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Local Club News: January 2021

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Hello from the Keepsake Village and Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing and magical holiday season and we want to wish you a wonderful start to 2021. Are your Christmas trees still up? Here in the Keepsake Village, it will probably be no surprise to you that our trees stay up all year round! We have a feeling some of you do the same 😊

We are so excited to kick this year off with you and your local club members. We have exciting plans in the works and can’t wait to bring you along for the ride! Keep scrolling for details on submitting your 2021 local club roster, 2021 ornament event dates, details on our 2021 Keepsake Ornament Club membership program, the 2021 Keepsake Dream Book, and as always, local club exclusive sneak peeks. Enjoy!

Read the January 2021 Local Club News

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January 11th, 2021|0 Comments

Local Club News: December 2020

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Hello from the Keepsake Village! Let us be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We know you’ve all been decorating for months now (us too!) and are anxiously counting down the days until the most magical day of the year. 2020 has been filled with many highs and lows, so we want to take a moment to wish you good health and happiness as we close out the year. Thank you for your loyalty to Keepsake Ornaments. We are SO thankful for each and every single one of you and your local club members.

Thankfully, the year isn’t over yet because there is still plenty of ornament fun to be had! And we have some VERY exciting news to share! Please see the attached for your Q4 Local Club President update packed full of information about the Trim the Tree event (tminus TWO days!), plans to collect 2021 Local Club Rosters, 2021 Keepsake Event dates, details on the 2021 Keepsake Ornament Club, and of course, Local Club exclusive sneak peeks, and more. Enjoy!

Read the Q4 2020 Local Club News

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December 1st, 2020|0 Comments

Local Club News: November 2020

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Enrollment is open NOW for the 2021 Keepsake Ornament Club! Renew or join today.

We are so excited to bring you all the details of our 2021 Keepsake Ornament Club membership program, open today! Please see attached for details.

Curious about 2021 KOC Convention? See below for an update from the Keepsake team. In light of the uncertainty related to the pandemic, we have decided not to host an in-person KOC Convention in Kansas City in 2021. We know many of you enjoy this experience and we have thought long and hard about how to proceed. While this event may look different in the future, we’re excited to bring something new to more of our KOC community in 2021.

Our Keepsake elves are hard at work on a new in-store and online event experience that we think you’ll really enjoy! Starting next year, all KOC members will be invited to receive exclusive access and benefits at our December Keepsake Event. Members can look forward to a new, limited edition ornament collection; virtual Keepsake Artist interactions; signed ornament prizes; opportunities to connect with other Keepsake fans; and so much more. We can’t wait to share the details with you next year, but for now, be sure to join the Keepsake Ornament Club beginning 11/10/2020 to kick start your membership and unlock access to this exciting new event.

Read the November 2020 Local Club News

Calendar of Benefits, 2021

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November 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Announcement: Keepsake Artists Edythe Kegrize and Robert Chad Retirement

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Beloved Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artists Edythe Kegrize and Robert Chad have announced that they will be retiring from Hallmark Cards after 40+ years of experience. The Hallmark Keepsake ornament team will continue to deliver the very best craftsmanship and detail-oriented ornaments, as both Edythe and Robert always embodied. We wish Edythe and Robert the best in their next chapter!

While the model line is still being finalized for 2021, we do not have any plans to discontinue the series created by Edythe & Robert due to the retirement.

  • Edythe:  12 Days of Christmas, Brilliant Butterflies & Beauty of Birds
  • Robert:  Mary’s Angels

Please read below for personal remarks from Edythe and Robert.

