Committees

IAFE Committees

IAFE programming and activities are largely determined by the work of the committees, which are divided into three categories: administrative, activity, and education programs.

Time to sign up to serve on an IAFE Committee!

  • Serving on a committee is a fantastic way to network with other members whose interests or specialties align with yours.
  • Serving on a committee is EASY! If you’re attending the Convention, join the live discussions held during the meeting. Once the new year begins, the committees will start regular conference calls. Some “meet” via conference call only 2-3 times yearly; others meet monthly. Calls are fairly short, generally less than an hour.
  • Committees drive the educational program content for your Association! Each committee presents at least three topics for consideration for the annual convention, which are “put to the vote” online. Last year, over 48,000 votes were cast, resulting in a Convention program that truly reflects your concerns and interests.

Committee Types

EDUCATION PROGRAM COMMITTEES: Anyone associated with an IAFE member (fair, associate, state/provincial association) is invited to volunteer to serve on any committee listed below as “Education Program.” All Education Program Committees are asked to recruit members to submit at least three articles for the Fairs & Expos Magazine and six items for the IAFE Online Library. Each of these committees is also asked to contribute ideas for the Annual Convention programming. In addition, each committee is asked to select members to serve on the Foundation Fund-Raising Committee.

ACTIVITY COMMITTEES: Each activity committee has designated appointees, but others are welcome to volunteer. See each committee for any limitations.

ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES: All members are appointed or selected according to a specific procedure.

AgricultureEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Advance ideas for members to increase awareness, understanding, and best practices in programming agriculture at scheduled events. The events include the annual convention, CyberSeminars, etc.
  • Agricultural Awards Contest — Recommend to staff the rules, categories, and procedures for the contest; encourage participation and mentor members in submission procedures; and serve as judges for the agriculture contest entries.
  • Responsible, in conjunction with the IAFE Education Foundation, for the Raisin’ For A Reason benefit auction traditionally held at the Convention. 
  • Participate in the “Agriculture on a Grand Scale” discussion.
  • The committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 2:00 pm CST. In addition, the committee meets at the IAFE Annual Convention. Visit www.iafeconvention.com for a scheduled meeting time.

Awards Administrative Committee

Committee Description

  • Review IAFE Hall of Fame applications and select a recipient.
  • Review procedures and program rules for all Association awards programs.
  • The incoming Chair makes appointments to the committee and represents one from each Zone.

Budget & FinanceAdministrative Committee

Committee Description

  • Review the annual budget prepared and proposed by the IAFE President and CEO before submitting it to the IAFE Board.
  • The incoming Chair makes appointments to the committee. 

CertificationAdministrative Committee

Committee Description

  • Certification Programs (CFE and CFVM) – reviews and makes recommendations to the board regarding qualifications, criteria, requirements, and program policies, as well as reviews applications, providing recommendations to the Board for approval. The committee chair is responsible for communicating with each applicant regarding the application’s acceptance or rejection.
  • Assists in the presentation of accredited candidates.
  • From the initial appointment as a first-year person, a member serves four years, ending the last year of service as Chair of the Committee.

Commercial Exhibits & ConcessionsEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information on matters related to commercial exhibits and concessions.
  • May be asked to contribute to Industry Relations Committee projects.

Competitive ExhibitsEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Create networking opportunities through committee meetings to share information, ideas, and best practices related to competitive exhibits (non-livestock).
  • Energize committee members to enhance, improve, and make the competitive exhibits at their fairs relative to their community by sharing new ideas and inspiring other IAFE Member Fairs to do the same.
  • Establish a creative and supportive panel of competitive exhibit experts to mentor and assist others in growing their programs and/or problem-solving.
  • Craft and propose at least three competitive exhibit-related topic ideas for the annual IAFE Convention program.
  • Review the rules, categories, and procedures for the IAFE Competitive Exhibit Contest, recommending changes to the staff.
  • Encourage participation in the IAFE Competitive Exhibit Contest; participate on the judging committee.

Convention ProgramActivity Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide program recommendations for the IAFE Annual Convention, including activities, networking, educational programming (as might be suggested by IAFE Education Program Committees), marketing, and promotion.
  • Serve as ambassadors and mentors to welcome first-time convention attendees.
  • Will assist IAFE Staff with programs and activities when on-site at events.

County FairsEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas to the IAFE Board of Directors and Staff on serving small budget fairs’ interests and unique needs.
  • Provide ideas on recruiting new small budget fairs as members and encouraging their retention and engagement in the Association.
  • Serve as mentors to new small-budget fair members.

EntertainmentEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information on matters related to entertainment.

Foundation Fundraising Event Committee

Committee Description

  • Join the fun to help plan and execute the IAFE Education Foundation’s annual fund-raising event held during the Convention.
  • Members are asked to secure auction items, donated prizes, or other products, coordinate activities during the event, and volunteer for set-up.

Future Convention – Vice Chairs

Committee Description

  • The committee of current vice-chairs will begin the planning for the convention when they become committee chairs.

Human Resources

Committee Description

  • Human Resources professionals and lay staff with an interest in HR topics. The Human Resources Committee will (a) ensure HR matters are covered in IAFE education and meetings and (b) act as a support/network group on this highly specialized topic.

Industry RelationsAdministrative Committee

Committee Description

  • Works to improve and enhance relations with allied and affiliated industry organizations.
  • Initiates special projects and/or programming as may be appropriate.
  • Recommends educational and/or informational programming for IAFE Convention, Management Conference, and/or Specialty Seminars.

Management ConferenceActivity Committee

Committee Description

  • Limited to those members eligible to attend this Conference.
  • Provide program recommendations for the Management Conference, including activities, networking, educational programming (as might be suggested by IAFE Education Program Committees), marketing, and promotion.
  • Serve as ambassadors and mentors to welcome first-time convention attendees.
  • Will assist IAFE Staff with programs and activities when on-site at events.

MarketingEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information and resources related to advertising, promotions, and public relations.
  • Hall of Honor Communications Awards Contest — Recommend to staff the rules, categories, and procedures for the contest; encourage participation and mentor members in submission procedures and encourage them to serve on the judging committee for the annual Hall of Honor Communications Awards Contest.

NominatingAdministrative Committee

Committee Description

  • Recommends a slate of candidates for IAFE Officer positions on the Executive Committee (except for President) per the Association’s bylaws.
  • The incoming Chair makes appointments for representation from each Zone.

Non-Fair Facility Usage Education Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information on developing, increasing, and enhancing facility usage during non-fair time frames.

Safety & SecurityEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • The Safety and Security committee features individuals from the events industry who are responsible for and/or interested in the safety and security of their events.
  • The committee identifies topics, presenters, and panelists for discussion, workshops, and presentations at the IAFE Annual Convention, CyberSeminars, etc.
  • The committee meets monthly, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 11:30 am CST.  Meetings include discussing the latest incidents, providing attendees with resources, and identifying the newest technologies. The Safety and Security Committee meets during the annual IAFE Convention. For meeting times and locations, visit www.iafeconvention.com

SponsorshipEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information on sponsorships and their procurement matters.
  • Innovation in Sponsorship Awards Contest — Recommend to staff the rules, categories, and procedures for the contest; encourage participation and mentor members in submission procedures and encourage them to serve on the judging committee for the awards contest.
  • Provide programming, activities, and networking ideas for “Impact & Impressions” when featured as the Specialty Seminar of the Year.

Strategic Planning for Fair Operations & FacilitiesEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information on common issues and challenges associated with planning, developing, and maintaining fairgrounds’ physical plant resources and funding ideas for the same.

TechnologyEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Provide ideas for IAFE members to share information on matters related to technology.
  • Members of this committee serve in a technology advisory capacity to the IAFE office and IAFE members.  
  • Consulting services can be requested of committee members.

TicketingEducation Program Committee

Committee Description

  • Education Program Committee

YP (Young Professionals) SteeringAdministrative Committee

Committee Description

  • Create networking and recruitment opportunities and activities for young (40 years and under) professionals in the Association to share information and ideas.
  • Suggest programming for IAFE events and activities (Convention, Management Conference, Zone meetings) to involve and address young professionals’ educational interests and needs.
  • Rising Star Award: Review nomination and selection procedures, rules, and eligibility criteria, provide recommendations to the Awards Committee, and select two Steering Committee members to serve on the Rising Star Award selection panel.
  • Members are selected for representation from Zone and Associate member categories according to a specific protocol and serve for two years.