Monday, November 15, 2010

President's Message November 2010

Hi to All,

I had a great time in Houston. So many things to see and to touch and, heaven help me, to buy. The time just sped by me.

Speaking of time flying, my presidency is about to come to a close. It has been a wonderful time. You all have been so good to me, shown me many kindnesses, critiqued my ideas, and you have risen to the call for any and all tasks. The membership has made my two years as guild president so memorable.

As we get down to the end, I want to thank everyone. You have been so great as a group and as individuals. I shall never forget any of these wonderful times. However, I do intend to be a pair of willing hands for new president, Jo Paula and the new officers as they strive to make 2011 a bumper year filled with quilting plans, but I will so enjoy taking a breath and sitting down in the audience with the rest of my stitching sisters (and brothers.) 2011 will be another grand year for River City with classes and projects already on the calendar.

The last challenge of the year is here, the Circle Challenge, so get out your cameras and vote for some lucky, talented quilters to take home some prizes.

Again, our many thanks to Jo Doherty and Joni DeVilbiss and all the auction volunteers for such a wonderful evening last month. $2500 for Parker House - Jennifer Artigue will put it to good use.

So two more meetings and I am done.

Much love to you all and Happy Quilting,

President's Message October 2010

Hi to All,

It's October! Yeah !! Halloween and Quilt Festival are just around the corner!! In other words this is a good month! I know we are all looking forward to our big auction meeting this month. Miss Jo has done a wonderful job collecting, sorting, and "packaging" all the wonderful donations for our auction. I heard a rumor that there are even more baskets than last year! This promises to be a wonderful event~~So bring your checkbook and/or cash and a friend!

The proceeds from auction benefit Parker House... a Christian-based organization that provides residential treatment for children, ages 3 13. Care is provided to children who have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned. Parker House provides a safe haven for these children.

We are also planning on having some simple refreshments (drinks & treats) at the meeting that the guild will provide. I think we shop better when we eat a little caramel corn. All that bidding can be hard work!

With a giving theme in mind, I would also ask you to bring a non-perishable food item for Hope Ministries, a local food pantry, that promotes self sufficiency and dignity. Joyce Perry volunteers there and reports that their supplies are very low.....and that peanut butter and jelly are at the top of their needs list, along with cereal, flour, canned meats, and dried beans. I am sure other food items would be welcome as well.

Please bring your Autumn and Halloween-theme quilts to display. Dress in costume or just "in masque". And don't forget your Christmas Lotto blocks. This is last call for them.

Enjoy this wonderful Fall weather and quilt away!

Happy Halloween, Mary

River City Auction to benefit Parker House

“Not Your Birthday” Ticket Auction Guidelines

  • Same rules as always, but the tickets are $1.00
  • Buy as many tickets as you like
  • Place your tickets in the containers by the items you like
  • You can put more than one ticket in a container if you so choose
  • Ticket sales continue until the end of the meeting break.

 Silent Auction Guidelines


  • We will be using bidder numbers rather than names, so sign up as soon as you arrive.
  • Just sign your name and get a number.
  • You will get a snack sized paper plate with your number boldly printed on it.
  • After you get your number, feel free to start placing your bids.
  •  The minimum increment to raise on a bid will be designated on the bid sheet (some may be different than others.)
  • Silent Auction bidding continues until the end of the meeting break. You may need to enter more than one bid to outbid your competitors. 
  • An announcement will be made when you have five minutes remaining.
  • A second announcement will be made to halt bidding.
  • All the bid sheets will be picked up and organized

Agenda for October 2010 Meeting


  • Pre-Meeting
    • "Not Your Birthday” Ticket Auction Sales
    • Silent Auction Bidding
    • Hanging of Autumn and Halloween quilts
  • Short meeting
  • Break
    • “Not Your Birthday” Ticket Auction Sales
    • Silent Auction Bidding
  • Halt
  • Drawings for the “Not Your Birthday” Ticket Auction will take place and winners will be announced.
  • Winners will be announced for the Silent Auction items.
    • We want you to know what you have already spent so you’ll know how much you have left for bidding on the Live Auction items
    • Treasurer Team will group Silent Auction bid sheets into groups by winner and total the price owed by each bidder.
    • If you need to leave, you are free to pay at any time after the announcements are made.  
  • Live Auction of special items 
  • Please pay by check or cash before picking up your items.