|The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 7 Issue 2 September 2011
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I want to let you know that I am the new Conference Director/Chapters Coordinator for the Society of Decorative Painters. I am very excited to start working with all of you.book your room now. When you book through this link, you will automatically receive the SDP room rate of $107 per night for single/double occupancy, or $127 for triple/quadruple occupancy. Remember, staying in the room block helps SDP to keep the costs associated with the Conference down, and that's a win-win for both you and SDP!
Are you planning on booking a teacher for an upcoming chapter event? Please take some time to review the regulations for booking teachers from outside the U.S. You can download the information here.
If you have any questions about the above information or forms, feel free to call me at (316) 269-9300, ext. 107, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Chapter Presidents:
It's a very busy and exciting time of year! It is time for elections, reflecting on what the chapter has done this year and looking forward to next year's events.
Below you will find the annual forms that have traditionally been mailed to chapters each fall. To cut costs and make access more convenient, chapters can now find links to the annual forms on the SDP website. Simply go to www.decorativepainters.org, click on the Chapters tab and select "Annual Forms", then download and print from your computer as you need them. If you would like hard (paper) copies mailed to you, please let Becky (email@example.com) know and we will be happy to do so.
YOUR CHAPTER LIABILITY INSURANCE IN ACTION: SDP has a liability insurance policy available to all U.S. chapters. This policy covers injuries or damages to a 3rd party caused by a chapter or by a chapter member while conducting chapter and SDP activities. This policy does not cover injuries to chapter members. Chapters are considered as insured under the SDP master policy. Chapters cannot opt-out of the policy. Chapters are invoiced on a sliding scale based on number of members for the chapter.
Additionally, “mini-conferences” are covered as long as they are 5 days or less in length, and have attendance of no more than 500 people at any one time. Any event lasting longer than 5 days or having more than 500 attendees will be required a separate special events policy.
SDP has made an optional group accident medical plan available to U.S. chapters. This policy covers chapter members any time they are participating in a chapter activity, including travel. It covers medical expenses, provides a loss of life payment, and payment for loss of certain body parts.
IMPORTANT! IRS FILING REQUIREMENT.
Download forms from the Chapter page at www.decorativepainters.org If you have any questions about the above information or forms, feel free to call Becky Gray at (316) 269-9300, ext. 107 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What better way to begin the New Year with invited new faces into your chapter? There are probably a number of SDP members in your area who do not know that they have a Chapter in their own backyard. You can find SDP new members by requesting zip code lists with member names from Becky Gray (email@example.com). Simply email Becky with a list of zip codes for your area. SDP will send you a list of members. And your recruitment can begin.
One of the best ways to get new members that are not current SDP members is to assign a member to the post of PR/Marketing Advocate, then make a plan to contact the your local media to feature your chapter and SDP through free listings and advertising, news stories, interviews, and online. Make sure that all your events are listed on local community calendars, as well. This promotes your chapter, and SDP at the same time.
Email is a powerful tool. If you don't already do it, have all your members include your chapter and SDP in their signature lines. They can create a link that will take the reader directly to the chapter's website and to the SDP website.
Be a proud member! If you have a chapters newsletter that is emailed to members, consider creating a newsletter sign-up on your website that allows non-members to receive your newsletter, too. Or create an edited down version for non-members to entice them to join.
The Wildflowers of Texoma of Sherman, Texas, held their 2nd Annual Mystery Day last month. This has become one of the chapter's most successful fundraisers. Teachers and projects are kept secret until the attendees begin the class. This year's teachers were Patsy Deal, Sharon Mayo, and Nancy Nass. Twenty-eight avid painters, including members from sister chapter, Creative Artists of Texas escaped the scorching Texas heat for a day of painting fun.
The goal of the program is to introduce participants to new products, techniques, and surfaces, while raising money for chapter activities. This year, the group used Decoart 3D Gloss Paint, plumber's epoxy, and pop-up hats purchased at SDP's Wichita Conference. In all, four projects were completed.
At noon, a potluck salad luncheon prepared by the Wildflowers members was served.
Everyone is ready for next year—without the 100° heat. This year's event let all 28 ladies forget their troubles, while having a wonderful day.
The participants of the Wildflowers of Texoma Mystery Paint-In—looks like the pop-up hats project was a great success.
The Valley Tole and Decorative Painters of Flint, MI, volunteered their talents and time by painting wooden “guard soldiers” that surround a 100-year-old carousel and children's area located at Genesee County's Crossroads Village Park. The dedicated “Friends of the Carousel” provided supplies and lunch for all 21 volunteers. At the end of the day, the 24 soldiers were ready for “service” and will be in place at the park for the summer and fall season.
Thanks to all the volunteers for a great job:
Vonna Horwood, Fran Price, Maggie Benedict, Dawn Schachinger, Linda Dyball, Eliza Wong, Ann Fogg, Jo Bowman, Char Ellis, Jacquie Osborn, Regina Baumgart, Pamela Buerger, Arla Slogor, Marilyn Marsden, Anita Barcin, Jan Giesken, Arlene Lanning, Kathy Miller, Regina Berry, Tammy Harrington, and Martha Langdon.
Crossroads Village is a living history site that has rescued and restored vintage amusement rides and 35 historic buildings from around the area, thus recreating a piece of Michigan as it was 100 years ago. Valley Tole and Decorative Painters choose this project as part of their continuing community service because of the connection to the arts with historically significant work on the folk art carousel horses.
The Gateway Decorative Artists held a seminar with Carol Spohn in June 2011 in St. Louis, MO.
Holding paintings from the seminar (front row, left to right) Maureen Wasserman, Carol Rufkahr, Delia Larkins, Ginger German;
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