Secretary Report from Deb Simmons
Meeting began with Robyn sharing that Mike and Cindy donated a lovely sewing machine that we’ll be raffling at the next month’s auction program ($5 each ticket, sold only at the meeting by Char and Rose) to benefit the speaker fund. Unfortunately Mike and Cindy will be moving out of state – we will miss them and wish them well!
Robyn shared some new blocks that were made for the raffle quilt for next year’s quilt show (which by the way we still need chairs for – Robyn has actually been asked when the Mt. Pleasant Guild’s show will be as it has achieved a reputation for being a good one!). The quilt blocks look absolutely beautiful – the finished product will certainly be outstanding! Still need more blocks for anyone who wishes to contribute – our goal is 98 !
Welcome to Kathleen Lewis as a guest for the evening, and Janet F, a new member!
Guest Speaker today was Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts in Ann Arbor, who presented a lecture entitled “What Do They Mean, “Modern” Quilting?. Very informative, with lots of examples both on screen and in person of quilts with a “modern” look!
Following the presentation by Debbie our own members shared some of their most recent creations – always fun to see what everyone is doing! We saw a Harley Davidson T-Shirt quilt, a bright bargello, beautiful floral applique, 30’s inspired, woodsy, traditional, modern, and mini – such variety from so many talented ladies!
Reminder that the mini-quilt auction will be the program for our next meeting – please bring your items between 6-6:30 and have your name on your item. Several items were dropped off at tonight’s meeting – we have a wonderful selection forming already! Bidder cards will be given to all at the May meeting.
Springs Retreat: A reminder that sign-up sheets are available for the Springs Retreat held Oct. 28- Nov 1st, $195/$215 for non-members ( difference being due to membership fee) – deposit due by July 1st with the deposit balance due sept 22nd.
Charity Quilts: Linda and members shared the quilts made at the last charity quilt sewing bee – there were “rag” quilts as well as a nine-patch variation. As always, kits are available to sign out. Linda continues to receive heartfelt thank-you notes from the groups that receive our quilts– she shared one from Harrison Child Advocacy with us. Linda extends continued thanks to all who are quilting, and especially to the ladies who donated a total of 49 quilts at the last meeting! A total of 85 were turned in at the March meeting and were donated to organizations in Clare, Harrison, and Gratiot County, and included hospitals, Women’s Aide, Child Advocacy, and United Way programs. Robyn then reported that we currently have over 124 pillowcases to donate as well from the Guild’s pillowcase bee– please let any board member know if you have an organization you think would benefit from some delightful pillowcases to cheer up children or adults.
Mystic Lake Retreat – Rose reports that a wonderful time was had by all (Thank-you Rose for coordinating this each year!). Right now 15 are signed up for next year – total we can have is 24 – sign up early if you are interested, spots fill in quickly!
30’s Quilt Group – group has been exchanging 30’s fabrics in preparation for a quilting bee. Linda Hernden shared work she has done so far on the project and let members know that she will be having a classroom workshop May 16th from 10-4. Everyone is welcome whether they’ve been exchanging fabrics or not. Please let Linda know if you plan on being there or if you need information on the pattern!
Gift Basket – Robyn reminded everyone that 5 or more signatures on membership cards will entitle members to be in a drawing for a wonderful gift basket of quilting goodies worth over $200. Members can get their card signed by attending any activity outside of the regular Guild meetings. Five signatures = 1 ticket, then one more ticket for each additional signature.
Sunshine Committee: Several members shared news of friends with health challenges – please remember to put names of members on the Sunshine List so we can a card from the guild showing our support.
President’s Report: Robyn reminds that 1st Vice President (program chair), and member-at-large positions are needed. We desperately need a couple of people to step forward for these positions, as well as a small group to form the committee for the quilt show. A program chair would not have to come up with program ideas on their own – Robyn as well as others in the guild have contacts and suggestions to share, and the board works as a group to consider the programs for each guild meeting, but we do need someone to be in charge of actually scheduling/booking the speakers. Pat did a great job getting quality programs lined up for us this year, but will be unable to continue in the position next year – we desperately need someone for our 2015-16 year! Please consider filling this role for the guild!
May 15th and 16th is the quilt show in Clare, and quilts are needed for the show. If you have a quilt that you would like to enter, the Art Council Website has an application form – time is running out – need to apply by May 1st, but entries would be greatly appreciated since they do not have many quilts as yet.
Secretary’s Report: Deb reported that members would be receiving bylaws via email – please email Deb with any concerns, which she will pass along to the board. We will have a formal vote on passing the revised bylaws at our next business meeting. Please review the proposed by changes here: 2015 Bylaws.
Treasurer’s Report: Leigh had report available for membership review- all looks good, no issues/concerns to report.
As always, the meeting ended with block and blotto raffles. Next months’ colors, picked by Nancy, will be green, blue & white. We had two piles of fat quarters, nine each, and two lucky winners of these.
50/50 raffle raised $15.50 for charity quilts tonight!
Reminder that ABCD are the refreshment letters for next month.
See everyone in May for the auction !