SGAA President’s Message - This Conference Was Huge

By B. Gunar Gruenke
Published in SGAA Stained Glass Quarterly - FALL 2008

President’s Message:
This Conference Was Huge

Thank you to everyone who participated in the ever-fun and educational Conference in Oakland.  It is always so inspiring to see the creative minds of members at work in the material that is displayed and the Conference sessions that are presented. 

Thanks especially to hose Joan DiStefano Ruiz; without you, the Conference couldn’t have been what it was.  Again, many, many thanks for your support. 

Once again, thank you also to our host and many sponsors, whom I ran out on at the last minute at the awards reception.  Due to a flight change (on their end), my evening was a bit compacted.  Thank you to the Paul Wissmach Glass Company, who sponsored the Awards Banquet; Blenko Glass and Key Resin, who sponsored the Stained Glass School classes; Northwest Art Glass, who sponsored the Welcome Dinner; Mominee Studio, Inc, who helped support the Member Luncheon; Evenheat Kiln, who sponsored the exhibition; and S.A. Bendheim, who welcomed us in a visit to Bendheim West.

Also, thank you to our Patrons, who provided items for the raffle.  The Oakland Conference patrons were: DHD Metals, Inc.; Gemini Saw Company, Inc; Glastar Corporation; Mayco Industries; and Reusche and Company of TWS, Inc. 

Thanks to the generosity of Denver Glass Machinery, we were able to give away a $500 gift certificate as a registration prize.  Thank you, Denver Glass Machinery.

Also, thanks to the DiStefano Ruiz Studio and to J. Sussman, Inc., for contributing the tee-shirts, which every Conference guest received.  This year’s tee-shirt features the full-color Conference logo and is a wonderful memento of the Annual Summer Conference.

This conference was huge.  We have created a new Fundraising Committee for the proposed new home purchase.  The new Conference Committee has a basis on which to operate, and the Architectural Art Glass Committee is marching on.  From golf, to presentations, meetings and mingling, it was a true pleasure in every respect. 

Thank you to Martha Grise, our Parliamentarian, who has served the Association admirably in recent years but who has now retired.  You will surely be missed. 

Thank you to those members newly elected into office, the returning Board members and committee chairs, and to all members and affiliates who attended the 2008 Annual Summer Conference.  Together we have been functioning like a well-oiled machine.

And thank you to Richard and Katei Gross for hanging tuff in this massive growth burst into the new headquarters.  You have been unselfishly busting your chops in this move. 

I look forward to meeting more of you in Oklahoma City next summer, and then at the new headquarters for the summer 2010 Conference. 

B. Gunar Gruenke

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