The AFS Vision Statement is “AFS will lead the North American metalcasting industry in advocacy, education, and innovation.” AFS committees advance that vision.
The AFS Technical and Management Committees offer the opportunity for individuals to contribute knowledge and shape the future of the metalcasting industry through research initiatives, education, conference and publication development, advocacy, human resources, marketing programs, and networking. Members who put in the time and effort to make a difference improve their own capabilities and grow professionally.
All technical divisions operate under the oversite of the AFS Technical Council. The Marketing, HR and Government Affairs divisions plus Future Leaders in Metalcasting and Women in Metalcasting are part of the Management Council. Both councils in turn, may be called upon to report to the AFS Board of Directors on how the work of the divisions is collectively advancing the AFS mission and values.
AFS uses specific terminology to identify the different organizational structures operating in the divisions:
- Division: Primary technology focus area.
- Committee: Sub-groups that work on specific subjects within the division mission. The committee leaders report back to the division executive group.
- Task group: Less formal in structure, task groups are often small groups or individuals working on a specific assignment or function relating to the division mission and under direction of division leadership. Task groups are common for those divisions where members meet as a unified group rather than as individual autonomous committees.