​1st Vice-President:
Marlene O'Keefe
National Seminars

Barb Fragale & Betsy Ogles
bfragale12344@aol.com  &  bogles@rochester.rr.com

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ARTICLE I NAME The name of this non-profit organization shall be the Flower City Decorative Artists of New York Chapter of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, Inc., also known as the Society of Decorative Painters, and referred to herein as “The Society”.

ARTICLE II PURPOSE The purpose of this chapter shall be, in common with that of the Society, to stimulate interest in, and appreciation for, the art of tole and decorative painting.

1. Membership in this chapter is open only to persons who are members in good standing of the society, and who, in accepting membership, thereby agree to be bound in all things not contrary to law, by these bylaws and those of the Society.
2. Non-resident members of the Society may visit this chapter. Non-member guests are welcome to visit not more than two meetings annually.
3. Charter Members: All persons who founded this chapter and entered application for membership on or before February 23, 1995 shall be charter members.
4. Use of Symbol or Other Membership Designation: Active members shall be authorized to use the symbol of the Society in conjunction with the chapter name. These designations may be used by members so long as their membership status is in good standing and they fulfill the requirements of membership. Chapter insignia may only be used by chapter members in good standing.
5. A member can be reinstated at any time with payment of dues.

1. Membership dues shall be determined only by vote of the membership.
2. Membership dues shall be paid annually. Failure to pay annual membership dues shall result in the withdrawal of membership.
3. Amount of dues shall be as stated in the Standing Rules.

1. Regular meetings of this chapter shall be held as stated in the Standing Rules.
2. The Board of Directors shall have authority to change dates of meetings, and set places and times for meetings, provided sufficient notice      is given to members.
3. A quorum shall consist of not less than 1/5 of the paid membership.
4. The privilege of holding office, making motions, debating, and voting shall be limited to members in good standing for the current        calendar year.
5. Neither voting by mail or proxy voting is permitted.

1. The elected officers of this chapter shall be President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
2. The term of office shall be one year. No officer may hold the same office for more than two consecutive full terms.
3. The retiring President shall act as advisor to the Executive Board.
4. Duties of the Officers shall be as follows:
     a. The President shall preside at meetings of the chapter and meetings of the board of Directors; shall be a member ex-officio of all committees, with the exception of the nominating committee; shall sign checks in the absence of the Treasurer; and shall perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office. The President shall be responsible to see that all required reports and correspondence are sent to the National Office.
     b. The First Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President; shall assist the President; and shall be Program and Seminar Coordinator. i. Shall see that all necessary props for the program will be at the meeting pace. ii. Shall set up alternate programs for each meeting.
     c. The Second Vice President shall act in the absence of the First Vice President; shall assist the President and First Vice President; shall assist with Programs and Seminars.
     d. The Secretary shall record minutes of all meetings of the chapter and the board of Directors. These minutes shall be kept in books which are the property of the chapter, and shall be a complete and clear record of activities; shall be responsible for all chapter correspondence; shall provide a copy of the minutes of each meeting to the National Office.
     e. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the chapter; shall open a checking and savings account in an approved bank ratified by the Executive Board. There shall be at least two signatures on the bank book and checks, namely the Treasurer and the President.
          i. Shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, pay all bills upon approval of the board of Directors, and shall prepare a complete report at the end of the calendar year.
          ii. Shall provide a copy of the report to the President, to be sent to the national office with the Annual Report.

1. Appointed officers of the chapter may be appointed for special duties as deemed necessary by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors.
     a. The President shall appoint, with the approval of the elected officers, the Newsletter Editor, Financial Secretary, Ways and Means Chairman, and Coordinator of the Membership committee, all of whom shall serve on the board of Directors with vote.
     b. The number of appointed officers with vote shall not exceed the number of elected officers.
     c. Appointed Officers. The appointed officers of the chapter will be: Newsletter Editor, Ways and Means, Historian, Hospitality, Publicity, Telephone committee, Librarian, Financial Secretary, and Coordinator of the Membership Committee. These appointed positions shall exist as deemed necessary by the President, with Board approval, and these positions may also be combined as needed (i.e., Publicity and Coordinator of the Membership Committee may be combined into one position, as they are related).
          i. Historian shall collect from year to year all records, photos and data of value and interest for the chapter, and shall compile during the term of office a complete history of the year’s activities.
          ii. Hospitality shall see that refreshments are provided for chapter meetings and functions. Shall greet and orient new chapter members, and shall act as good will ambassador, i.e., send appropriate cards of condolence, sympathy, gratitude, and good wishes.
iii. Telephone Committee shall consist of representatives in each calling area to contact members in her area for various reasons, i.e., cancellations.
          iv. Ways and Means shall appoint a committee to plan, organize and execute all fund raising activities, shows and displays for the chapter.
          v. Publicity shall write press releases and arrange for all publicity for the chapter.
          vi. Newsletter Editor shall publish the newsletter and provide the Society with a copy.
          vii. Financial Secretary shall assist the Treasurer if/when needed.
          viii. Coordinator of membership shall collect and put together any information that pertains to the chapter in a format that appeals to new members and that gives potential members information about the chapter (i.e., A pamphlet to hand out to visitors); This position may also help or be combined with the Publicity position, for the reason that both appointed positions deal with new or potential members, and with dispensing chapter information to them.