Edythe Kegrize


Edythe Kegrize
Hallmark Master Designer

What a sincere pleasure and honor it has been to have worked nearly 41 years for a company whose whole reason for being is to foster, support and celebrate relationships. My Hallmark career began in Greetings where, as an illustrator for 25 years, I honed my decorative skills and discovered my passion for dimensional paper folds and 3-dimensional art of all kinds. All of my early experiences at Hallmark fortunately led me to Keepsakes, where I could fully explore my creative possibilities. I feel so fortunate to have joined such a wonderful team of incredibly talented artists, engineers and editors.  Our Keepsake family is truly special, and I am proud that our work shows the commitment and passion we all have for what we do. The icing on the cake has been the opportunity to meet and chat with so many of our wonderful collectors who share our love of ornaments. Each Artist signing, with shared stories and heartfelt words of appreciation, fuels our creative spirit and determination to create our very best. Leaving this Keepsake team will be bittersweet but, as I decorate my tree each year, I will think about all the wonderfully talented people I have had the privilege to work with and especially all of the collectors I’ve had the pleasure to meet and chat with over the years. Hallmark and Keepsakes will always be in my heart as a very special part of my life and career, even as I move on to explore new and exciting artistic directions in my next chapter.

With sincere gratitude,

Edythe Kegrize
Hallmark Master Designer

Robert Chad


Robert Chad
Hallmark Artist

I started my Hallmark adventure as a freelancer in Little Gallery back in the 80s. Lucky enough to be hired into Trim-A-Home, which subsequently became Keepsake Ornaments, my journey continued and my very first collectible ornament was a Mary’s Angel. That has been a legacy I’m very proud to have created with my dear departed friend Mary Hamilton.

Over subsequent years I became acquainted with you, the wonderful people of the Collectors Club, who have amazed and honored me with your remembrances. The truly humbling thing, though, is a seemingly unending generosity you all possess: giving back so much to your communities. It’s one of the things that makes me thankful to know I’ve touched your lives even a little with the work I’ve done. That kindness, and your love of my work over the past 40-odd years, is what drove me to do better.

With some melancholy, but with much gratitude, I start the next part of my journey. I’ll miss my fellow artists and the special people who gather at conventions and signing events, and I wish each of you good health, much happiness and many more years of collecting.

Robert Chad
Hallmark Artist

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

Sincerely,

The Keepsake Village

June 8th, 2020|1 Comment

Local Club News: First Quarter 2020

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Hello from the Keepsake Village!

It is finally time to submit your 2020 Local Club Rosters! The survey can be found here. The survey will close on April 3 at 11:59pm CST.

Please also see attached for your Q1 Local Club President update packed full of exclusive sneak peeks, behind the scenes info, and so much more. Enjoy!

Read the First Quarter 2020 Local Club News

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March 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Calling All Local Clubs!

Here is the Local Club Roster survey information included in the March 2020 KOC eNewsletter.

Hello KOC Presidents and/or Local Club Contact!

Now is the time to submit your 2020 local club roster. This year, we are using an online survey to collect your Local Club Rosters. This survey will help us get an understanding of your local club and help us see how you’ve grown over the last year! [Use link below to access the survey.]

Fill yours out!*

Thank you for all you do to support your Local Club! We know the Local Club Presidents put in time, effort, and money to continue to grow Local Clubs and ultimately provide a group linked in their passion for Keepsake Ornaments. We are looking forward to working together this year to continue to grow your Local Club! Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.


*Fill out completely to reflect the membership of your Local Club for the 2020 year. Please only complete the survey once. Only one survey per Local Club will be accepted.

The survey will close on April 3 at 11:59pm CST.

March 7th, 2020|0 Comments

2020 Local Club Ornament Cancelled

The Keepsake Ornament Club will not be issuing a Local Club ornament for local Keepsake Ornament Club members this year.

Here is the announcement that was included in an email sent out to Local Club presidents earlier today.

“This year, we will not be providing a free Local Club Gift (ornament) to our local clubs.

We know this may be disappointing to you and your local club members, and for that, we do sincerely apologize. We never set out to disappoint our most loyal Keepsake Ornament collectors, especially those so heavily involved with their community through their local clubs. Please understand that although we will not be providing a free local club ornament, we are still VERY much committed to all of YOU and your local clubs, and have BIG plans for 2020 to provide tools and activities to help you continue to grow all of your local clubs. We are looking forward to getting to spend time with you and your local clubs this summer on our Keepsake Artist Signing Events.”

February 12th, 2020|3 Comments
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