I was flipping through my 'guild binder' yesterday and came across the first agenda that I ever wrote for the guild and realized that we are coming up on the third anniversary of our very first meeting (March 18th, 2012)!
This led me to reflect on all that has happened since Josée and I decided to start the guild.
First and foremost, I have found a good friend in Josée. She is not only a reliable vice-president, organized, dedicated, and talented, she also gives so much of her time to the guild and she is a great person. Thank you Josée for your continued support as a colleague and for your friendship.
Being a part of this guild has allowed me to meet many other wonderful people and I feel privileged to be part of a community of people who are so willing to share and learn from one another. You share in your expertise through demos, you impart knowledge on others and you give your time so willingly to ensure that our guild runs smoothly.
This year especially, we have had so much assistance from members and that has helped make our meetings more enjoyable. Our executive committee members work hard to organize our finances, our membership, swaps, challenges, sew-ins, workshops and meet-ups. Thank you to Josée, Isabelle, Denise, Louise, Agnes and Michèle.
A big thank you also goes to Jill for organizing the volunteers for set-ups and for providing us with refreshments. Our meetings and our breaks have been so much more pleasurable thanks to of all the volunteers who have signed up to help.
We also have an official photographer this year. Thanks Stephanie for the great pics and for posting them online.
Joanna, our librarian has put together an extensive list of sewing and quilting related books that are available for members to borrow. Thank you kindly to those who are willing to share their books.
I am also grateful to all members who come to meetings to share their creations during the show and tell. I know that we all feel vulnerable sometimes when showing what we made. Quilts have a very personal meaning to their makers and when we share them we are exposing a part of ourselves and that takes a lot of courage. So I say thank you to all of you for sharing a part of yourselves.
Even outside of our meetings, people continue to provide encouragement to one another and to help spread the word about our guild and its members. Thank you especially to Stacy for posting on FB and your blog about the personal accomplishments of our members and for promoting the guild. You have also been so helpful in sourcing quilting products that our guild members have requested.
This is not only my first experience as the president of a guild; it is also the first time that I am a member of any guild. In the past three years, I have experienced a big learning curve! Mainly I have learned that nothing great is ever accomplished alone. I also realize that when a large group of people are involved in an endeavor, it is not only difficult but impossible for everyone to agree on everything.
As the president of the guild, I hope that I have always been available to listen to members’ grievances and comments about the goings on of the guild. My intention has always been to create an environment of mutual respect. Everyone is welcome to express their personal opinion on any matter during our meetings and through our online forum.
If ever you wish to address something privately, my email address is public and I am also available to speak to anyone after a meeting or sew-in.
We also put out an annual survey at the end of each year so people can also voice their opinions anonymously.
Finally I would like to say thank you to everyone for just showing up. Your presence makes our work worthwhile and I look forward to seeing you all every month.