President’s Message


Greetings OTTA members. It is with great anticipation I begin my term as OTTA President. We had a wonderful time reconnecting with friends and neighbors at the Annual Members Meeting. A huge thank you to the Events Committee for a wonderful job in planning the dinner.

I want to thank Steve Weiss for his leadership these past three years…a job well done. Your newly elected Board is anxious to get started. We welcome three new members this year: Ed Sokolofski, Darius Tandon, and Alan Lougee (a past Board member).

There are many opportunities to volunteer your time for the OTTA and we desperately need to increase our Association Membership and our Committee members. Committees with only two or three members have a difficult time undertaking the work for which they are responsible. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to one of our committees.

Periodically, the Board will send email newsletters to membership regarding Board business. The subject line will be just that—Board Business. Please read these emails before deleting them. Also, we may send Security Alerts to members if the contents are accurate and corroborated by city authorities.

Spring is just around the corner and it is a wonderful time of renewal in the OTT. Watch for Spring happenings listed in the OTTA Newsletter “The Times” and the online calendar.

We look forward to new lights and improved acoustics in our facility’s North room. Kudos to Laurie Miller and Hans Pusch, ably assisted by Barb Guttmann, for designing this Capital Improvement to the OTTA facility.

Our Art Fair Committee, under the seasoned leadership of Chair Lynn Smith and her Vice Chair, Sasha Mayoras, are putting out a clarion call to action for Art Fair Volunteers. We can never have enough volunteers for the Art Fair, our most important funding raising event. Please find a way to get involved.

Thank you for the privilege of being your President for 2019. If you have any need to communicate with me, you can reach me at I’ll have more to share with you in the next newsletter.

Karen Pfendler
President, OTTA