When I first set foot in the AACC building in 2012 my thought was that this place is the best kept secret in and around Knoxville. I have since learned it is unique to this region of the country as evidenced by the repeat business from local and regional residents as well as those traveling east west and north south on our interstates and other highways.
The quality of hand crafted products and educational services evidenced at AACC did not, does not, happen by accident. They are the result of an abundance of talent and a lot of hard work in many areas and in many ways by all of you.
You should be proud of the excellent reputation AACC has developed and maintained through the years. It is very unusual for an all volunteer, committee run, member support- ed organization not only to sustain itself but to grow and prosper as we have.
AACC has been fortunate to have as Executive Director for the last six years Katie Aloi. Katie kept AACC on an even keel and she will be sorely missed. Via con Dios Katie. And yes, the board with a lot of vim and vigor is busy searching for a new director. Any one interested please contact Judy Bocknek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, 2019, we are going to add internet sales to AACC’s accomplishments. It is not going to be easy or without start up problems like anything new, but with Bill Blodgett and Denise May guiding the effort, we will get there, so Amazon, watch out.
And to Mary Lee Keeler, – thank you for all you did in guiding AACC as Board President the last two years. Because of you we have a roof over our heads!