What a fine year this has been for AACG. As an organization, we seem to be running on all cylinders, or, in the case of Tesla, running on a full charge. Our membership is up. Our Visionary membership has reached the 60 member level — the most ever. Our annual trip to Asheville, NC, and the Penland auction was a rousing success. We helped propel Penland to its most successful auction in its history, according to Tim Tate, who I want to thank publicly for helping to make it all happen. Please enjoy all of the pictures from the annual trip in this issue. It’s easy to see how happy everyone was. As promised last year, the weather held up beautifully. There was only about two minutes of any daytime rain. I am committing right now to make sure the weather will be fine for next year’s trip as well. Our intention is to spend a few lovely days in the Providence, RI, area. All of the details will be forthcoming as soon as everything is in place.
As I write this president’s message, I am finishing my fourth year as your AACG President. What an interesting experience it has been, to say the least. Those of you who know me know that I’ve put my heart and soul into the job. I hope you think I’ve done well. It’s okay to let me know every now and then. If you feel that I haven’t done a good job, please let me know that as well. If all goes as planned since our mid-year board meeting during GlassWeekend, we will have a president-elect nominated at our annual board meeting – Larry Eisenberg. I will serve for one more year as the president of AACG, completing my term in November 2016. I am confident that Larry will do a great job.
We look forward to seeing you at SOFA Chicago in early November. The AACG ice cream social, which is a crowd favorite, will begin on the Navy Pier mezzanine at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Remember to register. This is an AACG members-only event.
Please make sure that you read your emails from AACG. Virtually all the information we send out goes that way. We may not repeat everything several times, so it’s okay to print some of the information and save it for reference. Or, just save the AACG emails in an AACG folder on your computer. That way you can always refer back to them. Also, our award-winning website, http://www.contempglass.org, is chock full of any AACG information you might be looking for. Our members should make this a “favorite” site.
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 email@example.com or call my office at 631-979-6000.
Harlan J. Fischer