Membership dues are $35 for the year 2005.  Send those in to PO Box 16436, FW 76162, or directly to Ron Hollister, 6145 Plum Valley, Fort Worth, Texas 76116, or bring to the January meeting.

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Dear Membership:
     I want to say a huge "Thank You" to the 2004 Board for their support, leadership and their willingness to serve.  You guys have done a great job for TPSG and a tremendous support to me.  To the membership, you are great and I'm glad to be in your company.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, we certainly have some really talented and generous people in the Guild.
     The year 2004 has seen some ups and some downs, but, right now I can only remember the ups!  We've had two fantastic sales at the Botanic Gardens (thank you Linda Dinn).  We've had some really good and informative monthly programs and we've had a wonderful year getting to know each other a little better.  We have so much to be thankful for and I'm reminded of this each time I step foot into my studio.  My husband is my number one fan!  And, I hope each and every one of you has the support of your spouse - so, if you do, don't forget to thank them because, you know clay can consume your entire being!
     I'm very excited about our Christmas Party this year (December 5th).  We've got some good gifts to give out and a great place to have it (thank you, Cindi Wills).
     Happy Holidays to all - hope you stay safe and well and may all of your hopes and dreams come true for you and your families. 
     It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your President for 2004 and I look forward to an even better 2005.  As always, we welcome your ideas, comments and suggestions to make our Guild bigger and better for everyone.
     God willin' and the creek don't rise, I'll see you on December 5th (at the party) then again on January 26th for our first meeting of the year!

                                     Darla Morris, President


                Now, go create something.
Things to remember.........
See ya at the meeting..................
December, 2004
    Sharol Cowart called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM.  Sharol made a motion that we appoint Carole Standridge as Chairperson Pro Tem in the absence of the president and vice presidents.  Motion was seconded and carried.
     Carole asked for a motion to accept the Minutes of the October meeting with a correction of statement for cost of Community Center at $30 per month.  Jack Patrick made motion to accept Minutes as corrected, it was seconded and carried.
     Treasurer's Report - $1,006.46.  Carole stated that we ahve spent a lot of money in the last few weeks.  We paid for "The Rose Room" at Botanic Gardens for next July's sale; we paid a year's storage fee in order to get one month free; and we have the costs of the November 2004 sale as well.  Shaun Mullin offered her place near Justin to store our shelving, but we tabled that discussion for a board decision later in the year.
    The issue of whether to change the meeting nights back to third Wednesday or keep them at first Thursday was voted on.  Carole asked for a show of hands for each choice and the majority wanted the third Wednesday.  Cindi Laughlin made a motion that was seconded and carried for our meetings to be third Wednesday of the month, beginning January 2005.
     The slate of officers as presented by the nominating committee was voted on, and since there were no nominationf rom the floor; Bud Koon made the motion to accept the slate by acclamation; seconded and carried.  Next year's officers are:  Darla Morris, President; Sharol Cowart, 1st VP; Carole Standridge, 2nd Vp; Margie Pankhurst, 3rd VP; Cindi Wills, Secretary; and Ron Hollister, Treasurer.  They will be installed at our Christmas Party on December 5, 2004.
     Cindi stated that invitation to the Christmas Party would be going out in a few weeks.  Carole reported that we have door prizes that were bought from American Ceramics.
    The issue of whether to move our meetings to Hart Street Pottery location was discussed.  Janet Rodriguez has stated that building would be available for our meeting night and the cost will be $25 per month.  Members present were in agreement that meetings be held there.  The directions will be given in the next newsletter (editor's note:  complete directions are given elsewhere in this issue).
     Cindi Wills wanted to be sure that everyone understood that Janet's studio is a gated warehouse near Hart Street Pottery and we will need to bring our own chair.
     Darla Morris wanted everyone to know that on behalf of Blackjack Clay, Karla Wagner has donated 80 bowls.  This means we have lots of bowls to paint/glaze and she (Darla) will be sending out a notice for work days in December at American Ceramics.
     Linda Dinn, 2004 Chairperson for the Sales Event at Botanic Gardens gave a schedule for the November sale.  The setup committee will meet at Botanic Gardens at 8:30 AM.  The rest of the people in the sale will be there at 10 AM (sharp!).  We will set up shelves, draw for shelves, put up our ware in time to open to the public at 1 PM.  The hours for Friday are 1 PM to 5 PM and Saturday's hours are 8 AM to 4 PM.  Linda stated that we have about 15 pedestals and that it would be appreciated if these were used for large display pieces only.  There were 16 names in the drawing - Carole and Linda will share a pedestal.
     Our new member, Debbie Stewart was introduced.  Welcome, Debbie!
     Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.
                                                                                                            Sharol Cowart, Secretary

