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The Organization Structure

ACGA is comprised of a National Board with committees and 19 local chapters organized into four districts.  This is a volunteer organization with capable officers, directors, chapter presidents, and members of various committees.  Many knowledgeable and dedicated individuals make a huge personal commitment of time and resources to make this organization a truly worthwhile endeavor for all of us. 

Officers & Staff Positions

President

Eastern District Director

Vice President

Central District Director

Executive Secretary

Southern District Director

Treasurer - Staff

Western District Director

Past President

At-Large Director

Executive Secretary - Staff

Legal Advisor - Staff

Editor, The Hobstar - Staff

Webmaster - Staff

ACGA Committees:

Archives Committee

The Archives Committee archives certain valuables of the Association such as approved meeting minutes of the Board of Directors, financial records, and glass company catalogs reprinted by the Association.   The Committee maintains a record of all properties owned by the Association such as glass cutting tools, films, audio-visual equipment, and glass.  Annually materials are sent to the Rakow Library at the Corning Museum of Glass for storage.  

Bylaws/Parliamentarian

Normally, the Association's legal counsel is the Bylaws/Parliamentarian who attends all meetings of the Board of Directors and is available for questions on parliamentary procedure and on the Associationís by-laws.  

Catalog Committee

The Catalog Committee is responsible for searching, finding, and reproducing catalogs of American Brilliant period cut glass manufacturers, cutters, and sellers.  A goal of the committee is to have a newly printed catalog available for release prior to each annual convention.   

Convention Coordinators

The Convention Coordinators maintain convention guidelines on the conduct of the Associationís convention, and provide a copy to the convention chair along with a copy of the Associationís Policies pertaining to conventions.  The Coordinators review the hotel contract prior to approval and the convention schedule to assure all the Associationís requirements are met.  The Coordinators assist the President in coordinating the Winter Board Meeting scheduling and lodging and meal requirements.  They also assist the Convention Committee as needed or requested, and Chapters and/or members interested in chairing future conventions.

 Convention Site Selection Committee

The Convention Site Selection Committee is composed of its chair, the proposed convention chair, and a dealer who has recently participated in at least two convention dealer shows.   The site Selection Committee Chair makes the determination of the site for a future annual convention at least three years in advance of the convention and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for approval. 

 The Chair negotiates with the hotel or other convention facility for a satisfactory contract, that includes convention dates, adequate meeting and function space, tentative activity schedule, general food and beverage needs, sleeping room block, sleeping room rates, complimentary rooms, master account charges, special concessions, service fees, security, cancellation clauses, and liability insurance, and other such matters as necessary for the successful conduct of the convention.

 Convention sites shall rotate among the four regions to provide greater opportunities for all members to attend a convention.   

Conventions and Convention Chair

Annually, in July, the Association holds a convention to provide information and opportunities for the membership in the furtherance of their interest and knowledge of American Brilliant Period cut glass.  The convention site is rotated among the Associationís various regions to enhance opportunities for membership participation and to spread the responsibility for convention organization and conduct.  A convention can be for either three or four days.  Many times there are scheduled pre-convention tours (a day before the start of the convention) to sites of interest to glass collectors.  During the convention, there are various educational seminars on American Brilliant cut glass, a special exhibit of rare or unusual cut glass items, and about a dozen of the premier cut glass dealers present with glass to sell at a Dealerís Show.  Also, there is a Collectorís Night where members can rent a table and sell various pieces of their own glass.  The Convention concludes with a banquet and appropriate speakerís program.

 The convention Chair has the responsibility for organizing and operating the convention and to appoint the various convention committee chairs and members.   

Ethics and Authenticity Committee

The Ethics and Authenticity Committee is composed of seven members appointed by the President from the membership that are in good standing, and on the basis of their knowledge of American Brilliant Period and Post Brilliant Period cut and/or engraved glass; their experience in examining, evaluating, collecting, buying or selling American Brilliant Period and Post Brilliant Period cut and/or engraved glass; their reputation for honesty, integrity and general fairness, and their commitment to maintaining and developing the goals sought to be achieved by the ACGA. 

 The Committee has the responsibility for vetting the ACGA Convention Dealerís Show, any special Convention displays, any chapter-sponsored dealer show, and any Brilliant Weekends.  The Committee has the responsibility during vetting to review all of the objects for sale in sufficient detail to identify any object not from the Brilliant Period and Post Brilliant Period or significantly altered, and ensure it is properly so identified or removed from sale.      

Finance Advisory Committee

 The Finance Advisory Committee has the responsibility of advising the Treasurer and the Board of Directors as to the investment of Association funds.

 Gifts and Acquisitions Committee

 The Gifts and Acquisitions Committee is responsible for accepting non-monetary gifts to the Association.  The committee has the responsibility for the possession, maintenance, evaluation, display, and storage of gifted and acquired glass, books, and other glass-related items.  

Historical Committee

 The Historical Committee keeps an historical record, in word, photographs, or electronic media, of the Association and its convention.  The committee has the responsibility for displaying the historical record at each convention.

    Long Range Planning Committee

 The Long Range Planning Committee looks to the future of the Association and develops strategies for the success and advancement of the organization.

    Matching Service Committee

The Matching Service Committee assists members in finding pieces of glass for their personal collections.  The Committee may sponsor a table at the annual convention or may have a column in The Hobstar  to assist members in locating specific items.    

Membership and Publicity Committee

The Membership and Publicity Committee has the responsibility for developing new ways of promoting the Association and for creating brochures and other publications to be used for publicity and membership promotion.

   Museum Committee

 The Museum Committee is responsible for maintaining a list of museums in the United States and Canada that secure, hold, and/or exhibit American Brilliant Period cut glass.  The committee maintains contact with these museums, keeping informed of their activities as well as providing encouragement to display and promote American Brilliant Period cut glass.    

Nominating Committee

 The Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting, for elective Officers and Board member positions, a slate of qualified candidates who will uphold the Bylaws and Policies of the Association.   

Pattern Identification Committee

 The Pattern ID committee will consist of qualified volunteers willing to identify glass patterns for members.  Members may request an identification by submitting a written description, along with photographs, to the chair of the committee. If the Committee is unable to identify a particular pattern, they may publish the photo and pertinent information in The Hobstar in order to utilize member knowledge.

 Research and Information Committee

 The Research and Information Committee shall identify, review, and recommend selected research and information projects about cut glass of the American Brilliant Period, that will increase the knowledge of the members of the Association.


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