Hello guild members! SUCCESS!
I want to thank each and every one of you who attended our first meeting in the new venue for making the meeting a success. Not only did we have 71 members + 1 guest attend, we started off with a great Members Demo Day, nine in all, and one of the most enjoyable show and tell presentations I can remember. All the works were brilliant and fresh.
Yvonne Emmanuelli, you were awesome! I really had such a great time watching you and your magic bottomless Mood bag. Every piece was so well thought out and stitched with love, adding to the Magic! There were naturally some differences from our past to our new location, but you all met the challenge head on, as I knew you would.
There were a few concerns brought to my attention and I would like to address one now.
One concern was the fact that we all had to get chairs from the classrooms, and then at the end of the meeting put them back in their proper place. I know this is new, but ever since I joined the guild I have been spoiled.
Next Meeting at Ocean Waves:
Every month I came in and the chairs were in order, the tables moved, so all I had to do was plop my behind in a chair. When the meeting was over we, myself included, said good-bye to our friends and left. I thought the Quilt Angels did their thing, and for our next meeting they worked their magic once again, and all I had to do was just plop my behind down and wait for the meeting to start. Well, here’s one of the secrets I uncovered. Month after month, and year after year, the Quilt Angel was Lois Erickson and her helpers, who came in super early and set it all up for us. After every meeting and class, the same volunteers stayed and made sure all was in place again, according to a highly guarded secret map. All this was done to leave the Center set up as we found it, ready on Monday for their clients. Who knew?!
We are going to be our own Quilt Angels in this new location. Yes, it is a little more work and for some I know it can be a physical challenge. So I am asking that if you cannot physically move a chair, please ask a fellow member to help, I am sure they will be glad to assist. If you can move a chair, and see a fellow member who needs help, please offer. If you see me and need help, just ask, I will be glad to help…for chocolate of course.
Lois will address this and other items at the next meeting. Seriously, what may seem trivial to us can be of profound consequence to the staff at our new location and their clients. I am still asking that we bring in our own lunch or light, portable snacks to share because as you saw, a “kitchen” is an issue. Please, please note that it is vital that we pick up all our disposables; there are potentially serious consequences if we don’t.
Thanks to those who made suggestions for storage, they were very helpful, and the board will go over them to reach the best solution. As always, keep your bobbins full :),
Ocean Waves Quilt Guild
OUR NEW PLACE: 11241 S.W. 184 Street, Miami FL