FFL Executive Board Voting
Carol Cecil – Personal Statement
Hello Coaches, I have been the FFL President since 2007 (the 2nd year that Varsity State took place at Niceville HS). I equate that year to a trial by fire. Although I had been a coach for some time, I had not previously served in an FFL leadership role. I am a very organized individual, and in that time, I created systems for myself that would benefit the membership. Our annual membership drive transitioned from paper to online before my tenure; however, we made the transition again to SpeechWire for membership with the icon appearing on all SW accounts. I also worked to have Varsity State Qualifiers automatically transitioned to the Varsity State site instead of coaches having to add their qualifiers and their script info that they had already entered. In my time serving the league, I have worked to help programs all over our State and integrate new ideas, technology, and events into our repertoire. I worked with the Macaw Region and their FCAT Blackout Date problem (I still shudder when I hear that acronym). I have accepted requests to incorporate or pilot new events like World Schools Debate for students. When I make decisions, I ask myself will this benefit our member schools? I serve as my NSDA District Chair and have also worked as an FCDI Ambassador this school year. I am a 3 Diamond Coach and was FFL State Coach of the year. My goal is to work towards making the Florida Forensic League better continuously. I have served as your President for 14 years and would love to continue in that capacity.
Robert Dolan – Personal Statement
After 10 years of association with the Florida Forensic League, the last several serving on the District Committee, I would like to use my final 3 years of teaching and coaching to help expand Speech & Debate in Florida as the leader of our State organization. My major focus will be: First, to facilitate an integration of the FFL with the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative; Second, to work for the inclusion of Speech & Debate into more curriculums; and Third, to gain recognition for all State Champions (from all States) to be qualifiers for the NSDA National Championships. In terms of qualifications and experience, I have taught in Public & Private schools for a total of 25 years: The first 13 in Massachusetts, where I served as President of the Massachusetts Speech & Debate League from 1977-79, the NSDA New England District committee for the same period, and chaired the State’s National Bicentennial Debate Committee from 1975 through 1979. Following a 30 year “break” to work as a full-time professional actor, I returned to education (and Debate) in 2010 at a Charter school, and now for the last 10 years at Lake Mary Prep. I currently serve as the President of the Orlando Diocese of the NCFL, and also serve on the NSDA District Committee. I am a 2 Diamond NSDA Coach, and a 2 time FFL Regional Coach of the Year. I would be proud to end my professional career as the President of the Florida Forensic League.