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Important Announcement from AdFed of Central Oregon:

After 27 Years, it's a Wrap

Thanks to members like you, AdFed has been an integral organization in the Central Oregon business landscape for nearly 27 years. Since 1989, we have laughed, learned, created memories and forged invaluable, life-long relationships.

We’ve hosted many monthly luncheons, featuring speakers ranging from Weiden & Kennedy’s Old Spice commercial presentation to the audacious Oatmeal, to our industry’s version of Ignite starring our own members’ inspirational 3-minute presentations. We mixed and mingled at happy hour events held at new restaurants, beloved venues and event member’s offices. We recognized the brightest in our industry with the coveted Hacker and Silver Medal awards. We celebrated our creative community by hosting the Drake Awards (later known as the ADDY Awards) with inventive themes including beatniks and berets, Mardi Gras masks and even a recreation of Space Odyssey 2010. We carried home many awards and certificates following dancing and networking well into the night.

During the last couple of decades, AdFed also gave back to our community. We funded scholarships at COCC and OSU Cascades and actively participated in the college’s Hot Seat fundraiser. We coordinated annual marketing conferences for local non-profits and collaborated with these deserving organizations to develop strategic branding campaigns. We launched the forward-thinking Swivel conference to bring innovative thought and speakers to our colleagues. We were rewarded for our efforts with numerous national awards and were even recognized as Club of the Year by the the American Advertising Federation.

The common thread? A passionate collective of peers, co-workers and friends who shared camaraderie and a devotion for inspired creativity -- all under the umbrella that is AdFed of Central Oregon.

While we celebrate this history and our accomplishments, our board of directors has also spent considerable time this past year evaluating our organization’s mission. In our attempt to define the benefits that are most valuable to our membership, we’ve reached out to various audiences, experimented with program formats and explored new networking opportunities.  

What has become clear is that our organization, as many others with a similar mission, is facing an industry-wide challenge within our existing structure. A proliferation of additional resources for education, inspiration and networking both in Central Oregon and online is readily accessible for all of us. The new entrepreneurial economy in our community is infectious and exciting, but the reality for AdFed is that now is the time for us to take a step back and reconsider what could make our group truly relevant and unique.    

After much deliberation and self-reflection, the AdFed board has chosen to suspend the organization. We take this decision very seriously and have high hopes that a thoughtful evolution of our beloved AdFed will be offered to our community at some point.

As the board takes this necessary step away from daily operations as Advertising Federation of Central Oregon, we are doing so compelled to build a stronger understanding of the needs from our marketing community.

If you have any interest in offering your energy toward reinventing a new future, we are taking names to develop a steering committee. The current board of directors is dedicated to participating on that committee until June 30, 2016. We value your thoughts and if you’d like to share with us, please reply to this email. 

We are willing to prorate your membership dues, as of December 31, 2015, and return them to you. If you would like to have your membership refunded, please email director@adfedco.org by March 15th. Any leftover dues will remain within the coffers of the non-profit Advertising Federation of Central Oregon for whatever the future holds.

Despite this sad but necessary decision, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support of AdFed. We speak for everyone involved in AdFed that some amazing and inspiring relationships have developed out of this club, and we are poised to maintain its legacy.


The AdFed Board of Directors:

To celebrate the end of a great organization, and the relationships we've built, please join us at:

AdFed's Wrap Party 

  • When: Thursday, March 31, 2016; 6-8pm
  • WhereThe historic Hollinshead Barn, 1235 NE Jones Rd
  • What: Mix and mingle with the Central Oregon advertising and marketing community. Enjoy great music, delicious appetizers, as well as drinks and raffle prizes from our event sponors. 



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