Members News

Hello FGI Members,


We just wanted to send a brief recap of the Members Only Meeting held on Wednesday, Feb 10th.  If you were able to attend the meeting, thank you for coming!   We hope that you enjoyed the evening and found the meeting informative.  And thank you all for your comments and suggestions.  We just had our board meeting and discussed everything that you shared with us and are looking into many of the suggestions that you made - your opinions and recommendation are very helpful!


If you were not able to join us, please take a moment to read over the highlights and also visit our website to view the DVD that we shared at the meeting.  And if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the board members - we will be happy to help. 


Here are the meeting highlights:


    We recognized all the board members for all their hard work this past year

    We also recognized all of the members who volunteered their time and talent to help out with our various programs in 2009


    Our achievements for 2009 :

             Maintaining our membership and attracting new members

             Gained member involvement in all programs

             Re-introduced hard copy invitations for major events (Fashion Week)

             Extended branding of FGI by developing FGI items (tape measurer, pin, cosmetic bag)

             Created FGI ad and placed in Alive magazine Fashion edition and St. Charles Streetscape magazine

             Organized summer planning session for board members to help plan out future events

             Started "FYI" e-mail blasts to share information with our membership

             Participated in 3 special fashion opportunities:  Limited screening of Valentino movie, September Issue movie, and                     Fashions Night Out event at Neiman Marcus

             Awarded 2 $1000 scholarships to local fashion merchandising and fashion design students

             Began requesting charitable donations for local organizations

             Presented first "Visionary Award" to Attilio D'Agostino of Alive Magazine in recognition of his efforts to support and                     promote the fashion industry in St. Louis and beyond.

    Our goals for 2010:


             Recruit committee to begin search for new board members for 2011

             Ensure that all program efforts satisfy global guidelines and benefit local membership

             Actively engage members to assist with all upcoming programs and events

             Continue outreach to community in order to recruit new members

             Remain fiscally responsible

             Maintain our social media and continue to update and enhance all sites so that we are up to date and user friendly

             Engage local fashion merchandising and fashion design students to assist with programs

             Continue with our charitable giving to support our community


We are looking at our proposed events for 2010 and making a few adjustments based on some suggestions that we received at the meeting.   As soon as we have things set we will send out a list to you . 


Our membership recap:


     We added 13 new members in 2009!

     We have already added 2 new member in 2010!!


If you would like a hard copy of the meeting program, please let me know and I will be happy to send a copy to you.


Thank you all for your membership and continued support of our FGI St. Louis region.  Because of all of you - we had a great year in 2009 and are looking forward to a great 2010!


Best to all,


Your FGI St. Louis Board