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World Clown Association
Not Quite Clowning Around
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Good morning and Welcome to Not Quite Clowning Around.

 

It’s been an amazing start to my term as President of the best Clown Organisation. Many of you know we had a small hiccup as the hotel in Atlanta cancelled our convention reservation. This lead to a small heachache, but after much searching, a ton of ground work and effort from Deanna Hartmier as the Future Convention Chair and our Vice President Robin Bryan, we are please to announce the 2020 Convention will be held between March 22nd  - 26 at the Lexington Riverside Hotel, Jacksonville Florida. We’ve extended the often short window for Early Bird Registrations until the end of April 2019 - offering you a massive saving of $50... so book early and save some dollars. 
https://www.worldclown.com/convention/2020-convention.html

 

Also, over the past few weeks I’ve been concentrating on membership numbers and our finances. It is true membership numbers have been on the decline, but March has shown an increase in numbers month on month, year on year. We need to continue this growth and we can only do this with our members support and efforts. If every member of the WCA joined up someone else who is 1/2 their age, our organisation would double in size. So, yes - look around at your friends, families and workmates and get them a WCA membership for their birthday or why not just treat them because you love them. There are many reasons to join WCA. I asked a few of the WCA Regional Directors their opinions. Here is a list of a few reasons to join WCA and attend a convention....

 

1. To be a member of a great club with likeminded people. 

2. A sense of belonging and home, my family and friends. 

3. To be able to improve ones abilities knowledge and skill level. Education

4. To go to conventions. Not to put other clubs down, but we have a higher quality of Clowning.

5. Access to vendors 

6. To meet new friends and to connect with Local to National and internationals.

7. Ministry aspect WCA has is amazing and joyful.

8. The public know I'm involved in WCA

9. Insurance

10. Set of ethics and guidelines for my clowning 

12. To promote clowning. The most logical way is join a global organization.

13. To keep in touch with fellow Clowns.

14, To see and hear what other clowns are doing.

15. It’s just a great Clown Community

16. Networking with like-minded people from literally all over the world.

17. To get support, encouragement, and constructive criticism. 

18. Sharing ideas, hints, techniques and learning new things. 19. At conferences and alley meetings, getting the opportunity to try new things (skits, gags, make-up techniques, balloons, etc, etc) in a safe, supportive environment.

20. Finding a mentor, teachers or Sensei

Developing long lasting friendships, which creates that family bond. 

21. Clowning has opened up so many wonderful opportunities for me.

22. Clowning has given me "permission" to play,  have fun and spread joy.

23. You can "rub elbows" with many master entertainers whom we highly respect.

24. All of the great resources that are on the website! 

25. MEDIA CONTACTS

26. FACEBOOK

27. Bragging rights

28. A sense of belonging

29. To add your support to an organization that wants to further the art of clowning and provide a          positive image of clowning on a scale that you could not achieve as an individual

30. Access to scholarships and funding 

 

And then (and I like this one):

 

"The unknown." - You don't know what you are missing until you find it.

 

I forgot 31. To support and continue to support a love of clowns. (And that's probably the most important... you never know when you'll a friend with a red nose)

 

Remember the link :You can renew online at for ask little as $20 for an eMembership at https://www.worldclown.com/membership/join-us.html

 

Thank you all for everything you do for clowns, clowning and the WCA. Keep smiling and having fun

 

Andrew Davis

WCA President 2019-2021

 
Have you heard the fabulous news that WCA is coming to Jacksonville, FL March 22-26 2020? Please if you have not already joined the WCA members forum on Facebook do so. I will be touring the city and posting videos of the fun, exciting, adventures my city has to offer. I'm bursting with excitement and will work like crazy to make 2020 one you remember. 
Click on Image for more information or to download registration form
 

Petition to the United States Congress
and the President of the United States,

To Nominate, Emmett Leo Kelly, Sr. (December 9, 1898 - March 20, 1979), to receive posthumously,  the Congressional Gold Medal & Presidential Medal of Freedom.


For More Information go to: 
https://www.emmettkellymuseum.com/petition-page
 
 

Don't hide the clown...

It's time to bring out your clown. I've been speaking to many of the old members of the Motley Alley and one of the first answers I've heard is, 'I don't clown anymore.' This surprised me as when I started clowning and involved with the WCA family, I discovered where my clown lays. He's not with the makeup, the shoes and the red nose, my clown is inside me - and always will be. It doesn't matter where I am or what I'm doing, I will always be a clown. Clowning comes from the heart
As clowns we open our hearts to others and give more than others. This is what clowning was, is and will be. We enjoy the performances, the fun, the skits, the jokes, the smell of the greasepaint and our Motley guises. This is our clown 
 

Has anyone else got memories to share?

The WCA always loves to hear your stories. Memories of the past, the fun, the entertainment, the shows, the parades, the joys everyone has. The future of clowning is Education and Networking. Clowns can only do this with your help, so please, please don't think that because you've retired from clowning it's all over. It's not, it's only just begun for some. It's only just begun for me and I've been clowning since 1998.. I've got lots to listen to, people to learn from and stories I want you to share with all the new clowns. Your stories. If you can make the time to write to us or call me for a chat, nothing would brighten our days more, knowing that We will be then able to tell others. me@andytheclown.co.uk or join the WCA Members Forum on Facebook.
 

While the Memberships run for a full year from when you renew. Most of you renew your membership in May. So don't forget to renew. If you are not sure when your membership is due to renew you can go online at worldclown.com. When you login it will show your profile with when your membership expires.

If you are unable to login email the business office at manager@worldclown.com
 
                             
The WCA is proud to announce that beginning May 1st we will be offering an additional option coverage for the Liability Coverage.
We are now offering an optional Abuse / Molestation coverage. The program will offer 2 different limits:
1) $100,000 per occurrence / $500,000 per event for an additional $130
2) $1,000,000 per occurrence and per event for and additional $260

This is in addition to renewal costs. This coverage may NOT be added on later as it has to be enacted when your begin or renew your insurance..
In order to start this coverage a National background check must be provided at the time of submission. You can go to https://www.nsopw.gov/ and provide a print out from there. 
For more information you can email the business office. manager@worldclown.net

                             
 
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