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September 2019
A Message From Our President
Melanie Dunn
Creative Director,

2019-2020 AAF Toledo President
We’ve had a busy summer as a club, kicking it off with our annual board retreat. We discussed our goals for 2019-2020 and how we, as a board, can serve the membership better. We will be working this year to update our communications (including this newsletter), evaluate/increase membership value, and increase student awareness of and involvement in the club.

Our AdBASH volleyball tournament was again a success. It was perfect weather and a great time. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to our sponsors and everyone who came out. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of the event. We’d love for you to share your pictures and tag AAF Toledo!

Welcome our New Director
The Board of Governors of American Advertising Federation Toledo is pleased to announce Darcie Lynch as the new Executive Director. Ms. Lynch, a Toledo native, graduated from Anthony Wayne High School and left the area to attend the Chicago Academy of Design.

After college, she remained in Chicago where she put her creativity to work, eventually managing a boutique business in the cosmetics industry. There she was responsible for sales and marketing, planning and executing events, and keeping the business running smoothly. In 2009, she returned to Toledo and began working at Cedar Creek Church where her experience helped her manage volunteers at large scale events throughout the year.

Darcie Lynch
Executive Director,
AAF Toledo
Please make note of our new contact information:
7868 Iron Horse Rd
Monclova, OH 43542
Office: 567.952.0208
Cell: 419.509.2278

Any mail already en route to the Saw Mill Run address will be forwarded.
Membership Renewals
Is your membership current?
Now is the time to join or renew. 

Membership renewal notices were mailed and membership year began July 1st.
Contact Darcie at or renew online.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, November 9
Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

October Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, October 16
The Premier
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Silver Medal Award Nomination
The Silver Medal Award was established in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern.
We're looking for candidates for the 2019-2020 Silver Medal Award. Your help is needed by submitting a name of an advertising professional you feel should be considered for this most prestigious award.

To help in guiding your nomination of a person who has made outstanding contributions to the advertising profession, please review the list of prior  Silver Medal Award recipients and necessary criteria . ( online form )

The selection committee (past 3 Silver Medal Award recipients) may not know your nominee, so please provide AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE.

Please submit your nomination form to AAF Toledo by: Friday, November 30.

Your thoughtful and prompt response will be greatly appreciated.
Nonprofit Partner
AAF Toledo has joined forces with Wood County Humane Society. In accordance with our mission, we wanted to join efforts with a non-profit (501c3) organization throughout our membership year for the purpose of bringing awareness towards the non-profit's goal and purpose. 

For more information, visit
AdBASH Volleyball Tournament
AAF Toledo held another successful beach volleyball tournament on August 8. The weather cooperated as 18 teams participated.  

  • The Andersons
  • Buckeye Broadband
  • Communica
  • Concentrek Group
  • Cooper-Smith Advertising
  • Franklin Park Mall
  • Hanson Inc. (Teams 1 & 2)
  • Homewood Press
  • HOT Graphic Services
  • Interrupt (Teams 1 & 2)
  • Lamar Advertising
  • MadAveGroup
  • Off Contact Productions
  • Outreach
  • Louisville Title
  • Rivereast Custom Cabinets

Congratulations to the winners:  
1st - Outreach
2nd - Interrupt
3rd - River East Cabinets 
Best Dressed - Interrupt

A special thank you to Greg Reece for running the entire event.
Thanks to our sponsors (listed below), participating teams (listed above), volunteers, and spectators. 
2019-2020 Program Series Sponsor
The first 6 months of the PromoCares program resulted in more than $17,000 being donated to 4 selected local charities. Melinda Bowden, PromoHits owner, recently presented each organization with a check for the amount they had been designated from 5% of product sales. Thanks to everyone who supported this program and we look forward to continuing the giving through December with our 4 new charities; Bluffton for Hope, Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Ohio, Pierce's Crew Foundation and the Equestrian Therapy Program.

Continue the support by purchasing promotional items through PromoHits and telling us which charity you'd like the 5% of product sales to benefit!
2019 Corporate Sponsor
Donor Wall
Thank You To The Following

Fred Harrington

Job Board
AAF Toledo's job board will put your job posting in front of the most robust network of marketing and advertising talent in the Toledo area.

2019-2020 Officers & Board of Governors

Melanie Dunn, President

Katelin Reinhart, 1st Vice President

Ashley Yoakam, 2nd Vice President

Sally Stearns, Treasurer

Ryan Hall, Ex-Officio

President's Advisory Council:

Casey Pogan

Matt Rubin

Past Chairman, AAF District 5 & National Board Member
Michael Seay

Executive Director
Darcie Lynch
Board of Governors:

Liz Allen

Chrissy Arvin

Jodi Dixon

Scott Grosteffon

Kelly Henry-Hahn

Holly Kemler

Ryan Lynch

Jessica Ovall

Greg Reece

Lucas Stall

Bethany Wadel
About AAF Toledo
AAF Toledo, formerly the Advertising Club of Toledo, is a professional and social organization for individuals actively involved in the creation and production of advertising and marketing communications materials. The nonprofit (501C6) organization was originally formed in 1909 and remains dedicated to providing professional education and promoting fellowship among members and the community they serve.