ABANA Affiliate Liaison Letter,
Hello! What a great conference we had in Kentucky! There were plenty of activities to keep everyone very busy. The demonstrations were exceptional, the galleries were wonderful and the camaraderie was unmatched. Everything went as planned. If you were there, you were lucky. If you weren't there, maybe you can make the next one in Seattle, Washington in 2006. Contact Conference Chairman Jerry Kagele at email@example.com, he will have a lot of volunteer positions to fill.
The next free goodies to the Affiliates will be a copy of the winning conference poster by Pamela Webb of Denver, Colorado. You can use this collectable poster as an 'Iron-in-the-Hat' item, an auction item or to start a collection for your affiliate's gathering place. They will be mailed out next week, so expect them soon.
Pictures from the conference will soon be available on a CD from the ABANA store on the web site. Speaking of the web site, www.abana.org it now has drop-down menus to help you find your way more easily. Some highlights of the conference, photographed by our own Brian Gilbert can be seen here: http://lametalsmiths.org/news/images/2004/index.htm
Don't forget to send in your election ballots, found in the latest issue of The Anvil's Ring. There will be a very nice prize for one lucky voter. The winner MUST be able to produce their stub with the winning number on it.
The ABANA Board Meeting will be held October 28-30, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. This meeting is open to any ABANA member who wishes to attend. If you have an issue to discuss and cannot attend the meeting, you should have your Affiliate Representative present it to one of the ABANA Board members ASAP so it can find a spot on the agenda. Who is your affiliate rep? Check here: http://magichammer.freeservers.com/affiliate_liaison_representative.htm
If your affiliate is not represented, talk to your officers about it. All of the groups should have a representative. All of the reps need to sign up to the Affiliate Liaison e-mail list. Information can be found here: http://www.abana.org/affiliates/affiliate_email_list.shtml
This list will become the basis for the Affiliate Liaison Program.
Dave Mudge, Affiliate Liaison
Member Services Division
Chairman Internet Committee