The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 4 Issue 1 March 2008

In this Issue

New IRS Regulation
Chapters Marketplace
Decorate and Celebrate
Help Make the Magic Happen
Thank You for Your Support
Fence-painting Folk
Fall Bounty
Treasure Box Group
A Tour to Remember

• New IRS Regulation

By Dee Guthrie, SDP Chapters Coordinator
Attention chapter members! A new IRS regulation applies to SDP chapters. In the past, SDP chapters did not need to file a tax return if the chapter’s income was less than $25,000. Starting this year, chapters are required to file an e-postcard for 2007. This can be done at the IRS website. The chapter’s Federal Employer Identifying Number (FEIN) will be needed to make the filing. For details, visit: and select “Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Tax Exempt Organizations”. The deadline is May 15, 2008 for the tax year ending Dec. 31, 2007.

Chapters Marketplace

By Sharon Bonuanato, CDA
When? 8:30-10:30 p.m., Monday, May 26
Where? Tampa Convention Center
Why? Fun and friendship
What? Chapters Marketplace!

Chapters Marketplace starts off Conference week, providing an opportunity to have fun and shop! Every participating chapter can earn money for their treasury simply by reserving a table to sell wonderful goodies, such as logo pins, t-shirts, jewelry, painted items or anything related to decorative painting. Sales of all chapter items will benefit the chapters—so this event is for you! Look for the participation form on page 49 of your Conference Special. It only costs $20 to reserve one 6-foot table and it is strongly suggested you act NOW! The annual Chapters Marketplace is extremely popular and tables will go fast.

Reserve your table by emailing and don’t delay! We will also raise dollars by door donations to benefit the SDP Foundation. Plus, an exciting Silent Auction of the Stars with pieces painted by many "big brushes,” providing all bidders a chance to own an original! But it doesn't end here. A painted-clothing fashion show will take place with a focus on painted fashion suitcases. Sign up for the fashion and suitcase show by emailing . The small suitcases will be donated to the Children's Network of Southwest Florida to benefit foster children.

Join your fellow SDP members, make new friends, participate in the Fashion Show and Silent Auction, support the SDP Foundation and Children's Network plus earn dollars for your chapter's treasury all at one fabulous event!

Decorate and Celebrate

By Past President Darla Foreman
If you’ve been to Conference in the past three years, you know about the gorgeous tables our chapters and individual members decorate for the Banquet. What is more fun than seeing these creative tables and picking your favorites? Now is the time to reserve your table for the 2008 Banquet in Tampa and start planning your design. Create a theme and plan for favors, centerpieces, chair covers, whatever you like. Each table seats 10. Paint and decorate to your delight. There will be a vote for the top three favorite tables. Send an email today to save your table: .

Help Make the Magic Happen

By Ann Johnson, Volunteer Chair
As you can imagine, it takes hundreds of man-hours (woman-hours??) to run a successful conference, and your help is needed. Whether you’re heading to Tampa for the entire conference or just a couple of days, please see the information on pages 6-9 of your Conference Special and volunteer a few hours. Your spouse or traveling companions are also welcome, (adults only please). Help is also needed for setup on Sunday, May 25 and teardown on Saturday, May 31. If you have any questions, contact me at or call (630)665-0108.

 Thank You for Your Support

By Past President Darla Foreman
A big “thank you” to those who have offered financial support for chapter events during Tampa Conference. The following chapters and business members have donated funds to help with the cost of these events:

Heart of the Pinelles Decorative Artists, Florida
Houston Art, Inc.
Penn's Woods Painters, Pennsylvania
Sooner Decorative Artists, Oklahoma

Would you, your chapter, or your business like to sponsor or support an event at Conference? For a list of events that need sponsorship, contact

The painting crew: back row: Cindy Clark, Judy Bonds, Helen Johnson, Geri Blake, Karen Wagner, Dannette Masterson, Jeanne Chamberlain, Annette Wohlwend. Front row: Sharon Tucker, Shirley Fullmer, and Annie Schmalz. Seated is Ellie Green.

 Fence-painting Folk

By Karen Wagner, Redwood Tole Folk
Redwood Tole Folk, Eureka, CA
Community Service Project
July 2007

In July 2007 the Redwood Tole Folk tackled the 63-foot long, six-foot tall fence at the New Life Christian School in Fortuna, Calif. It seemed like a long, long fence but once we got started we found ways to fill it up, thanks to the creative women in the chapter. The committee planned out the basic fence and created some patterns. Then the painters took off from there. With a great crew, we were able to finish the painting in four days. The paints for the project were donated by the family of a respected local painter who had passed away recently. This project was part of a larger renovation project at the school. It was impossible to take a picture of the whole fence because it is so long and because there is playground equipment in front of it. Besides the larger details, there are many hidden pairs of animals, bugs, and so on throughout the mural. The children should have a wonderful time discovering everything hidden in the scenes.

 Fall Bounty

By Jackie Burke, Bel Air Decorative Painters
Twenty-five members of the Bel Air Decorative Painters enjoyed a two-day painting seminar with Maxine Thomas. They are pictured here with the second day's project. The chapter regularly holds seminars at the Spenceola Community Center.

Treasure Box Group

By Kerry Sides
Two of us started a Treasure Box Group on Yahoo. We are promoting the Treasure Box program by sharing ideas by email. We had 43 members at first, but the group is growing. Many of the gals that have joined are new to the program, but are enjoying the help we can offer them to get them started. I am busy painting and delivering boxes. If you hear of anyone who is interested in joining our Treasure Box Group, they can contact me at or through Yahoo Groups.

• A Tour to Remember

By Ellen Annibali, Nature Coast Decorative Artists
On August 8, 2007 Nature Coast Decorative Artists members Gini Conn, Carol Hechler, Charlene Seimes and Ellen Annibali joined our Hernando County Shriner contact Michael Peranio and wife Lisa, Michael’s mentor Tampa Shriner Membership Chairperson Richard Weaver and wife Helen, for a visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa.

When we arrived our tour guide gave us a brief history of the hospital and a very informative tour. The whole place is bright, spotless, and child-friendly. The examining room doors have hand-painted designs and examining tables are shaped like animals to welcome the children and families using the facility. Corridors and rooms have a view of the beautifully landscaped grounds. The staff and volunteers that we met were friendly and enthusiastic. When we finished the tour, our guide gave us each a Hospital logo pin that represents their work. We delivered thirty Treasure Boxes and a floor mat (with a story) to Director of Public Relations Bethanne Demas. Nancy Kirkpatrick from the Florida Suncoast Decorative Artists in Tampa also joined us at the end of our tour and had a delicious lunch in the cafeteria. NCDA Philanthropic Chairperson Gini Conn said, "What an inspiring, rewarding, and motivating trip! I hope everyone gets a chance to visit this facility."

We have some special ladies in our group who try to follow the SDP's goal of "giving back." It was rewarding to send the treasure boxes and meet the people who make it possible to help children and families in need. We wanted to share this with our fellow SDP painters.

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