On a fine day in September, Erica Chappuis (Exhibitions Chair) opened her beautiful home and studio to members of the board and interested others for a vigorous probe into who we have been, who we are, and who we want to be as a society. President Joan Smykowski brilliantly organized proceedings and wrangled those in attendance with the result that the meeting was productive (see the the President’s report in the October Newsletter), and we actually finished a little early.

 Getting started: Janet Kondziela, President Joan Smykowski (standing), Marilyn Bomarito, Julie Sabit, Carol La Chiusa, Jan Ducsay, Jackie Rybinski, Erica Chappuis. Not seen: Roselyn Rhodes, Kathleen McNamee

Getting started: Janet Kondziela, President Joan Smykowski (standing), Marilyn Bomarito, Julie Sabit, Carol La Chiusa, Jan Ducsay, Jackie Rybinski, Erica Chappuis. Not seen: Roselyn Rhodes, Kathleen McNamee

 Julie Sabit, Carol LaChiusa, Jackie Rybinski Erica Chappuis

Julie Sabit, Carol LaChiusa, Jackie Rybinski Erica Chappuis

 Roselyn Rhodes, Joan Smykowski, Jackie Rybinski, Julie Sabit, Carol LaChiusa, Jan Ducsay

Roselyn Rhodes, Joan Smykowski, Jackie Rybinski, Julie Sabit, Carol LaChiusa, Jan Ducsay

 President Joan Smykowski, Past President Jackie Rybinski, Historian Julie Sabit

President Joan Smykowski, Past President Jackie Rybinski, Historian Julie Sabit

 Erica Chappuis, Janet Kondziela, Marilyn Bomarito

Erica Chappuis, Janet Kondziela, Marilyn Bomarito

 Roselyn Rhodes, Janet Kondziela

Roselyn Rhodes, Janet Kondziela

 Erica Chappuis, our host, at the break for lunch

Erica Chappuis, our host, at the break for lunch

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The agenda and what came of it that day…

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The group identified three issues that we can begin to address at once (see the President’s report in the October 2018 Newsletter):

  • Goal 1: Exhibitions - Improve the criteria and understanding of the jurying process for jurors and DSWPS members.

  • Goal 2: Programs - Improve programs for members.

  • Goal 3: Membership - Increase membership while improving the membership experience.

The Board will be focusing on the three goals during the next program year. Yet, we must have volunteers to take a leadership role.