By Kathy Swigon CDA
I’ve lived all over the United States. My husband’s job required us to have a flexible living situation. When my son was one, a neighbor/babysitting co-op friend asked me to join her for a mom’s night out at a tole painting class in Vancouver, WA. My family and I were only there for a short two years before we moved to Lebanon, PA. The move meant I had to find another place to paint, which I was able to do pretty quickly. After all, we were in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. After living in Pennsylvania for 14 years and becoming addicted to painting, finding a SDP chapter was the first thing I researched before “agreeing” to my husband’s job transfers. Of course, we relocated to some great locations where SDP chapters were available and welcoming. Before our move to San Antonio, TX, I was teaching a workshop in Charlotte, NC when a student (now a good friend, Barbara Hammett CDA) walked in wearing an Alamo Decorative Artists apron. What an omen! I knew I had painting opportunities to look forward to, no matter where we ended up. Now, permanently located in Tampa, FL, I am within driving distance of several chapters. I can attend a meeting or workshop every weekend and sometimes have to choose from more than one.
I serve on SDP’s Board of Directors because it’s a way I can give back to the organization, which has become a lifeline for me. Through interacting with so many members and establishing everlasting friendships, I feel like I have a good handle on what the membership likes and dislikes. Furthermore, I know change can only happen through action. I have this saying painted on a plaque in my studio; “If it is to be it is up to me.” It’s a reminder that we need to be active in the causes that are close to us. Really, if you think about it, what would SDP be without me – we the membership?
Consider nominating yourself to join me on the 2016-2017 SDP Board of Directors. As the current Vice President/President Elect, I will become the Board President for the next term. My colleagues and I are searching for members who can bring innovative ideas, creative outreach, a problem solving mindset and excellent communication. If you have any experience on a chapter board or with a non-profit organization, you are an ideal candidate for the job.
This is a win-win situation for both you and SDP. Board member experience will enhance your skills, career and satisfaction in life – you’ll feel good about yourself. For SDP, your involvement will help our painting community that has been around for over 40 years be around for another 40, and beyond.
Login the Members Only section of SDP’s website to view and download the Nomination Form. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair Donna Frost at Dfrost49@hotmail.com.