Dear Members,

After considerable delay, we were able to have a Board Meeting on April 21st. We met at the Owego Treadway, the same hotel we had planned for our meeting in October. Restoration is well underway, the floors and rooms are shining with new décor. We were able to have a brief tour to see some of the changes. The hotel should be at its very best the October Convention.

New Officers were inducted, Helen Mateer, Country-President, President Elect from Country-Carol Minnick, Secretary-Carol Cureo from Country, Treasurer Rosemary Seivert Messina from Country and Barbara Strzepka from Country as Historian. Joyce Stewart and Joan Chubbuck from Heart continue as Vice President and Parliamentarian respectively.

By-Laws were reviewed, with assistance from the Board Members. They were passed and will be published in the 2012 Roster Book. It was decided to go back to our prior format for the Roster Book, including our history and By-Laws. Off Convention year updates will be available. It was voted to have the Officers proceed with application for a new IRS classification.

It was decided that our Card Project will continue. We are keeping track of the revenue and expenses of this fundraiser, with an amount, decided in April 2013, to be donated to the World Museum at their Convention.

We will follow the World Organization recommendation, Glass may be displayed at our Convention, however it cannot be voted on.

Museum shipping expenses are being reviewed by Sue Fedor-Museum Chairman. There was discussion regarding the expenses from the past Convention. Following guidelines from the “China Painter” it was voted to send 5 pieces to the museum, along with some of the Jr. Winning pieces. This is in keeping with our reduced membership.

The Convention, FOREVER BLOOMING, October 12,13, and 14, 2012. Owego Treadway Inn, 1100 State Route 17C-Exit 65, Owego, New York 13827. They are offering a special rate for NYSWOCP – [$99 per night, single/double – if made before September 25, 2012]

Hospitality packages are available for $75 and include Buffet lunch, Buffet dinner and Banquet Dinner, along with other surprises. We have been very happy with the hotel food during our stay in April. If you have any special food requirements, please let us know in advance.

Convention Plans for October were discussed. Joan Chubbuck talked about the wonderful Paint-in’s being offered and her plans for publicity. Our Paint-in teachers are Joyce Stewart, Marlene Eagen, Gerry Burchill and Mary Gosden. Please see our web site for additional information: http://countryporcelainartists.org/nyswocp Look under NYSWOCP Happenings.

Packets were handed out to all Club Presidents, for each member. They include all the forms needed to participate in the Convention. We are sending along tickets for the Grand Prize, Hospitality Baskets, and Scholarship Baskets. This is your State Organization and it runs with your assistance. Please support your Convention.

We are still looking for your contributions to our Auction. Let’s make this fun for all!! We need your help!

Maryland China has once again offered to ship your orders to the Convention. This is your chance to avoid postage. Just let them know you want it shipped to the convention and order before September 30, 2012. You can look over their catalog at http://www.marylandchina.com/ or call 1-800-638-3880.

If your club is interested in a seminar with one of our artists, either before or after the show, please let me know and I will see what can be arranged.

We understand that our membership is decreasing. Your support is needed to keep our Conventions going. We want to keep our art alive for the next generation. Don’t forget to encourage our Juniors to participle. Bring a friend; it is also a fun, get-away weekend for all.

See you at the Conventions,

Helen Mateer
NYSWOCP President