Doll News Summer 2015 - (Page 8)
A Warm Welcome to
Our Newest Members
The United Federation of Doll Clubs would like
to welcome our newest members:
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Lynda Darleen McGuckie
Deborah P. Olsen
Betty J. Patterson
Dawn Ancell Sage
Kathleen A. Pisano
James Matthew Sutherland
Diana K. Holmes
Marilyn J. Lewis
Carolyn E. Terrell
Jeanie Van Arsdale
Marie Odile Rourke
Beverly A. Ockimey
Ethel W. Smith
Heather U. Bott-Cloutier
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Club President's Survey
UFDC's Membership Committee is chartered to examine issues
pertaining to membership and support the needs of the organization
both today and for the future. The current committee members are:
Marseille Bunk, Carol Hansen, Becky Rice and Beverly Stoehr.
Barbara Stone, UFDC Secretary-Treasurer and Director, New
Membership serves as the committee's chair.
Recent activities of the Membership Committee include new
member booklets sent to each new member, outlining a membership
campaign, organizing convention activities, and conducting surveys.
The Committee created membership-oriented Dynamic Doll Dialogues
for the 2014 and 2015 Conventions. In addition to manning the
information table at Public Days the Committee organized a survey
of attendees at the 2014 convention. Each non-member Public Day
attendee was sent an MAL application and each UFDC member Public
Day attendee was sent a 2015 convention invitation.
One of the major projects this year has been a survey of UFDC
clubs. Maintaining and expanding membership is a challenge
compounded by many issues including an aging population,
economics, and changing demographics. Key to serving the needs of
the members of our organization is to learn more about them. To carry
this out the Membership Committee structured a club survey which
was sent to the presidents of all UFDC clubs. Over half of UFDC's 473
club presidents responded providing the Executive Committee with
valuable input to aid in structuring future plans and programs.
We learned that while club members range in age from 18 to
over 70, over 75-percent of our members are over 60 years of age
and 42-percent are over 70 years. Clubs reported that 48-percent of
their members are very active and an estimated 17-percent attend a
national convention and 16-percent a regional conference.
Club members collect across the spectrum of dolls: antique,
vintage, modern and artist dolls. The majority of the reporting clubs
have members who collect antique dolls, but we are not an "antiquesonly organization" since the percent spread over antique, vintage
and modern collecting is not statistically signiﬁcant. Additionally,
79-percent of the clubs reported having doll artists/doll makers/doll
costumers in their club.
Seventy-one percent of clubs reported having a focus or project.
These included educational activities (displays and programs),
luncheons and doll shows. Many reported philanthropic activities
such as donating dolls to the needy etc. in addition to supporting
On behalf of the Membership Committee, I want to thank each
club president who took the time to answer and return the survey.
This important information will help UFDC continue to explore new
ways of serving the needs of our members now and in the future.
Dr. Barbara Stone
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Summer 2015
From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members / Getting to Know You – The UFDC Club President’s Survey
Fundraising Committee Report
The Marvelous Magical Betsy McCall
Betsy Original Paper Doll
The Story behind UFDC’s Emblem – Miss Unity
Steiff ’s Timeless and Beloved “Teddy Baby” Bears
Native Alaskan Dolls
Russian Stockinette Dolls
The Mark Farmer Company Story
Dress Up Fun with Betsy McCall, a Game
Tammy – The Doll You Love To Dress
The Care of An American Icon
A Study in Aesthetics: Considering the Uncanny Doll
Maternal Love – The Dolls of Anne Myatt
Patti Playpal – A Big Doll for a Little Girl
Who Dressed Betsy McCall
Heavens to Betsy!
UFDC Region 14 Conference – Golden Memories
In Our Memories
UFDC Nominating Process – 2016 Election Information for Regional Directors
News & Notes
Doll News Summer 2015