THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER

 

Drum roll, please! Announcing our 2018 CAS Collectors Convention theme: “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!”  We’ll be strolling through the years, as we recognize the contribution of all our CAS decorator friends. . .the workers who literally brought all of the CAS designs to life!

 

Join us in the Howard Johnson Plaza’s spacious Redwood Room as, we celebrate all of the wonderful figurines created by CAS and the folks who created them, as well as the many imaginative ways those figurines have decorated America’s homes throughout the decades. Your Board is excited about the 2018 Convention theme and we know you will be, too! All of the details are included elsewhere in this newsletter, so be sure and check them out!

 

Of course, it will be hard to top this year’s Convention (seems like I say that every year!)  Ceramic Arts Studio: Past, Present, & Future!” was a rousing success, and so much fun! You’ll find a full recap as you turn the pages of this newsletter. And, if you missed this year’s Convention, that’s even more reason to get your registration in early for next August 25th in Madison! In fact, why not send in your 2018 Convention registration right now, and beat the rush? A handy registration form is included with this mailing. As an added incentive, our “Earliest Earlybird” contest is making its return. All paid registrations received by June 15, 2018 will be eligible for the terrific“Earlybird” prize drawing at the Convention.

 

And, it’s never too early to start thinking about participating in our 2018 Club Auction.  You can realize some extra cash, and benefit your club at the same time, so it’s a win-win for everyone! I’ll be putting together the auction catalog, and look forward to including your items in our 2018 lineup!

 

Now, let’s take a moment and thank all the folks who helped make Convention 2017 a rousing success! First, I am so grateful to our hard-working Board of Directors. Your Board invests countless hours and plenty of energy into putting together each year’s Convention. What makes it all worthwhile? Witnessing the happiness our Conventions bring to so many CAS Collectors! 

 

Specifically, I want to recognize Barb Bowers, our tireless Convention Coordinator. Also, great big thanks to Barb for creating our beautiful centerpieces every year. Kudos also go out to Lisa Louis, our “Commemorative Queen”, who every year outdoes herself by coming up with just the right Commemorative. This year’s beautiful CAS Twin Planters were definitely a crowd favorite!

 

A great big thank you to Mary Lamm-Feltman, our Vice President, for her placemats and newsletters, and the myriad of other contributions that she makes to the club and to our Board. Our Grand Prize, a one-of-a-kind Convention poster, again came courtesy of Kathy Plehn, who is a great asset in all of our Convention planning. And, thank you, thank you, thank you to our talented quiltmaker-in-residence, Bunny Lenburg. Bunny created and donated a quilt for our Convention Raffle, with all proceeds benefiting the club. And, Bunny also found time to locate just the right CAS pieces to accompany Barb’s centerpieces.   Finally, where would we be without Donald-Brian Johnson heading up our always-popular On Display Contest? Don makes sure that each year’s categories are both challenging and fun.

 

Hats off too, to everyone who participated in our successful Club Auction. As you know, the Auction proceeds go a long way towards helping sustain the club, and allow us to continually mount these terrific Conventions.

 

And, just a few additional heartfelt thank yous. First, to Norm Lenburg for reconstructing our souvenir stand! And, a very special thank you to Anita Guzik-Miller for donating her Grand Prize-winning “On Display” entry – figurines and all -- to our club Auction, with all proceeds benefiting your club! (Marlys Wilkinson was the lucky high bidder.) Last but certainly not least, a huge round of applause for Shawn and David Slotten, our 2017 auctioneers. Shawn and David have again kindly agreed to call our Auction in 2018. (And thanks too, David, for selling so many Raffle tickets!)

 

Finally, if that time has rolled around again, here’s just a friendly reminder to renew your CAS Collectors membership. Many memberships are up for renewal as each new year begins. If you’re not sure whether yours is, just check your newsletter mailing label. If your membership has expired, (or is about to), you’ll see a “please renew” sticker. To renew, just send in the enclosed membership renewal form with your payment. Your Board will be forever grateful! (And remember: a membership in CAS Collectors also makes a terrific Christmas gift!)

 

That’s all for now. My best wishes to each of you, for a happy and healthy holiday season and a very prosperous 2018! And, while “dreaming of a white Christmas”, take a moment to dream of all the fun we’ll have in Madison next August, when we salute those who made it all possible, with “Ceramic Arts Studio: Decorating The Decades!”

 

Hank Kuhlmann

President