Our members should know that the AACG Board and Advisory Council meet twice a year. The annual meeting takes place in Chicago during the SOFA weekend. The mid-year meeting takes place somewhere else. This year the meeting was held in Millville, NJ, during the 2015 GlassWeekend at WheatonArts. Starting at 8 a.m., the meeting was extremely productive. The AACG bylaws have been updated, along with the AACG articles of incorporation and the conflict of interest policy (for Board and Advisory Council members). AACG’s first four Visionary scholarships have been awarded totaling $10,000, and the Board voted to up this amount to $25,000 for the coming year due to the overwhelming success of the AACG Visionary program. The AACG Fellows Committee has instituted a program to recognize those past AACG Board and Advisory Council members whose service should be recognized in perpetuity. The first group of AACG Fellows will be named at the beginning of our annual awards presentation in Chicago. Now, for some more exciting news: AACG will be giving its one millionth dollar grant (cumulative) to one worthy organization later this year.
One of my proudest moments of GlassWeekend came after Stan Epstein introduced me to the audience that came for all the lectures. I told the audience about AACG, as I always do, and suggested that anyone who wanted to join could simply go to our award winning website, http://www.contempglass.org. Then Stan asked “by the way, how many of you belong to AACG?” Almost every hand in the room went up. Obviously, l was preaching to the choir. I want to thank all of you for your support and membership.
In the last issue of this newsletter, there was a photo of a restaurant in Millville, NJ, that claimed to have “the best sushi in Millville.” I said that whoever was the first one to come up to me at GlassWeekend with the name of the restaurant would win a prize. Well, even though just about everyone ate diagonally across the street or even at the restaurant, nobody claimed the prize. Therefore, the delicious bottle of Prosecco as well as the $500 gift certificate will just have to go back. On second thought, Olivia and I will drink the Prosecco.
The next major AACG event will be the annual trip to Asheville, NC, on August 5th. We have 112 participants as well as a waiting list. We ask that if you are scheduled to go and your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible so someone can take your place. We’re planning for this to be one of the most fun AACG trips ever.
A lot of great events will be taking place during SOFA Chicago (starting November 5th) this year. The featured artist for the AACG fundraising auction, during the social on Saturday afternoon, is Matthew Curtis who is designing and making a magnificent piece just for this purpose. Please put this on your calendar so you don’t forget. The festivities start at 2 p.m.
If, for some reason, you are not yet a member of AACG, I encourage you to join. I always look forward and appreciate hearing from any of our members and non-members who have comments or questions about anything related to AACG. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 631-979-6000.
Harlan J. Fischer