October 2017

Autumn is Awesome!

By Kelly Rodenberg
 
Each season has its perks, but none quite like the fall. It’s time to relish the crisp, cool weather this time of year brings. Everyone enjoys a nice, sunny summer afternoon, but when temperatures soar to the mid-90s, it's just one miserable experience. And, ladies, we all know what less humidity means to you: Better hair days. It’s time to turn off the air conditioners and open the windows!

There’s no denying that the weather is perhaps the most anticipated part of the fall, but honestly there are so many more great aspects.

Fall Foliage

Everything is just that much prettier in the fall. Sure, snow is great to look at, but it is NOT convenient when you have to shovel the driveway in -10 degree temperatures. Summer may leave you nice and bronzed, but that doesn’t stop you from dripping sweat after every place you venture to. And do we really even have a spring anymore? The changing of the leaves creates some of the most beautiful scenery as you walk through most any city.

TV Time

Even though younger audiences don't adhere to quite the same viewing habits as those of previous decades, there's no bigger time of year for a TV fanatic than the fall season. Our favorites are back and we look forward to seeing what’s new. (Yes, I was one of those who couldn’t wait for Will and Grace to return.)

Halloween

Everyone loves a good excuse to get dressed up and eat tons of candy without feeling too guilty. It doesn’t matter how old you are, this holiday doesn’t have an age limit. Plus, we all know we still watch those scary horror movies made in the ‘80s.

Fires

Whether you are cozying up to a good book or a homemade meal, nothing is quite as serene as hanging by the fire. After a long week at work, this can be just what you need to put your mind at ease. And, the bonus – campfire s’mores!

NFL and College Football

Sunday afternoons take on a whole different meaning in the fall: one filled with wings, fantasy leagues and beer. This is also the time to cheer on your college team. College football also gives you a great excuse to visit your old school and relive your glory days at epic tailgates. I have to admit, for me it is the NHL season that I look forward to. Go Hawks!

Comfy Clothes

Ah, the time to whip out your favorite sweaters, boots, jeans, lounge wear, and hoodies.

Did Someone Say Pumpkin Spice?

It’s the season for pumpkin spice everything! On October 1, I anxiously waited in the Starbucks drive-thru line for my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. I even found pumpkin spice dog treats this year. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin craft beers, it’s all amazing!

Take a Look at the AKFCF Fall Line-up!

2018 Convention Registration

Registration for the 2018 Annual Convention is now open! Click here for detailed information on this year’s program and how to register. Watch for your brochure in the mail next week and for a special teaser video on Anaheim later this month.

Best Practices

Learn from the experiences of your peers! Each month we will highlight a specific region sharing a few of their best practices and success stories. This month you will read an update from the Northeast. Please send me your best ideas, practices, and special people who have made a difference in your restaurant so that we can share your story next month.

Large Franchisee Summit

The AKFCF Executive Committee has invited franchisees from 14 large operator groups across the country for a two-day brainstorming session to be held in Chicago next month. As franchise consolidation continues, we felt it was time to start looking at who we are serving and the services we offer, plus to take into consideration the forces that are affecting our larger franchisees. The goal is to position ourselves to offer events and services that meet the needs of all our members – no matter what size organization. We acknowledge that there is a broader constituency that we have not tapped into, and we need to look at the dynamics within their management and operations. Every franchisee has an impact within our Association. We look forward to sharing with you the ideas and strategies from this summit over the next few months.

Award Nominations

Please take a moment out of your schedule today to nominate a special person you know for one of  the AKFCF’s awards. A list of awards and their descriptions can be found in this edition of eNews. Many of you see colleague’s everyday who go above and beyond for the brand and deserve to be recognized. Please share their names with Eric Overcash or me by Nov. 1.

Regional Association Fall Meetings

I encourage all of you who are considering attending a Regional meeting this fall to make the decision to go. It is the perfect environment to meet new people, network with your local KFC friends and family, update yourself on industry related news, hear from the KFCC LT on key insights and brand strategies – and of course Eric, Ron, and I will provide you with the latest on AKFCF actions and legal updates.

Nominate a Fellow Franchisee by Nov. 1!