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                                    2005 TPSG OFFICERS     
President                   Darla Morris         
1st Vice-President      Sharol Cowart       
2nd Vice-President     Carole Standrige    
3rd Vice-President     Margie Pankhurst    Secretary                  Cindi Wills            
Treasurer                  Ron Hollister         
MINUTES - November 4, 2004
                 A note from 2004 Editor,
                 Fredna ("Bubbles") Rogers
     Something I learned while being Editor of the Newsletter for a few months was that there are some very talented people in TPSG.  It was also heartening to discover that many dedicated people in the Guild are ready and willing to take on jobs that require quite a bit of personal time.  So, to each of you (and you know who you are) your about-to-be-past-Editor says, thank you, keep up the great work, keep smiling and keep on making TPSG one of the best.
     Now go create something.                      
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Your incoming Editor says....
     Thank you for your confidence over the many years I have been privileged to serve in some capacity or another.  My family tells me I don't know how to say "no."  They are right because when it comes to the Guild there is a special place in my heart.  Sometimes when looking out over the attending membership it's easy to think of you all as my brothers and sisters.  We do have a special bond - our love for clay.
    This newsletter is going out to the membership for 2003 and 2004.  We hope that all of you will join/rejoin this year because we know it is going to be a wonderful time to be involved in the Guild
The membership dues are $35 a year, and we ask that ALL renewing members fill out the application.
     There is a lot of effort going on to bringing you some of the best programs.  We have a new meeting place that is going to serve our needs very well, and it is centrally located.  We'll work out all the glitches that are sure to come.
    We encourage you to send in anything you think would be beneficial for the members, and
it will get published.  Also, let a member of the board know about your ideas, comments, suggestions or complaints (keep to a minimum please as we have very thin skin <smiles>). 
      A note about the January newsletter - it will contain a schedule of events for 2005; also a complete membership listing.  Again, a reminder that newsletter deadline is 10th of each month.
                                             Carole Standridge
In Memoriam
    Mary Kathryn Paniszczyn passed away on Friday, November 19, 2004.  She was a charter member of TPSG.  Mary was a talented artist, and a good friend to all that knew her.
     Mary can be credited with being the single most influential person in establishing the Guild and the sales at Mayfest in Fort Worth.  She also established the pottery activity at GDRA (General Dynamics Recreation Association), now known as LMRA (Lockheed Martin Recreation Area).
Workdays at American Ceramics are December 9, 14, and 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  We need lots of help.  Darla Morris is asking us to please plan on coming out to help this worthy cause.
Botanic Garden Sale
November, 2004
Sales receipts = $7,889.50
Tax = $645.36 ($67 was tax exempt)
Total receipts - $8,534.86
Total funds = $8,533.72
Difference = -$1.14
Paid to Artists (26) = $5,522.65
Guild (gross) = $2,366.85
Room Rental = $666.00; Storage = $251;
Postage = $389.60; Postcards = $291.25;
Pot draw (Dinn) = $50;  Supplies = $47.59;
Bank Charges = $139; Photography = $31.04;
Pedestals = $375.
Net to Guild = $125.23

                         Submitted by Carole Standridge
                                        Treasurer 2003-2004
Ron Hollister:
Leah Leach:
Pam Summers:
Kelley Wilks:
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts:
The Craft Guild of Dallas:
Natalie Pappas:
Jerry Mahle:
Karla Wagner:

The 19th annual "christmasfest" on Hart Street.  Friday, 12/10 open 5 to 9 PM; Saturday, 12/11 open 10 AM to 6 PM; and Sunday, 12/12 open 11 AM to 4 PM.
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June 5 - August 13, 2005 Summer Workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts (see webside above).
Debbie Stewart - new member
Cindy Laughlin - renewing member

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