President's Message

Barbara Stone

It is hard for me to believe that this is my second anniversary writing the President's Message during the COVID-19 pandemic. Little did I know in spring of 2020 that in spring 2021 we would still be monitoring the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as it relates to our personal and UFDC activities.

I am sure that the 2021 Convention in Baltimore is on the minds of many. We are planning for and working toward a wonderful live Convention in "Charm City" in July. We have announced that the Early Bird pricing will remain in effect until Convention. We heard from members who want very much to attend but have not made the decision yet because of COVID-19 concerns. We listened and we agree that no one should have to pay extra because of something beyond anyone's control So, the registration price will remain as it is now. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

We do have a fantastic Convention planned for July. In this issue of DOLL NEWS, you will read about the wonderful meal events, seminars, and other exciting happenings that are planned. As always wonderful dealers are coming with fabulous dolls and the competition room will rival any museum in the world. Due to popular demand the Tender Loving Care Boutique will be back! This year we are combining it with the merchandise typically found in the UFDC booth in the sales room. The UFDC Boutique will be located in a room near the main sales room; the advantage to attendees will be extended hours and additional merchandise added throughout the week. This will make a fun treasure hunt every day for our attendees!

As I write this to meet the DOLL NEWS publication deadline, large parts of the United States are suffering ice, snow and unprecedented cold temperatures. But hopefully, by the time you read this, spring - that most beautiful season of the year - will have arrived. Or autumn for our UFDC family members in the Southern Hemisphere.

Spring is a season of holidays. We have Easter, Passover, April Fool's Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Holi (festival of colors in India). And now we have World Doll Day! Be sure to read in this issue how UFDC will be commemorating World Doll Day and ways that you can do so as well.

Spring is not just beautiful, it is associated with rebirth, renewal and regrowth. The season got its name in the sixteenth century from plants "springing" from the ground, and early peoples celebrated because their food supplies would soon be restored.

The year 2021 - like spring - is all about new beginnings. For all of us, many things in 2020 didn't go according to plan. But we are committed - actually, recommitted - to making the best of 2021 for all our UFDC family.

Until next time,
Barbara Stone

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