|The Society of Decorative Painters | Chapter Happenings | Volume 5 Issue 3 December 2009
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Dear Chapter Presidents:
We are thrilled to have so many new members joining SDP this year. Please be patient with these new folks, as it takes awhile to process their memberships, and they may not have their membership card in hand at meetings quite yet.
Now, down to business! Below you find links to the annual forms that have normally been mailed to chapters each fall. In order to reduce expenses, links to the annual forms have been sent electronically. If you would like hard copies mailed to you, please let us know and we would be happy to do so.
2009 Chapter Achievement Award form
2010 Annual Chapter Form
2010 Membership Form
Treasurer’s Year End Report
2010 Chapter Liability Insurance Invoice
View all forms on the website Chapters page.
Business members DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel brush company want to help us recruit new members to SDP. With this in mind, they have generously offered to give a Decorative Painting for Everyone New Member Kit to every new SDP member. This will help all of us encourage new members to join our beloved Society! Each new SDP member will receive a coupon in their membership packet good for one kit.
The free Decorative Painting for Everyone kit includes:
Warmest thanks to DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel! Imagine how much easier this will make recruiting new members. Now, let’s all get out there and spread the word to newbies about SDP and this fun offer!
The upcoming Home to the Heartland seminar with Maureen Calvert McNaughton CDA, TDA has sold out! We are still receiving inquiries about this popular class and are considering a second seminar Feb. 18-21, If you are interested in taking the class, please contact SDP Education Coordinator Lisa Curry at (316) 269-9300, ext. 104 or email her at email@example.com to be placed on the waiting list. If we can assemble a class of fifteen or more students, we will conduct a second seminar! Don’t delay. Contact Lisa as soon as possible.
For the past several years we have featured a recipe and holiday memory from our SDP president, president elect, and past president. We get such a wonderful response that we’ve decided to do it again. Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday season!
Christmas with Aunt Hazel
By SDP President Nancy Genetti
I used to go next door to my Aunt Hazel's house and help her bake fruitcake and cookies for Christmas. It was so much fun and I think of her often, especially when baking. Her fruitcakes were delicious—really! They were chock full of fruits and nuts but none of those bitter citron pieces. Unfortunately, her fruitcake recipe is packed away this season while my house is torn apart replacing damaged floors, but I do have a delicious cookie recipe of hers that we used to bake together.
Date Van Winkles
Dice dates. Rinse and dice apricots. Combine dates, apricots, and almonds. Set aside. Blend butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, sour cream and extract. Sift together flour, cinnamon, soda, and salt; add to butter mixture. Stir in fruit mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto a well-greased cookie sheet.
Start Your Own Traditions
By SDP Past President Linda Neilson Biedermann TDA
At Christmas time, we started making gingerbread people together. I made crispy gingerbread cookies and gave them an assortment of sprinkles and various colors of the frosting you can buy in a tube with changeable tips. You would be amazed at the detail a four-year-old can put on a gingerbread man. Of course, many of the ginger people crossed paths with a little fox and were missing arms or legs before they made it to the cookie platter.
This tradition has continued with my grandsons, who enjoy baking with me as much as my daughters did. I have also tried to help other families with small children get started by giving them gingerbread mix in a jar as a Christmas present. Easy instructions for this can be found at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Gingerbread-Cookie-Mix-in-a-Jar/Detail.aspx. Tie a handpainted ornament to the jar lid to show off your painting skills.
To make your own ginger people, use the recipe at the website above or try my personal favorite below.
Sturdy Gingerbread Cookies
Divide dough into quarters. Roll one portion at a time between large sheets of parchment paper, until about 1/8-inch thick. Leave in parchment paper and stack on a cookie sheet and either freeze until firm about 20 minutes or put in refrigerator for about 2 hours. Alternatively, if you want to make the dough the night before, you can put it in the refrigerator overnight.
Adjust oven racks to upper and lower middle positions and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough sheets from freezer one at a time. Peel off top parchment paper and gently lay it back in place. Flip dough over, peel off and discard second parchment paper. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut dough into gingerbread people and transfer to cookie sheets with a spatula. Place them about 3/4-inch apart.
Bake until cookies are slightly darkened and firm in centers when pressed with a finger, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets for two minutes, and then remove with metal spatula to wire rack to finish cooling at room temperature.
An Unexpected Lesson
By SDP Vice President/President Elect Gretchen Cagle
I wasn't sure about this and tried to wish it away when we next rode by the house. But without a doubt it was our gift to Mrs. Claus. I wanted to cry but instead I distracted my sister from looking in that direction and continued on down the street. Again, what a disappointment ... one I've never shared with anyone until this moment!
Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without this wonderful fresh fruit salad. My grandmother made it, my mom made it and now I continue on with the tradition.
Fresh Fruit Salad
By Mary Dunlap, Smithsonian Ornament Project Committee Chair
The ornaments were submitted as a cross section of SDP members’ abilities, from a very talented six-year-old member to members at all levels of artistic accomplishment to our awesome CDAs and MDAs to our most senior fine artist member participant at 82-years-young. This broad representation of artistic abilities showcased the very special artistic talents of our volunteer members.
The beautiful ornaments were given to the Smithsonian staff as outlined in the original agreement between SDP and the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian staff, as part of its outreach program, placed our volunteer members’ special ornaments on a live fir tree in the Grand Salon on Friday, Dec. 4.
The Smithsonian staff held a Family Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The most prevalent comment about this program was that “it was a huge success.” The Nations Capital Chapter hosted the celebration with hot cider and cookies and provided paints, brushes, surfaces, and so on for the Smithsonian’s visitors to use to paint a memorial ornament to take home.
To the Smithsonian’s visitors during the month of December and until January 3, this project will look easy. It could not have happened without the many hours each of our volunteer members spent painting special ornaments for the tree. The SDP Board, the SDP Staff, and the Smithsonian Ornament Committee wish to thank each of you for your generous participation in this SDP service project. It is through your dedicated and sustained support that SDP enjoys the highest integrity in all of its outreach programs.
Special kudos to each of our participating volunteer members who painted ornaments adorning the Grand Salon’s tree and special holiday wishes to all SDP members.
Do you need a fun and easy project for church, a scout troop, a club event, or a demonstration? Or maybe you just want to hook a few friends on decorative painting! Visit the website and view the video of the current Learn to Paint project, Terra Cotta Makeover by Chris Thornton-Deason. The video presents the project taught by Jillybean Fitzhenry. Then you can download copies of the complete instructions to share with beginners. They’ll enjoy creating the project and will love the results. You might even inspire a new painter to become an SDP member!
By Dorey Joy, Berkshire Brushes
The purpose of the visit was to deliver handpainted Adoption Boxes for the families who were adopting children on National Adoption Day, November 20, 2009. Along with the boxes, members of Berkshire Brushes painted a generic ornament for the children. These treasures were painted with care and presented with love as a memento of the day adults and children came together as a family. A special message, written by a Berkshire Brush member, was placed inside each box.
By Marie Lyons, Yellow Rose Chapter
By Melinda Barnes, High Plains Chapter
By Barbara Sepples, Shades of Northwest Hills
• Totes for Recovering Soldiers
By Sally Doak, Delmarva Decorative Artists
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