President’s Message

“A doll is a witness who cannot die, with a doll you are never alone.” 

Margaret Atwood

Time seems to be going so quickly as here we are, ready for another convention! It will be a great pleasure to see old friends and make new ones in Phoenix. For those who cannot attend, we will have full coverage of convention highlights in the fall issue of DOLL NEWS and on UFDC’s website and Facebook page.

One of my highlights of these past months was attending the Region 12 Regional Conference in Frankenmuth, Michigan, sponsored by Doll-licious Doll Club of Michigan. First Vice-President Barbara Stone and I had the honor of representing the Executive Committee at this fun-filled weekend. Chairperson Reba Hood is a UFDC treasure; a one-woman show of enthusiasm and loyal UFDC supporter. We were so pleased when Reba and Doll-licious Doll Club of Michigan announced that all profits from the regional will be donated to UFDC to help continue the mission. This gesture is very much appreciated as we have tried to promote making UFDC the priority in all our clubs charitable efforts. DOLL NEWS will present a full report on the activities, but I felt the need to praise this group’s efforts in this message.

I would like to share another inspiring moment. We met a very lovely young junior collector named Waverly who was with her grandmother at the regional. Waverly’s excitement and the true joy on her face as she purchased several Barbie dolls at our UFDC sales booth gave us hope for the future. The dealers offered attendees a wonderful and wide variety of dolls and accessories. Gorgeous antiques, vintage beauties, marvelous artists’ designs and Japanese treasures filled the room. The competition room was spectacular with many interesting doll examples displayed for everyone’s enjoyment.

It is my strong belief that doll collecting is a hobby that attracts diverse collectors. UFDC represents and celebrates all varieties of doll collecting. As an organization dedicated to doll collecting, we are unique because we encompass so many areas. We must be diligent in letting collectors understand that UFDC has something for everyone’s taste. We cannot limit ourselves to any one idea.

Visiting our museum is the epitome of learning about dolls. You do not have to own a rare antique to appreciate dolls and there is no shame is “playing” with a contemporary doll. The doll brings knowledge, enjoyment and friendship. Let’s continue to share our hobby and promote our love of dolls.

 

Best Wishes,
Loretta

 

 

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