Letter From the President
Dear SNAG members,
All good things must come to an end. And sometimes the end is sudden and rather unexpected. As many of you know, I recently accepted a new full-time position as the Executive Director of the Furniture Society. Despite my best intentions, I found myself immersed in my new job to such a degree that fulfilling the SNAG presidency at the same time became no longer possible. The lead role on the board deserves more attention than I can give it at present and I therefore decided it was in SNAG’s best interest if I stepped down.
After following the protocol outlined in our by-laws, the board has unanimously voted to accept the nomination of Nicole Jacquard to fulfill the rest of my term as President. The good news is that Nicole Jacquard, our past President, graciously agreed to retake the wheel as President. This ensures that the organization continues to benefit from experienced leadership and that the membership, board, and staff will be well taken care of and we can continue the great work we have been doing to support each and every one of you, our members.
I will continue to serve on the board through the remainder of my term to lend support in any way I can, albeit in a much less visible role.
Please join me in thanking Nicole Jacquard for her renewed service!
Society of North American Goldsmiths
First off and most importantly: if you are getting this message today, that means you are a valued SNAG member and I cannot express enough how happy and grateful our whole Board of Directors and staff are to have you with us! Thank you! Advance warning: This is going to be a longer-than-usual letter. Important changes are currently being made at SNAG and I encourage you to pull up a chair and get informed.
At the board’s last meeting, we looked at one of our major membership benefits: Metalsmith magazine. In our most recent survey, over 46% of you said you joined or belonged to SNAG because you want to receive our magazine; you like its quality and overall effectiveness as a tool to communicate what metals is and can be. Thank you for responding with your interesting and encouraging comments! We read them all.
We also recognize, however, that every good thing needs to continually evolve and get better; nothing should ever be taken for granted. That means that our wonderful magazine needs to continually evolve and adapt to changing landscapes within the world of jewelry/metalsmithing as well as the publishing world itself. The board has looked at the revenue and subscription number trends as well as growth potential. Many options for change were discussed to keep the magazine what it is and to make it better while remaining profitable.
The board of directors decided to restructure current operations of Metalsmith (but not alter the content focus itself) AND to add a new companion publication, Metalsmith Tech, to our portfolio of membership benefits. Metalsmith Tech will focus on technical processes, educational topics, professional development information, and usage of new tools and supplies — all things you have asked for in past surveys. Starting in 2018, Metalsmith Tech will automatically be sent to all members and subscribers! Be on the look-out for it.
SNAG embodies our desire to be supportive and inclusive, as we celebrate our membership’s diversity and common goals as makers and creative thinkers. I would urge all of you to keep this in mind and continue to support one another’s growth and celebrate each other’s successes as we all move ahead.
Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to our new members. This is my first letter as President and I want to express what an honor it is to lead this great organization. I hope SNAG gives you the connections, education and joy it has given to me over the past 25 years.