2021 AFSA Convention
The Embassy Suites Hotel Napa Valley
November 7-10, 2021
Greetings to Everyone!!! On behalf of your Board of Directors and your On-Site Host, Mark Lessler, I’m excited to announce that registration is now open for our Annual Business Meeting and Convention. As you might have already seen from e-blasts that were sent out over the past month, our convention this year is being held in the beautiful Napa Valley, California from November 7 – 10, 2021. We are excited to be holding our meeting and convention on the West Coast this year, and for having it in such an iconic area of the United States. If you missed the previous announcement, don’t worry…everything you need to know is included in this article. Also included is the official registration form. Just as we did for our last convention, we encourage you to complete the registration form on-line and then mail your check to Gerard Dupczak (his address is listed on the bottom of the registration form). By completing the form on-line, your information is automatically downloaded directly into the program just as you input it. Your reservations, selections, and even your name badges are printed just as you want them. Now, if you don’t have internet access or you just prefer not to input it yourself…No Fear!!!…Gerard will input it for you. Simply complete a hard copy of the attached form and send it to him with your check. He’ll take care of the rest. To access the on-line registration form, simply go to the AFSA website at www.AFSA-IRS.org, click on the “Convention” tab and there you will find the link for the registration form.
One very special note…and I’m not just saying this to say it…Please get your reservations in as early as you can. There are two very good reasons.
First, the Embassy Suites is a very nice and very popular hotel. They are well-known for their made-to-order breakfast in the morning and their Manager’s Happy Hour every evening from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the hotel lobby. They have no trouble filling rooms and they are generally sold out year-round. They have made us a very generous offer on our rooms starting at $173.00 and they are allowing our group to stay at the convention rates for up to two additional days prior to our convention and two additional days following our convention. However, your reservation MUST be received by them prior to the registration deadline in order to guarantee a room and to guarantee the AFSA rates. Please, think it over and make your Embassy Suites reservations by September 3, 2021. Reservation options are listed near the top of the Registration Form.
Second, all of the tours that we are offering have limited capacity in the tour busses and reservations are being accepted on a first come-first served basis. Once a bus is full, all I can do is add you to the “back-up reservation” list. If I have a cancelation, then I will go to the list and call the top name on the list. In the event you paid but end up on the back-up list and you don’t make the trip…don’t worry…the trip fee you paid will be refunded to you. You won’t pay for anything you didn’t receive.
The following is a day-by-day summary of what is planned for the convention.
See You in Napa Valley
My name is Tay McLoughlin and I will be attending Toccoa Falls College. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and am so excited for what the future holds! I graduated from Artios Academies of Gwinnett this May. I want to thank everyone at the AFSA scholarship program for choosing me! This is such a blessing and I am incredibly grateful! I want to especially thank my grandpa, Arnie Sitzmann. Pops, thank you for making this possible and putting so much effort into this scholarship to help me out! It is such an honor to receive this scholarship and all the praise goes to God. I am so thrilled and excited to start this college life in the fall! Once again, thank you so much for this scholarship! Truly a huge blessing!
Jodi Cheung is a rising senior at James Madison University (JMU). Jodi is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) with a minor in Criminal Justice. In the future, Jodi hopes to improve the criminal justice system using the holistic problem-solving skills she learned from attending JMU. Jodi is thankful and honored to have been selected as a recipient of the James F. Howe Sr. Scholarship.
Gavin Rogers is a second-year student at The Ohio State University studying Finance and Economics. On-campus he is involved in the Business Scholars Program, Undergraduate Consulting Club, Buckeye Capital Investors Club, Fisher CARES Community Service Organization as well as Cru the Ohio State Christian Organization. Gavin is currently working at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Financial Services as a student analyst. He is grateful to have been selected for this award by the members of the AFSA-IRS.
Hi I'm Tia Ricchio and I will be attending UW Madison and studying Agronomy and Finance this fall. I am a graduate of William Horlick High School and I was involved in choir, madrigal choir, musical theater, the swim team, National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. I plan to sing in an acapella choir on campus and keep up with various intramural sports like swimming, ultimate frisbee, and maybe rowing. I'm very excited to explore my interests and grow as a young adult. I'm so thankful that AFSA has chosen me as a scholarship recipient to help me reach my goals. Thanks for your support!
Erick T. Harris is a sophomore Accounting student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). Based upon his academic achievements, he was recently invited for induction into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Erick is involved in several extracurricular and community service activities. He is sincerely honored to be selected as a recipient of the prestigious James F. Howe, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.
Ashley is a senior at Thomas More University and will graduate in May with a degree in biology. She maintains a part time job while also being a member of the Women’s Volleyball team. Ashley’s plan for the future is to become a large animal veterinarian. She shows her commitment to animals by shadowing local veterinarians and by volunteering at her local animal shelter. Ashley is grateful to have received the AFSA-IRS Memorial Scholarship as it helps get one step closer towards her goals.
Bio- My name is Savannah Marshall. I’m from Mesa, Arizona, and I’m attending the University of Southern California with a major in political science. Throughout high school, I took on multiple leadership roles including becoming my school’s debate captain and yearbook editor-in-chief. I volunteered at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center every summer of high school, and I was the volunteer staffs’s shift leader for a year. In the summer of 2019, I was chosen by the Gilbert Sister Cities program to be a youth ambassador which allowed me to travel to China and host a Chinese ambassador at my home. Along with those activities, I was also in my schools orchestra and on the track and field team. In my future endeavors, I will pursue a career in law.
Michael recently graduated from Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, NJ. At Paul VI, he was heavily involved with activities such as Captain of Men’s Varsity Soccer, Peer Leader, Student Ambassador, Member of Play Like A Champion, and Member of National Honors Society. Michael will be studying Accounting at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. Michael has also enjoyed his summers where he was a swimmer and worker at the Gibbstown Swim Club. In the future, Michael hopes to become successful in the business industry and pass his CPA exam.
AFSA-IRS currently administers two scholarship programs, the AFSA-IRS Memorial Scholarship and the James F. Howe, Sr. Scholarship. Anyone may make donations to the AFSA-IRS for the Scholarship Fund.
AFSA promotes fraternal relationships via local chapter meetings throughout the US and at our annual conventions. We sponsor the biennial Special Agent of the Year Award to recognize an active duty special agent for outstanding performance.