Dear Chapter Leaders,
As you are all aware, or at least we hope you are aware, the Chapter Relations Committee has been working on fine tuning the map that outlines the new Chapter boundaries across the United States. We took the feedback you shared with us at the Leader's Conference and on the PPFA Framer’s Corner and have incorporated as much of it as we could. The attached map is the newest version of proposed changes. It would bring the total number of chapters from 27 to 18.
You will notice that many of the existing chapters will not change much, if at all. The greatest changes will be noticed in the re-allocation of territory and members in those areas that either did not currently have a chapter (Mailbox Members) or had a chapter that was struggling or failing. For many members there will be no change. For the others, they will be assigned to a chapter for the first time or have their struggling chapter merge with a neighboring, stronger one.
Once we settle this matter all members will belong to a chapter for the purposes of competition. There will be no more Mailbox entries.
We completely recognize that we still face geographical challenges in certain parts of the country. Frankly, there are no easy solutions. Because this is still a work in process please share any major concerns or feedback with a CRC Member or your Chapter Liaison.
Thank you for your continued involvement in strengthening our PPFA. We believe we are getting very close to settling this complex issue.
The Chapter Relations Committee
Sarah Beckett (Chair), Mikki Kavich, Cathy Coggins, Byron Ward, John Gaston, Robert Grothues, Erin McBride, Anthony Tremonto
PPFA Cascade Chapters President's Letter
Welcome to Spring!
The daffodils are up and the cherries in bloom, the bright light filters thru the bare trees. Nothing quite compares to the inspiring promise of a new spring. I see this same promise of a better year from my customers and hopefully you are as well. I attended the WCAF and PPFA National Conference in Las Vegas in January where the suppliers are showing renewed interest in exciting new product lines. The PPFA as well is ready for a rebound from the pull-back years we just came thru. There is great change in the wind and with everyone's help it will benefit us all. This change will effect most every chapter across the country but I will address just the Cascade Chapter.
Up to now the Cascade chapter has been all of Oregon and the Vancouver Metro area. The proposal is to expand this to encompass the areas where there have been individual members but no organized chapter. Specifically, added to Oregon will be all of Washington State, Idaho State, Eastern Montana and North Western Wyoming. The proposed map is not permanently set, but the fact that there will be a change is. Could this change again in the future when the membership rebounds? Of course.
Why is there a need for this change? Mostly the shrinking of the economy and therefore the shrinking of the PPFA membership. Why is there a need to survive as a guild? Because there is no other organization that is going to serve the needs of our industry for advanced framing-of-art based education. That need is constant as new mediums for art keep getting invented. If you believe that you have learned it all then I applaud you and encourage you to now step up as an instructor as someone surely did for you.
Well what about the EPFG, are we taking them over? Not at all. This is to serve those individuals within Washington and elsewhere who have joined the PPFA. Do you look at this reprised map and see nothing but logistical challenges due to the distances? Well so did I at first. But we are, at the very least, the most creative bunch of individualists you will find in any one industry. I believe if we try we can turn this into a good thing. Let the conversation begin.
I have been involved in volunteer organizations since a very young age and many of those operated on a local, then regional, then national basis. What if our long term goal was to keep the Cascade Chapter as the region and as membership increases have local chapters which allow for that personal and social aspect so many of us want and need from the PPFA? Maybe take turns hosting a monthly local open house at our shop where we share tips and tricks. The CC PPFA Region would handle at a minimum several meetings a year with bigger speakers, the PRINT competition (winners of which would then advance to the PPFA National Conf.) and regional elections. The regional board of 10 to 15 dedicated volunteers would handle the newsletter, treasury, PRINT Competition, CPF exam and it's lending library, and membership.
When will this change happen? It is tentative for fall which is the end of the fiscal year for the PPFA. However, the CC PPFA has it’s elections this coming June and I encourage everyone who is a paid PPFA member in the proposed area to consider stepping up to a task on the board as many hands make for light work. After 8 years on the board and 4 as President I am looking forwarding to retiring to the post of Immediate Past President. The current board is spread across the map and we communicate by e-mail, the new board can be even farther apart and still operate as such.
Well, I think that is enough to digest for now. I am available for your thoughts.
David Greene, CPF
CC PPFA President