President’s Message

“Dreams are the seeds of change.
Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream. ”
 

Debby Boone

 

By the time you receive our winter issue 2019 will be here. The New Year brings with it new resolutions and new challenges. A time to start anew and look forward.

I am pleased to report that UFDC has increased its membership since 2017. Congratulations for the diligent work of our Officers, Regional Directors and Membership Committee in bringing about this turnaround. We have been successful in spreading the message that UFDC is an organization that welcomes all kinds of collectors. We continue to advocate the benefits of joining together under one organization to promote our hobby.

Our strength is still in our clubs and that number is also growing. Without club support there would be no UFDC, as clubs offer a sense of belonging. I encourage all clubs to invite MALs to a meeting and to share their stories in their regional newsletters and DOLL NEWS. For 2019, I signed 79 certificates of memberships for clubs celebrating 25-70 years of UFDC membership. This is quite an accomplishment. How many organizations can match this? We honor these milestones in this issue.

It has been a struggle to reinforce the message of our mission and help our members to understand that UFDC is indeed a charity. However, I believe the message is being heard as we have seen an increase in donations. The journey has just begun, and we have a very long way to go but progress is being made, which is a good thing.

For your Executive Committee this is a period for us to begin our transitions into our new jobs. It is hard to believe that in a few short months my term as president will come to an end. There is still plenty of work to do and we are committed to completing as many goals as possible. Barbara Stone, your First Vice-President, President –Elect is working closely with me as she prepares to take on the duties of president. This includes attending staff meetings, understanding the personnel requirements, and working onsite in Kansas City. As Director of ReAL Services, Barbara is multi-tasking her responsibilities to keep our educational programs current and supervising the museum and online gift shop. She is very hard-working and truly an asset to me and this organization.

Plans for Convention 2019 are well underway as Maryll Goldsmith, our Convention Director is busy working on schedules and planning wonderful events. To prepare for the job of ReAL Service Director, she has already joined the Collection Oversight Committee, worked on the September Lunch & Learn and participated in the Committee’s September work week. Maryll brings her skills of working with Human Resources to the team. Her expertise in this area has been very helpful in revising and keeping the UFDC workforce in compliance with Missouri law.

Connie Reynolds, our Secretary-Treasurer continues to supervise all financial matters of the organization, including time sheets, preparing budgets and serving as liaison to our Regional Directors and Membership Committee Chair. Both Connie and Sheryl Sunderman, our Financial Manager have attended seminars on the new tax laws that will affect our non-profit status. Please read their Doll-ers and Sense article in this issue to get a better understanding of how we are expected to operate. Connie also took on extra duties as our Convention Coordinator for both 2018 and 2019 and is currently working on conventions for 2020 and 2021.

How fortunate UFDC is to have a group so dedicated to UFDC. Each of these members have stepped up and gone above their job titles to keep UFDC strong and to work together. Like any family we may have our differences and the stress of the job can cause issues, but we come together and support each other. This is our strength.

Best Wishes,

Loretta

 

 

 

 

You can also read the latest Unity’s Newsletter from the UFDC officers and staff.

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