Saturday, December 31, 2011

President's Message January 2012

Dear River City members,

Boy oh Boy, what have I gotten myself into?? Well folks, we will hit the ground running in 2012 with our first organizational meeting on Jan. 5th. I want your input to set the guild on a smooth path for the new year. There will be an meeting agenda (paper) to follow along and make notes. (Thanks for the suggestion.) A hard copy will be available at the sign-in table and if possible, one will be forwarded to you via e-mail in advance of the meeting.

We are going to start a brand new year with discussions as to programs, events, and quilt community projects. We are expanding in membership and opportunities. Growth requires change. There are some items we will consider setting aside for a while and some favorites that we shall promote and continue. There are some projects that will have a short-term focus of time. I would like to thank everyone for their generosity in sharing ideas, in expressions of support, and for stepping forward to volunteer time and leadership on committees. You have made my job so much easier.

My thanks to vice president, Debbie Hulett, and the board members for their ideas, plans, and options. They are some smart cookies with many years of experience to bring to the table. I am blessed.

Here we go!! I'll see you on Thursday.


Bring to the meeting:
  • finished Mystery Quilt - we'll vote on viewer's choice
  • membership application and check for $20
  • fat quarters for the lotto - Laurel Burch
  • your fiber name tag
  • items for the Birthday Table - December and January
Be working on:
  • 2012 UFO List
  • AAQI Challenge

Thursday, December 1, 2011

President's Messages December 2011

Yikes! It's already time for the River City Christmas Party Celebration. How time flies when you are having fun! I wish I could say that I've caught up on my sewing, but NO. Having my daughter visit from Vienna was a great diversion, so really, it's all good. My machine doesn't even know me - I've been away so long. Well, there's always next year.

We've have an exciting December meeting/party planned for the guild. Valerie Barth and the committee have done an outstanding job of organizing it again this year. It's an event you don't want to miss. Candy and her elves have been hard at work finishing those Christmas Lotto quilts, 12 of them. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my name is pulled this year!

What a surprise for the Design Star Challenge, 13 entries. Apologies go out to those who felt slighted because we didn't have beginner, intermediate, and advanced separations for the challenge. At the October meeting, we only knew of 6 quilts being done. We'll do better next year!

As my last letter as President, I thank each and every one of you for making this a great River City year for me. I've learned a lot and got to know a whole bunch of you better! I discovered that when you have a group of such hard working, kind, and generous folks, we can accomplish great things. I look forward to working as past president with Cynthia next year.

Looking forward to a relaxing 2012, I leave you, Most humbly,

Jo Paula Lantier

I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We were able to spend a wonderful day with my mother in law and extended family. I will not be able to attend the guild Christmas party. A family matter has come up and I'll be in Dallas. However, I know you will have a great time and a lucky few will win beautiful quilt tops!

In preparation for 2012, I need your input. Since I will miss the meeting, I have prepared a form and ask that you please take time to share some of your thoughts about future guild activities. I want our guild to be the best it can be, and the only way to do that is get your ideas and wishes on paper.

Mary Woltmann will hand out the forms at the Dec. meeting. We cannot be everything to everyone, but we certainly can try to provide activities that the majority desires (if possible). A Board Meeting is set for Sunday, 12/18/11 at 2:00 PM at the Jones Creek Library. Any members who would like to join us are welcome to attend. At this meeting I plan to discuss the "suggestions" and make plans accordingly.

I also ask that you consider serving on a committee in 2012. Those of you who have served and agree to stay on into 2012, I want to give you a huge THANK YOU in advance. Serving on a committee is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members and stretch yourself creatively. Sign up sheets for committees will also be available at the Dec. meeting.

I look forward to a great year. Thanks.

Cynthia McGee

The list of things to bring:
  • your contribution to the pot luck (with a serving spoon)
  • a homemade gift to exchange (if you choose to participate)
  • food pantry donations - non-perishable foodstuffs, infant items, personal hygiene items
  • fiber nametags