Elections for 2020 & 2021
Positions on the Ballot at the end of an odd year ...
Officers assume their positions on the 1st of January.
AGS Officers and Board Members hold offices for 2 years and one-half of the offices are elected/re-elected every year. The biennial elections being held December 2019 are for the 2020 & 2021 years and the offices include 2 Vice Presidents, 2 Directors-At-Large, and Treasurer. The candidates presented below are being presented in alphabetical order by last name. The vote can be done online or by mailing in the ballot at the bottom of this page (or the copy in the Winter issue of The Gourd Magazine).
Choose 2 Vice-Presidents from these 3 Candidates
VP Candidate 1. Robin Bryson, Quail Valley, California
Robin began her love of art when she was 13, a passion she continued through college. She moved to southern California and joined the Temecula Valley Art League. In the late 1990’s she was introduced to gourds, but when she brought her knowledge of gourd art to the Temecula Valley Art League, she was informed that gourds were arts and crafts, not fine art.
Robin continued her gourd art, showing and educating the Art League members that gourd art can also be fine art. The difference is that the gourd is another form of canvas - finally convincing the non-believers that gourds can indeed fine art - and created a category for them to be judged. She served as Secretary and Treasurer for 4 years in the Art League.
Robin is a member of the American Gourd Society, three chapters: California, Arizona and Pennsylvania Gourd Societies, and what is now the Southern California Gourd Society. For the last 2 years she has been traveling around the country teaching gourd art with Vickie Echols, meeting new people and recruiting them to join the American Gourd Society.
VP Candidate 2. Bonnie Gibson, Tuscon, AZ
Bonnie has been involved with gourds since 1996. She is currently the 3rd Vice President of the AGS, has served several times as an AGS director, was part of the original committee to formulate judging standards for the AGS, coordinates the quarterly crafting contest for the AGS Gourd magazine and was the founder of the AGS Artistry Award. Additionally, she has served as President and Vice President of the Gamma chapter (Arizona) and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Old Pueblo Gourd Patch in Tucson.
Bonnie is the author of the popular and useful gourd art reference, “Gourds with Southwestern Motifs," and conducts classes at festivals, retreats and gatherings around the U.S. She is an AGS Certified Judge, a Judge Instructor and founder/former owner of ArizonaGourds.com.
VP Candidate 3. Cheryl Kroll, Surprise, Arizona
Cheryl became involved with gourds and the Gourding community after moving to Surprise in 1999. After taking just one class she was hooked and has been ever since. She loves to learn new things and find that gourding gives her the opportunity to learn new ways to be creative. She is a member of the Gourd Gypsies patch, the Arizona Gourd Society as well as the American Gourd Society. She has been responsible for organizing and running the “Gourding in the Pines” retreat in Prescott. She has entered competition at the Wuertz Gourd Festival and participated in various art shows.
Choose 2 Directors-at-Large from these 3 Candidates
Director Candidate 1. Susan Byra, Quitman, Mississippi
Susan is a retired Public Library System Director who discovered gourds and pine needle basketry back in 2002. In 2007 she helped form the Mississippi Gourd Society and has served as its President off and on ever since. Susan is currently Vice-President of MSGS. On the national level, Susan is a member of the newly formed Chapter Relations Committee for the AGS and a certified AGS Judge and judges annually at the Alabama Gourd Show.
Beside gourding, she likes to knit, crochet, bead, cross-stitch, and weave. Susan has her own Etsy shop online (rtrbysusan.etsy.com), and in January of this year self-published a fiction book about a boy who survives, but is haunted by, a horrendous case of bullying (One and One Is One: The Beginning).
She re-entered the workforce Oct. 1 of this year as the Interim Director of the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library until they can find a permanent Director. If re-elected, this would be her third term as a Director-at-Large for AGS.
