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TNNA Announces 2009 — 2010 Board of Directors

Posted By Sherry Mulne, Offinger Management Co., Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011

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, 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 (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 note.

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 entire "group.”

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 stronger.

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 our members.

Tags:  needlepoint group  retail  The National NeedleArts Association  TNNA  yarn group 

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