During the second half of the aught decade (2006-2010) we had some ups and downs.
Festival: We had a successful Festival in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, but in 2007 and 2008 we "handed over" responsibility for the Festival to another partner group, the Philadelphia Area Tai Chi Teachers Association. Unfortunately, that group did not keep up the wonderful welcoming nature of the Festival, and we lost some really great workshop leaders (who we hope we can get to come back soon!). We took the Festival back in 2009 with an expanded format - three days long, held at Kutztown University in partnership with the Tai Chi Club of Kutztown. It was a phenomenal success according to the attendees and workshop leaders; it was a hard lesson learned according to our Treasurer. Martin Devlin, (the father of one of the founders, CJ Rhoads) stepped in with the needed funds to make up the difference in the several thousand dollars lost on the event. Much wiser, the Festival and Symposium planners for this year will be sure to break even.
Sadly, Martin Devlin passed away in 2010, so organizers must be doubly sure not to lose money on the 2011 Festival.
Pacem In Vita Pacem In Vita, a leadership and conflict resolution program for junior and senior high school students has been growing in fits and starts. There are several schools in the Delaware area utilizing the program, as taught by Jack Sol Church and Bill Wheeler (both of whom have been teaching the program since 2006). There were some programs in 2005 and 2006 in Berks County taught by CJ Rhoads and Luke Jih, but scheduling difficulties made it impossible to continue them. In 2010 we hope to get enough people interested in starting Pacem In Vita programs in their area to run a 3 day workshop on the curriculum just after the Festival.
Calendar One of the goals of the organization is to put together a worldwide calendar of Taijiquan Events. We've had various calendar programs on various websites, some of which we even purchased - but none of them had sufficient features to make them useful for a variety of styles, a variety of geographical locations, and a variety of different types of events. Our newest website on clubexpress.com may be able to handle the registrations for all of our needs, and would become available to our sponsors and members for their own use. Look for positive things happening on this front this coming year.
Resource Room Another goal has been the development of a resource room - a place on the web where many different people can place files, documents, resources, etc - that would be of use to everyone in the Taijiquan community. George Hawrysch had started one, but he was never able to finish it and when we switched to using JOOMLA on our website we were unable to port the html over to it. While this may take a back seat to the calendar, we will be working on getting the resource room up and running and linked into all the wonderful resources already available on the world wide web.
Publications When the Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization began, we made arrangements with the Philadelphia Area Tai Chi Teachers Association to publish an "e-zine". They did so for a number of years, but eventually stopped publishing it. Then we spoke with Barbara Davis to have the Taijiquan Journal sent to all of our members. But before the first issue went out to them, Barbara stopped publishing the magazine. Next we made arrangements with Frances Gander at the Journal of Martial Arts and Healing. Frances also donated all the back-issues of that publication to the organization, and we will be providing them with renewals as premiums. Unfortunately, however, the Journal of Martial Arts and Healing also bit the dust.
This leaves us without a newsletter, magazine, or journal to provide to our members in 2011. Well, given the experience of these very high-quality, glossy, print magazines and journals, we don't think that we can afford to produce something as slick in print version. But we will be talking with the Journal of Martial Arts as well as some other people who might be willing to help edit and publish another journal. So keep your eyes peeled.