HSMG New Board of Directors Commences

July 2, 2009

From the President

A new term for the HSMG Board of Directors commenced yesterday and we said a bittersweet goodbye to outgoing president Marie Gale and board member La Shonda Tyree. Marie has laid a strong foundation for the association during her tenure on the board. The organization is strong, with over 1,100 members and good policies and procedures are in place to ensure stability and growth in the future.

Each year the Board of Directors elects officers to serve in the roles of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. I am pleased to annouce that the officers for the 2009/2010 term will be:

Vice President: Maria Gelnett
Secretary: Sr. Cathleen Timberlake
Treasurer: Feleciai Favroth

I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Gillian De Conto, owner of Little Bitty Soap Company in British Columbia, Canada to the Board of Directors. She has been working as a volunteer since the 2008 Conference, on the Membership and Conference Committees. If you were at the 2009 Conference in Palm Springs, CA, you may have met Gillian, who was busy filling her role as the Vendor Coordinator. We all look forward to working with Gillian as she brings new ideas and new energy to the organization.

With a new term comes a new need for volunteers. We have many volunteers already, but can use more volunteers in almost every area! If you are interested in lending a hand or have a special skill that you can share with the HSMG, please email the Vice President, Maria Gelnett at mgelnett@soapguild.org. We are currently looking for helpers for Conference, Certification, Membership, Programs & Services, Social Media and more.

I would like to personally thank you for your membership and support of the HSMG. I look forward to working hard for you in the coming year.

Kindest regards,

Leigh O’Donnell,
President, HSMG
President@SoapGuild.org

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