May 12, 2006

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AAF Honors Lois Weiland of the Madison Advertising Federation and Jay Egan of the Great Falls Advertising Federation With Prestigious Service Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has named the honorees for its most prestigious awards to AAF members. Longtime AAF volunteer Jay Egan of the Great Falls Advertising Federation will receive the 2006 Barton A. Cummings Awardon June 12. This award was established in 1994 to honor individuals for distinguished volunteer service to the industry through work with the AAF. Lois Weiland, executive director, Madison Advertising Federation will be honored with the 2006 Betty Riehl Excellence in Service Awardon June 13. Established in 1997, this award recognizes the outstanding career service of employees of AAF member clubs, districts and national AAF. The awards will be presented during the AAF National Conference in San Francisco.

Jay Eganhas served the Great Falls Advertising Federation (GFAF) in countless volunteer positions, including as president, board member, District 11 Conference chairman and active participant on numerous committees. He has also served the national AAF as chairman of the AAF Western Region Conference, lieutenant governor of AAF Montana, governor of District XI and national board member. Egan has received numerous honors including the District XI Silver Medal, GFAF's Golden Garter, Honorary Membership, Scriver Bronze and Sweepstakes Awards. He has been involved in all 38 C.M. Russell Art Auctions, GFAF's annual fundraiser. Egan is also a consistent inspiration to AAF's National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team competitors, having participated in the NSAC for more than 40 years.

In August, Lois Weilandwill begin her 20th year as the executive director of the Madison Advertising Federation (MAF). Her professional career started as a teacher of business education in a small town in Wisconsin. A move to Madison, Wisc. brought her to the MAF, where she became its executive director after answering a classified ad. Weiland immediately formed her management company Execu-Sec and has worked with various organizations throughout the years, including the 8th District AAF, the Middleton Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Pheasant Branch, and continues providing services to longtime client, Media Communications Association - International Madison (MCA-I) and TEMPO Madison. During her tenure, the MAF Foundation became fully funded and annually grants scholarships to students at three local colleges. A tireless advocate for MAF, Weiland also helped create Ad 2 Madison two years ago.

For more information, contact Joanne Schecter at (800) 999-2231 or

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at