What a wonderful show to celebrate “A World of Quilts” 40th Anniversary! I want to thank everyone who helped make it so successful – those of you who had quilts on display or donated a piece to the silent auction; members who volunteered at quilt drop off, judging or during the show itself; the quilt show committee chairs; and especially Daisy and Debby who did such a terrific job of organizing and running the event. We could not have done it so well without all of you helping. As an acknowledgment to how good it was, I had several attendees say that our show was better than the Mancuso show!
Although not all of the numbers are in, it looks like the show was also a financial success – between that and other positive increases in revenues and savings in expenses throughout the year, it appears that the overall Guild will break even for 2018/2019 – again, a big improvement over our budget for this year.
I also want to thank Carol Sterk and her Member Retention and Expansion Committee for all of the work they have been doing. We had ten new members sign up at the Quilt Show and the eleventh at our May meeting. We are now just shy of 200 members! To make sure we retain new members and meet the needs of our long time members, the Committee created a questionnaire to help us understand what people expect from us. If you did not fill out a questionnaire either at the May meeting or online, please do so. The link to the online questionnaire is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQQB736. Or if you prefer, you can complete one at the June Salad Supper. The committee will be evaluating the answers over the next few weeks so that next year’s Board can address any issues that were raised and take action.
Finally, I want to thank this year’s Board for all of their help and work throughout the year. Without their hard work we would not have had such a great year. I also want to thank all of the guild members for their support and understanding of the changes we have made to improve the finances of the Guild. It appears to have worked. I know the new Board will continue to look for ways to improve how we operate and I wish them lots of success.
I hope to see many of you at the Salad Supper on June 18 – remember the meeting starts at 6:00 that night.
Susan Fasnacht, Acting President, firstname.lastname@example.org