President’s Message

First let me say what an honor it is to have been elected to serve as your president. As I stated at the Annual Meeting in Nashville, I have some big shoes to fill. I promise that, with the help and support of the UFDC Board, I will do the best I can to exceed your expectations.

It is hard to believe that the last months of the decade are upon us. We are just back from the last convention of the decade, which I am happy to report was highly successful financially. And, from the glowing feedback from so many of our attendees, was a great overall success.

Over the past two years we have seen both financial and membership achievements. After a number of years of declining membership, we have successfully stabilized this past year. Your new Executive Committee and Board are not going to rest on past accomplishments but continue to explore opportunities for the future.

Maryll Goldsmith as first vice-president will be directing ReAL Services, our museum and education mission. Second vice-president Connie Reynolds will try to surpass the successes of the Nashville Convention by organizing your 71st Annual Convention “The Fabulous 50s” in Dallas, Texas. Carol Cameron, your new secretary-treasurer, fresh from her stint as Director of Region 16, will concentrate on UFDC’s most valuable asset: our members. Over the past two years we have reached out to other doll-related organizations such as the Barbie, Paper Doll and BJD conventions as sources of new members. We will continue and expand this important outreach over the next two years.

The success of this year’s Annual Campaign – a considerable increase over last year’s – was very heartening. Not only was the dollar amount higher, but also the number of donors. UFDC depends on our donor base. It would be wonderful if we were like many other not-for-profit organizations where Board members have considerable business connections enabling them to encourage substantial donations. The is not the case with UFDC. And, sadly, not all our members view UFDC as a primary recipient of the donations and profits from their fundraising events. I hope that you will donate to this year’s Annual Campaign by using the envelope enclosed in this magazine or through the UFDC website.

Linda Edward, past UFDC President, pondered in one of her president’s messages what would it be like if UFDC won the lottery and could fund all the worthy projects that we ascribe to as an organization? Unfortunately, that dream will never come to fruition because we don’t buy lottery tickets – nor was she suggesting that we do! Our winning ticket is not the UFDC President, not the UFDC Executive Committee, not the UFDC Board but the over 8000 dedicated UFDC members. Each of us, be it the President or our newest member, is responsible for keeping UFDC’s legacy strong for future generations.

We look forward to working with you as we strengthen the pursuit of our mission. No other organization is devoted to the education, conservation and preservation of dolls and if we don’t do it, who will?

Barbara Stone

 

 

 

 

 

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