In September of 1996 the members decided to have a full roster of officers. Karen Trask was elected president and she gave birth to "The Collage", our newsletter
Russ Larson was president from May 1997 to May 1999. The number of officers was increased that year to share the work.
Michelle Williams became president from May 1999 to May 2001. She conceived the idea of a fundraiser: "Chair-ish the Moment" in 2000. Members painted chairs for that auction. Michelle also started the 50/50 draw, and started mailing out the Fountain Hills Art League newsletter.
Joan Campbell became president in May of 2001. The fundraiser that year was "Reflect on the Moment". The 2002 fundraiser was "Hang on to the Moment". Joan initiated the twice-a-month Open Studio sessions in the Art Room at the new Community Center.
Karen Trask served as president from May 2003 to May 2004 and the fundraiser was "Savor the Moment" which auctioned cookbooks and aprons.
Susan Harding, vice president, served as acting president in 2004/2005
Barbara Drake served as president in 2005/2006 and the fundraiser was "Table Fables" which auctioned tables painted by the members.
Dennis Weber served as president in 2007/2008. The fundraiser was "Treasure Chests and Trunks" and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Fountain Hills High School Arts and Music Program, another first for the Art League. Also during his term, the first juried art show was held at the Brio Fine Arts Center. The Art Walks were also initiated during his reign. Other accomplishments: the Fountain Hills Art League web site was created, and for the first time, membership was opened to artists outside of Fountain Hills.
Diane Czernicki served as president from 2009-2011.
2009: Redid the Mission Statement, First Art Blowout & Bake Sale, Included High School in Scholarships, bought 3 easels for the Community Center, added Introductory Art Awards, helped to get the Art Walk started, changed voting rights to include ad hoc members besides the executive board, first time FHAL President business cards were supplied by the Art League.
2010: Helped with being liason for Art on the Avenue, started and secured first sponsorship program, Included Charter School in recipients for auction.
2011: Accepted a third year presidency position, designed Rack cards to put in Community Center, first time to charge entrance fee for the fund-raiser auction, joined Arizona Art Alliance, joined Fountain Hills Chamber, proposed and passed to have a separate chairperson for First Art Studio Tour Fundraiser, proposed and passed donation of leaf to Greening of Downtown.
Nancy Dini served as Acting President for 2012, and President for 2013.
During my term, we developed and implemented a survey for the membership. After analyzing the results of the survey, we made format changes to Open Studio, workshops and demonstrations. We focused on increasing our membership and making newcomers feel welcome to our friendly organization. We worked hard to support the Studio Tour, Juried Art Show and All Member Show with much success.
Bonnie Schweihs served a president from January 2014 through May 2017.
Bonnie says that this art league is a group of friendly and generous artists that has been a privilege to serve.
During my term, one of my main focuses was to support the student arts fund. We raised money through the Tour, through a miniature summer project and received funds from members, significantly from Barbara Drake, as well as several memorials from the Cardinal and Williams families. We invited the art teachers from our local schoolsto attend our Potluck to receive gift certificates to AZ Art Supply
which we have been able to annually. I visited the art classrooms and attended their exhibits.
We began discussions with the Community Center in 2014 to improve the lighting for exhibits, and this was accomplished in 2017. I worked with Jackie Miles from the FHCCA and successfully transferred responsibility for the annual Fountain Hills Juried Show, back to the Art League. We obtained an ongoing commitment from the FHCCA to co-sponsor the event with funds. We also have had a successful relationship with the Emerson Gallery where we have held our Board Meetings and other events .
We added a Director Position to the board to allow the chair of the Newsletter to vote on the executive board. We nominated Barbara Drake as an Honorary Lifetime Member. We adopted a new logo for all our publications as designed by the Tour committee. We began sharing our 50/50 raffle money for the next month's raffle instead of depositing in our account
as another way to give back to our members. Thanks for all you have taught me.