Director Candidate 2. Philip Moorhead, Marion, Indiana
Philip Moorhead is a cyber security professional, currently Chief Security Officer for MSECSOL. He holds many national and international certifications in the computer and security fields, and is well-known at state and national levels. Philip holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and is a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Philip has been past President and past Treasurer for the local Marion Garden Club. He is currently on the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Indiana Gourd Society (IGS), as well as current Treasurer for the local chapter of Mensa. Phil has been the state gourd show chairperson and is Editor and Publisher for the IGS magazine, The Tendril. Philip also served on the legal team when IGS reorganized their non-profit status.
Among his other duties with the Indiana Gourd Society he is also a certified master gourd show judge and judge instructor. He has been active in recruiting Indiana judges and leads the AGS Judge Training course for his chapter. He grows and contorts gourds following the teachings of Jim Story. In his spare time, he has crafted gourds, is a woodworker and wood carver.
In his work with AGS years ago, he was advertising manager for the AGS magazine and actively recruited new advertisers helping them prepare advertising copy. Philip also assisted the previous editor with The Gourd Magazine.
Director Candidate 3. Celia Shaneyfelt, Old Fort, Tennessee
Celia has been growing gourds for seven years. She joined the American Gourd Society four years ago after visiting Betty Finch and realizing that there was more to gourds than just bird houses. Celia plunged into every aspect of gourds: growing, manipulation, teaching, photography and a variety of crafting techniques. She enjoys experimenting with new gourd ideas and takes classes to learn new techniques. She also has fun creating recipes using young gourds as ingredients.
Celia was chosen to fill a vacancy on the AGS Board of Directors earlier this year and currently serves on two AGS committees, the Chapter Relations Committee and the Jim Story Award Committee. Since joining the board, she has also focused on restarting the Tennessee Volunteer Chapter of the AGS, building membership and encouraging Gourd Patches across the state. Celia’s technology skills have proved beneficial in these endeavors. She has contributed articles to “The Gourd Magazine,” is a Master Gardener and teaches violin & fiddle.
Choose 1 Treasurer from these 2 Candidates
Treasurer Candidate 1. Maryland Fallon, Marysville, CA
Maryland was appointed AGS treasurer in mid-2018 when the then Treasurer had to resign due to health concerns. Maryland has worked for a major national bank, where she was in charge of keeping tellers in balance and ordering money for the branch. She has also worked for a tax preparation company and now works as an independent tax preparer and bookkeeper.
Her duties include sending bills for advertisements in The Gourd Magazine, receiving and depositing checks, paying authorized bills per the approved AGS Budget and maintaining detailed records. Per the ByLaws, the Board has appointed an officer to provide oversight and do monthly audits.
Maryland started painting gourds any years ago, employing different methods and mediums, but loves filigree work. She has submitted her work at several festivals and collected a number of blue ribbons.
Treasurer Candidate 2. Chris Peters, Middleton, Idaho
Chris Peters, in pre-retirement years, was a bank Trust officer and Relationship manager for more than 20 years charged with protecting and investing monies in a fiduciary capacity. During those years she educated thousands of company employees on how to save and invest their savings for retirement.
Chris has been active in the Idaho Gourd Society since 2008. Her involvement includes IDGS Board member, webmaster, Facebook curator, graphic designer, photographer and festival chairperson. She is an AGS certified judge and teaches gourd art classes regularly in Idaho and surrounding states. She has been a contributing editor, writing 14 product reviews for The Gourd Magazine over three and a half years.
Her related experience also includes operating her own successful art design business. Chris is task-orientated, organized and understands banking, budgets. accounting and non-profit reporting requirements.
How to vote: Online or by mail ballots must be received no later than December 30, 2019. To vote online go to www.AmericanGourdSociety.org/election or photocopy and complete the ballot below and mail it to: American Gourd Society, PO Box 2186, Kokomo, IN 46904-2186
How to Vote:
Terry Noxel, NY
Lollie Yancey, AZ
Diana Pearcy, CA
Terry Noxel, NY
Dallas Lunsford, IN
Positions that will be on the 2019 Ballot
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President