President’s Update: August 2019

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By TNNA Blog posted 08-29-2019 14:11



President’s Update: August 2019

By Don Lynch, TNNA President

I hope that everyone enjoyed the Summer NeedleArts Trade Show in Cleveland. Following are some key takeaways from the Board of Directors meeting that took place immediately following the show.

Bylaw Updates

At the Board meeting, a series of bylaw changes were proposed and approved by the Board of Directors.  These changes aim to improve the relevance, value and sustainability of TNNA. Since mid-July, the proposed changes have been regularly posted to the TNNA website forums for review and comment by the TNNA member community and are being shared in series of blogs, as well (read Part 1).  The forums are your place to ask questions and learn more about the proposed changes, so please engage with us and let us know what you think. Voting on the bylaws will be open from September 9–30, so please make a point to participate in this important activity. 


After careful review and discussion, the Board of Directors motioned and approved the suspension of Spinzilla, effective immediately. The Board believes the event needs to be reconfigured from its current form so that it can continue to deliver strong value and productive networking opportunities for the spinning and weaving communities, but at a level of resources that is appropriate to TNNA’s business interests.  While analyzing the Spinzilla model, TNNA will simultaneously review other ways to launch a new event in the future.

We wish to thank all of those who have participated in the past. Your support of Spinzilla has been amazing and providing programming to this valuable segment of our community remains a top consideration for the Board and leadership of TNNA.  For those interested in live spinning events, a list of activities is available here.

Thank you for being a member of TNNA. Remember to mark your calendars for our 2020 events:

In Closing 

As I come to the close of my tenure as TNNA president, I want to thank you for the privilege of leading our organization. I’m really proud of what we have been able to accomplish, and even more excited about future prospects for TNNA. Among the changes recently instituted, we have reinvigorated our committees — including bylaws, membership, marketing and social media — to better understand member needs and determine how TNNA can help meet them. We have redesigned our website for easier navigation and accessibility to our deep content inventory. We have implemented a new show format to accommodate the needs of our special interest groups, as well as partnered with a new management firm that has the expertise to help us manage our business, while also delivering on our mission. Throughout this evolution, your support has been gratifying both personally and organizationally. As a Board and leadership entity, we never wavered in our vision to make our members more successful and our industry more vital. I hope you have benefitted from these efforts, and will continue to do so in the years to come. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.