New AFCCE Board Announced for 2020-21

Following the Annual Spring elections, AFCCE welcomed two new members to the Board, each replacing outgoing members Anne Goodwin Crump (Associate)  and Chris Horne (Full).  The Board is grateful for their contributions.  New Board Members are Matt Butcher (Full) and John Kean (Associate).  Jonathan Edwards (Full) is also returning for a consecutive 4 year term, completing the 3 person turnover.

2020-21 (term ending)

President – John George (2022)
Vice-President – Jonathan Edwards (2024)
Treasurer – Bob Weller (2023)
Secretary – Stephen Pumple (2021)
At Large – Matt Butcher (2024)
At Large – Sterling Davis (2022)
At Large – Ben Evans (2023)
At Large – John Kean (2023)
At Large – Jim Leifer (2022)

Virtual Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 16

AFCCE has decided to cancel all in-person social events for the remainder of 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions.  This includes the October Fall Social and November FCC Reception.  Board Meetings will continue to be held monthly via Zoom.  Stay tuned for information about a virtual presenter for the September 25th meeting.

AFCCE’s by-laws require an annual members’ meeting each calendar year.  This year’s meeting will not be a destination event but will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Friday October 16th, from 12 – 3 pm (Eastern).

October 16th was also the date scheduled for the Fall Social, which is traditionally AFCCE’s main fundraiser for its scholarship program.  With the cancellation of this event, the AFCCE Board is encouraging members to not forget about the needs of this important program and make a donation to the AFCCE Scholarship Fund.

Click here to register for the Virtual Annual Meeting
Click here for Corporate Sponsorships to the AFCCE Scholarship Fund
Click here to make an individual donation to the AFCCE Scholarship Fund

New AFCCE Website Coming Soon

AFCCE will be unveiling a new website this Summer which will not only be easier to navigate and provide more information, but will consolidate the member directory.  This will make the renewal process more robust and reduce membership data and communications issues. The new site is almost finished and about to enter beta testing.  Stay Tuned…

2020 Annual Meeting Postponed

All Members,

With the uncertainty of what the future holds regarding the impact of Covid-19 and the need to plan well in advance for such an event, AFCCE has decided to change the 2020 Annual Meeting to a new destination and date.  The previously planned meeting for this June in Toronto is being rescheduled for next Summer (June 24-26, 2021) in Toronto.  AFCCE will refund the fees for those who have registered for the 2020 Toronto event.

AFCCE is required in its by-laws to have an annual meeting.  Therefore, while details are still being made, we will hold this year’s annual meeting sometime in the fall in the DC area.  Plans should be finalized in the next 4-5 weeks and at that time, a new sign up will be posted as the extent and costs of the event will most likely be less than a typical annual meeting.

Thank you for your understanding.

John George

March Luncheon Cancelled

All Members,

In consideration of the guidance from the medical community and concern for the safety of our membership and the public, the Board has decided to cancel the March 20 luncheon. AFCCE will refund the fees for those who have registered for the luncheon.

Thank you for your understanding.

John George

John Lyons

From John George, AFCCE President:

John Lyons HeadshotIt is with much sadness that I inform you that our Treasurer and former President, John Lyons, passed away over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  John was a friend and mentor to many of us and was always there when needed.  He led AFCCE for the past two years as President and served this year as Treasurer.  John always sought the best in every endeavor and his work on fund-raising set a new record in 2018 for our Scholarship Fund — only to beat that record this year.

Many of us saw John just over a week ago at AFCCE’s Annual FCC reception.  Little did we know that he would be leaving us so soon.  His energy and enthusiasm will leave a void on the Board that will be difficult to fill.

John loved his family and stayed in constant contact, even when his trips took him around the world.  He would take time out to call home each day to check in with his family.  He most recently traveled with his family to Greece to visit his ancestral home to ensure that his family knew and understood their heritage.  During this trip, he took time out to return emails and phone calls, taking care of AFCCE business.

He was responsible for the communications infrastructure of The Durst Organization.  Among his many accomplishments was leading the design and implementation of the master antenna at Four Times Square and the new broadcast transmission facility at One World Trade Center.

In 2006, he received the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award and in 2017, he received the NAB Engineering Achievement Award for Television.

John is survived by his wife, Natasha and sons Matthew (26) and Constantine (7).  He was 71 years old.

Details of the serves for John can be found here.  You may also leave comments on that website or make comments on this page below.  (To avoid spam comments will not appear immediately.)

John George with John Lyons at the 2018 AFCCE Annual Meeting

John Lyons receiving recognition for his 2 terms as AFCCE President from Chris Horne at the 2018 AFCCE Annual Meeting

2019 AFCCE Fall Social and Celebration of Life

Friday evening, October 25, 2019

This year in addition to our annual fundraiser for the AFCCE Scholarship Fund, we are having a Celebration of Life for our friend, mentor, and former AFCCE President Ronald D. Rackley.

Ron touched so many lives during his time with us and all who had a chance to meet or work with Ron truly benefited. Many members of the Rackley family will be joining us for this celebration and we hope that you will as well. Continue reading