AFMS 2009 Webmasters Contest is Off And Running
|California Federation (CFMS)||Merryan O’Neill||mvoneillcomcast.net|
|Eastern Federation (EFMS)||Dan Imel||lapidryaol.com|
|Midwest Federation (MWFMGS)||Cindy Root||d-rootsbcglobal.net|
|Northwest Federation (NFMS)||Cheri George||lizardwoman3yahoo.com|
|Rocky Mountain Federation (RMFMS)||Phyllis George||pgeorge4comcast.net|
|South Central Federation (SCFMS)||Don Shurtz||don.shurtzgmail.com|
|Southeast Federation (SFMS)||Jim Flora||jimfloraalltel.net|
Contact the Committee Member for your region for information about the contest and the deadlines. This information varies by region according to when their annual show is scheduled. Since I had no takers for the RMFMS position, I’m going to fill it myself. The deadline for RMFMS entries to be sent to me is January 15, 2009.
Webmasters wishing to enter their Web sites into the contest should download from the AFMS Web site (or from their regional federation’s Web site) the contest Guidelines, the Entry Form, and the Score Sheet form. These are in PDF format, and they can be opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader®. Free Acrobat Reader® software is available at http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/. The contest information on the AFMS Web site can be found at http://www.amfed.org/web/webmasters_contest.htm.
To enter the contest, the webmaster needs to fill out the Entry Form completely and fill out the information requested in the top part of the Score sheet. These forms can be filled-in on your computer and saved to your hard drive. Note: You need Acrobat Reader version 8 or later to be able to save the forms to your hard drive once you fill them in. Send the two completed forms as e mail attachments to your regional Committee Member before the due date in your region.
My plan is to have two judges for each regional competition (their scores for each contestant will be averaged) and one judge for the AFMS level. Each pair of judges probably will be judging two different regions, but they will not be judging their own region. Right now I have a total of eight judges. If I can get seven more judges, each pair would judge the entrants from only one regional federation. If you are a current (or former) webmaster or are very Web-site savvy, please help make the contest a success by volunteering a little of your time to act as a judge. Read the Guidelines to see what the judges will be looking for on the sites that they judge, and contact me at pgeorge4comcast.net to help this new contest be a success in its first year.
It’s official—the AFMS Officers and Directors have just voted to create a Webmaster Contest on a three-year trial basis. Ike House (new president of the SCFMS) first started a Webmaster Contest within his region while he was the SCFMS Bulletin Aids Chair. Marty Hart, AFMS Webmaster, took the SCFMS Webmaster Contest judging sheet as a start, and he did an outstanding job of developing the documents that are now available for download on the AFMS Web site. The entry form, judging score sheets, and the score sheet guidelines will all be available on the AFMS Web site <http://www.amfed.org/> by the time you read this.
I am assembling a Webmaster Contest Committee that will have one member from each regional federation, and that person should be knowledgeable about Web sites and webmasters. Dan Imel has already agreed to be the Committee member from the Eastern Federation. Marty Hart will be our advisor and mentor. I’m open to suggestions for committee members from the other regions. I hope many people will send in the names and e-mail addresses of webmasters whom they feel would be great on the committee. We will be lining up two contest judges from each region, but these judges will be judging entries outside their own region. So I also want suggestions from all over the U.S. for club webmasters who would do a great job of judging Web sites.
Each Committee member is tasked with announcing the new contest to all the club webmasters in their regional federation and with sending out all the Webmaster Contest forms by e mail. To participate in the contest, club webmasters need to fill out the entry form and return it to the Webmaster Contest Committee member from their region. The Committee members will send all the entrants’ Web site addresses to their two regional judges. When the completed judging forms come back, the Committee members will determine the regional winner and send that winning entry off to the two AFMS judges for evaluation. Since this contest is “on probation” so to speak for three years, the decision was made to have only one winner from each regional federation and one winner at the AFMS level during that time.
This contest runs concurrently with the Bulletin Editors’ Contest, but each Committee member sets the due dates for the contest entries that are to be sent to him or her. The regional judging results will be announced at the regional Bulletin Editors’ Contest. The AFMS judging results will be announced at the AFMS Bulletin Editor’s Breakfast. The AFMS schedule is as follows:
|By||February 28, 2009||AFMS Judges List is sent to all regional Webmaster Contest Judges|
|March 31, 2009||All regional entries forwarded to the AFMS contest are due to the two AFMS Judges.|
|May 15, 2009||All AFMS contest entries judged and the results returned to Phyllis George by the two AFMS judges.|
|July 31–August 2, 2009||NFMS/AFMS joint Show & Convention in Billings, Montana. Results will be announced at the Bulletin Editors’ Breakfast.|
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