I’m sitting here making a list of all the things I need to accomplish today, or this week, at least . . . but it’s already Thursday. I’m actually putting pen to paper, just to make it more real. It’s way too easy to simply delete a word file. And the list is getting longer and longer.
One of the items on my list is to do just this . . . post a blog . . . and one of the questions is, as always, "what to post?” With everything going on, what do I want to talk about?
Then the answer struck . . . everything. I need to talk about everything.
I doubt most of you have any idea the things TNNA . . . meaning the TNNA staff, consultants and VOLUNTEER MEMBERS . . . have been up to lately. I myself have only limited knowledge, mostly centering around our outreach efforts.
In the past few months, the Needlearts Stitch Zone taught hundreds of new stitchers at the NYC Maker Faire, our fourth Maker Faire. Stitch N’ Pitch wrapped up another successful season. The Yarn Group sponsored a PiPN exhibit and a fabulous Runway Show at the Philadelphia Fashion Week (check it out here), and we’re getting ready to formally launch our student recruitment campaign for PiPN, Pathways into Professional Needlearts.
We’re still seeking Host companies, by the way. This year, it’s easier than ever to sign up. Go to TNNAPiPNBlog.com and click on Host application. Believe me, this program has been a wonderful experience for both our interns and our host companies. It’s open to anyone . . . retailers, wholesalers, designers . . . even if you work at home!
I also know, of course, the Fall Market just ended, and the Winter show is already in the works. The Board of Directors has met and the coming year’s programs are being discussed and dissected and plans are being made for the future.
That doesn’t include all the activities going on at the home office in support of all this . . .
So, what it comes down to is simply this: All of these projects and programs require the efforts of many people. Although the staff and consultants provide the management and support, our volunteers are at the Core of Everything.
The most recent theme at TNNA’s shows has been "It’s Our TNNA” . . . I’ve always thought it should read "We are TNNA” . . . Without those members who "take the time to make the time,” none of these projects would happen. It’s so easy to say "I’d like to see this or that done.” It’s much more difficult to find the precious moments to set aside for the sake of the association and the industry.
With that being said, I would like to again thank our volunteers. Your involvement makes a real difference and your work is appreciated by all of us.