LOUIE Bash- May 20

Join the GCA and bring your friends for this annual celebration of industry excellence.  We’re taking this event for a SPiN this year: we’ll have casual, street-style food, an open bar, awards and honors, live entertainment, ping pong AND much lower ticket prices.  Buy your tickets today for $125; prices increase on May 1 to $140/ticket.  You, your friends and co-workers won’t want to miss this fun evening!

Appreciation Station at NSS- May 4 


New at the National Stationery Show this year: “Appreciation Station” – where attendees can write a thank you or thinking of you card to a friend, co-worker, family member, address it – and the National Stationery Show will mail it!

To make this a success, we are asking eight GCA members to donate 30 thank you or thinking of you cards.  They can be the same card or multiple cards – we just need to know you’re providing them!    Please email communications@greetingcard.org by Friday, May 4 to tell us you want to donate 30 cards to help promote the NSS Appreciation Station and the GCA’s “Thinking of You Week” and we’ll give you details on where to drop them at the National Stationery Show.  Thank you for helping us make this first “Thinking of You” week a success!

PS – If you’re a publisher (or an Associate member), help us spread the word about “Thinking of You Week”!  Stop by the GCA Village and pick up “Thinking of You Week” postcards to include in orders you ship to retailers (or publisher customers) this summer!

GCA’s Signature Mixer at the National Stationery Show- May 21

Back by popular demand! Grab some knowledge during our “Meet the Experts” program at the National Stationery Show, and enjoy a drink on us at our Signature Mixer (6-7p at the LOUIE display). Both events are complimentary for GCA members; we’ll post information on registration soon!

GCA Village- May 20-23

When you’re walking the Stationery Show in New York, be sure to stop by the GCA Village (booth #1310) and see the great products from these Villagers – and GCA members – who will be displaying their products in this beautiful shared space, built by Universal Presentation Concepts.  The GCA welcomes these Villagers: The 9th Letterpress, A. Smyth Co., All With Paper, Inc., Chateau Blanche Design, Food for Thoughts Cards, Haven Paperie/Heth Design, Hello Small World, Love Pop, Masha D’yans Design, Noteworthy Paper & Press, UXENT Inc., and Warren Tales.

GCA’s 77th Annual Convention in Cleveland- September 24-30

Opportunity Rocks! at the GCA’s 77th Annual Convention in Cleveland. Learn about trends, insights from the GCA industry survey, participate in roundtable discussions, enjoy a tour of American Greeting’s new facility and have some fun along the way. Buy your tickets when registration opens at the end of May.

Thinking of You Week- September 24-30

This campaign encourages Moms, Dads, friends, sister, brothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, teachers, firemen, nurses, bankers, students, …….in other words, EVERYONE, to send a greeting card or note every day for a week. Publishers and retailers are invited to get involved in their local community to create an event to help spread this wave of happiness and caring. Promotional postcards for publishers to send to retailers in shipments will be available at the National Stationery Show.  Check out the website GCA created for more information: www.thinkingofyouweekusa.com.