NEDA is finally joining the ranks of most other dressage organizations and many nonprofits and transforming the Tip of the Hat into electronic form. We have hung onto our beloved printed Tip for much longer than most other organizations, but printing the Tip is both costly and wasteful. In addition an electronic Tip will permit us to link you to other resources from within articles, pictures can become videos – and can be in color! Our sponsors can present themselves in color and with links to their websites and to special deals for member readers. We think it will open a new world of journalistic possibilities for us and broaden your horizons.
We realize that not everyone is able to receive the Tip in this format. Despite the fact that you will be missing out on all the new features that an electronic format offers, we will be able to print out the electronic version and mail it to those who cannot receive it in this form. We will offer that service for free for the remainder of this year, but will have to consider an add-on fee for a print version of the Tip in the next membership year, depending on our experience this year. The May Tip will be the last one commercially printed and mailed.
If you are unable to receive the Tip electronically and would like to receive a printed version, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a note at 64 Pearl Street, Charlestown, MA 02129, including your name and address, and I will insure that you continue to receive a printed version of the Tip throughout the current membership year. If you can receive it electronically but aren’t sure if NEDA has your email address, please check with Tammy Paparella at email@example.com so she can check and update your profile if needed. And if you’d rather NEDA not have your email address, the electronic version will be posted on the website in a members only section as soon as it is released via email.
Give us a few months to figure out how to realize the full potential of this new format, and I think you’ll be pleased with the results. We try to stretch your membership dollar to provide as much bang for your buck as we can. We feel the dollars spent on printing can be better spent on supporting educational activities and the other in-person events where we can get to know one another and share our successes and challenges. You’ll continue to get The Salute, our beautiful full-color annual report in the early spring, and the Omnibus Prize List – the New England dressage rider’s “little black book.”
The mission of the New England Dressage Association is to promote and support the Art and Sport of Dressage to the equestrian community for the purpose of fostering individual and collective growth by providing leadership, education, exhibitions, publications, competitions and to enhance greater public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the discipline of Dressage.