Latest News: Local Clubs

Latest News: Local Clubs2018-06-25T22:33:38-06:00

Announcement: Ken Crow “Graduation”

Dear Local Club Presidents,

After 40 wonderful years, our beloved Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Master Artist Ken Crow has announced that he is retiring from Hallmark in late August 2019. The Hallmark Keepsake ornament team will continue to deliver the very best craftsmanship and magic functioning ornaments, as Ken always embodied. The Hallmark Keepsake Village wishes Ken the best in his new ‘master class of creativity’ and we’re looking forward to celebrating with him at the Keepsake Ornament Club (KOC) Convention August 8-10.

Below you will find a personal remark from Ken:


Ken Crow
Master Artist

To be a Hallmarker for the past 40 years has been a magical adventure. Every year has taken me to a place where my imagination could find wonderful places of creativity. I am thankful for every teacher and influence that I have benefited from on each project from greeting cards and stickers to magic mechanical Keepsake ornaments. I have been a student in the greatest creative university that I could ever be a part of.

Now it is time for me to graduate and enjoy the new master class of creativity that I will explore. I gave Hallmark my very best and now I will enjoy the rest of my life going down new wonderful paths of creativity. If I can make one person smile with the artwork that I create, then I will be a happy person.

Thankful and blessed,

Master Artist Ken Crow

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to 1-800-HALLMARK.

Best regards,

The KOC Team

June 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Local Club News: 2020 In-Store Artist Signing Event (Local Club Contest)

In 2020, the Keepsake Studio Artists will once again be visiting Hallmark Gold Crown stores around the country. Here are the details regarding how to enter the Local Club Contest to win an In-Store Artist Signing Event.

    • Keepsake Artist(s) will travel to your local store for a Friday and Saturday event.
    • Friday night will be a social/dinner experience with the artist and anyone who would like to attend.
    • Saturday will be an artist experience and signing in your local store.

      NOTE:
      An exclusive Keepsake artist signing event ornament will be sold in local stores that host an artist signing.

Winning locations will be selected from the Local Club contest submissions and Hallmark Gold Crown store contest submissions for a total of 16 artist signing events spread across 5 regions – West, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast and Northeast during August and September 2020.

NOTE: Local Clubs that submit a contest entry will also be entered into a random drawing for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of the KOC newsletter: For Keeps Newsletter.

    • Tell us in a creative way what Keepsake Ornaments and the Keepsake Ornament Club mean to you! Keepsakes believe in traditions, family, the childhood wonder of Christmas, the joy of collecting and the hope of giving. We want to hear and see what Keepsakes means to YOU! The following questions must be answered:
      1. What do you love about Keepsake Ornaments?
      2. How has your Local Club brought you together with each other and with your community?
      3. Tell us how your Local Club shows caring and spreads cheer in your community.
      4. If you were going to throw a Keepsake party, what would it look like?
    • Entries will be judged based on content, creativity and originality.
    • Entries can come in any form. Here are some examples:
      • A document sharing your Local Club’s story, a scrapbook, or a video ….. Use your creativity!
      • If you submit a video, it must be on a thumb drive / jump drive with a USB connection
    • Entries must be postmarked or emailed by December 1, 2019.
      • Mail submissions to:

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club
Artist Signing Event Contest
PO Box 419580, MD #830
Kansas City, MO 64141

      • Email submissions to:[email protected] with the subject line: Artist Signing Event Contest Entry – (Local Club Name)
    • Winners announced in early 2020.
    • Signing Events will take place August through September of 2020.
    • One contest entry per Local Club
    • Local Clubs must be sponsored by a Hallmark Gold Crown store that actively supports Keepsake Ornaments and is in good standing with Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    • Local Clubs must be active and have a 2019 roster on file with the KOC.
      NOTE: All local club rosters will be reviewed by the KOC for validity and credibility.
    • Contest entries will become the property of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    • Winning clubs will not be able to request specific artists or dates for their signing. The dates and attending artists will be assigned at the discretion of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    • Hallmark Cards, Inc. reserves the right to cancel, alter, and/or substitute elements of this contest at any time, including prizes.
    • If your local club created a center piece at the 2019 KOC Convention, your center piece will be taken into consideration.
June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Local Club News: March 2019

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents and Club members, 

Hello from the Keepsake Village! Spring is upon us and we are very excited to see the seasons change, bringing about sunny days, flowers to enjoy, and time to get outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. We hope that you’re getting excited for the Dream Book to be released in just a few weeks!  National Club members will be receiving their books in their Dream Boxes throughout the first couple weeks of April.  This year’s book is filled with beautiful photography of this year’s ornament line, stories behind the ornaments for you to enjoy, and a wish list for you to begin. We hope you take the time to gather loved ones and look through the Dream Book together! Get together with your local club to talk about which ornaments you cannot wait to see in person at our Keepsake events throughout the year!

Here are a few important updates we want you to know about:

Read the March 2019 Local Club News

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March 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Local Club News: February 2019

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Hello Local Club Presidents,

We hope this message finds you well! We are very excited to share more details about the 2019 KOC Convention, being held in Kansas City August 8-10, 2019. Registration for the convention will go live at 5 PM CST on Thursday, February 28th.  Until then, we hope you encourage your members to visit our event website, live now, to learn all about this year’s magical Convention experience. 

