President’s Message

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family, friends – and dolls!

Your Executive Committee filled the golden days of autumn with a whirlwind of activities. In addition to the Executive Committee meeting, new RD Training and “The Dolls’ Tea Party” in September, Maryll Goldsmith, Connie Reynolds and I participated in the UFDC Open House and Boutique in November.

Maryll did Meet and Greets at numerous shows and attended several clubs’ anniversary events. Connie Reynolds participated in the Wichita Doll Show, Meet and Greets and presented programs to a number of clubs.

We also continued to reach out to other doll-related organizations. I represented UFDC at the Schoenhut Collectors Convention and Carol Cameron represented UFDC at the 200 Years of Childhood event in London.

We plan to continue this level of engagement with our members. In February we will combine our spring Executive Committee meeting with Florida Doll Day and attend the Vermont Regional in June. Don’t hesitate to invite us to your event; we will come if possible. And please introduce yourselves when you see any of us – we love meeting our members!

Speaking of future events, Connie’s main occupation has been and continues to be planning and organizing our exciting 71st annual convention “The Fabulous Fifties” in Dallas! Registration is open and the form is in this issue. Don’t delay – you won’t want to get left out.

While your Executive Committee has been busy, so have UFDC’s Standing Committees: The Fundraising, Membership, and Collections Oversight Committees.

The UFDC Fundraising Committee started the new fiscal year with ideas for fundraising events at our next convention in Dallas, other events to help costs in regard to upgrades needed in our headquarters building and our overall financial strength. The committee realizes it will be hard to follow the huge success of the Nashville Live! event which they sponsored last year. Since the Dallas convention has a 50’s theme, a sock hop is being considered. The committee will be working all year to spearhead a major fund drive to offset renovations needed in the headquarters building as our Museum collection and library grow. This drive will be a joint effort with the Collections Oversight Committee.

The Collections Oversight Committee will be rotating two exhibits each year in the museum and classroom spaces, with the anticipated exhibit featuring the Mel Odom’s Gene dolls this spring. The committee also is working on improved signage, advertising our Museum, website presence, and environmental preservation of our collection. The committee will continue to be a resource for the Director of ReAL services as educational events are planned in the museum.

The Membership Committee has had monthly telecons throughout the fall. They started by reviewing membership data from 2008-2019, looking at both total membership and the breakdown by Club, Members-at-Large, Corporate, Museum and Library, as well as Junior Collectors. Over this period, total memberships have steadily declined but in 2018-2019, things stabilized. Asking themselves the question “How could we double our membership in 5 years?” the team has identified a number of projects to work on. Each committee member has taken responsibility for a particular project and proposals are starting to come forward.

Finally, we welcome our new DOLL NEWS Editor Linda Holderbaum. She is dedicated to keeping DOLL NEWS the premier doll publication, with each issue providing our members the opportunity to read, study and learn about dolls.

 

Until next time,

Barbara Stone

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