Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Letter from the President

Hahahaa, yes! President. Of our quilt guild, of course. Can't imagine taking on anything with more responsibility than this office. So yesterday was our first meeting with yours truly at the helm. Things went well. People laughed, I didn't cry, and we began and ended on time. What more can I ask for?

So we took care of the important business of planning our guild trip to the Gulf States Quilt Guild show in April. Then moved on to "The Great Yoyo Race" a game I contrived. In December I asked that anyone who had a completed project to bring them to share with the rest of the group. Then two of the members showed how to make yoyos, the traditional way and using the Clover Yoyo Maker. Once everyone knew how to make them, I explained how the game will work. 

1.) Members are to make as many yoyos as possible and bring them to the February meeting. (any size, any color, any fabric)
2.) At each meeting, everyone will count their yoyos and the person with the most yoyos wins! 
3.) As Queen of the Yoyos, the winner receives half of the yoyos that everyone else made, giving her lots of yoyos for a project.
4.) The Queen of the Yoyos is out of play until she uses her winnings in a project, which she brings to a meeting for show and share.

It's meant to be fun and competitive and to get more members involved in club activities. Everyone has a chance at winning, if she really puts her hands to work. 

I was surprised at how much time was left after the meeting finished. I could easily include a 45 minute demonstration at each meeting. That means our project coordinator will have to get to work finding people who can teach or demonstrate a technique or project. I also hope to find a member who will do a block of the month project so that we can continue to challenge members to learn new blocks. 

I was very impressed with the number of members who brought in yoyo projects. One lady brought in her grandmother's yoyo quilt that is over 100 years old. Another brought in several pillows using yoyos that she bought at flea markets. They make really sweet decorations. Another brought in a few yoyo Christmas ornaments-- trees, snowmen, and wreaths. 

In all, the meeting was lots of fun and several members complimented or thanked me after. Now if I can just remember to take a few pictures!

The out-going president slipped up behind me and said she knew she'd chosen the right person for the job. I tried to get her to take on the BOM project, but she declined. I understand quite well and will respect her wishes, but she did offer to help me in my president duties, and that I will do!


Sherry said...

Congratulations on your successful first meeting, Madame President!
I wish you much more success during your term.

Looking forward to hear all the fun and frivolity of your meetings in the future.

Have a happy day, from a slightly warmer NJ.

Karen S said...

Glad it turned out so well.
Sounds like a lovely group, too.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks Sherry and Karen! It's wonderfully nice to hear from my encouraging bloggy friends! And yes, I will try to write about our meetings--confidential information notwithstanding. :)

Preeti said...

Congratulations on your new gig. That YoYo competition is a fun idea.
I am sure you will be loved and also have a great year.
I am part of a guild too and last year I got drafted. To be the BOM coordinator. It has been four months. So far so good.