If you know someone who demonstrates leadership, commitment, and involvement with AKFCF, please nominate them for consideration as a candidate for one of the below awards.

President's Award
The President’s Award honors members of the AKFCF who over the course of time, have made substantial contributions to the development of the Association and the KFC Brand. Individuals adhere to high standards of professionalism, decency and collegiality. Awarded to franchisees who have consistently worked to support the AKFCF’s mission statement and who have performed “over and above” what has been required.  This award is at the President’s discretion and approved by the Executive Committee.

Colonel's Legacy Award
Awarded to second and third generation franchisees who have made a significant impact within their region or nationally.  It recognizes individuals for their noteworthy contributions, innovative thinking and volunteerism. This award is at the President’s discretion and approved by the Executive Committee.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented for the first time in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has given decades of outstanding service and voluntary leadership spanning a career in franchising. This award is at the President’s discretion and approved by the Executive Committee.

The awards program recognizes individual accomplishments and contributions to the association community, and is a call for continued service within the system. Awards winners serve as a role models and mentors for individuals who are interested in making a commitment to a career as a KFC franchisee.

Please send your nominations for all awards listed above on or before Nov. 1 to AKFCF President Eric Overcash at eovercash@oincorporated.com.

Please include a detailed summary stating the reasons for this person’s nomination and head shot photo of the nominee. Eric Overcash will choose the recipients, subject to the approval of the AKFCF Executive Committee, and the awards will be presented at the 2018 Annual AKFCF Convention this February in Anaheim, California.

For questions, contact Kelly at 224-209-6701 or at kelly.rodenberg@akfcf.com.

Taking care of our own when they need it the most.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated southern parts of the U.S. Fortunately, the KFC Foundation is here to help KFC’s frontline workers impacted by these historic natural disasters.

Through today, Sept. 21, the KFC Foundation has disbursed $93,000 to 186 KFC restaurant employees whose homes or vehicles were damaged by one of the recent hurricanes via our large-scale/quick disbursement process. KFC Family Fund applications continue to come in and the Foundation stands ready and able to assist.

All thanks to you!

Franchisees and their monetary support through the Cole Slaw Donation Program, along with additional gifts from individual franchisees and the generosity of the KFC Corporation, make it possible for the KFC Foundation to be a comprehensive employee support organization, assisting frontline workers via education and hardship assistance programs.

Changes in 2018
In 2018, the KFC Family Fund joins the REACH Educational Grant Program and Rise with GEDWorks (same program, new name!) as being available exclusively to employees at restaurants participating in the Cole Slaw Donation Program. Thanks to the overwhelming majority of KFC U.S. franchisees who contribute to the Foundation in this way, these programs will be here for your people when they need our help.

New in 2018! Financial literacy for participating restaurant employees… Additional information coming your way soon.

Questions? Contact the Foundation at foundation@kfc.com or 800-248-5092.

AKFCF Fall Fly-in Update

On Oct. 3 and 4, the AKFCF GAC returned to Washington, D.C., for the second time this year to meet with Members of Congress and discuss a few legislative priorities; there were 14 franchisees that attended, and they visited with more than 30 congressional offices.  

The fly-in began on Tuesday, with attendees meeting on Capitol Hill to participate in an afternoon briefing session with industry professionals. They were briefed on issues such as tax reform, minimum wage, overtime, joint-employer, health care, ethanol and the RFS. They also visited with congressional staff from the House Education and Workforce Committee.

The afternoon briefing session serves a few purposes, but most importantly it prepares franchisees for their Hill meetings the following day. Hearing about current events and strategy nuances from industry professionals help the attendees stay on message.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the franchisees hit the Hill and spent the morning visiting with Senators and the afternoon meeting with Congressman. We determine the Members that each franchisee visits by their address and store locations, while considering the strategic objectives we are trying to fulfill.

Over the two days, we also hosted four fundraisers for various Members of Congress:

  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
  • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
  • Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)

These Members are important to the AKFCF and for a variety of reasons. For example, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) is the original cosponsor on the joint-employer bill we currently have in the House; Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) is the Chairman of the House Rules Committee – every piece of legislation goes through the Rules Committee and he determines which will get a vote; Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) is the Chairman of the Blue Dogs Coalition, a left of center group of free-market Democrats, and is a huge supporter of our joint-employer legislation; and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) sits on the House Ways & Means Committee and will be instrumental in rolling our the GOP tax reform plan.

