Latest News: Local Clubs

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

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!

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!

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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

Local Club News: December 2019

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Greetings from the Keepsake Ornament Club! Merry Christmas! We hope you’re getting excited for the holidays and the New Year ahead. With a new decade upon us, we have been very busy here in the Keepsake Village, working to bring you the best Keepsake Ornaments yet. Speaking of 2020… Who’s ready for a little sneak peek?

Please see the attached for your December 2019 Local Club President update, packed full of information about 2020 KOC, 2020 sneak peeks, 2020 ornament release dates, and so much more!

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December 10th, 2019|0 Comments

2019 Local Club Ornament Mailing

Up and Away
Member Exclusive

The 2019 Local Club ornaments are currently being delivered to Club Sponsors/Club Contacts. This year’s whimsical miniature ornament, by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Anita Marra Rogers, sends a reindeer high in the sky in a hot air balloon that looks like none other than Mrs. Claus! Coordinates with Up and Away (2018) miniature ornament.

October 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Local Club News: September 2019

Here is the latest Club communication that was received today.

Dear Local Club Presidents,

Greetings from the Keepsake Ornament Club! Happy Fall! We hope that you’re getting excited to attend Ornament Debut to see the new line up of ornaments. We cannot wait to get to a store on October 5th to get our wish lists! We have some exciting news to share with you and we want to be sure that you’re the first to hear it.

Please see the attached for your September 2019 Local Club President updates, packed full of information about 2020 KOC, 2020 Artist Signings, and so much more!

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September 17th, 2019|2 Comments