We hope that you have been able to enjoy the beginning of summer and the Independence Day holiday.
Over the summer we will be continuing to look for ways of staying connected and sharing our ideas and quilts until we can meet in person once again. Our Programs Chair, Linda, is scouting out more online programs and workshops for us to enjoy. We are also considering ways in which we will be able to hold our Guild meetings over zoom and possibly socialize online prior to those meetings. Many Guilds are facing the very same issues that we are and we are keeping our ears to the ground for new ideas and opportunities to make sure that the coronavirus doesn’t get the better of us as a Guild!
Thank you to those of you who have written to us with suggestions and links to online exhibitions and other items of interest that you will find in the Newsletter this month. The New York Times article on Rosie Lee Tomkins is fascinating and video links about the Bisa Butler exhibition at the Katonah Museum are still available. Some of you might be interested in submitting a quilt to the Yorktown Grange Fair which is going virtual this year. Our own Mary and Jen Cannizzaro were interviewed by The Quilters Circle . Rosalie Dace has very kindly agreed to keep the recording of her presentation up a little longer so it’s not too late to see it. ArtsWestchester is featuring local members of the sewing community, and Barbara Glab, one of our own members, appears in one of these delightful podcasts.
We hope that you have enjoyed the Show ‘n Tells. Please keep the photos and ideas coming over the summer!
Don’t forget to vote! You will be receiving two emails on July 20 – one requesting your vote on the Bylaw Amendment and the other your vote on the slate of officers for the 2020-2021 Guild year. Please look out for them and vote promptly.
Last, but certainly not least, the new Guild season for 2020-2021 has begun and we remind you to renew your membership. Rona Spar submitted a letter for inclusion in the Newsletter that says it all. We hope that you will read it and that all the benefits of membership that Rona outlines in her note will prompt you to re-up and keep the Guild thriving through these difficult times.
I am writing to encourage you to join or rejoin NSQG to continue to be a part of our creative and supportive organization. I urge you to think about our programs like Super Saturday, the Ugly Fabric Auction, Row-by-Row groups, Comfort Quilts, yearly challenges, boutiques, salad suppers, helping with the yearly charity raffle quilt, group trips, raffles, SIGS, and so much more. Think of the speakers and workshops which you have attended: Adele Scott; Raina Gillman; Carole Lyles Shaw; Beth Helfter; Joe Cunningham; Cindy Grisdela; Charlie Hietala; Victoria Findlay Wolfe; Paula Nadelstern; and so very many more. These programs will continue online or in person, depending upon COVID-19. Especially think about the Quilt Show, which is the high point of the year. Sadly, there was no show this year, but plans are progressing to have a fabulous show in 2021. Be a part of it!! JOIN!! And while you are at it, consider making an additional donation to the guild, easily accomplished right on our website.
Until we meet again or Zoom again, Rona
Considering the continuing difficulty of holding an in-person Annual Meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board has decided to hold these votes electronically.
The two items of business to be voted on:
– the vote on the proposed Amendments to the Bylaws: removing the VP Education position with those activities picked up by Special Events and Special Events being renamed Activities Liaison.
– the vote to elect Board Members for the 2020-2021 Guild year(*returning): Co-Presidents*-Anne Chehebar and Karen Carlson, Secretary-Rona Spar, Co-Treasurers*-Rebekah Glacy and Karen Martinez, Co-Vice Presidents Communications-Daisy Dodge and Deborah Warren, Vice President Membership-Carol Sterk, Vice President Programs*-Linda Stern, Vice President Quilt Show*-Narcita Medina.
Emails with the details about these Annual Meeting items were sent in April and again last week along with the voting process.
That email information can also be reviewed here.
Floor nominations for other board candidates were solicited via email and none were received.
Every 2019-2020 member will receive two email ballots, one for the bylaw change and one for the board slate, to be sent July 20, 2020, closing date July 31, 2020.
PLEASE PROCESS BOTH EMAIL BALLOTS PROMPTLY.