Happy Summer Everyone!
I wanted to send everyone a quick note to say how great it was to catch up with so many people in Portland and I hope you all enjoyed the conference line-up as much as I did. The program was packed with inspiring speakers, exhibitions and workshops in addition to the wide array of goods and tools in the vendor room.
I also want to officially welcome aboard President Elect Brian Ferrell, Michael Brehl our new Treasurer, as well as our new and returning board members: Dominique Bereiter, Kat Cole, Jack da Silva, Diane Hulse, and April Wood – in addition to Sharon Massey who will be joining the Nominations and Elections Committee.
These are exciting times ahead as we work toward ambitious fundraising goals for the exciting programming commemorating SNAG’S 50th Anniversaries over the next two years.
SNAG was officially founded in 1969 with its the first meeting in Chicago, and in 1970 the first conference was held in Minneapolis, St. Paul.Therefore, the programming and conference committees have been working diligently on events for the next two years highlighting these significant achievements of the organization. And the entire board, staff and all our volunteers are stepping it up a notch in regards to their personal commitments to fundraising, and responsibilities to ensure the events are a success.
The significance of reaching 50 years is huge, when you think that most small business don’t make it past 5 years, and that is with people pouring the heart, soul and livelihood into them on a daily basis. With all that in mind, we will be calling on the entire membership to help — and this is in addition to our annual appeal. This organization is something that you created. It quite literally is a safe-haven for like-minded people who are generous, thoughtful, inclusive and supportive of all creative activities.
So when we reach out to you over the next few weeks — please reflect on what SNAG means to you — how it has benefited you personally through its events, resources, and overall comradery of the membership. And when you think of these things in addition to all the other things SNAG does — please be generous in your giving — in whatever amount you can to an organization that only exists because of your support.
Again, I hope you are all enjoying the summer and being productive in all your creative endeavors.
Society of North American Goldsmiths