Sunday, January 24, 2016

November Meeting

Welcome to the Marys River Quilt Guild
November Meeting 2015

The Silent Auction

Undulating Flying Geese

Round Robin Finale

Block of the Month

Show and Tell

Raffle Quilt

 NOVEMBER 19, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Sheri P at 7:02 pm.
There were no new members in attendance and no visiting guests to introduce at this meeting.
Volunteers are needed in 2016 to help with setting up and taking down chairs and tables for the meetings. A sign-up list was distributed. Also, a member of the Guild is looking for transportation to the meetings so if you are able to help with this, please add your name to the list being distributed.
Election of certain Board members was conducted. Barbara G has accepted the nomination for Vice-President for 2016. Jan C and Lisa U have jointly accepted the nomination to share the Secretary position. Ballots were distributed for voting for these positions. Election results: 35 votes for Barbara G and 1 vote for Judy J for Vice-President and 35 votes for Jan C and Lisa U and 1 vote for Sharon F for Secretary.
Sheri mentioned that there is updated Guild information in the Newsletter.
Sheri encouraged members to become Historical Museum members as the Museum is gracious in allowing us to use their facility for our monthly meetings. The annual dues are $25.
LIBRARY: There is nothing to report at this time.
SERVICE COMMITTEE: Lynn G reported the updated inventory of unfinished projects is 144. Lynn urged Guild members to consider machine quilting these quilts. There are a variety of sizes available and suggested that if each member could commit to quilting one per year then great progress would be made.
HISTORIAN:  Alice H reported that she is getting close to having the Blog done.
CHALLENGE COMMITTEE: Judy J has packets available this evening for those interested. The theme is “Not quite a zebra” which is black and white fabric with an additional color.
QUILT IN THE GARDEN: There is nothing to report at this time.
SECRET SISTERS: Jan A-McK encouraged members to sign up. The group meets once a month and is a great deal of fun as well as a way to get to know other members. New season begins in January.
HOSPITALITY: The winners of the drawing for fat quarters and a gift certificate were Lisa U and Harriet P.
PROGRAMS/CLASSES: Harriet reported that Nancy and Beth R will be discussing the workshops they attended and sharing what they learned and created. This will be the program for the January 2016 meeting. Members who attended the Undulating Flying Geese Class shared their wonderful creations. Those members included Sheri A, Flo C, Sheri P, Jan T, Beth R, and Glenda G.
ROUND ROBIN: Cindy G introduced those members who worked on this year’s projects: Linda B, Barbara G, Gail B, Karen G, Libby A, Judy J, Jan T and Cindy G. There were many creative projects shared and enjoyed by all. Cindy encouraged members to participate next year. This committee meets every two months and the firm deadline to sign up is December 31st.
BLOCK OF THE MONTH: Shelley B held a drawing for guessing the total number of blocks completed this year. Diane D won the drawing with her guess of 152 blocks! A prize was awarded. Next year’s theme is “How does your garden grow?” January’s block will be a pansy theme. Blocks will be available on the website soon. Linda B won the big drawing for BOM participation. Local quilt shops provided gift certificates: Bolts to Block, Quilt Loft, Quiltwork Patches and JanniLou’s.
NEW BUSINESS: The Board discussed the budget for 2016 at the November board meeting including the need to increase membership dues to cover any shortage and/or loss. The recommendation was to increase the membership dues for 2016 by $10 for members and by $5 for seniors. Any members over 80 years old would still not be required to pay annual dues. It was noted that there had not been an increase in five years. Hence, the proposed regular dues would be $35, $25 for members who were 65-80 years old, and no charge for those members 80 and above. The vote was called for and was unanimously accepted. A sticker would be created to add to the MRQG flyers reflecting the increase in dues. The $5 visitor fee for each meeting where the guild has an outside speaker would still remain in effect. It was noted that if members wanted to pay more, funds would be accepted for the Guild.
2017 RAFFLE QUILT: The Service Committee has a completed quilt top that they are willing to donate for use as the Guild's 2017 Raffle Quilt. It is one of Judy Niemeyer's designs. The lovely quilt top was shown and submitted for consideration.  It was noted that the Guild would need to obtain Judy Niemeyer’s approval to use the design. Any member who is interested in volunteering to coordinate completing the quilt which is nearly done should contact Sheri P.
The 2016 Raffle Quilt was shown by the committee and was a visual treat for the members.
Service quilts were available to tie at the evening’s meeting. And a silent auction was conducted to benefit the Scholarship Committee.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Jan C, Secretary

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