Thank you for your kind words of support and your confidence in me to be Ocean Wave Quilt Guild's President. An organization is only as good as the members. Member participation and enthusiasm keep an organization alive and well. I feel very fortunate that so many of the Committee Chairmen have agreed to continue in their current positions. I am pleased that Past President Lois Erickson will continue with the background tasks (Did you know that she makes sure that the toilet paper is stocked for our meeting?), the fabric exchange, and the end of the meeting humor. She has some big shoes for me to step into.
After two successful Installation Luncheons, Molly Gonzalez and Yvonne Emmanuelli are ready to pass on the torch. If you would like to be the Installation Luncheon Chairman for January 2017 please let me know. Other chairman positions currently available are Historian, By-laws, 2017 Chapter Raffle Quilt and Nominating Committees. The Guild has not offered the members a Memorial Challenge in a couple of years, maybe this is the year that someone will step up and organize one.
We had so much fun at the meetings last year. It is so great that nearly two thirds of our members regularly attend the monthly meetings. April Atlas started off 2015 with nationally recognized quilt teacher Rose Hughes. Pam Chamberlin continued with varied and interesting programs, including another nationally recognized quilt teacher, Carolyn Friedlander. From our members we learned Cotton Theory, Scrappy Mountain Majesties, Crazy Quilts, Fabric Beads, Hawaiian Appliqué and so much more. I now have more UFO's. But, Sandy has some programs planned to help us finish some of those projects. April 9 - Save the Date - The Singing Quilter will perform at the meeting.
2016 is already shaping up to be a busy year with our Quilting South Florida show kicking off the year on February 12 & 13 in Homestead. We are looking for all members to come and help. At the February 6th meeting, the committee will make final plans and assign jobs. But, before the Ocean Waves show, the Florida Keys Guild is holding a quilt show at San Pedro Catholic Church on January 29 & 30. Is anyone interested in carpooling? Let me know and I will try to coordinate.
Behind every quilter is a huge pile of fabric.
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