Alabama Jewelers Association Winter 2017 - Page 3

President’s Message Dear Alabama Jewelers and Associates, The Saltwater Seminar was held for the second year at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach in October. In our usual fashion, we had a great time enjoying the surf, sand and just getting to network with each other. On Saturday evening, Nancy along with the help of many others, put on a fabulous shrimp boil with all the trimmings at the Orange Beach Adult Activities Center. It was a beautiful evening with outdoor games, great food and fellowship. Richard White recognized Jim Ingram, an Alabama Jewelers Association past presidents and past executive director, who passed away this summer. Jim was an important part of this organization for many years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Jim. Marshal Sanford announced the Alabama Jewelers Associate of the Year, Judy Upton of Judy Carter & Associates in Birmingham, a winner that could not be more deserving. Judy has been a great friend to us all and a tremendous asset to the Alabama Jewelers Association. Glenn Manning The 2018 Alabama-Georgia Jewelers Convention is scheduled for April Manning Jewelry 6th – 8th. We will be returning to the beautiful Callaway Gardens Hotel & Foley Spa in Georgia. Planning for the programs is underway as we improve and expand on the program from last year. The design contest will be chaired by Bill Wismar and I encourage everyone to take part. Our participation in the contest has been steadily growing but I know the talent pool of the Alabama Jewelers can make this the best year ever. Please make you plans to attend and make this a record turnout year! I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the invaluable contribution made by Nancy Dawkins, the executive director of the Alabama Jewelers Association. She has worked tirelessly to make this organization and our functions a success and she has my heart felt gratitude. As the convention approaches there will be much work to be done. I ask that everyone be responsive and try to do their part to help continue the success of the organization. As always, we are grateful to all of our sponsors and advertisers. Their continued support of the Alabama Jewelers Association makes it possible for us to work together and have a positive impact on our industry. I wish everyone a prosperous and happy Christmas season with good health and business abounding. Enjoy the holidays and your loved ones, and embrace the true meaning of Christmas. I look forward to seeing all of you in the spring. President Sincerely, Glenn Manning, AJA President M idwest C loseouts S teve S tricklin stryker 52@ att . net Save Time Increase Laser Welding Accuracy (205) 601-8483 www.speedjeweler.com • 1.866.999.5395 3