May 2019
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Register by June 5 for the Best Convention Rate 
Save $60 on a full or weekend pass when you register by Wednesday, June 5. See below for more great discounts. Check out  convention.ptg.org  for class descriptions, schedules, exhibitor information, hotel information and links to discussion groups, class materials, the  Convention Roommate Connection  and the  Rideshare Connection.
  Visit the  Convention Primer  for insider tips on making the most of your convention experience. Bringing a guest or family member?  Check out the day trips we've planned.

Special Convention Deals
  • First-time convention attendee?  PTG members can save $300 on 2019 registration! Only available when you register by calling 913-432-9975 and ask for the First-Timer Rate.
  • New PTG member?  Use your $200 off coupon for your 2019 registration. Only available when you register by calling 913-432-9975 and tell us you have a new member coupon.

2019 Institute Classes for PTG Chapter Leaders
Chapter Leadership Forum
Chapter leaders, past and present, are invited to meet and discuss leadership topics. This will be a round-table discussion centered around providing support and encouragement to questions, ideas, problems, and successes within the chapter level. Come and share! Facilitated by Ricki Klos, RPT, Ft. Worth, TX Chapter.
Roberts Rules Made Easy
In this class you will learn not only how to participate in a meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order but how to chair it as well. You'll be introduced to the 13 most used motions and practice with the top 3 most used – and misused – motions. Learn how to handle different scenarios as the chair. In the end you should not only be comfortable participating in a meeting but have the knowledge to chair a basic business meeting as well. Handouts available. Win prizes. Facilitated by Barbara Cassaday, Piano Technicians Guild.
The Piano Technicians Guild
cordially invites you to attend the
Leadership Luncheon for Chapter Leaders
and PTG Committee Members
Friday, July 12, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Sponsored by Renner USA
 A buffet lunch will be served.
Tickets will be required at the door, so please  request your free ticket via email .
Register for the convention online  or by calling 913-432-9975.
Congratulations, 2019 PTGF Convention Scholarship Recipients!
Sarah Dressel, Charlotte, NC Chapter
Nathaniel Everett , South Central Pennsylvania Chapter
Daniel Garrido , Sarasota-Ft. Myer, FL Chapter
Nicolas Lessard , Montreal, QC Chapter
Yoshie May , Los Angeles, CA Chapter
Robert Rothschild , New Mexico Chapter
Bob Runyan , Santa Clara Valley, CA Chapter

The Piano Technicians Guild Foundation offers scholarships  each year to Associate members intending to take the RPT examinations during the PTG Annual Convention & Technical Institute. The scholarships provide individual recipients with a convention registration and one examination voucher. Funding for the scholarships is provided by generous contributions from PTG members and chapters. You can see a list of those sponsors and make a contribution at  my.ptg.org/foundation/support . Be sure to drop by the Foundation booth in the exhibit hall at the 2019 Convention & Technical Institute and join them Wednesday night, July 10 for a free concert featuring Malcolm Bilson and Paul McNulty.

Council Agenda Books
Council Agenda Books will be made available online to all members as a download June 5 from the Forms and Documents page in the Member Area of  www.ptg.org . Council Agenda Books will not be distributed by mail. A download link will be sent to registered delegates and alternates via email. Any delegate or alternate not registered with the Home Office prior to the meeting will be required to present credentials at delegate check-in (i.e. a verification letter or form signed by a chapter officer.) Delegate check-in is scheduled for Sunday, July 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. and Monday, July 8 from 7 – 7:45 a.m. Please contact Kris ( kris@ptg.org ) if you have questions.

PTG Committee Positions Available
Make a difference in your organization by volunteering for a PTG committee. All members are eligible to serve. Contact your RVP or PTG Vice President Paul Adams ( vp@ptg.org ) to volunteer or recommend someone else. See a committee list in the  Member Area at www.ptg.org .

New Chapter Officers
As you begin the election process for new chapter officers this spring, be sure to send your updated roster to Sandy Roady at sandy@ptg.org . See a current list of your chapter officers in the Member Area of www.ptg.org by clicking on Directories and choosing your chapter from the chapter drop down list under Chapter Search.

Teacher Relations Committee Invitation
As chairman of the Teacher Relations Committee, I wish to invite those of you who would like to render service to the PTG to volunteer to serve on the Teacher Relations Committee for the coming year. I feel it to be one of the most important committees of the PTG.  If interested, contact your RVP and let him know; he will instruct you as to what to do next. Sincerely, Wesley Hardman, RPT.

The Journal Wants You!
Is your chapter doing a research project or rebuilding an interesting piano? Are your members involved in music activities in your community, or are you engaged in active and innovative training of Associate members for the RPT exams? If so, please consider sharing your efforts in an article in the Piano Technicians Journal . You can contribute an informal human-interest piece as a Tuner’s Life article (700-1000 words), or you can report on larger chapter projects in articles up to 3000 words or more, or even as a series of articles. Chapter activities are the heart of PTG, and the Journal staff would love to hear from you. Send questions and submissions to editor@ptg.org .

Call for 2020 Orlando, FL Institute Class Proposals
Planning for PTG's 2020 Convention and Technical Institute has already begun. We are seeking class proposals for the July 29-August 1 Technical Institute at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. The overall theme is Communication, Education, and Inspiration. If you have class ideas, this is your time to step up and share your knowledge. Please submit class proposals to  www.ptg.org/class-submit  by August 15. Contact 2020 Institute Director Ingrid Kraft for more information at  i kraftpianotech@yahoo.com .
RVP Contact Information
Region 1 - Northeast - Christopher LaBarre, RVP   nervp@ptg.org Online Community  
Region 2 - Southeast - George W. R. "Bill" Davis, RVP servp@ptg.org Online Community  
Region 3 - South Central - Doug Garman, RVP scrvp@ptg.org Online Community  
Region 4 - Central East - Michael Gutowski, RVP cervp@ptg.org Online Community  
Region 5 - Central West - Jim Fariss, RVP cwrvp@ptg.org Online Community  
Region 6 - Western - Mark Purney, RVP wrvp@ptg.org Online Community  
Region 7 - Pacific Northwest - David Stocker, RVP pnwrvp@ptg.org Online Community  
Executive Committee
Paul Brown, RPT, President , pres@ptg.org  
Paul Adams, RPT, Vice President , vp@ptg.org  
Marc Poulin, RPT, Secretary-Treasurer , sec@ptg.org  
Executive Director, Barbara Cassaday , barbara@ptg.org