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Membership is what
the ISC is all about. It is the reason we exist, our principle source
of revenue, our lifeblood. The ISC currently has over 7,000 members and
subscribers in over 70 countries. This is a strong community, but I believe
that there are many more sculptors and others passionate about sculpture
out there who would benefit from joining us. With more members, we strengthen
our ability to realize the ISCs mission of advancing the creation
and understanding of sculpture. With more members, we can ensure that
we meet this goal at the highest level possible.
In the coming months, we will undertake a number of initiatives to improve
benefits and services for existing members and to increase our membership
base. Our first priority was to hire a qualified professional to focus
on membership needs: in September Johannah Hutchison joined the ISC as
Membership Coordinator. Johannah is experienced in all aspects of nonprofit
membership services. In addition, she understands and shares our passion
for the arts in general and sculpture specifically. We are excited to
have her on board.
Johannahs first objective was to develop a series of short- and
long-term objectives for membership. I would like to share some of these
with you and solicit your feedback to assist the ISC Board of Directors
in establishing priorities and goals for our membership program:
- Continue to increase
membership at regular intervals each year.
- Expand and enhance
our Web site www.sculpture.org
to include an on-line member newsletter, password access to your own
member record as well as to a member directory, and ongoing updates
to our Sculpture Destinations, resource, and education directories.
- Review our current
benefits and finalize new benefits, including group insurance rates
and discounts on supplies and services of interest to all levels of
- Establish a long-range,
multi-year conference, symposium, and special event schedule to include
geographically diverse locations and themes that address the topics
that are important to you.
- Improve our renewal
process and member retention policies, including the implementation
of convenient automatic renewals.
- Continue to establish
affiliations with both new and existing regional sculpture groups. (You
may recall that we have agreements with two new groupsISC Europe
(ISC-E) and Chicago Sculpture International (CSI). Substantial synergies
exist and new benefits, such as exhibition opportunities, are possible
for these types of affiliations.)
- Expand our popular
on-line discussion forum Sculpture Community to attract
new members while continuing
to provide compelling discussion topics.
- Establish relationships
with vendors serving the sculpture community through a new Vendor
- Increase newsstand
sales and worldwide distribution of Sculpture magazine to enhance appeal
to sponsors and advertisers.
As you can see, we
have an ambitious agenda before us. With your help we can make some or
all of these objectives a reality. Tell us what you like and what you
still need to make your membership more beneficial. Refer us to potential
new members and give us ideas for increasing membership. Contact Johannah
with your ideas: 609.689.1051 ext. 108 or email@example.com.
Let us hear from you.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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