During the fundraisers, franchisees get to introduce themselves to the Members and share personal anecdotes of how actions on Capitol Hill impact their businesses. The fundraisers are closed to outside parties and only fly-in attendees are present – providing a private environment for frank discussions. 

If any members from the AKFCF would like to participate in one of our Washington, D.C., fly-ins, please contact your GAC representative.

Donate to the PAC: Contributing to the AKFCF PAC is the best way to support the election and reelection committees of pro-business Members of Congress who share the same concerns as franchisees. The money raised in the PAC goes directly to Members of Congress. You may make your 2017 AKFCF PAC donation online by visiting our portal on the AKFCF website. Please click here to be guided to the website and contribute.

For more information, please contact your regional GAC representative or Mary Donohue of Polaris Consulting, LLC (mdonohue@polariswdc.com).

Northeast Region: Best Demonstrated Practices

By Dale Moulton

Our biggest challenge up until four years ago was our bench strength. Ric Rozier, Rob Rianna, and Keith Cole unselfishly served as the president of the Northeast twice. During Ric’s second presidency, Jim Waters came into the rotation. Clinton Lewis behind him. Then I was asked to be part of the rotation. If it had not been for Ray Aley, Larry Starkey, Mrs. Pfeiffer, Don Lopes, Freddy Gallant, and many others who offered their support and genuine caring, I may have passed. Jim and Clinton welcomed me and made me feel part of team right away. Joe Farley had declined for many years until Jim, Clinton, and I asked him to come on board. Our rotation is now healthy with Denise Springers as our second vice president; Mike Houston is her shadow, and Alex Rosenblum comes in behind Mike. My involvement today is because of the heart felt invitation that I was extended by many members of the association. Both Joe and Denise would echo my sentiments. I would also go on to mention that the Northeast has shared the national stage with Mrs. Pfeiffer being the only two-time AKFCF president. Larry Starkey also was the president of the AKFCF, and Keith Cole is the sitting treasurer. Larry now represents the Northeast on the NCAC. There is once again a proud tradition within the Northeast not only to serve at the regional level but, more importantly, at the national level.

GAC Commitment
The Northeast has become engaged at both the local, state, and federal levels gaining the commitment and resources of the Northeast franchisees. Ray Aley has spearheaded the efforts of our franchisees to ensure that we are engaged with every level of government that impacts our business. Ray has truly been a champion of our cause and given much of his time to ensure that as many franchisees are involved as possible. Our lobby days in Albany have grown in frequency. Ray has rallied the troops on more than one occasion to ensure the Representatives at the state level know that we are engaged and need their support to better the experience of all. Our Washington fly ins are always well attended. And there is never an issue with finding candidates for the Northeast GAC; Rep. Don Lopes, and now Jim Waters, have worked hard to support the needs of our Association.

Upper Midwest:  Making a Multi-regional Meeting Work

By Kevin Schlutz

In Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico and Minnesota, we’re making the final preparations for another Super Regional fall meeting. Yes, you’ve heard “it takes a village.” In this case, it takes officers, secretaries, and volunteers from all three regions, plus our meetings director, to finish all the preparations to ensure a smooth-running meeting. It’s great to be able to share the work and then come together with all the details handled. While we all used to run our own meetings, and still do for the spring meetings, it is great for each region to do their part in the process and feel that pride of accomplishment when it all comes together. Whether it’s picking the menus, laying out the vendor hall, or running the actual meetings, lots of people are involved. It all starts with picking the venue, which takes place years before the actual event – making sure there is adequate meeting space, accommodations, and accessibility for travel. Picking a golf course for the annual outing. Setting up the registration sites and reservation links and sending invitations to the vendor partners, members, and corporate partners. Picking menus, developing agendas, contracting speakers, answering questions, coordinating with suppliers and service providers. Oh, and who is going to run the audio visual, since everyone has a deck these days? Thankfully, we have Jon and Justin who cheerfully volunteer for that, and we have no shortage of committee reports and others who have interesting messages for the participants.