1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers, Newsletter Editor, Financial Secretary Ways and Means Chairperson, and Coordinator of the Membership committee.
2. The duties of the Board of Directors shall be:
     a. To transact necessary business in the intervals between chapter meetings, and such other business as may be referred to it by the chapter.
     b. To submit to the chapter for approval an annual budget.
     c. To review all un-budgeted expenses and make recommendations to the chapter regarding payment. 3. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall normally be held prior to the regular chapter meetings. Majority shall constitute a quorum. Special meetings of the board of Directors may be called by the President, and shall be called by the President upon written request of two members of the Board.

1. The Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Treasurer, shall designate all financial institutions which shall be the depository of the chapter funds. Signature cards shall be executed by the President and Treasurer.
2. To insure that accounting procedures are accurate, consistent, and current, a year-end audit of the Treasurer’s records shall be performed by an audit committee designated by the Board of Directors. This committee shall consist of 2-3 members not to include the Treasurer, who shall verify the accuracy of the financial records of the chapter prior to the assumption of office of the new officers.

1. Standing committees may be created as may be needed to promote the objectives and interests of the chapter. Chairmen and members shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the board of Directors. Each member shall serve for a term of one year, and may serve no more than two consecutive full terms in the same position.
2. Special committees may be created at the discretion of the President, with the approval of the board of Directors. The duties of any special committees shall be stated upon their appointment, and such committees shall cease to exist when their final report is accepted or adopted.
3. No committee work or monies expended shall be undertaken without approval of the Board of Directors.

1. Nominations shall be made in the Fall for the following year.
     a. The Nominating Committee, composed of not less than three (3) or more than five (5) members, shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. Each member shall serve for a term of one year, and may serve no more than two consecutive full terms in the same position.
     b. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate for the election of officers and shall submit it to the members at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which elections will be held, either through means of the chapter Newsletter, or a special mailing.
     c. There shall be provision for nominations from the floor for each office at the meeting at which elections are held, provided that prior consent of nominee has been obtained.
2. Elections shall take place before the close of the calendar year.
     a. Officers shall be elected prior to the first of the year, and shall take office January 1st, and shall hold office until a successor is duly named.
     b. A majority vote is required to elect. If there is more than one candidate for office, voting shall be by written ballot.
     c. Vacancies in office shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directions.

1. Proposed amendments to these bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the president for review of the Board of Directors.
2. After voting upon them, all proposed amendments to the bylaws are to be submitted to the Society for final approval.
3. After approval by the Society, these bylaws may be altered or changed by a 2/3 vote of the members present at a meeting at which voting takes place.
4. If, at two successive meetings, a quorum has not been present, these bylaws can be changed upon written ballot of the members, provided that a majority of the members return the written ballot.

ARTICLE XIII DISSOLUTION In the event of dissolution of the chapter, all liabilities and obligations of the chapter shall be paid, satisfied, and discharged, or adequate provision made therefor. Any remaining funds as are in the treasury at the time shall be given to the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, Inc., or to the Decorative Arts collection, Inc. as determined by a majority of the remaining members. Any remaining assets shall also be given to the Society, or the Decorative Arts Collection, Inc., as determined by the majority of the membership remaining.

