Friends - we are all in tough economic times, and some might say that our organization is also struggling. My wife Jeri and I have shared a membership in the ISGB for about 15 years, and it has most recently been at the Professional Level. This year, in a show of support for the ISGB, a group that I have come to love and appreciate, Jeri and I are EACH joining as professional members so that we can pay a larger amount of dues than in the past.
This isn't an easy decision. Money is just as tight in NJ as around the world, and frankly, we don't really earn a living as beadmakers, but we make a large part of our living from teaching bead classes, and selling bead books and tools. This is our way of stepping up and putting our money where our mouth is!
Please post in this thread if you will join us. Are you a student or a single member? IF you can, try to stretch up one membership level. We all give what we can, it isn't always in dollars, but the reality is our organization needs us. Can you join us in this grassroots effort?
Respectfully, Neil Fabricant (DrFab)