Letter From the President
Dear Fellow SNAG Members, As I sat down to write this letter, I thought I would l share with you a question that I have asked myself many times, especially over the last few years as the President of SNAG. What if SNAG failed to exist? What would that mean to you? I know what that would mean to me…
Forty-three years ago, SNAG’s founders organized and presented the first conference in Minneapolis/St. Paul with approximately 100 members in attendance. Four decades later, we met in Minneapolis again.
February is the month for love and gratitude, so I feel it fitting that this letter focus on the simple act of being grateful (and, WOW, am I grateful!) Thank you to each and every one of you for your emotional and financial support over the last year.
Over the next few years, I look forward to creating a healthy and proactive dialogue with you and I hope that you feel there is always an open flow of communication. I am interested in diversity within the membership and actively reaching out to you. I am asking each and every one of you to help me in this task. Talk, talk, talk, and talk about SNAG to everyone you know, encourage other jewelers and metalsmiths to join us in this fantastic organization, encourage your students to join, because they will be the future of this organization and our field.
This is my last letter to you as President and it has been a sincere pleasure to work with the members of SNAG over the past few years. We have a fantastic organization run by fantastic individuals and I have gained so much knowledge and many friendships by serving on the board.
With the end of one term comes the beginning of another. Our 2013 election is coming up quickly. We are electing two members for the board and one member for the Nominations and Elections committee. Jim Bové, Becky McDonah and Rachel Timmins are running for the board seats and Jeff McGee, Gina Westergard and Laura Wood are on the ballot for the Nominations and Elections Committee seat. I strongly urge you to read what the candidates have written about why they want to serve on the board and how their qualifications make them a good choice.