ARTICLE XIV PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY Roberts Rule of Order, Newly Revised, shall be the Parliamentary Authority for all matters not in conflict with these bylaws, or the bylaws of the Society.​

2019 Board Members


Diane Schmitt




If you think of Tole painting, folk art and one stroke painting you have an idea of our foundation.  My favorite current definition is art that is meant to be taught. This means that what we do is often indistinguishable from "fine"art.  Your finished piece is still an original; the design is probably just not one-of-a kind. The methods and techniques involved in teaching are varied and the mediums cover the spectrum.  Our chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters strives to meet the varied interests of our members.  We bring in (or recruit from our members) teachers in acrylic, water color, oils (regular, heat set and water soluble), colored pencil and whatever else we can think of.  Check out our newsletters and Event photo page to see some examples of the types of things we paint.  

Anyone can do decorative painting!!!!  Yes, it may take a little patience.... and practice always helps; but you do not have to be "artistic".  You do not have to be able to "draw" (although isn't that how you learned to write your name at an early age?).  A typical project consists of a line drawing design and step by step instructions that cover materials and technique.  Whimsical or realistic, there is something for everyone.  We welcome newbies and experienced artists. 

Our mission is to teach and to learn.  


Gladys Richardson


2nd Vice President:
Mary Jane Thaney
Betsy Ogles


As Amended November 2017 (underlined sections denote changes) 

1. Membership dues shall be determined annually by the board (for the following year) and shall be made payable by check to the Flower City Decorative Artists of New York. Dues are due by November 30th delinquent after December 31st. A renewal form will be in the October and November newsletters. You must have your National membership number on the renewal form. We must have this to make sure our records are up to date for the annual report in January. For members joining after June, dues may be prorated as determined by the board, and a renewal form with National membership number on it must be submitted as well.

2. (a) The financial records for the chapter shall be kept on a calendar basis, from January 1st through December 31st

    (b) The chair of each committee or event that handles money (i.e., luncheon, seminar, etc.) shall submit a report to the current   treasurer within 1 month of completion of the event.

3. Business meetings of the chapter shall be held no less than four (4) times annually.

4. Chapter members who teach an all-day seminar for which they are compensated will be required to fulfill one of the following requirements during the calendar year of their seminar:

    a. Teach or demo at a monthly meeting

    b. Be a current board member

    c. Either chair or serve as an active member on a committee

5. Every member is equally eligible to attend seminars. Members will have priority for sign-up upon payment received. Non-members may then sign up if there are any openings. All members in good standing are eligible to receive member rates. Non-members are not eligible for member rates.

Additionally, members may earn "Chapter Dollars" to be applied towards seminar fees for doing any of the following:

    a. Contribute to the chapter fundraiser (as defined by the Board each year).

    b. Chair a committee or event

    c. Take a position on the Board

    d. Teach an after meeting project.   (see Exception: BONUS Chapter Dollars,  below)

The amount of the Chapter Dollars and BONUS Chapter Dollars is typically $15 but may be changed annually by board approval and vote by a quorum of members.

Chapter Dollars earned in one year are used for seminars in the following year and are not extended beyond the following year.

Exception:  Extra "BONUS" Chapter Dollars may be earned by teaching an after meeting project and these Dollars may be used in the year earned and (at least) the following year.

The President or person designated by the President will keep a record of participation and tabulate Chapter Dollars eligibility and usage.

6. Excessive sign-ups

    Once the seminar is filled with paid registrations, a numbered wait list will be taken.

7. Registration for the chapter seminars will require payment in full at the time of registration and is generally nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend a seminar, you must contact the First Vice President ASAP. If your spot can be filled by another person you may be eligible for a refund.

8. The 1st Vice President shall collect seminar fees for the chapter. Seminar teachers are responsible for collecting their own materials reimbursements.

9.  A stipend of $200 is available to Officers of the Chapter for the purpose of attending the Leadership Conference, Chapters Meeting and Annual Meeting at the National Convention of SDP. An officer may receive this stipend more than once. Eligibility for the stipend shall follow the following sequence: President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer; however, an officer who has not used the stipend takes priority. The maximum amount of $200 will cover the cost of registration, fees for Leadership Conference and/or Chapters meeting, lodging, food and travel, but not classes. Attending Officer shall be required to teach a project to chapter members within a year after using the stipend, and no teaching fee shall be paid. Attending officer shall also be required to report to the chapter, either at a meeting or via newsletter article, on information obtained at the meetings they attended.

10. Selling by individuals or display of sale materials shall not take place during the business and program portion of the meeting.

11. These standing rules may be amended by a majority of the voters at any meeting wherein there is a quorum.