Check out the convention website to learn more where you’ll will find details about the overall experience, the event agenda, artist signing information, breakout sessions details, and you can check out all of this year’s event exclusive ornaments!   Thanks to your suggestions, you’ll notice some big improvements this year!

We suggest using the Group pages on the Community site to connect with your members about your plans to attend the event, as well.

There is more on Keepsake Community.

Please share this information with your local clubs and as always, we would be happy to answer your questions on Keepsake Community or through 1-800-Hallmark.

We are looking forward to experiencing the magic this year at the 2019 KOC Convention! We hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,

The Keepsake Village

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Local Club News: January 2019

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents and Club Leaders!

Hello and Welcome to 2019!  I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are off to a great start for a Happy New Year.  Thanks for signing up to receive the Local Club President Email update.  I sincerely hope you find this email to be enjoyable and full of useful information to share with your Local Club members.

I am so excited about the 2019 Keepsake Ornament Club.  You are an important part of our Keepsake family, and as a VIP, you deserve special rewards and privileges.  Christmas magic lasts all year long when you’re in the Keepsake Ornament Club, with exclusive Keepsake gifts, special-value pricing and more exclusive rewards and benefits than ever – all year long! 

Please encourage your Local Club Members to sign up for the Keepsake Ornament Club beginning 1/29. 

Here are a few important updates we want you to know about:

Read the January 2019 Local Club News

2019 KOC Local Club Roster Form

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January 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Local Club News: December 2018

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents and Club Leaders!

I hope this email finds you in good health and spirits for this holiday season. Here in the Keepsake Ornament Village, we love the holidays because we get the chance to express our sincere gratitude for all of you. 2018 has been an amazing year! Thank you for your trust and belief in the Keepsake Ornament Club and providing feedback to us for the future. 2019 is going to be a magical year. I am so excited about the 2019 KOC Membership experience and a year full of benefits. Thank you for choosing to be part of our Keepsake family.

The entire Keepsake Studio gives thanks for a fabulous 2018 and looks ahead to the years to come. To hear this message please go to Keepsake Community by following this link

As a reminder, we encourage you to forward this email on to your Local Club members and/or print or verbally share at your Local Club meeting. I attached a PDF of this update to the email so that you can forward that if you need to. This Local Club President Email communication will arrive in your inbox five times a year: January, March, June, September, and December. Here are a few important updates we want you to know about:

Read the December 2018 Local Club News

2019 KOC Local Club Roster Form

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December 8th, 2018|0 Comments

2018 Local Club Ornament

Teensy Nutcracker
Member Exclusive
Miniature

The 2018 Local Club ornament, Teensy Nutcracker by Tracy Larsen, will mail to store sponsors and/or Local Club Presidents starting Wednesday, October 17. This ornament is an exclusive gift for local club members in appreciation for all the support given to the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club.

NOTE: The ornament quantities clubs receive are based on the Local Club Rosters submitted in the first quarter of 2018.

UPDATE (10.31.18 @ 2:51 PM) – The 2018 Local Club ornament mailing has been slightly delayed. Instead of shipping on October 17, as originally announced, it shipped this week.

UPDATE (11.01.18 @ 3:14 PM) – Store sponsors and Local Club contacts are starting to report they have received the 2018 Local Club ornament shipment.

October 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Local Club News: September 2018

Here is the second Club communication that was received today.

Hello Local Club Presidents and Club Leaders!  It’s hard to believe that August has come and gone and we are in the last 4 months of 2018.  I hope you and your club members enjoyed the games we provided to you in June as well as the reveal of our July KOC Exclusive Product Shop ornaments. 

As a valued member of our Keepsake family and an important influencer and communicator for your club members, we want to keep you informed about some important and fun information related to the KOC. As a reminder, we encourage you to forward this email on to your Local Club members and/or print or verbally share at your Local Club meeting.  This Local Club President Email communication will arrive in your inbox five times a year: January, March, June, September, and December.

Here are a few important updates we want you to know about:

Read the September 2018 Local Club News (more…)

September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

2019 Sneak Peek: Local Club Ornament

Available at Ornament Premiere, the miniature Up and Away ornament created by Anita Marra Rogers, features Santa himself on the hot air balloon. Hallmark liked it so much they created a companion ornament featuring Mrs. Claus, and it will be the 2019 KOC local club free gif! Make sure you pick up this year’s ornament so you can unite the happy couple next year with your companion ornament.

Up and Away (2019)
Member Exclusive
Miniature

Up and Away
Miniature

*NOTE: Design is still in the planning stages and may change.

June 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Local Club News: June 2018

Hallmark is saying farewell to the printed version of the Collectively Speaking Newsletter to Local Club and/or store sponsors.  In the future Local Clubs and store sponsors will receive the same types of exciting news, fun stories and games via email directly from the KOC.

Here is the first such Club communication that was received today.

Hello Local Club Presidents and Club Leaders!  Summer is here in Kansas City and the heat is on!  It’s hard to believe it’s been since March that we’ve touched base.  I hope you are enjoying your 2018 Keepsake Dream Box and the benefits as well.

As a valued member of our Keepsake family and an important influencer and communicator for your club members, we want to keep you informed about some important and fun information related to the KOC.  Here are a few important updates we want you to know about.

Read the June 2018 Local Club News (more…)

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments