President’s Message

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

Debby Boone

It seems almost surreal that one year has passed since I became your UFDC President. It’s always difficult to decide what to write in these messages that will be interesting yet informative, not too preachy but make a point. I’ve been in a reflective mood lately taking into account what was accomplished this year and what still needs to be done.

The new website is finally up and running with some bumps along the way but is certainly an improvement. Technology has grown so much and “simple” just doesn’t mean the same thing anymore. Our new online shop has been a struggle getting the correct technology that is compatible with our office support. It all seems to be going in the right direction as we make new improvements.

The museum app has now launched, giving all our members and collectors the opportunity to visit our museum virtually. The app is available on any web-enabled device and can be viewed while touring the museum or at home. Visit ufdcmuseum.oncell.com to access the web app. As I pass the administration of the app to our Collections Oversight Committee, I am confident that this will be a wonderful opportunity for all doll lovers to enjoy our collection and learn about all kinds of dolls. We are now working on adding other languages for our international members.

Convention 2018 held in Phoenix was a great success with good feedback. This issue and winter DOLL NEWS will give you just a glimpse of the activities. The hotel was a perfect venue. We all went home with new treasures, new friends and a renewed spirit for the coming year.

Convention 2019 in Nashville is still in the planning stages. Please read the information about changes in registration. We know that you are excited about our souvenir doll artist, but this convention has a very special star that we will be honoring at our banquet. Ray Baker, our beloved Banana Crew Manager will retire in 2019. Ray has been a dedicated volunteer for UFDC since the early 1980s. His calm presence and organizational skills will be greatly missed. This is an opportunity to show him our appreciation by signing up for full registration and attending the banquet in his honor.

I thank you for your continued support on behalf of the Executive Committee. We will continue to work this year to promote UFDC and make the necessary changes to keep UFDC growing. As autumn brings changes in the colors of the earth, the gorgeous browns and oranges, colors of warmth and strength, UFDC brings changes that will bring about a successful year and enjoyment in our hobby to all our members.

Sincerely,

Loretta

 

 

 

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

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