Our Last Two New Members Until the “Dues Shake-Out”!

Let’s welcome our two newest members:

994: Teresa Sponaugle
Grain Bin Press
Greeley, Colorado
995: Sarah M. Smith
Olfactory Gleanings
White River Junction, Vermont

These two new members with be the last additions until we shake out those who have not paid their dues or have decided to not continue with us this year.  But, as of now, we have our full compliment of 150 Active Members, plus 1 Tramp Printer.

2022 Initial Membership Roster Changes…

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2022.
With the new year, there are the usual roster changes.
Below are the changes:

Members Who Were Removed Or Resigned:

#287: Bob Oldham
#589: Alan C. Waring
#706: John A. Rogers, Jr.
#822: M. Casey McGarr
#881: Eric Woods
#919: Debbie Campbell
#920: Marie Oberkirsch
#925: Jeffery Shepherd
#947: Heather Hughes
#965: Le Huong Huynh
#978: Meredith Dimon

New Members Joining Our Ranks:

#983: Mitchel Ahern
Mitchelka Show Card Press
Lynn, Massachusetts

#984: Brent Comstock
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

#985: Breanna Frey
Ozford, Ohio

#986: Karen Sawyer-Meehan
Bremerton, Washington

#987: Kelli Bello & Larry Richling
Omaha, Nebraska

#988: Ian Edelson
Leesburg, Virginia

#989: Arwinn Heartisan
Aspiring Happiness Press
Prescott, Arizona

#990: Gerald Flynt Schulze & Li Chen
Small Works Press
Detroit, Michigan

#991: Ann St. Martin Stout
Leaves Are Free Printing
Newport, New Hampshire

Former Members Being Reinstated:

#90: Rolland Rice
Crown Flexo Graphics
Concord, California
#878: Lawrence Peterson & Gene Gates
Nine-18-Thousandths Press
Henderson, Nevada

David L. Kent, APA Archivist: 1940-2021

David Kent was the APA Archivist from January 1, 1993 until February 1, 2021. He took over the duties of the archivist from Carol Kent, who held the position for the previous four years. He passed his duties as archivist on to Lauri Taylor on February 2, 2021. He served this organization as the longest serving Archivist at 28 years, 1 month and 1 day. He was only the third member to hold that position since it was created in 1969.  It appears the first 10 years, there was not a thought of maintaining a record of past activities for archival purposes. His consistent duty to accuracy and details has long been appreciated by members, and he will be missed.

Personally, I never met David, but did on a few occasions converse with him, and he was always insightful and a pleasure to talk with.

And, as we all saw in the December 2021 Bundle, here are the thoughts from Robert L. Kent, APA #542:

APA Mailer Deadline – Beginning of Each Month

One question that was frequently asked last year was what the deadline was for getting items in the bundle each month. When I inherited the role last January, we just continued sharing the inherited deadline of the 10th of each month without thinking much about it. The submission deadline isn’t spelled out in the bylaws, and, from what I have been able to ascertain, that inherited deadline of the 10th evolved from the section that says the mailer is responsible for “normally mailing the bundles between the 10th and 15th day of each month.” The problem is that the 10th is actually the opening window for the mailer’s deadline to send out the bundles, but it doesn’t take into account the work that still must be done after each member’s packet of 155 items is received. While we try to collate the items all month long as they arrive, there is always a significant stack to work through when it comes time to stuffing and labeling the envelopes.

Even with the help of friends, this means we have to carve a chunk of time from the weekend to complete the bundle assembly, which has meant that when the 10th landed early in the week, we had to wait until the following weekend for our “bundle stuffing party.” Yet still we had people calling and emailing on the 10th asking how much wiggle room they had to get items to us before we packed the bundles. Several times this meant we had things arriving on the Saturday morning or, more often, the Monday following when the bundles were packed.

The truth is the only truly hard deadline is for those members who neglect contributing their minimum four letterpress items to the bundle until November and December (remember you can only contribute 2 items to the December bundle). Any other month late, or very early, items simply go into the next month’s bundle and all rolls on. (Calendar, Treasure Gems, and Tube bundle submissions do not go to the mailer and each have their own hard deadlines.)

This year we will be packing and sealing the bundles on the weekend so that they can be mailed between the bylaw specified 10th and 15th of the month. Of course, getting your items printed and sent in early is highly preferable, and the easiest thing is to say that the deadline to assure items go out is the beginning of each month. For those who thrive on the adrenaline rush of seeing just how late they can send items to us and still have them arrive in time for the bundle, here are the actual dates for the 2022 weekend mailer bundle stuffing parties.

APA Bundle Stuffing Weekend Dates for 2022
January 8th
April 9th
July 9th
October 8th
February 11th
May 7th
August 13th
November 12th
March 12th
June 11th
September 10th
December 10th

Your item(s) must be received prior to these dates, or they will be sent out in the following month’s bundle. Remember that postal services have, and will likely continue, to take longer than in previous years. There is plenty of work for the mailer (and team) to get all your wonderful items out each month; please don’t add your procrastination to their bundle of tasks in 2022.

Why not resolve in 2022 to get your 4 prints in early, so that you have time to leisurely print and share a few more items later in the year?

Your 2022 APA Mailer,
– TH Groves

2021 APA Mailer
Lisa & TH Groves
160 S Dewey Rd
Dewey, AZ 86327-7099 USA
Lisa: (928)642-6590
TH: (480)390-2772