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ABANA is dedicated to perpetuating the noble art of blacksmithing. A blacksmith is one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil. ABANA encourages and facilitates the training of blacksmiths; disseminates information about sources of material and equipment; exposes the art of blacksmithing to the public; serves as a center of information about blacksmithing for the general public, architects, interior designers, and other interested parties.

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The 2013 ABANA Committees, and current members are listed here for your reference. If you would like to contact an ABANA Board member serving on a committee, you can find their information on the ABANA Board List.

Note: * denotes volunteers not on the ABANA Board of Directors.

Executive Committee
Consists of the 5 officers (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer)

President..................................................................David Hutchison
1st Vice President.............................................................Jack Parks
2nd Vice President.......................................................Peter Renzetti
Secretary........................................................................Bill Clemens
Treasurer................................................................Jeff Dunkelberger



Affiliate Relations Committee - Chair: Ray Nager - Members: Grant Haverstock, Jack Parks, Peter Renzetti

Affiliate Relations: The committee will focus on developing and strengthening the relationship between ABANA and its affiliates. All affiliate applications will be processed and presented to the board through the committee for approval. The committee will publish a routine letter to all affiliates about ABANA and what “we” are doing for them. This letter will be sent out to the leadership of each affiliate encouraging them to publish this in their newsletters or websites. It is encouraged to also have an “Affiliate Advisory Group” of affiliate representatives to openly discuss and make suggestions on improvements in our working relationship with the affiliates.



Bylaws & Procedures Committee - Chair: Peter Renzetti - Members: Jeff Dunkelberger, Johm McLellan

By-Laws and Procedures: The Committee is responsible for the diligent observation of the organization’s By-Laws and procedures by reviewing, investigating, and presenting possible amendments for board approval that will further the efficient operation of the organization.



Education and Professional Development Committee - Chair: John McLellan - Members: Jacks Parks

Educational Professional Development: The committee will be responsible for overseeing the off board committee responsible for the development of the ABANA National Curriculum.



Elections Committee - Chair: George Matthews

Election and Nomination: The committee will be responsible for soliciting and recruiting candidates for the annual election and any appointments that need to be made. The committee will work within the guidelines laid out in the By-Laws.



Finance committee - Chair: Jack Parks - Members: Bill Clemens, Lance Davis, Jeff Dunkelberger

Finance: The committee is responsible for the annual budget. The committee is expected to use the monthly and quarterly data from the CPA to track the financials of the organization in comparison with the budget. The committee is expected to work with the Treasurer on all financial matters in some capacity. The committee is responsible for collecting the “wish lists” from each committee in the development of the year’s budget. Daily tracking of income and expenses using data (maintained by Central office per current procedures)



Grants and Scholarships Committee - Chair: George Matthews - Members:

Affiliate Grants and Scholarships: The Committee is responsible for the dispersing of grants and scholarships to the most eligible applicants. The committee is also responsible for following up with the recipients to ensure they have fulfilled the required content within the agreement.



Insurance Committee - Chair: Ray Nager - Members: George Matthews

Insurance: The committee is responsible for all insurance related activities within the organization. This includes soliciting bids, maintaining communication with our agent(s).



Internet Committee - Chair: Jeff Dunkelberger - Members: Jim Bequette*, Bill Clemens, Grant Haverstock, Amy Pieh

Internet: The committee will be responsible for the maintaining the website, and maintaining the private forum for board discussion.



Membership Services Committee - Chair: Bill Clemens - Members: Grant Haverstock

Membership Services Committee: The committee will be responsible for the general membership questions and coming up with enhancements to the membership benefits. Monitor memberhip numbers, renewals rates, prepare renewal notices, membership drives reviewing and sending out the Constant Contact notifications,.



Professional and Academic Outreach Committee - Chair: Gerald Boggs - Members: Jack Parks

Professional and Academic Outreach: The committee is responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with the educational institutions and professional smiths. Ideas and opportunities to better facilitate their involvement with ABANA is encouraged to be developed in committee for approval by the board.



Publications Committee - Chair: Amy Pieh - Members: JoAnn Bentley*, Bill Clemens, Lance Davis

Publications: The committee will be responsible for organizations two publications( The ANvil's Ring and The Hammer's Blow). Everything from putting out for bids on the contracted positions to reviewing the magazines.



Public Relations Committee - Chair: Grant Haverstock - Members: Gerald Boggs, George Matthews, Jack Parks


Public Relations: The committee will be responsible for facilitating any type of outreach request or idea to further ABANA and blacksmithing as a whole. The committee will also work with the Central Office staff to field any PR type requests that come in.



Sales Committee - Chair: Lance Davis - Members: JoAnn Bentley*, Jeff Dunkelberger

Sales: The committee is responsible for overseeing the inventory of sales items available and must stay in routine contact with Central Office on inventory. The committee is also responsible for searching out bids for all merchandise.



Strategic Planning Committee - Chair: Amy Pieh - Members: John McLellan, Jack Parks, Peter Renzetti

Strategic Planning: The Committee is responsible for the long term strategic planning of the organization by identifying and presenting long term goals to further the organization.



2013 Convention Committee - Chair:Lance Davis - Members: Bill Clemens, IvanBailey, Sean O'Shea*



2014 Conference Committee - Co-Chairs: Bill Clemens, David Hutchison



Annual Goals, Objectives. And Outcome Measures
Each year the Committees create a set of measurable goals for the committee. From these goals specific objectives will be created to better direct the committee in their agendas, recommendations to the board, and overall work for the organization. There should be a continued observance on the success of these goals with an overall report at the end of the year to the full board.


Note: * denotes volunteers not on the ABANA Board of Directors.