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Letter from the Board – May 2020

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Dear SNAG Members,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and maybe even embracing a bit of mandatory downtime.

As you read this, you are very well aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses — especially small businesses and nonprofits-in addition to individuals. SNAG is not exempt from feeling the economic impact. For the past couple of years, the Board of Directors was working to improve the long term financial stability of the organization. Before the pandemic was declared the organization was just breaking even, but canceling our annual conference has taken a significant toll.

We are writing to let you know that we have been working very hard behind the scenes to come up with a plan to keep SNAG moving forward during these challenging times. In order to keep SNAG solvent, the Board of Directors had no choice but to implement significant cost-cutting measures. We assessed staff positions, programming, and considered recent membership feedback on what you value most about the organization. Multiple scenarios are being explored in great detail to determine the best path forward.

As we look back at our first fifty years and consider how we can best assure our future, we have faced challenging decisions. Like many similar organizations, over the last few years, we have overextended and grown much larger than is sustainable, especially during this pandemic. As part of this streamlining and reorganization, we have found it necessary to eliminate both the Executive Director and Director of Education positions.

In the coming weeks, we will share more with you about our decision making process, restructuring plan, and details on what you can expect from SNAG in the coming days, weeks, and months. We want to hear from you, and hope many of you will reaffirm your commitment to the organization by lending your continued support and time as a volunteer.

Additionally, we started the process of refunding conference fees. We are offering additional ways to use that refund to buy books, renew your membership, or gift a Metalsmith subscription. We hope you will consider these new options! The refund process is going to take us some time but please know that we will process your refund as soon as we can. Please be patient with us.

Overall we value the strong sense of community within our organization, and your support is vital to ensuring SNAG’s survival. Our hope is that we will come out of this as a stronger, more robust community of artists, designers, makers, educators, curators, retailers, students, writers — all the unique individuals that are SNAG. Out of chaos can come innovation. We look forward to celebrating our perseverance and determination when we are able to meet again face to face.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors – Society of North American Goldsmiths

Brian Ferrell
Emily Stoehrer
Kat Cole
Michael Brehl
April Wood
Ke-Hoo Yuen
Becky McDonah
Dominique Bereiter
Elizabeth Shypertt
Pat Madeja
Terri Baybutt
Diane deBeixedon
Anne Havel
Nicole Jacquard

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