Join us for our 12th Annual National Convention in October 2020
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Advancing the Craft of Sharpening!
Dear Fellow Members & Sharpeners,
Greetings, I trust that this letter finds all of you, and your families healthy and safe amidst these trying times that we are all facing currently with regards to the Covid19 pandemic that we all currently dealing with. It’s clear with me and probably many of you, abrupt lifestyle and financial changes have been very difficult to deal with. As we are all innocent victims in these times, having our lives put on pause, until this all can be brought under control and finally into remission.
On a very positive note, one of the most uplifting things that have I witnessed recently-and has been shared by so many of you that I have spoken with, is the chance to “Slow Down” and appreciate wonderful things we do have in this life, and sometimes tend to take for granted, such as family & friends. Sometimes when we are going through life, in never ending overdrive, we tend to overlook what is so very important and valued to us all. Sometimes having less, puts clearly into context why we really do have more!
Make no mistake…these challenges that we are all currently facing will become a blip in time as we look into the rear view mirror of our lives, and “It Will Pass”. As Irony often has a humorous side to it, I wouldn’t be surprised, that in the not too distant future, many of us will be wishing for more time off! As our clients businesses come back online, I am confident there is going to be a mountain of work for all of us to do, once the pandemic is over.
Remember, we have a responsibility to ourselves and our family to do the necessary preparations now! Eat well, and get plenty of rest because we are all going to need the energy. It is important to make your preparations now while you have the opportunity the current pause now provides. Start by contacting your customers and giving them encouragement, and letting them know you are there for them. Make any necessary upgrades, repairs, cleaning, or anything else, so you’re ready to go! So get out there and get ready….sunrise is coming!
Are you ready for some Great News?
I am very pleased to inform you as your NBTSG President, your dedicated Board of Directors and I have been working very hard on preserving this year’s Annual NBTSG Convention. As mentioned in the last communication to our Members 03/21/2020 we were trying to move forward with the original date in September, but with ever changing daily updates as to how the Covid19 is affecting the United States, we felt that this would not be possible based on the current information that has been available. However, not wanting to cancel the convention….we have come up with an exciting alternative.
Keeping in mind both the Safety of our Members, and the mission of the NBTSG…it has been decided to re-schedule our Annual Convention for the last weekend of October. Yes you heard it right! October 29th thru November 1st….a Halloween Themed Convention! This opens up a number of possibilities, but more on the details of all the really great opportunities as things develop.
Our decision to move the date of our convention was determined by a number of factors that needed to be considered. Firstly, was always safety. Secondly, is a way to give our Members an opportunity to recover from the downtime due to many of our clients businesses that have been shut down. Thirdly, not waiting too long to make our decision, in order for those that drive their rigs to the convention, those will be able to travel safely, and in good weather. Nashville always has so much to offer, and at the end of October will be no exception, with plenty for everyone to explore!
I truly believe this year’s Annual Convention is going to be the best we have ever experienced. Even in these crazy times, we all have so much to offer each other. Our Board Members are working diligently now that we have more time to plan; we will be offering some really Cool new training spotlights, more vendors, and some “Scary Surprises” as we move forward.
I really encourage you to make your plans now for October…and participate in some of the upcoming polls we will be posting; such as “what should be the theme name” of the convention (I can almost guarantee there will be a gift cert. for the winner) We want to make this year’s convention very special & exciting. Most of all…a time to enjoy each other’s company, learn and grow our businesses, and rejoice!
Thank you all,
And All the NBTSG Board of Directors
The National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild is an industry trade group established to advance the knowledge and skills of beauty tool sharpeners. The organization certifies sharpeners of shears, scissors, thinning shears, and clipper blades so that there is a fair and unbiased evaluation of the sharpening ability and provides resources for best business practices, training, and the advancement of the sharpening industry.
To become the preeminent source of knowledge and training for the beauty tool sharpening industry by hosting fun, effective, and welcoming conventions and certification events. To provide an atmosphere in which sharpeners of all experience levels can gather and learn from each other and to advance the cause of certified sharpeners and their usefulness and benefit to other industries.
Sharpening certification allows the sharpener to have a clear unbiased assessment of their ability to meet a set standard established by the Guild. The evaluation is conducted by NBTSG Master Sharpeners who have met that same standard themselves. Certification exams in shear sharpening and clipper blade sharpening are conducted at the guild convention and other official sharpening venues under the eyes of the judges and other observers. Judging is double blind and top scores are announced at the convention.
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