President’s Message

“Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!”

Robin Williams

I found the above quote inspiring – I thought about the accomplishments we’ve made and what lies ahead as we move forward.

Every member received the UFDC supplement in winter DOLL NEWS that celebrates our UFDC history. Our history is so important, and I was pleased to be able to complete this project on behalf of the Fundraising Committee. 
The Committee wanted to give all our members a gift to show our appreciation and provide another benefit of membership. Many members have expressed to us that this was the perfect gift. Junior Collectors were sent a personal letter from the President and a charm. A survey was distributed to help our Junior Collector Chairs develop a viable program.

In February, we launched our new website. It was a task that was more complicated than I was aware of when I volunteered to develop this project. I would like to extend my thanks to Linda Edward, Matt Haynes and Donna Mills for their support and help. Be sure to visit the website often as new products will be added continuously. We will soon launch a museum web app. Here you can visit and see what’s new at the museum and take a tour of our wonderful collection using your mobile devices. Other technical upgrades involved much-needed replacement of the aging and inefficient wi-fi system.

Our museum is certainly fulfilling its mission. Recently, we added a new exhibit cabinet, glass enclosures for Ethel Newcome and new lighting in the Fashion Gallery. Susanna Lewis’ private collection of Sasha dolls, Nancy Carlson’s fabulous collection of Effanbee’s Historical Series of President’s Wives and a collection of Gene dolls with archival material from Mel Odom and the Arlington Heights Museum are recent additions to the museum collection. Exciting exhibits lie ahead, such as Nancy Moore’s BAPS dolls, on exhibit through September. We encourage members and local clubs to come to the museum for a day trip or dolly weekend. Contact Barbara Stone, ReAL Service Director to plan your event.

Of course, the biggest party of the year is our 2018 Phoenix Convention and we have planned quite a treat for you. Ruby Red Galleria has designed a wonderful Convention souvenir doll and our meal event souvenirs will delight you. We are planning a convention not to be forgotten or missed. Register now to be sure you don’t get left out of the party.

Finally, a few words regarding our annual campaign. This year’s campaign yielded slightly more funds than last year but from only ninety-two donors and eighteen clubs represented. With over 7,000 members and over 400 clubs we can improve this number. We thank all who did contribute to the support of our wonderful organization. Many of the projects that we have been able to fund with insufficient monetary support are realized through volunteers who donate their time and talent. Please help us keep the ‘party’ going, it’s not too late to donate or fund a project.

Happy Spring,
Loretta

 

 

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

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