|The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 6 Issue 2 June 2010
|In this Issue
SDP Conference this past May was a blast! If you attended, I hope you had a great time. Please mark your calendars for May 17-21, 2011, to check out the 39th Annual Society of Decorative Painters Conference in Wichita, Kan. In fact, the room block is already set up, so you can book your room now, if you like. When you book through this link, you will automatically receive the SDP room rate of $104 a night. Remember, staying in the room block helps SDP by keeping the costs associated with Conference down, and that’s good for you, too!
If you are thinking about teaching at the 2011 conference you still have time, the deadline has been extended to June 28. If you have never submitted, now is the time. Go to the website and download a Teacher's Kit. Don't delay—we can’t wait to see what you’ve been painting!
Are you planning on booking a teacher for an upcoming chapter event? Please take some time to review the new regulations for booking teachers from outside the U.S. You can download that info here.
Does your Newsletter Editor send your chapter newsletter out by email? (It’s a great way to save postage and go green!) If so, please ask her to add all of the following people to her newsletter distribution list: Communications Coordinator Matthew Clagg: email@example.com, Chapters Board Liaison Mary J. Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org, and Chapters CoordinatorBecky Gray: email@example.com. We read your newsletters to look for stories to feature in the Chapter Happenings e-zine or Chapter Snapshots in The Decorative Painter. In fact, read the story below to learn how chapters and individual members can submit photos and info for publication. We just love to hear about your projects and adventures! If your newsletter is distributed as a hard copy, printed newsletter, that’s fine. Just mail it to Chapter Newsletter, SDP, 393 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203-5968.
By Matthew Clagg, SDP Communications Coordinator
The Decorative Painter
Chapter Snapshots is intended to share news from SDP’s affiliated chapters. Did you stage a particularly successful retreat, fundraiser or seminar? Did your group paint a mural at a church, teach a group of underprivileged youth, or create a decorative painting display at your local library? Or maybe you’ve just had a blast painting and playing together! Submit a story to Chapter Snapshots.
Show & Tell is intended to share news from SDP’s individual members. Did you win a ribbon or award? Did you paint a project for a local charity or business? Did you create a piece with an interesting backstory? Submit a story to Show & Tell.
Chapter Spotlight: Is there a chapter service project about which you are especially proud? Maybe you hosted your most successful fundraiser ever or participated in an event that will go down in your chapter's history book! Chapter Spotlight focuses on outstanding moments when your chapter truly shined. One chapter will be featured in each issue of The Decorative Painter magazine.
Chapter Happenings E-zine
To Submit a story to Chapter Snapshots, Show & Tell, Chapter Spotlight, or Chapter Happenings
Please bear in mind that because of the volume of submissions, not all submissions can be printed, but we will print as many as we can. We are excited to hear what you’ve been up to. Take a few minutes and submit today!
By Mary J. Smith, SDP Secretary and Chapter Board Liaison
I’d be glad to help your chapter get started—and it’s never too late in the year to start these. If you do some work up front, the end of the year will be much easier for you—and for your chapter. And, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel the following year. You just clear the contents on each page for the past year, update your file name, headers and footers, and start with a clean slate. I know of four other chapters in my state that are now successfully using these and they have less trouble getting someone to run for treasurer!
You can find sample spreadsheets and blanks here, under the heading, “Financial Forms.”
If you need help tailoring these spreadsheets to meet the needs of your chapter, please don’t hesitate to contact me (Mary J. Smith) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be glad to get you started.
By Barbara Sirianni, Ouachita Decorative Artists
By Leanna McLure and Karen Close, Gulf to Bay Decorative Artists
• Honoring Wounded Warriors
By Wendy Watson, Alamo Decorative Artists
Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Ft. Sam Houston receives many of the most serious cases of war injuries. The families of these warriors, who have also sacrificed much, come to our city during treatment and recuperation time. Many times the treatments are quite painful and last for extended periods, requiring these warriors and families to be away from everything they know and love.
The need for a Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC) was first identified by a group of physicians. In December 2003, small conference rooms at the Powless Hall Guest House on Ft. Sam Houston were converted to the WFSC. On December 1, 2008, with the help of several generous donors, the center was relocated into a 12,000 square foot building to meet the tremendous need for more space. It was designed and equipped with the needs and requirements of wounded warriors in mind. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible and has a homey atmosphere that encourages healing. It offers a safe environment for military families to reconnect and begin their lives over with the full support of the military community.
The WFSC is the only one of its kind. The soldiers receive emotional support and answers to their questions from other wounded warriors and their families. In this comfortable environment they can extend their rehab away from the hospital. The rehab involves learning to cope with war-related disabilities as individuals, as couples, and as families.
The WFSC is staffed by caring community and military volunteers, other wounded warriors and Army Community Services personnel.
Our chapter painted boxes for the warriors and filled them with useful items, such as gift cards, disposable cameras, writing supplies, game books, cards and snacks. The boxes serve as a memento of the care they received in San Antonio, Texas and are meant as a means for our painters to say "thank you.”
You may have heard that SDP Business members DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel have offered to give a Decorative Painting for Everyone New Member Kit to every new SDP member to help us recruit new members.
This will help all of us encourage new members to join our Society and keep the decorative painting industry vital! Each new SDP member will receive a voucher in their membership packet good for one kit.
Warmest thanks to DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel! Imagine how much easier this will make recruiting new members. Now, let's all get out there and spread the word to newbies, students, friends, and family about SDP and this fun offer!
• Fun with Furniture
By Delores Gatz, Harbour Lights Painters
By Kelly Forrest, Tryon Treasures Decorative Artists
A 2010 SDP Conference photo essay by Sheila Rouse
• About Chapter Happenings
Chapter Happenings is published periodically by the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) for members of its affiliated chapters. Do you have a story, photo or idea for Chapter Happenings? E-mail Matthew at email@example.com.
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