As local chapters spring up all over the country, WCAA is looking for members willing to help with starting new ones. Local chapters provide the means for window coverings professionals to share and learn from each other and to interact directly with industry representatives, which is not always possible for an individual.
Small groups of 20 to 30 people are organizing into chapters. For more information call LaVelle Pinder at: (512) 282-0717, or Bonnie Kramer at: (914) 246-1458.
New Chapter in Philadelphia
Janice Giancola of Bear Windows will be the coordinator for a new chapter in the Philadelphia, PA, area. During the month of December she will take telephone calls from anyone interested in starting a decorators' group to network with each other and with other local chapters. The first meeting will be held in January.
Plans are made already for a tour of a workroom in early spring. For more information call Janice at (610) 444-6994.
WCAA Certification in Boston
Make plans now for the Certified Window Treatment Consultant Exam. This is your chance to validate all you know, or to hear most of what you have yet to learn. Nothing can build your self-esteem better than to receive this certification.
The next exam is on February 26, 1997, at the 50th Annual Boston Curtain & Drapery Show. Pre-register for this comprehensive program a minimum of one month in advance to be adequately prepared for the review seminar and examination. The certification registration fee is $150 for WCAA members and $195 for non-members and includes the study materials, lunch plus the certification recognition.
Earn your certification exclusively at the World of Window Coverings[TM] shows. The next examination following the Boston show will be March 19, 1997, in Orlando, FL.
The New Haven, CT, local chapter is planning a unique form of targeted advertising to attract consumers. On April 12, 1997, Design Happenings will be a mini-trade show specifically highlighting our industry to the public -- up to 550 guests at any one time.
There are 30 vendor spaces available at a cost of $75 for WCAA members and $100 for non-members. Many spaces are filled but some are still available. Vendors in related businesses are welcome such as art, silk flowers, carpeting, etc.
For more information call Mary Rose McQuillan at (203) 929-5209.