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I’ve been asked a number of times to consider running for president. However, beause of my work load as associate superintendent of schools in Norfolk, Neb., I felt I could not give the time needed to do a good job. Although I’m still busy, I have retired and now have the time. What has motivated me to run for president is the desire to help sustain the Red Wing Collectors Society as the great organization it has developed into. As a charter member, I have a long and deep interest in the well-being of the Society and the work it does to promote Red Wing stoneware, pottery and dinnerware. As a past president of RWCS, I have a perspective that allows me to see both the big picture and the details. I hope this perspective can assist in continuing the outstanding work others have done to promote Red Wing products and the Society during this difficult economic period. I think the past presidents and boards have done an excellent job and they are to be commended for their hard work in maintaining the Society through some complicated times.
In May 2009, I retired from Kishwaukee College as Dean of Arts and Science. When I was asked to run for RWCS Vice President, I did not hesitate. I realized this organization has given me so much personally as well as through the collections I’ve bought and sold through the years; it was time to get involved again. I look forward to working with the Board and members of RWCS.
Along with RWCS, I am president of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra; President of Oak Crest – the DeKalb Area Retirement Center (I serve on the Board, not as a resident); and I’m a commissioner for the Sycamore Park District. I live in Sycamore, Ill. with my husband, Jim, and we run Sycamore Antiques in downtown Sycamore. In our spare time we like to golf, sail and generally hunt for Red Wing and other antiques. Thank you for your support. I will serve the membership and the organization with all the knowledge I can bring and all the love I have for RWCS.
I became RWCS Education Manager in 2004, but served only one year of my term. Professional commitments requiring a great deal of travel prevented me from continuing in that role. During my brief tenure, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful and committed members who were willing to share their time and collecting expertise with others.
Although my position as Account Manager for my employer continues, I no longer need to spend as much time traveling. I am joining the race for candidacy for Vice President of RWCS because I am committed to the organization’s efforts to expand membership and to encourage member involvement in the leadership of the RWCS, and I strongly believe RWCS members should have the opportunity to choose among candidates for Board of Director positions.
A native South Dakotan, I currently reside in Omaha and am an attorney with the Nebraska Department of Justice, where I serve as the Director of the Nebraska Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse Unit. I also serve on the board of directors and the executive committee of the Nebraska AIDS Project, a social service agency working with people with HIV and AIDS. My former board service includes 11 years as a vice president and board member of the Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America and two years as a board member of Volunteers of America/Dakotas, a large social service organization. Professionally, I serve as the President of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, an organization made up of state health care fraud and patient abuse units throughout the country.
RWCS continues to face a tough challenge with respect to our membership numbers. Thus it is important that our finances likewise be carefully monitored. Over the past four years we have implemented a thorough review process for our financial and investment positions to ensure the ongoing fiscal strength of the organization. We go through a rigorous budget process every year. We also constantly review our financial status to ensure that we live within our means. Through good fiscal management, we have been able to cut costs while not adversely affecting the programs that the RWCS supports. I have enjoyed my time as the RWCS Treasurer and would appreciate the chance to continue serving in this capacity.
Red Wing is a big part of our lives. We have been members of the RWCS since 1982, when we brought our young family out to the beautiful city of Red Wing for our first Convention. We have not missed a Convention since. Mike and I started volunteering with the KidsView program at its inception and we believe that getting the kids involved is a wonderful way to keep our organization healthy and growing. In 1987, we helped charter the California chapter, and now spend the year traveling the state to attend our quarterly meetings. Our California chapter is very active and it is wonderful to see a group of people come together from different parts of our state just because we are addicted to Red Wing.
State chapters are an important part of the RWCS, as they are vital to the growth of our society. The chapter meetings are a fun time for the membership to get together to share a love of collecting and the history of American pottery. Many of our members have been introduced to RWCS through a chapter meeting, and continue to invite others to join them there.
As a Representative at Large for the past four years, one of my main goals has been to “help RWCS help you” – the membership. Some chapters have been meeting for a long time. Others are just forming, and could use the help of the RWCS to get up and running. Each chapter has its specific needs, and could benefit from the resources of the RWCS. I would be proud to continue to be part of that process. I am committed to the RWCS, and care deeply about the issues that are facing our society and its future. RWCS is not just about collecting. A new piece is always fun to acquire, but the real excitement comes from seeing all of the friends we have made over the years, and making new ones. As your Representative at Large, I am committed to sharing that excitement with others.
I have served as a Representative at Large for the past 12 years and it’s been an honor to serve the members of this organization. Each Red Wing Convention brings anticipation and excitement of visiting with dear friends, meeting new collectors and of course, finding that “certain treasure” for our collection. As your representative, I welcome telephone calls and e-mails regarding the organization of state chapters and other RWCS concerns.
Regarding my involvement with RWCS, I served as Gopher Chapter Vice President from 1988 to 1990 and President from 1990-1996. In 1990, Marilee and I presented a seminar at the RWCS Convention on “Researching Dinnerware” based on our visits to the Minnesota Historical Society. That same year, we also entered a display which won “Best of Show” in the dinnerware category. In 2003, I participated as a member of the Vision 2010 Committee. More recently, I joined forces with the real dinnerware experts, Terry Moe and Larry Roschen, to present seminars at the 2005 and 2006 RWCS Conventions.
Now I feel it is time for me to contribute something more to an organization through which many friendships and fond memories have been formed. With that thought, I have decided to be a candidate for the position of Secretary on the RWCS Board. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the RWCS in this position and hope I have the membership’s support to do so. Thank you.
My collecting interests are quite varied. I collect all types of Red Wing, including stoneware, art pottery, dinnerware and memorabilia. As most RWCS members know, my passion is for the Red Wing “oddities” that surface from time to time and researching the history of Red Wing products. I also enjoy collecting non-Red Wing items produced by designers that had collaborative relationships with the Red Wing Pottery, like Charles Murphy artwork and Ernest Sohn items.
RWCS continues to enjoy the most educated membership of its collectible. It has been an honor to serve as your historian for the past 12 years and I wish to continue serving in this role. I look forward to continuing the exploration, interpretation and communication of recent Red Wing documentation. I plan on continuing to support research to understand our collectible and provide assistance to the RWCS membership whenever possible.