The first speaker today was Cindi Thordarson from EcoGraphics Printing in Lakewood, Colorado. Cindi’s talk today was about the history of printing. Man has been telling his story since prehistoric times by writing their tales on the walls of caves as we find in France and Southern Spain. The first papyrus shows up in 3500 BC, in Egypt as a writing surface. In 3000 BC, clay stamps were used to validate the written message in Mesopotamia and they also created clay cylinders that could be used over and over for printing a message. 200 BC brought us the refinement of parchment from sheepskin creating a more stable and durable writing surface, supposedly by the King of Pergamum. The claim is that the name parchment is derived from “Pergamum”. Then in 105 AD the Chinese monk Ts’ai Lun announce his invention of “paper” to the Emperor Chien Ch’u. His creation was made from mulberry and other barks, old fish nets, hemp and rags. It must have been quite a process – as Cindi has made paper before and it is messy – even without the use of fish nets. In 400 AD, once again in China, was created the true ink from lamp black – and water color created from burn fat, carbon, gum arabic and water – and was used for their brush writings and later in their woodblock printings. Cindi then made the comment that China was the hot bed for ink and paper in the early years. Over the next four to five hundred years many of the developments with ink and paper happened in China. Such as in 650 AD, The Chinese Buddhist Monks were experimenting with duplication of images by rubbings, charm blocks and the first use of stencils. The first printed book “The Diamond Sutra” also came from China in 868 AD, by Dunhuang Monks. This is a scroll that is sixteen feet long and printed from wood blocks, the original form of Chinese book printing. The advent of recycling was developed in 1035 AD, in Europe with waste paper being re-pulped and used for future paper making. Back in China in 1041 AD, they created movable type, but because the Chinese characters did not lend themselves to the technique – having thousands of symbols – the movable type was not used extensively. In Korea during 1403 AD, the Royal Type Foundry produced the first movable type in their country – The Koreans found the process very practical and used it extensively – since they only had less than 100 characters. The earliest and first dated document using movable type in Europe happened in 1454 AD – this was a 30 line indulgence granted by Pope Nicolaus V sent to those who donated money for the struggle against the Turks. Historians attribute this to Gutenburg. The Gutenburg Bible – the 42 line Bible was started by Gutenburg and completed by Fust and Schoeffer – after Gutenburg went bankrupt. Schoeffer was actually Gutenburg’s apprentice prior the the bankruptcy and joined with Fust to start one of the first Print Houses in Germany in 1455 AD. In 1501 AD, Aldus Manutius introduced the first use of italic fonts as well as introducing the modern use of the semicolon, not only that he also introduced to “pocket books” – small inexpensive books bound in vellum much like our modern paperbacks. In 1563 AD the current king of France, Charles IX, forbid any French printer to print anything without permission under penalty of being hanged or strangled – my, doesn’t that sounds like fun! More than one printer in France found himself at the end of noose during this period. In 1639 AD, Elizabeth Glover set up the first printing plant in the new Colonies – her pressman Stephen Daye printed the first book in the Colonies – the Cambridge Press printed “The Whole Booke of Psalmes”, more commonly known as “The Bay Psalm Book” only five copies are known to still be in existence. The first true English language newspaper was printed in Oxford England in 1655 AD, and the oldest existing newspaper “The London Gazette” began. It actually started in Oxford as “The Oxford Gazette” – during the plague it was moved to London. In 1769 the first printing press was built in America, by Isaac Doolittle, a clock and watchmaker. William Pickering introduced his “Diamond Classics”, these were the first books that were bound with book cloth, prior to this when you purchased a book from a printer, you then took the book to a book binder to have it bound. Originally books were purchased as individual sheets wrapped in tissue paper. 1833 AD brought the first mass produced newspaper in America, “The New York Sun” – the publication sold for a penny and thus introduced the name “penny press”. Then in 1863 AD, Thomas Nash, a famous illustrator, introduced the image we now have as Santa Claus-with his front page woodcut in Harper’s Weekly. Nash is also known for images such as the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey as well as the image we commonly see as Uncle Sam. Cindi moved us forward to 1902 AD, when William Carrier was building a de-humidifier for a New York printer – accidentally – yes I did say accidentally – discovered air conditioning. Thus, we all have to thank our local printer for the ability to cool our homes in the hot summer months. 1952 AD brought us the book “The Wonderful World of Insects” when electronics was at last brought to the printing plant. This book was the first which used the phototype process to commercially set the type. In 1961 AD brought us the introduction of the first Xerox copier, and thus bringing the printing industry into the digital age. Although we did have to wait until 1993 AD for the advent of the digital printing press, which, in the last two years EcoGraphics Printing has put into service and has learned to work to make their company more viable and productive. At EcoGraphics they use both digital and traditional printing to keep past and future customers happy with their quality and delivery times. Cindi ended her talk by showing us the new calendar that they produced for the Children’s Hospital Prescription Pet Program, a very moving calendar that goes from November 2010 to January 2011 – a must purchase for a local cause! If you want customer service and quality printing EcoGraphics in Lakewood will take care of all your needs!

