2017-2018 Board Members
Terms for Board Members and Officers begin in March
Robbie Laird website email
The responsibilities of the President are many and varied. They include presiding at all meetings, approving all publication drafts, securing venues for the International and All-Member Exhibitions, signing all contracts and welcoming the jurors of our shows. But first and foremost is the responsibility of supporting the Directors of the Board as we serve all our National Watercolor Society members in our pursuit of excellence in watercolor.
4th VICE PRESIDENT (PUBLICITY)
Beatrice Trautman email website
The 4th Vice President is responsible for the publicity and public relations of the society. This officer photographs NWS events and provides articles about society events to the Newsletter Editor, website, local newspapers and Historian. The 4th VP submits the International Exhibition “Call for Entries” to national magazines and oversees distribution of flyers for the Demonstration Series.
Penny Hill email
The Exhibitions Director processes and records all entries for the International Exhibition and the All-Member Exhibition. The director assigns staff, prepares materials and directs activities for jury day. The director advises the selected juror of policies and procedures to insure integrity and fairness to all entrants.
Alice Kayuha email
The Treasurer assists the President in preparing a budget, receives and records revenue, pays Board-approved bills, reports monthly financial activity, prepares a year-end report and submits records for audit and tax preparation.
Mary Pennell email website
The Recording Secretary is to be present at each Board meeting to record the minutes and send them in a timely manner to all Board Members and regional reps. In addition, the secretary retains a copy of the by-laws at the meeting and is familiar enough with them to serve as an advisor to the Board when actions seem to be in conflict. The secretary updates the Nominating Committee handbook annually.
Matthew Bird email website
The Newsletter Editor gathers the NWS current events, photos, awards and articles for publication three or four times a years. Duties include design and layout of the 12-page on-line newsletter plus editing material, correcting copy and preparing the content for black-and-white printing and mailing. The editor interfaces with the printing company and the mailing house.
1ST VICE PRESIDENT (AWARDS)
Denise Willing-Booher email website
The 1st Vice President acquires the awards for the International Exhibition, assists the awards juror when selecting the award paintings, ships awards to winning artists unable to attend presentation, and sends exhibition catalog and thank-you letters to all donors.
3rd VICE PRESIDENT (CATALOG/PUBLICATIONS)
Carol Newsom email website
The 3rd Vice President oversees printed communications to the public and the membership (excluding Newsletter). The 3rd VP obtains competitive bids for printing and oversees the completion of these documents. This officer coordinates with Membership/Communications Director to distribute printed material.
N.C. Swan email website
The Membership/Communications Director collects postal mail, email and voice mail and disperses those communications to the appropriate board members. Responsibilities include sending letters, invitations and dues reminders to NWS members.
DIRECTOR, Special Projects
Stephanie Goldman email website
Judy Saltzman email website
The Web Director makes updates to the NWS website and addresses any problems related to the functioning of the site or other on-line operations. This director interfaces with the support personnel for the membership management system and the Internet service provider.
The position of Historian includes the collection, archiving and maintenance of all historical, biographical and presidential files as well as the appraisal preparation, care and maintenance of the Permanent Collection and collection and storage of all exhibition slide/digital sets. The historian writes and collects biographical information for the newsletter and Annual Exhibition catalog with regards to the “In Memoriam” and “Life Achievement Award” sections.