Florida Forward 2017

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Starts:  Sep 14, 2017 12:00 (ET)
Ends:  Sep 15, 2017 23:00 (ET)


Emerson Alumni Hall
1938 W. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32603


Scott Francis


Florida Forward is the UFAA’s annual gathering of its Board of Directors and Gator Club and Affiliate Group leaders, for a weekend of meeting, training, and recognition of service and excellence of our Gator Nation networks from the past year.  Mark your calendars now as this is sure to be a weekend for Gator Club and Affiliate Group leaders not to miss. All events take place in Emerson Alumni Hall and the attire is business casual unless otherwise stated.

Additional program details will be posted as soon as finalized.

To register for Florida Forward, one officer from each Gator Club and Affiliate Group should email rsvp@ufalumni.ufl.edu with the club/group name, officer names, officer titles/positions and emails of your club/group officers who will be attending.  If your club/group president is attending and is a first time president, please let us know.

Up to five (5) gator club officers will receive complimentary registrations for the Gator Gala; click here to register additional gator club officers, gator club officer spouses or guests for the Gator Gala event at $25 each.

Weekend Schedule:  (schedule not final)

Thursday, 9/14          Session 

9:30am - 3:30pm                     Reserved Parking - North Lawn, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
                                                      Receive a pass from the patroller on duty to hang 
                                                      on your rearview mirror.

10:00am - 5:00pm                   Registration Open

1:00pm                                        Welcome, everyone! 
1:15pm - 2:00pm                       Core Session: Strength Based Leadership 
2:15pm                                         Gator Officer Education
                                                       Presidents and President-Elects 
                                                       Money Matters
                                                       Communications and Marketing 
                                                       Programming VPs and Directors 
3:30pm - 4:20pm                     Core Session: Legal Issues and Compliance (all) 
4:30pm                                        Breakout Session 1
                                                       Big Cities Big Ideas
                                                       Out-of-state benefits and challenges 
                                                       In-state benefits and challenges 
                                                       Affiliate Groups: Effective regional Engagement

                                                       IMPACT Program
5:30pm - 7:00pm                     Florida Forward Social at The Social (1728 W. University Ave.)

Friday, 9/15                Session 
6:30am - 1:30pm                     Reserved Parking - 1st Bay, O'Connell Lot & 
                                                      Top Level, O'Connell Garage. Receive a pass from 
                                                      the patroller on duty to hang on rearview mirror.

8:00am                                       Breakfast

8:30am                                       Opening/Welcome 
9:00am                                       "Go Greater" 
10:00am - 11:00am                  Breakout Session II 
                                                       Marketing and Communications 
                                                       Career Related programming 
                                                       Engaging Your Established Alumni 
                                                       Leadership Succession and Burnout 
                                                       Fundraising and Sponsorships

11:00am                                       Engaging your young alumni, students and members
12:00pm - 1:30pm                    Installation of New Club Presidents & Board Members Lunch 
 1:45pm - 3:45pm                      Regional Director Meetings with Clubs
                                                       Region 1 & Affiliate Groups
                                                       Region 2 
                                                       Region 3
                                                       Region 4 
                                                       Region 5 
                                                       Region 6 
                                                       Region 7 
                                                       Region 8 
                                                       Region 9
6:00pm - 10:00pm                   Gator Gala 
                                                       Attire: Cocktail

Saturday, 9/16           Session 
11:30 AM - 2:45 PM                  Gator Nation Tailgate
                                                       To purchase meal tickets for the tailgate, please  click here .  

3:30 PM                                       UF vs. Tennessee Football Game 
                                                       A limited number of tickets for UF vs. TN are available. 
                                                       Each Florida Forward participant may purchase one (1) ticket. 
                                                       Please  click here to purchase a game ticket. 


Country Inn & Suites
4015 SW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-375-1550
Rate: $239 per night/2 night min
Group Code: FL FWD (Florida Forward)
Block Expires: 7/30/17

Double Tree by Hilton (formerly The Lodge)
3726 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-375-2400
Rate: $129 Thur, $299 Fri/Sat per night/2 night min.
Group Code: FFF
Block Expires: 8/14/17

Hilton UF
1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-371-3600
Rate: $149 Thur., $429 Fri/Sat per night, 2 night min.
Group Code: Florida Forward
Block Expires: 8/15/17

Holiday Inn
1250 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-376-1661
Rate: $125 Thur, $399 Fri/Sat night/2 night min.
Group Code: UFAA1- Florida Forward
Block Expires: 8/14/17

Holiday Inn Express
3905 SW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-376-0004
Rate: $$147 Thurs; $175 Fri/Sat; 2 night min.
Group Code: Florida Forward
Block Expires: 8/13/17

Residence Inn
3275 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-264-0000
Rate: $329 per night/2 night min.
Group Code: Florida Forward
Block Expires: 8/15/17

Springhill Suites
4155 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-376-8873
Rate: $203-$219 per night/2 night min.
Group Code: UFFS
Block Expires: 8/14/17
TownePlace Suites
7451 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL
Phone: 352-415-1111
Rate: $329-$349 per night/2 night min.
Group Code: Florida Forward
Block Expires: 8/14/17