Cindi Thordarson * EcoGraphics Printing * 303.238.7791 *

 Today’s second speaker was Ruthie Williams of Mary Kay Cosmetics in Golden, Colorado. Ruthie started her talk today with the 2010 Mary Kay Fall/Winter Fashion and Beauty Trend Report. Starting with the Trend Must Haves – this season brings in everything energetic and experimental, bold clashes of color, shape and modern design. The new urban cool that has been inspired by the city beat, both day and night – be imaginative and daring and wear it well! Number one item – is the cool metals, bold and chunky jewelry with silver and copper bringing in those rich eye colors. Number two trend – Bling it on, layering chains with a city smart attitude and bring in the glam with jewels. The Number three trend is Visual Effects – the towering heels are back as well as mile long lashes. Number four is the high shine look the metallic finishes to slick lips – shine rules. The Number five trend is zippers – over-sized, at odd angles and becoming the ultimate embellishment. You can wear the trend with Mary Kay Cosmetics using new colors of fall like The Mary Kay Sweet Plum, Lavender Fog and Precious Pink Mineral Eye Color combined with the Mary Kay Berry Brown Mineral Cheek Color and Black Cherry Lipstick to complete the look. The combination of darks and megawatt brights are combining to create dramatic contrasts. You can play with the new trend colors on the Mary Kay Virtual Makeover on Ruthie’s Mary Kay Site at

Ruthie, then, wanted to go over the items that are being discontinued – so you might want to stock up before they are gone!

Retractable lip brush

Cooling Bronzing Stick

Coconut Lime Gift Set

Red Tea & Fig Loofah Body Cleanser, Shower Gel, Body Lotion & Deo Body Spritzer

Lotus & Bamboo Loofah Body Cleanser, Shower Gel, Body Lotion & Deo Body Spritzer

After Sun Replenishing Gel

Sparkling Honeysuckle Fragrance, Body Lotion, Sugar Scrub & Shower Gel

Affection Eau de Parfume

Elige Eau de Parfume

The Mary Kay Beauty That Counts lipsticks that were a limited edition have brought back two colors and added them to the regular product line under NEW names:

Fuchsia (was Compassion) for 13.00

Merlot (was Confidence) for 13.00

Also added to the regular product line is the “Thinking of You” Eau de Parfume for 30.00

Ruthie also wanted to share the new Limited Edition Products for the Holidays- for your self and gift giving.

Mary Kay Vinyl Lip Shine in 2 shades: Attitude and Audacious – with extreme shine and a glass like finish this lightweight gloss can be worn with or without your favorite lipstick. $15.00

Mary Kay Be Radiant Baked Powder Chic Cheeks in 2 shades: Dusk and Dawn – delivers a velvety soft matte finish with a slight shimmer. $18.00

Mary Kay Eye Glimmer in 3 shades: Drama (blue), Dynamic (silver) and Disco (purple) – Fashion forward finish with a lightwieght buildable color. $12.00

Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner: Skyline (rich purple shade) – for maximum impact, long wearing all day color – dries in seconds. $11.00

Mary Kay Nail Colors in 3 colors: Platinum (silver), Intensity (purple and Pulse (red) – an instant high gloss finish with stay true color that does not fade – base coat and top coat in one. $8.00

Limited Time Special Offer from Ruthie the Metro Chic Collection Clutch and Clip On Gloss for $5.00 with a $40.00 purchase of any limited edition Metro Chic Collection Item. (excluding tax)

Other Limited Edition Products offer by Mary Kay are:

Vanilla Sugar Satin Hands Pampering Set – $34.00

Vanilla Sugar Satin Hands Hand Cream – $10.00

Men’s Body & Hair Shampoo in Domain or Mary Kay High Intensity – $18.00

Thinking of You Body Lotion – $16.00

Ruthie encourages you to schedule a personal facial and /or makeover with her today! She has many tips and beauty tricks that she can share with you! Personalized skin, color, eye shape and etc. is easy but not easy to in a group setting like our Connect lunch. Please call and schedule yours today!

Also Ruthie just ordered more of the cell phone and inkjet cartridge recycling bags and will bring them in when they arrive.

Ruthie Williams * Mary Kay Cosmetics * * 303.278.3520