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Greetings friends!

As I am writing this there is a chill in the air, the trees are bursting with color and the farmers are working feverishly to harvest their crops here in the Midwest. It is time again for a change of seasons.

I have some updates and reminders to make you aware of.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Bo DinoApplications for the Bo Dino Scholarship are due by November 1st. This scholarship, provides up to $500 toward any WCA Approved Intensive Clowning Program for anyone who has been a WCA member for a minimum of 2 years, at the time of application. Complete information can be found at this link: https://www.worldclown.com/history-of-the-bo-dino-scholarship/2/scholorship-details.html

Blabigale – Applications for a Blabigale Scholarships are due by November 1st. This scholarship covers the registration cost to attend the 2019 WCA Convention in Albuquerque. Complete information can be found at this link: https://www.worldclown.com/blab-i-gail-memorial-scholarship/1/scholorship-details.html
AWARDS
Clown of the Year – Nominations for Clown of the Year should be submitted by January 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Jed Crouse, 333 4th St., Baraboo, WI 53913. Or email to presto.clown@hotmail.com. Forms for submission can be found at this link: https://www.worldclown.com/clown-of-the-year-form.html

Lifetime Achievement Award – Submissions for the Lifetime Achievement Award should be submitted by January 1, 2019 to the Committee Chair, Pam Bridge, 8 East Meadow Way, Manchester, NH 03103. Or email: cheflolli@yahoo.com Information and submission requirements can be found at this link: https://www.worldclown.com/lifetime-achievement-award.html

2019 Convention
Plan to join us at our 2019 Convention in Albuquerque March 3 – 7. Our theme is FIESTA! The convention committee is putting together an exciting lineup of instructors, vendors and clowning opportunities. A sneak peak as you plan your travel………

Caring Clown Opportunity
Anand Sharma is working with local hospitals and we are planning 1 or 2 opportunities that will need advanced signup. These will be after lunch on March 7. Once confirmed it will be announced on the WCA Members Forum Facebook Page and the 2019 WCA Convention Page to sign up in advance. Caring Clown Director, Anand Sharma is the contact person. If you know NOW that you are going, please email Anand at: andakavoo@gmail.com. We will not receive final confirmation of the sites until mid January.

Clown Ministry Mission Opportunity
As always, there will be a post-convention hand-on clown ministry opportunity. This will be held on Friday, March 8th, the day following the convention. If you are interested in more details as they become available, please contact our Clown Ministry Director, Ben Christensen at: ben@bencomedy.com

Competition
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the Competitions at the convention, please let EZ Zander-Hussey know! They are looking for qualified judges, talley-ers , runners, emcees for competions and more! Please email your interest to EZ at: awardswca@gmail.com

Education
Our Education Director, Kolinda Zander-Hussey is on the road home following a multi month tour with the Kelly Miller Circus, so I am sharing these “teasers” with you following our recent online meeting.

Our Headliners for the convention are Tiffany Riley and Dick Monday. I will refer to them as the “Dynamic Duo!” They are a “couple” and have a vast background in theatre, comedy, clowning with an emphasis on Caring Clowning. Dick was a former Dean of the Ringling Brothers Clown College. After the close of the college, Tiffany often led the auditions around the country. I have personally had the opportunity to see them perform. They are AMAZING! Please do google each of them, watch their videos and read all about them. We are BLESSED to have them both with us next March!

Another amazing performer will be joining us from Sweden, sharing a unique form of clowning. This IS EXCITING!

Kolinda has worked hard to bring a diverse group of Educators, many new to instruction at WCA! As always, we are covering makeup, costuming, magic, comedy, caring clowning, balloon, face painting and more!

Thank you all for your membership. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Blessings,
Pam “Sparky” Moody
sparkydmfd@msn.com
(515) 321-7657 cell
 
I would like to invite each of you to make a list of some things you would like to see in future years of WCA. These ideas can be as "pie-in-the-sky" as you want to make them because looking through the last 5 and 10-year plans made by WCA, we found that technology has increased so fast, in social media and communication ways, that many ideas that seemed “futuristic” when we did the last Long Range Plan are easily able to be accomplished at this time. We have been able to take many of those ideas and already incorporate them into WCA programs.

Think of ideas in different categories of WCA such as:
  • Clown Alleys
  • Website Improvement
  • Clowning Around Magazine
  • Member Communication
  • Clown Education
  • Conventions
  • Competitions
  • Public Image of Clowning
  • Junior Joeys
  • General or Miscellaneous Ideas

Now here’s the important part… write down your ideas and email them to:
Janet Tucker jb@jellybean-clown.com or Andrew Davis me@andytheclown.co.uk
 
WANTED MOTIVATED INSTRUCTORS, LECTURERS AND VENDORS TO HELP GUIDE THE WCA INTO THE FUTURE OF CLOWNING!!!
Do you have a fun, unique class the WCA Convention might like to offer?
I’m looking for instructors with energy, knowledge, motivation and new ideas!
 
Are you a vendor with new, improved items or something different? Do you have that one thing that every clown should have? Are you a classic vendor of clown accoutrements?
 
Contact Education Director
Kolinda Zander-Hussey at
 

As President Elect, one of the first things I wish to look at is; “How can we increase our members, both for the organization and also for our alleys?”

