Moving right along through this year’s cycle of life, it feels like we’ve hit the end of a semester!
The wonderful Nicole Hogan, who has served as Retail Store Manager for the past year (following a stint as assistant store manager), has decided it’s time to go back to school and make more art!
Nicole has worked for The Scrap Exchange on and off in a variety of capacities for more years than we can count (and no, she’s not old!). It feels like Nicole has practically grown up here and she will always be part of our Scrap family. We wish her the best of luck in this new chapter of her life and hope to see her around.
And we’re welcoming a familiar face to take over Nicole’s duties — Madeline James, who joined us in 2011 as a volunteer and quickly made herself essential managing materials in the wake of our multiple relocations, and was hired in 2012 as our first Materials Manager, will now be filling the role of Retail Store Manager.
Please join us in wishing Nicole a fond farewell and extending a heartfelt welcome to Madeline!
And one more goodbye… Our YO:Durham student intern Dominique is nearing the end of his term with us. He spent a full school year here working on job-skill development, and one of our last projects with him was to develop a business plan. If you’ve been here and seen any of Dominque’s fabulous shoes, you will not be surprised to learn that his business idea is decorating shoes for special events. And he is VERY talented! If you want to WOW everyone you know with your shoes at a graduation, wedding, or other special event, let us know, we can put you in touch. And we wish him all the best!
Also some THANKS for recent events…
A GREAT big thank you to LEUWWD — those strong women who raised more than $9,000 to provide scholarship money for women and girls to take classes, and to Liberty Arts for sharing the love in our joint fundraiser.
And to all those who came out and supported Brew Durham 4, and to those who worked to make it happen! A few people are deserving of special praise: the brewers (of course!), organizer Keil Jansen, our operations manager Phoebe Brush and her husband Drew Brown who helped make the food component so tasty, and our program director Jessica Moore who made sure everything ran smoothly. We raised more than $6,000 to help support our mission of promoting creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse.
Thank you all so much!
In terms of current goings-on, this week is of course Third Friday, and we still have our fabulous Friends and Family show on display through June 15. (Did you see the great review of the show by Blue Greenberg in the Durham Herald-Sun? Check it out if you get the chance!)
From 6 to 9 p. m. on Friday 5/17, we’ll have our usual snacks and drinks (PBR!), as well as spoken-word performances brought to you by Clarion Content.
Also we are hosting a stakeholder meeting for everyone interested in eliminating Styrofoam and plastic bags in Durham. We’ll be hosting a brown bag lunch meeting here at The Scrap Exchange on Monday 5/20 from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. to discuss the issues and how to move forward.
And it’s almost Beaver Queen Pageant time! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 1 at its usual spot in Duke Park, to raise awareness and support the work of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. It is truly one of my favorite Durham events. Don’t miss it!
And I think that’s it for now.
With love and gratitude,
Ann May Woodward
The Scrap Exchange