That’s the whole purpose of all this work. To provide the proper atmosphere for members to listen, learn, discuss, and share what will make the system better, stronger, and more cohesive than they were before. As AKFCF President Eric Overcash says, it’s our job to provide the members with a great return on their investment of time and money to come to these meetings. That return takes many forms, and we all work together to make it happen.

 

September 2017

Becoming a Better Public Speaker

By Kelly Rodenberg

Jerry Seinfeld made a great joke based on a simple observation:

“I read a thing that actually says that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing; number two was death! That means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

And even though this statement may be quite amusing, it is not scientifically accurate. However, research has shown that public speaking is in fact one of the most common social phobias.

So, for instance, when many of our association franchisees receive an amazing opportunity to take on a leadership role that involves numerous speaking engagements where they will have to talk on a particular subject in their field of expertise, or to give a live interview on the radio or TV, they immediately jump to a place inside themselves out of sheer panic. Hearts race, breathing stops, and minds go totally blank. For many, the mere thought of having to put themselves out there leaves them terrified, and they often turn down the offer to become a regional president or the president of the AKFCF.

Last year, Joan Bowling, AKFCF Leadership Committee chair, wanted to create a workshop to help future leaders overcome this fear, making the path to leadership less intimidating for those who wanted to climb the AKFCF executive ladder. We partnered with Chip Booth, executive producer of Booth Production Group, to develop a workshop series that would provide the tools and skills to prepare future leaders for public speaking.

Members invited to participate included: Greg Atwell, Eric Overcash, Bryan Robinson, Jim McKenize, Justin Stewart, Brandon Robertson, Jeanine Bagshaw, and Alessio DiFranco.

Part one of the workshop took place in January over an eight hour period. Attendees were asked to give impromptu ice breaker speeches on topics they knew nothing about. They learned how to use an official presidential teleprompter and talk from behind a lecturn. They had to memorize a Convention keynote speech given by one of AKFCF’s past presidents, make it their own, and then deliver it on stage in front of their peers. Once delivered, they were critiqued by their peers. Not an easy exercise to be part of!

Part two of the workshop just concluded in August. This time, the attendees had to write their own presidential keynote speech. They no longer had the security of standing behind a lecturn but had to walk and command a full stage. They had to learn how to use down stage confidence monitors and be prepared if, at some point, technology went out. Life never goes as planned; we are all dealt some curve balls, but it’s how we deal with those curve balls that matters!

Chances are that you'll sometimes have to speak in public as part of your role. While this can seem intimidating, the benefits of being able to speak well outweigh any perceived fears. To become a better speaker, use the following strategies:

  • Plan appropriately. Understand the process.
  • Practice. Practice a lot.
  • Engage with your audience. Relate your story to them. Add emotional touches.
  • Pay attention to your body language.
  • Think positively. Be confident.
  • Cope with your nerves.
  • Watch recordings of your speeches. Watch yourself speak in the mirror.
  • Talk about what you know. Make it your own.

The good news is that, with thorough preparation and practice, you can overcome your nervousness and perform exceptionally well. The more you push yourself to speak in front of others, the better you'll become and the more confidence you'll have.

This group worked hard, learned valuable skills, and had fun doing it! If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the next workshop on speech coaching, please contact Joan or myself.

Here are just a few quotes from some of the great speeches written by our attendees:

Brandon Robertson
“So, you see, we all have people in our lives that we owe our gratitude for helping us along our journey to become who we are today. If I had not taken the opportunity to call Minnie Stottle at Tony Orlando Theater and accepted the job as night auditor, I would not be a KFC franchisee today.”

Bryan Robinson
“The small changes you make today can make a big difference tomorrow. Accountability is ours; we need to continually evolve.”

Jim McKenzie
“The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one strength we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

Alessio DiFranco
“We have found that finding and cultivating leaders is a slow, grass-roots project that requires many people over time to grow leaders. They say raising a child takes a village. In this case, raising a leader takes a lot of chicken pluckers.”

Eric Overcash
“YOU GET BACK MANY TIMES MORE THAN WHAT YOU GIVE is never more true than with your KFC family!!!”

