One of the goals of this blog is to make the composition and workings
of the association more transparent. Although an overview of the organization is posted on TNNA.org, if you're not used to some of the terminology, it can all appear to be Greek.
As a start to explaining the association, let's first look at the Board of Directors.
TNNA recently announced our 2009 - 2010 Board of Directors. Mike Hartnett included our newly elected officers in his latest CLN edition, even. You can see them all by going to TNNA.org (click here). There’s also contact information available.
Each year in September at the annual Board meeting, things shift.
Some Board members leave; new members assume their new positions. To
many general TNNA members and to the industry as a whole, this all
happens in the background. The truth is, this is the heart of the
organization where decisions are made and actions are determined.
The group is really very comprehensive, and I want to stress here . . . They are all volunteers!
There are nine Wholesale Members, the Immediate Past President, each
Product Segment Chair (Yarn Group, Needlepoint Group, Counted Thread
& Embroidery) and the Retail Council Representative. The Board
includes a President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, as well as
three standing committees: finance, nominating and marketing.
There’s also the Retail Council . . . again made up of volunteers . .
. from all of the needlearts disciplines. The Retail Council acts as
the governing body for the Retail Section and includes seven members.
These retailers act on one of three standing committees: communications,
business services and education.
So, have I put you to sleep yet? Like I said, this isn’t on
everyone’s mind all the time. What is on your mind is how to get the
association to work for you . . . and that’s why this is important to
These board members come together to assess and refine. They work to
understand the past and bring us into the future. They represent all
our members and their opinions and interests . . . but they really need
to know how our members feel and think in order to best represent the
That’s where you all come in. We’ve published their contact
information on purpose. In taking on the board position, they each have
dedicated themselves to making TNNA stronger, and our industry
So get in touch with them. TNNA really does belong to our members.
The organization’s strength comes from our members; our future relies on