In 2009, I opened up my shop, Ophiuroidea, and in 2010 started a sea glass festival in St. Michaels, Maryland. Soon after that, I learned of the North American Sea Glass Association and knew I wanted to be a member to support the mission of the organization. After that, I was approached by a few board members to throw my hat in the ring to be on the board. I knew I had wanted to volunteer somehow, and being a part of the board seemed the best way to help. Over the years I have worked with so many amazing artists, authors, and founding members of the organization, and feel blessed to have been a part of such an amazing sea glass family.
I’ve learned so much over the past 8 years being on the board, many years as NASGA/ISGA President. The organization has seen growth, a name change from the North American Sea Glass Association to the International Sea Glass Association, and most recently, we added a new Community Membership, which will expand our sea glass community and mission even further. It’s all very exciting!
Ever since I said yes to being on the board, I have worked tirelessly to spread sea glass love, and to cultivate an appreciation for what we represent and our mission. I will miss the monthly board meetings and organizing the festivals, but it’s time to step down and retire as President. It will be an empty feeling for a while, after being on the board such a long time, but I feel good knowing that ISGA is in the very capable hands of the ISGA Board of Directors. I am very excited about our new incoming President Cesar Williams-Padin, Vice President Denise Troy, Treasurer Suzanne Hunter, and Secretary Kirsti Scott. Dottie Gilbo, Holly L’Hommedieu, and Kaya Alexandria Worthington are returning and we are welcoming Tammy Thatcher to the board of directors next year.
I absolutely loved working with Roxann, Steve, and the dozens of festival volunteers through the years, and will continue to be an active supporter of our organization and the sea glass community. I look forward to attending the ISGA festivals, including the highly anticipated one this summer in Mystic! Can’t wait!
I am forever grateful for the friends I’ve made along the way and feel good knowing that the International Sea Glass Association will continue to grow and be around for fellow sea glass artisans, authors, and collectors around the globe.
Thank you for your continued support and friendship over the years!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Cheers 🙂 Kim Hannon