AMS Board Chairman’s Report

Fall 2019 Chairman’s Report

Fall is around the corner, along with all the holidays. The leaves are just starting to turn here in Western North Carolina and the weather is getting just a bit cooler!

Unfortunately, Ellen Kisker has found it necessary to resign her position as Vice President. Many thanks to Ellen for her faithful, knowledgeable, and valuable support over the years as magazine editor and Vice President. We hope Ellen will continue in her role as member of the Rocky Mountain Marquetry Guild, and at some time be in a position to contribute again to the national organization.

Call for Candidates:

While our officers have duties & responsibilities, we as members also have duties and responsibilities, and must realize that membership in our organization is a two-way street. I am asking each of you to reflect and see if you, or someone you know within the AMS, would be willing to step up and run for this position.

Our Bylaws state the responsibilities of the Vice President as follows: “B. Vice President: Aids and assists any other Officer and ensures that offices are functioning in an appropriate manner. In the case of the death or the absence of the president, or of his or her inability from any cause to act, the vice president shall perform the duties of the office of the president.” The candidate should be an AMS member in good standing. The minimum term of office is 6 months. If you know of someone, please let me or your board representative know.

However, prior to an election, I’d like to see some discussion on possibly expanding the roles of the President and Vice-President to include such things as fundraising, education, member recruitment and retention, chapter support, and encouraging board member participation. Additionally, I believe this is an appropriate time to also consider term limits on our officer positions. We will be discussing these issues among the Officers and Board members shortly.

Paul Purdue is doing a great job in his role as Membership officer, and the Microsoft Access database application is working well. We’ll be adding additional functionality later this year.

By the time this issue hits the streets, you will have received the Member Directory as a digital file. A test email was sent out a few months ago to all members announcing the Website survey, and that worked well, so now we’re able to send out the Directory by email. By doing so, it reduces the workload on the editor, and also reduces mailing costs. Please let us know your thoughts on this, and note that in order to receive it, you must have a current email address on file. Contact Paul Purdue with updates or corrections.

The Website Development Team continues making progress on migrating our website to the Word Press platform. We had a good response to the website survey, with lots of good input. The survey results are being analyzed, and the suggestions will be incorporated as appropriate. Tim Peplinski from Cary, NC was the winner of the survey contest, and his membership has been extended by 2 years.

We welcomed 5 new members in May, 4 in June,  and 5 new members join in July. So far, August is shaping up to be a record month.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Jim Davis

AMS Chairman of the Board