President’s Message

In my first message to the membership in the fall of 2017,  I discussed the challenge to find new ways to grow and maintain membership and to build our fundraising efforts. We have met this challenge: our membership has increased and are fundraising efforts have grown beyond our expectations during my term as your president. We have welcomed five new clubs with one more completing the process. These clubs focus on a variety of interests in dolls including the popular BJD dolls. Corporate sponsorship has nearly doubled. Our corporate sponsors have offered invaluable support for our mission.

It is very important to the Executive Committee that our members feel that UFDC is their organization and as officers we served the organization with the knowledge that we were elected to make decisions that were in UFDC’s best interest. We always strive to make ourselves available to our members. We have tried to balance the fun aspect of our hobby with the business and the seriousness of preserving the history of dolls.

UFDC is an organization made up of volunteers who share their knowledge and expertise without compensation or personal gain. Improving UFDC’s image as an inclusive organization and making our charity designation understood were huge steps to fill. Action plans to reach out to other doll organizations and doll related events with joint projects to benefit all were successful and UFDC will continue to encourage collaborations with other organizations and events that meet the guidelines of our mission.

I was fortunate to work with a team of dedicated officers, regional directors and staff. Barbara Stone, Maryll Goldsmith and Connie Reynolds worked above and beyond. Their dedication to UFDC is often unknown. These ladies have all travelled to Kansas City on a moment’s notice for UFDC business. They exhibit the qualifications in an officer that are often overlooked – a dedication to the mission and the ability to work as a team.

Our staff, Sheryl, Jenny, Donna and Matt are more like family than employees. Their work ethic 
and dedication to UFDC is unsurpassed. How fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to work with them. They always go above and beyond to keep UFDC running smoothly.

In closing, I thank the membership for allowing me to serve UFDC and hope that I have contributed to the betterment of the organization. I have the utmost confidence in our new President-elect, Barbara Stone, who will provide UFDC with sound leadership.

 

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

Loretta

 

 

 

 

 

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

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