At the October 28th banquet of the 14th Standards Seminar in Dallas, outgoing President Frank Mowery announced that although the results were close, Karen Crisalli won election over her opponent, Paula Gourley, as President of the Guild in the first contested election in many years. Karen was officially installed as President at the Annual Meeting the next day. The Guild owes a debt of gratitude to both women who were willing to run for this position.
The Executive Committee, on behalf of the entire Guild, wishes to thank Frank for the many years of work he has put in as president of the Guild. He has been a great president!
Frank was appointed interim president at the Annual Meeting on May 11, 1985 when Caroline Schimmel, President since 1980, resigned to devote more time to personal affairs. Frank was formally elected in June 1986; he decided last year not to continue as President because of other obligations. He has presided over an enormous expansion of the Guild - from fewer than 500 members to over 800 - and of the entire field of book arts. Great changes have taken place in the Guild and in the book world, and they will continue. We look forward to working with Karen to try to keep pace with those changes.
All other positions up for election this year were uncontested; committee chairpersons remain as follows: Exhibitions: Peter David Verheyen; Library: Pamela Spitzmueller; Publicity: Howard S. Stein; Newsletter: Margaret H. Johnson; and Standards Seminar: Monique Lallier.
Karen Crisalli has offered to write a summary of her goals for her tenure in the next issue of the Newsletter.