Justin Stewart
“I was once asked by a close friend, “What is it that helped you become successful in your career?” The answer instantly popped into my mind. I’ve just always known I would be. It’s not that I was cocky or arrogant; I just had this internal belief that one way or another I would succeed.”

GAC Report: Congress Returns to Deadlines & Division

Congress enters the fall legislative session facing a calendar peppered with a government funding decision, Trump administration nominees to consider, and a pending House Joint-Employer bill that would limit labor and employment liability for affiliated businesses.

The Senate considered political nominees and federal government appropriations during the run-up to the August recess. Some moves were delayed by the debate over replacing Obamacare. In the House, Republicans continued ongoing legislative effort to reverse some other Obama-era policies.

Lawmakers are likely to continue to pursue those priorities throughout the fall, but may once again be slowed by partisan divides. The Senate filibuster rule means the Republican majority in that chamber will need to convince at least eight Democrats to cross the aisle to move any legislation. 

Additionally, Congress must get past the looming possibility of a government shutdown. Legislation currently funding the government is set to expire at the end of September, and a long-term spending measure may be complicated by a dispute over whether to raise the federal debt ceiling.

Party-line division is largely expected to continue as members consider political nominees, employee benefits such as paid leave, union election procedures, joint employer liability, and conflict-of-interest restrictions for retirement advisers.

Deputy labor secretary nominee Patrick Pizzella is still awaiting Senate confirmation, and management lawyer William Emanuel still needs to be approved by senators for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Business advocates, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, would like to see the White House and Congress pick up the pace on nominations so that the Labor Department and NRLB can change course on various policy legal questions.

House Taking Legislative Lead & Labor Focus on Joint Employer Legislation

The GOP-controlled House this Congress has moved several pieces of legislation on labor-related issues such as compensatory time for overtime and union election rules.

Lawmakers plan to build on that success with a joint employer bill (H.R.3441) that could be marked up before the end of September. The Save Local Business Act would limit the circumstances under which businesses in staffing, franchise, and other contract relationship can be required to bargain with affiliated workers or be held responsible for wage-and-hour-violations related to those workers.

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) has spearheaded the campaign for cosponsors during the August recess and is looking to add moderate Democrat support in addition to the strong Republican support he’s already finalized.

The legislation is the latest effort to reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 decision in Browing-Ferris Industries (BFI) in which the NRLB held that organizations with indirect control over contractors, franchisees, or staffing agency workers can be considered their joint employer under federal labor law. The bill would also undo the Fourth Circuit decision in which the appeals court took a similarly expansive view of liability in overtime and minimum wage cases.

The AKFCF GAC will be discussing this bill at length with lawmakers at our upcoming fall fly-in taking place October 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

Senate Focus on Funding & Nominations

Many bills that have found their way out of the House now sit untouched in the Senate as time-sensitive issues such as executive appointments and efforts to keep the government open after the end of the fiscal year take priority. The ongoing healthcare debate and upcoming push for a tax overhaul could also continue to clog up the calendar. 

The chamber’s appropriators will also be moving forward soon with their version of the Labor-HHS appropriations bill, which funds agencies such as the DOL and NLRB. The Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up the bill, which hasn’t been made public.

Donate to the PAC: Contributing to the AKFCF PAC is the best way to support the election and reelection committees of pro-business members of Congress who share the same concerns as franchisees. The money raised in the PAC goes directly to members of Congress. 

You may make your 2017 AKFCF PAC donation online by visiting our portal on the AKFCF website. Please click here to be guided to the website and contribute. 

For more information, please contact your regional GAC representative or Mary Donohue of Polaris Consulting, LLC (mdonohue@polariswdc.com).

August 2017

Great Lakes Regional Update

Planning hands-on service projects

Just as Harland Sanders left a lasting impact on fast food, he has also inspired KFC franchisees to give back to their communities. The Great Lakes Education Committee, chaired by Bob Widder, has taken on the task of planning hands on service projects for their region. On May 1, 2017, the Great Lakes kicked off their Spring Association Meeting by organizing a dinner at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Columbus, Ohio. The RMHC is a modern facility that houses families traveling far from home, spending weeks or months seeking treatment for seriously sick or injured children. The RMHC serves three meals a day, 365 days a year provided by individual donors, churches, organizations and corporate businesses like KFC. The GLEC had the task of feeding 150 family members of sick children being treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital. KFCC generously donated the food. Original Recipe chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans were brought in from local KFC restaurants. The fresh aroma of biscuits and cookies, baked on site, filled the Ronald McDonald House. Seventy volunteers, made up of KFCC employees, vendors, and franchisees served the families a home-style KFC meal.  It was great to support those in need and to show KFC cares by delivering a great southern style, home cooked meal!
 
