It is with great pleasure that I take on the role of president for OFAA. Having met the new board assembled for the first time a week ago, it is clear we have a dynamic group that is full of ambition and ideas. Last year’s president, Robyn Rennie and her board inspired change where needed and strove to address the needs of the association. Robyn’s fondness of the association and its members is evident. I am honoured to follow in her footsteps and, together with the new board, carry the torch to further the mission of revitalizing OFAA.
I would like to thank last year’s board and acknowledge those who are retiring from their positions:
Past President- Sandy Atkinson
President - Robyn Rennie
Vice - President(s) Elaine Bremer and Mike Bailey
Treasurer- Susan Rudoler
Secretary – Anne Knegt
Exhibits – Jesse Strong
Membership – Patricia Beecham
Media – Jesse Strong
Communications – Anne Knegt
Refreshments – Judith Sophie
Your new board:
Past President – Robyn Rennie
President – Raune-lea Marshall
Vice – President Julie Grimaldi
Treasurer – Cindy Ness
Secretary – Lynn Stokes
Exhibits – returning, Jesse Strong
Membership – Patricia Beecham (for the interim) we are looking to fill this position from the members.
Media – Patti Agapi
Communications – Stephanie Stanton
New Venues – Marlene Bulas
Refreshments – Antoinette (Toni) Shaw
This new year is shaping up to be another great one. As your new board, we plan to continue to offer fun and informative meetings with plenty of hands-on activities. We’re on the hunt for new venues to help you display and sell your work and we are continuing our work to increase our membership. We are also looking for ways to enhance the vision and mission of OFAA. In her honour, the Mary Rose Fund will continue on. For those who are interested, a yard sale is planned again for the spring. This is just a small taste of what is to come. I encourage you to keep tabs on our Facebook page to learn from Media (Patti) about all the events coming your way. We welcome your input and encourage you to reach out to us with any ideas you think might be of interest to our members.
On a personal note, I’ve only called Orillia home for a short time and I am looking forward to getting to know you all and growing friendships along the way.