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There Is a Place for You at AFS W

e were pleased to welcome more than 2,200 people from around North America and beyond to the Met-

alcasting Congress in Milwaukee this past April, including the 125 students who were in atten- dance. T ese young people represent the future of our industry and will soon be taking full-time positions in management, sales, engineering, maintenance, R&D, and other roles. How won- derful that they have attended a major American Foundry Society event, even before the formal launch of their careers. Many people in the formative years of their

careers are participating in an exciting AFS program called Future Leaders in Metalcasting (FLM). It is a great way to plug into AFS for people who are on, or aspire to be on, the man- agement track at their companies. T e next FLM event is built around a plant tour of General Motors in Defi ance, Ohio, in October. Please contact Cathy Potts ( of the AFS staff for details on FLM.

In a historically

male-dominated in- dustry, it is also sat- isfying to see more and more women taking their rightful places in a variety of positions. More than 200 are now mem- bers of an AFS pro- gram called Women in Metalcasting that fosters education and networking. T ey, too, have found their place at AFS. Most AFS committees are now seeking more

participate! T en there are

AFS chapters, 45 of them across North America. What a spectacular way to make an impact at the local level. Grab a friend or co-worker, and make plans to attend an upcoming chapter meeting, golf event, or educational activity. Finally, don’t

When you invest time and money to participate in AFS, our commitment is to do all

we can to provide you with a very positive experience.

volunteers. Don’t let the words “committee” or “volunteer” scare you. We have nearly 1,000 volunteers at AFS, many of them in our 34 technical and management committees. Speak to nearly any of them, and you’ll hear them say how rewarding their involvement is to the develop- ment of their career and the achievement of their company’s goals. What is your interest? Marketing and sales? Molding methods? Metallurgy? Additive manu- facturing? Steel? Iron? Aluminum? Copper? Most AFS committees are actively seeking new members and welcome new blood. You don’t need to be an expert or an industry graybeard to

neglect your own education and professional develop- ment. Visit the AFS course catalog and map out a skills-development or refresher plan for yourself and those on your team. Or view the e-Learning module list and take the modules that are most relevant to your career and your company’s goals. When you invest time and money to participate in AFS, whether it’s attend- ing an Institute course, participating in an AFS meet- ing, ordering a book from our website, placing a call to our offi ce, or paying a

visit to our website, our commitment is to do all we can to provide you with a very positive experience. T e opportunities are here. T ere truly is a place for you at AFS.

Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO

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