We kicked off 2021 with our January member meeting – still by way of Zoom since we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Following a brief social time, Debbie welcomed everyone and led us in the following.
Committees for 2021
Each committee chair spoke briefly about the work of our guild committees, and members were encouraged to sign up to serve on one or more committees.
- Diana had invited representatives from charities we supported last year. We welcomed guests and members who talked about organizations they represent. We heard from and learned about Ryan’s Cases for Smiles, Sparkle Cat Rescue, Alamance Pregnancy Services, CrossRoads, and Carolina Adoption Services. Diana also introduced a challenge to generate blocks for charity quilts. It is based on the Farkle dice game, and members can accumulate points for making specified blocks.
- Sheila and Sandra talked about the challenges of arranging boutique events and encouraged members to continue sewing items for boutique events with the hope that by fall we will be able to participate in boutique events.
- Barbara B. pointed out that her committee was not able to host a single party during 2020, and she hopes that will change this year. She reminded members to work on their hospitality challenge using the fabric sent from the committee and to continue to let the committee know of sunshine or shadows related to members and their loved ones.
- Lynn asked everyone to complete a membership form and either email or mail it to her along with a $25 check for 2021 dues.
- Teresa encouraged everyone to join in the Seasons and Holidays challenge and to look ahead at the scheduled programs for 2021.
- Ann A. talked about options for upcoming retreats and a planned survey to get feedback from members about their preferences.k
- Lisa R talked about hopes that we will be able to show our raffle quilt and sell tickets once events can be scheduled. She reminded everyone that she will pick up money for tickets sold and deliver more tickets to members to sell.
- Barbara T. welcomed input from members about the monthly newsletter or our public website and encouraged members to read the newsletter where they will find an always inspirational message from our president, upcoming guild and regional events, descriptions of guild challenges, reports from committee chairs, and member news.
Wrapping up 2020 Challenges
Debbie announced the 2020 UFO Challenge winners. Catherine won for the most UFOs completed – 35! Barbara T. won for completing her entire list.
Ann L. encouraged everyone to get their 2021 UFO lists created and start working on them.
For 2020, Debbie challenged members to make something for themselves, noting that we are known for our generosity in sewing for others, but that we deserve to make something for ourselves. Photos of quilts members made for themselves were shared, and each member talked about her quilt(s). Click on any image below to see a slide show with members’ names and enlarged photos.