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President's Message
My Dear Doll Friends,

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n this issue you will find articles about many doll firsts.
This has certainly been a time of firsts for everyone as
coronavirus has turned life upside down and given us
many unhappy firsts. The first time in our lifetime for a pandemic of this magnitude. The
first time for staying in our homes and missing friends and family for long periods of
time. The first time for wearing masks and gloves to do necessary tasks such as going to
the grocery store. Many of us have lost beloved family members and friends to the virus.
It is hard to imagine that there is one member of the UFDC family who has not been
touched in some way.
I knew when I became president of UFDC that I would, as all presidents must, have
to make many hard decisions. Never once did I dream that one of them would be the
decision to cancel the 2020 Dallas Convention. Maryll, Connie, Carol and I weighed every
possible option. What if a miracle cure happened before July? But what if it didn't? What
if we carried on with convention but practiced proper social distancing? That didn't
seem practical with over 700 attendees. What if we adopted a wait-and-see attitude and
Texas didn't withdraw the limit on social gatherings and we had to cancel days before the
event? But the biggest question - and the ultimate deciding factor - was what if we held
convention and even one of our members was struck down?
I feel that we arrived at the best possible arrangement with the Hilton, paying them
for the considerable work they had done on our behalf over the past three years since the
contract was signed in 2017, for which they were willing to accept keeping our $25,000
deposit. Since under the terms of the contract (as in all hotel contracts) the cancellation fee
was close to $400,000 we felt that this was a mutually very fair agreement.
While happy with the financial arrangement, we were of course so very sad that all
the planning and work done by so many people would go to waste. Out of this sense of
loss came the idea to find a way to bring some of the fun and educational elements of
convention to the doll world in the form of an online event. From that came the concept of
UFDC's first OnTime OnLine Doll Celebration! We are working hard now to make that a
reality. It won't be a convention, we won't be able to hug our friends, but we can still share
our joy in our mutual passion of doll collecting.
To quote Queen Elizabeth II's simple poetic coda: "We will meet again." Not in person
in Dallas, but we will meet again. Meanwhile, please take precautions in order to keep
yourself and others safe and healthy.
Until next time,

Barbara Stone
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