October 2020
Greetings to Our New Members
If you're reading a PTG member e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! You are one of 18 new people to join since September 1. If you need anything, please get in touch with your chapter president, Regional Vice President or the PTG Home Office. To all members, check out the list of new members in each month's Journal and see who's new in your area.
Dues News
Members may now choose to pay annual PTG dues in full or in installments. Members who elect to make payment installments will be required to set up automatic payments through PTG’s website (www.ptg.org) by logging in and selecting “Pay Online & Dues Renewal". 
  An administration fee of $5.00 per month will be added to installment payments. Payments or automatic payment arrangements must be made on or before December 31. Questions may be addressed to either Sandy Roady (sandy@ptg.org) or Jason Hensley (jason@ptg.org) at the Home Office.

Invoices For 2021 PTG Dues to Be Sent Electronically
Prior to November 1, please make sure your contact information is current. Check your profile at www.ptg.org by clicking on My Profile under Member Area. Update by clicking the "edit" button by each section of information. Be sure to click on "Submit Changes" at the bottom of the page when you are finished.
  Please watch for an email from ptg@ptg.org on November 1 with your invoice. The easiest and quickest way to renew is to log on to www.ptg.org and Pay Online.
Try Out the New Digital RPT Written Exam
This new format is easy to use, scoring is automatic and can be given anywhere you have internet access and a digital device. The 100-question, online format of the exam must be administered by an RPT. Test sponsors should contact the Home Office (kathy@ptg.org) to set up an exam and receive instructions for the examiner and examinee.
PTG is continuing to expand online learning opportunities for members and is pleased to announce a new Online Education Calendar. The calendar is contributor-driven. All members and PTG chapters can add classes, technical presentations and educational events by simply filling out and submitting a quick electronic form. Offerings must be available to all members.
On Deck
Bill Davis, RPT has put together a stellar line-up of speakers in his role as the Southeast Regional Vice President. Southeast Seminars are available for FREE to all PTG Members. View complete descriptions and register on the PTG Online Education Calendar. Separate pre-registration is required for each event. Attendance is limited.
•  Voicing Hard Pressed Hammers
Don Mannino, RPT
Thursday, October 22nd – 7 to 10 p.m. EST
•  One Pass Aural Equal Temperament Sequence
Mark Cerisano, RPT
Thursday, October 29th – 7:30 pm EST
•  True Life Experiences of a Rural Tech: What you thought you knew.
Saturday, November 7th – 2 pm EST
Presented by Local Market Place, YourLMP.com
Thursday, November 12th – 7:30 pm EST
  Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver Systems - Installing the Piano Life Saver System
Kelly Hollifield
Thursday, November 19th – 7:30 pm EST
• Use Your Tools: An eight-part seminar series.
 Coming soon in January and February

If you would like to be an instructor for Southeast Seminars, please contact Bill Davis at servp@ptg.org.
Member Benefits in Online Education
PTG has teamed up with Piano Technicians Masterclasses to offer you a new benefit! PTM provides cutting edge instruction from piano industry masters without leaving your home. Pay only $1 for your first month’s access to Piano Tech Radio Hour. PTRH invites Authorities, Experts and Outstanding Piano Industry Personalities for a Zoom video chat with you and hosts David Andersen and Eathan Janney, RPT.
Upcoming:
October 24 - Udo Steingraeber

The offer is limited to the first 250 registrants. Subscription includes auto-registration for live Zoom calls on Saturdays at 2 pm ET, a member area with a library of past episode recordings and more perks, such as exclusive live lecture reviews on advanced topics like voicing. Sign up here: http://tiny.cc/PTG-discount. Use discount code PTGPTRH.

PTG member benefits have expanded in recent months. View an up-to-date list on www.ptg.org.
Wanted: Journal Materials
Have knowledge or expertise you've always wanted to share? Now is a good time to turn that idea into an article for The Piano Technicians Journal. The PTJ staff is looking for material for future editions and is interested in recruiting new authors and content. Please send a note to John Granholm at editor@ptg.org with your ideas. For more information go to the Author Resources page. View the October 2020 issue online.
Calendar
November 1, 2020 – Dues invoices for 2021 go out via email.
November 26, 2020 – Proposals for Bylaws changes due to the Bylaws Committee. Downloadable form and submission instructions.
December 14, 2020 – Committee, Task Group, Foundation, Journal and other reports for the Winter Board meeting due. Send in Word format to barbara@ptg.org.
December 26, 2020 – Bylaws Committee report due. Send in Word format to barbara@ptg.org.
December 31, 2020 – Awards Nominations due for the Golden Hammer, Hall of Fame and Member of Note awards. Awards Committee nomination and contact page.
December 31, 2020 – Note New Dates! Payments due for 2021 dues. Don't let your membership lapse! Drop date for unpaid 2021 dues is January 31.
January 30 & 31, 2021 - PTG Board of Directors Winter Meeting.
February 1, 2021 – Nominations for PTG Board of Directors. Nominating Committee contact page.
April 1, 2021 – PTGF Convention and Exams Scholarships. Foundation scholarship page.
PTG Green Initiative
As adopted in 2005, the Council Book of Resolutions states, "Home Office and PTG membership shall be environmentally aware." Over the last year, the HO has been working towards eliminating the printing and mailing of such things as newsletters, supplements, invoices and monthly statements. Please update your profile online or contact the HO if we do not have your current contact information.