IEMQG General Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2019
La Sierra Library – 4600 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside 92505
The meeting was called to order at 2:02 pm by Gayle Bennett, President.
Welcome & Announcements:
Gayle welcomed everyone to the new location. She solicited all members to provide feedback regarding their opinions about the La Sierra space for future consideration. She also advised all members that we will be at the Main Mission Library location for April and May. Free parking is available on Saturdays near the library. The community room where we will be meeting is on the second level; they do have an elevator to aid in those bringing items upstairs. We are hoping to finalize a more permanent location in the near future as Grand Terrace’s scheduling issues have become problematic for our guild.
Membership – Membership renewal reminder; please pay for any outstanding 2019 dues. If you have any questions, please see Gayle or one of the members of the Executive Board.
VP of Programs Vacancy – Gayle announced that Trish will be moving away and no longer able to serve as VP of Programs. She asked the members if anyone might be interested in filling this important role. We are a collaborative group so the role is important, but has lots of support. Gayle shared that in April, SCCQG on Saturday, April 13th will be the annual ‘Meet the Teachers’ event in Carson at the Convention Center. The event is free unless you would like to purchase a box lunch for $15. More information is available on the SCCQG website. She extended an invitation to the guild’s membership if anyone would like to attend. This is the best way for our guild to find speakers and determine future programs for the guild.
Ice Breaker – Laura facilitated the activity for the meeting – “I always label my quilt when I’m done, because it should always be done that way.” The ‘correct’ answer Laura said was the Strongly Disagree (2 member group) as there are truly no rules in modern quilting.
Annual Budget Presented – Cat shared the results of the internal audit completed successfully by Marilyn. The annual projected budget was shared. We have slightly amended a few of the numbers based on the annual membership dues collected. Cat shared some additional estimates for additional income received through guest fees and raffles. We will also still fall for national MQG dues under the 45 membership category. The dues to SCCQG have been paid for our dues and annual insurance. Other incidental fees such as bank fees (PayPal), meeting space fee, website, fundraiser expenses and supplies along with our post office box annual fee. Christine moved to approve the budget, Simone seconded the motion. Motion was approved.
April Game Challenge Quilt – Gayle reminded everyone that next month is the ‘Game Challenge’ quilt program. We will have Linda Rasmussen out again to curate the piece, however, any members that would rather just display their piece and not have Linda review them is also fine. We will provide sign-in for members that Linda will curate. We look forward to seeing what everyone creates!
Fundraising and Exhibits – Laura shared the generous donation provided by a former contact from two years ago to the guild. She has put together ‘kits’ for members to check-out and complete quilts or projects with the materials. There is a small box with index cards for you to complete – indicate the number of the kit you are taking and what you think you will do with the materials. We are encouraging you to take fabric and bring something back – a month or three months is fine, but we do need your help to make items for our guild’s fundraising events this year! We may spend time when the projects are turned in to determine if some may be better suited for charity rather than for sale through the fundraiser. Laura also discussed the Upland Library event in March and the Chaffey exhibit in April and the call for quilts. Laura is doing the Women’s History Event this year on March 5th at 6:00pm at the Upland Library. The Chaffey Exhibit is coming up and quilts need to be brought in to the May meeting. The exhibit there will run from May 23rd to July 21st. Quilts will be returned in August. The theme is ‘Splashes of Color and Shape’.
Gayle shared that our guild has been contacted by the Road to California to ask if we can help provide ‘modern’ quilts for display in the lobby of the Ontario Convention Center next year. We are looking for our members to provide quilts for this special display. We will continue to remind everyone about this wonderful opportunity over the next few months.
Break: Visit & Snacks – Mmmmm, yummy rice krispy treats!
Transition Quilter – Allison Cutler shared her quilting journey from her first mini-quilt to her current evolution to a modern quilter.
April/May Block Lotto Pattern – Simone shared the next round of Block Lotto with the guild. The pattern is called ‘Mountain View’ and it’s created using a paper pieced pattern and jelly roll pieces (or make your own 2” strips). A link to the pattern will be posted on the website and also on social media.
Block Lotto Drawing – Simone conducted the drawing – Allison won the ‘Skipping Stones’ block.
General Raffles – Pat conducted the drawing for nametag participation as well as the charity drawing for the fat quarter bundle.
Show & Share
Announcements & Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 4:14 pm.
Jennifer Adams, in absence of Becky Brekke, Secretary