or a committee, or just want to know more about what we do, you're invited! Also, don't be intimidated by the idea of being on a "board of directors." We're a fun group who gets stuff done! Plus we and the district will train you! No worry necessary!

Fourth, we're gearing up to start our new board year (hence the recruitment social), and I'll soon be passing the torch to the ever-capable Amy Jones of Romph & Pou Agency. I have no doubt that AAFSB will be in good hands with her at the helm. 

Fifth, we're also trying to spread the word about the upcoming Advent10n convention that we'll be hosting April 4-7, 2019 at the Shreveport Convention Center. This conference will have mega keynotes and fantastic breakouts, as well as play host to the district-level of competition for the National Student Advertising Competition. We'll be showing off Shreveport-Bossier to our advertising friends from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and the rest of Louisiana. Stay tuned for more information on that, so you can get preregistered or help us with the convention!

As you can see, AAFSB is bubbling with excitement this May, and I'm excited to see the next chapter of awesome-sauce that the new board will invoke. 

In service, 
Erin Smith, president of AAFSB 2016-2018

Pioneer, Pillar of Strength: Jeanie Ruedy

Erin Smith

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Today we learned that the Immediate Past Governor of the Tenth District of the American Advertising Federation, Jeanie Ruedy, passed away. While most members of the American Advertising Federation of Shreveport-Bossier have never met Jeanie, it's imperative that you know who she is and what kind of AAF D10 leader she was. 

Jeanie Ruedy hailed from Oklahoma City where she was on the AAF OKC board for 18 years. Most recently she was the Immediate Past Governor of the Tenth District of the American Advertising Federation. She was also one of the most selfless, caring, dedicated people I had ever met. 

Being 84 years old, didn't slow Jeanie down. She still attended ever district conference, convention, board meeting and phone call for AAF D10. Every one! No lie. Her wit was as sharp as a tack and her sense of humor never failed. She was an advocate for students entering the advertising world and wanted them to succeed so much that she created and funded her own scholarship them! The money to fund it was completely her own. She loved mentoring young ad professionals and exposing them to the AAF way of life. 

In the summer of 2016, she gave me the chance to step up onto the D10 Executive Committee as the Louisiana State Rep for the district. I wasn't sure what all the job entailed and was pretty nervous about taking the role on. She quickly calmed my fears by telling me if I ever needed anything or had questions, I was welcome to call her personally.

Once I was in the role, I got to know Jeanie even better. Her kindness and warmth could make anyone feel at ease. But more than anything, she showed me that paying it forward to the students of our field is probably the best use of my time. Because of Jeanie, I've tried to be even more involved with the students in our local AAF student chapter at LSUS. 

In honor of Jeanie, please consider a donation to the Advertising Education Scholarship, so we can continue her legacy of mentoring the youth of tomorrow. 

Love you always, Jeanie, 
Erin Smith, AAFSB President 2017-2018


Jeanie's Accolades

Oklahoma City Advertising Club:
Board Member/Officer for 18 years
First woman Advertising Person of the Year, Club President, Silver Medal recipient and Ad Club Member of the Year (three times)
Established and funded the Jeanie Ruedy Commercial Art/Graphic Design Scholarship

AFF District Ten:
Chaired the Audit/Finance Committee for multiple years
Chaired/served on By Laws, Club Achievement, District Awards, Conventions, AES and Ways and Means Committees
Chaired three District conventions hosted by OKC; “wrote the book,” authoring a conventions handbook
Sterling Service Award winner

Secretary/Treasurer, Chair of AAF Central Region
Service on multiple national committees

Jeanie Ruedy, 1933-2017