 

This is my idea, and I hope we can find a way of trying to get this to work.

 

We know we have a generation gap in our membership and we need to encourage the younger clowns to be a part of it and share in what we do. Here is something that should be considered; if they are to share in what we do, then we need to express an interest in what they are doing, how they are behaving, what style of clown they are enjoying and performing.

 

We pride ourselves of the detail of our costume and precision of our makeup, along with the laughter and joys that it brings. The youth aren’t embracing the makeup and costume in the same way that we do, yet they are performing at colleges, youth circuses, schools, theatres and in the street.

 

“Let’s invite them to our alleys to perform for us. Explain who the World Clown Association is, what our alleys are and how much fun that we have. In return for them performing for us, let’s perform for them and show what we do at festivals, carnivals, parades, birthdays, hospitals and schools.

 

To do this you will need to research circus and clown classes that are happening, maybe contact local colleges and drama/theatre school and ask them to come to your next alley meeting. Embrace them in what they do. They are our future. Hopefully we can then spark their interest and they will return to your next alley meeting to learn and share more, maybe they will decide to join the WCA and take the magazine, and maybe even decide to come to the next WCA convention.

 

This is not going to happen by itself. As clowns and as an alley, you’ll need to work together to formulate an action plan and start to reach out. When your successful, I know other clowns and members will be interested in your stories. So use Social Media, search the internet, ask friends and even scour local newspapers, radio and TV stations.

 

I look forward to you making your first contact and helping others to learn about the future of clown.

 

Andrew Davis

WCA President Elect 2018-2019

 
2019 Convention Memory Book Advertising Rates
Full Page (7 .5 x 10) $150
Half Page (3.5 x 10) or (7.5 X 5) $80
Quarter Page (3.5 x 5) $50
Eighth Page (business card size) $25
Single line note in Program $10 USD
Special price for Covers full Color
Back cover $ 200 USD
Inside Back Cover $175
Inside Front cover $175
Advertising Details
All ads must be print ready (.jpeg format) or a $30 set fee will apply. Deadline for submission January 15, 2019
Send your high resolution layout by email under the subject line:
WCA Program 2019
To: normbarnhart@yahoo.com
Payment Details:
Mail in ads, checks addressed to:
Norm Barnhart
Re: WCA Program
24355 Moody Lane
Chisago MN 55013-9696
Or E-transfer to: normbarnhart@yahoo.com
Or on-line at: https://www.worldclown.com/Innerpages/2019-convention-ad-book.html
Do not hesitate to contact Norm at 651-503-0370 for any question about the book
 
Do I REALLY need insurance?

I am often asked the same questions quite often. Here are some of them

Why do I need insurance?
Well the simple answer is just in case. For the cost of just $155 you are covered for just about anything you would be liable for during your performance. All it takes is one small error to cost you thousands of dollars, but with the insurance we have you covered. An example is a few years ago there was a WCA member that caused a very small stain on a carpet during a party. The homeowner them demanded that the entire house be carpet cleaned so that all the carpets matched. Needless to say this cost more then the premium the member paid. The insurance company took care of it.

Where am I covered?
The insurance has you covered just about any place in the world with the exceptions of Embargoed countries...ie North Korea.
How about on a Cruise Ship? YES!!!

Who is covered?

The Insurance covers an WCA member with a US mailing address.

Assistants?
The policy covers assistants of the member at no cost so long as the assistant is:
1) A Current WCA member
2) Performing the same skill set (ballon twisting)
3) At the same venue


What about my homeowners insurance?
Often homeowners insurance does not provide coverage while conducting business. If you are relying on your homeowners insurance please check with your broker to make sure.
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MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY


Now that I have your attention. We are pleased to announce the WCA is offering a brand new promotion.

We are now offering $5 credit for every member you refer to the WCA that signs up for membership. This can be used to offset convention registration.

If your Alley has a New Members Class and they all join the WCA your Alley will get $5 for each. They can then be given to someone as a gift.
 
This is a reminder that all Alley membership forms are due November 1st.
The form is available at:

https://www.worldclown.com/Content/documents/2018AlleyApplication.pdf
 
I am reaching out with a request to influence the future of clowning. We are seeking WCA Alleys and WCA Members to sponsor a Junior Joey for the WCA Convention. Your sponsorship would provide a Junior Joey with free or reduced registration to the WCA Convention. Attending the WCA Convention is hugely inspirational to a young person who has an interest in clowning.

While at the WCA Convention our Junior Joeys have an opportunity to attend classes designed just for them as well as the regular WCA Convention classes. Each WCA Convention has a Junior Joey Program for our youth ages 6 - 15. During the program the Junior Joeys will learn clowning basics such as character development, improvisation, balloon twisting, stage presence, magic, etc. Occasionally a guest speaker will drop by to teach, in the past the program has been visited by past WCA Presidents as well as Master Clowns.

Attending the WCA Convention is a wonderful opportunity for our young WCA members. You can feel good knowing that you are helping to keep the future of clowning alive. Use the WCA Jr Joey Sponsor Donation Form are available at:
http://worldclown.com/Content/documents/jrjoey_donation.pdf

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
Greg ‘Cactus Patch’ Chalmers WCA Junior Joey Committee Chair
 
 
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