How can you join the Great Lakes Education Committee on their next service project?  Stay tuned for details on the 2017 Fall Super Regional service project in St. Petersburg, Fla. This event will be a carry in donation to be given to a local charity.  We hope to see you there!  If you can't make it, there will be a hands on service event at the 2018 Fall Super Regional meeting in Denver, Colorado. As KFC franchisees, we work hard to preserve the legacy Harland Sanders left by giving back to the community.

GAC Report: Joint-Employer Legislation Introduced

On Thursday, July 27, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), and other cosponsors met on Capitol Hill to announce the introduction of the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R.3441).

The legislation will restore the NRLB’s joint employer standard as it existed prior to the 2015 Browning-Ferris case – creating certainty and stability in business relationships and restoring the prior standard of joint employment liability.

As you are aware, in the 2015 case involving a waste management company Browning-Ferris and a staffing agency, the NRLB abandoned a 30-year-old position that a company had to have direct control over the actions of an employee to be considered a joint employer. Instead, the board concluded that a company might be a joint employer even if it had indirect or potential control.

This is a concern to KFC franchisees because if the new standard is taken to its logical conclusion, franchisors such as KFC might determine that they will be liable no matter what happens, and as a result, decide to exercise even more control over the day to day operations of your independently owned and operated business. It also would have the likely effect of making disgruntled employees sue, as they may now believe they would have the deep pocket of the franchisor to chase, and not just the small business owner that employed them.

After the announcement by the cosponsors, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released the following statement:
 
"In 2015, the NLRB made a terrible decision to hold privately-owned franchises accountable for employees working at other franchises that they didn't hire and have no relationship to. Deeming franchise owners 'joint-employers' of such employees could end up costing thousands of jobs, tank small businesses, and provide a boon for trial lawyers attacking businesses for labor practices that those franchise owners don't control. What's worse, this decision was made unilaterally by executive branch employees in the Obama Administration, giving the American people no chance to defend small businesses and voice their opposition through their representations.
 
"In America, we don't punish a person for someone else's actions. The Save Local Business Act introudced by Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01) will treat American businesses fairly again so they can go back to what they do best -- hiring workers and providing quality products and services for their customers."

We are urging AKFCF members to reach out to their Members of Congress in the House of Representatives and encourage them to cosponsor the bill (H.R.3441). If you need help identifying your Member of Congress or need assistance getting in touch with their office, please contact Mary Donohue at Polaris Consulting (mdonohue@polariswdc.com) for more information. 

Donate to the PAC: Contributing to the AKFCF PAC is the best way to support the election and reelection committees of pro-business Members of Congress who share the same concerns as franchisees. The money raised in the PAC goes directly to Members of Congress.

You may make your 2017 AKFCF PAC donation online by visiting our portal on the AKFCF website. Please click here to be guided to the website and contribute.

For more information, please contact your regional GAC representative or Mary Donohue of Polaris Consulting, LLC (mdonohue@polariswdc.com). 

Back to Work After a Trip to Ireland

By Kelly Rodenberg

Since it’s the last month of summer, I thought I would share a few highlights of my summer vacation in Ireland with you.

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, as a first-time visitor I thought I might know what to expect: fields of clover, wooly sheep, stone castles, some Irish stew and Guinness galore. But there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms.

On March 20, I turned the big 50 and as a gift to myself for this milestone, I booked a trip to Ireland with three of my best friends. Mind you, we have been friends since middle school, were roommates in college and could survive a 10 day trip together 24/7.  We decided to skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and find better things to explore on our own time. Instead, we plotted out our adventure by car from Shannon to Dublin. Below are just a few of my first-timer experiences to the Emerald Isles.

Driving in Ireland – Remember HARD&