The Executive Board has approved changing the date of the silent auction FROM January 2020 TO May of 2020. This will allow the program committee more time to accept your treasures. Thank you for the lovely items we have received so far for the Silent Auction. Marking your items for the ‘silent auction’, is very helpful. We can tell the difference between scraps for the mystery bags and fabric for the auction, but we appreciate knowing so we only open the items for the mystery bags when we are sorting fabric. All clearly marked items for the silent auction may be placed on the counter outside the kitchen.
Please bring all quilts/quilting projects for the Normal Public Library Art Gallery Display to the March meeting with label, sleeve, and dowel rod. There will be a table to accept these items.
The 2020 Mennonite Relief Sale will be held March 20th & 21st at the Interstate Center. If you would like to donate a wall hanging or quilt for the auction – or an item for the bazaar – please contact Mary Sanko for details. Bring your donations to the March meeting or make private arrangements with her. If possible, please include a photo of each auction item or email her a digital copy. Thank you for your generosity!
Happy Saint Patty Day Members!
February was a busy month for me. Between the snowstorms & illnesses in the family, I spent a week in Austin at QuiltCon. QuiltCon is the annual quilt show for modern quilters and I have attended the majority of their yearly shows since the start of these in 2013.
How are your UFO’s coming? Are you making a dent in your collection of UFO’s? The Quilt Spectrum will be here before we know it, if you are wanting to put them in the show.
Members this month has also been very tumultuous for me as I received a letter from someone in this guild who claimed to be a friend of mine but was upset over the survey and the question of raising the dues to $50 per year. The dues will not raise to that amount but to keep this guild in existence, dues will raise next year beginning in June of 2020. This survey was released prematurely and all data, except for the speaker requests, have been destroyed. I, personally, don’t put much value into anything that is not signed, and when it was shown to the executive board, neither did they. I was hurt to think that you could not call and talk to me about it. Everyone that is on the executive board will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have regarding this.
At our March meeting the treasurer and I will be presenting to the guild a financial report of the guild assets and money. If you have any questions or want to understand where the guild’s money goes, it would be best for you to attend this meeting.
This guild has over 300 members and yes our dues this last year brought in over $9000 but our contribution to the church for allowing us to use this space is approximately half of that and the rest of it goes towards the speakers at each meeting. The proceeds from the raffle quilt and Quilt Spectrum provide for the rest of the expenses from the speakers and other expenses of the Guild. There is a board meeting on the even months of the year where members may attend and listen to where each committee has spent money and hear a detail report of the guild’s finances that is open to all members. Please attend if you want to know what is happening in your guild.
This guild is run by volunteers and right now the executive board does not have a Vice President for the upcoming year. This is a good way for a member to learn about the guild and it’s finances. Think about it and maybe volunteer.
Last item I have is that we need a committee for the summer retreat in June. The committee that was going to do it has decided to not do it, and honestly if no one steps up, the retreat may just not happen this year. Sorry about that, but it takes a village to make this guild run smoothly and if no one wants to do, then maybe it is time to stop having the retreats.