Our group started a little over 2 years ago and back then it was just a handful of women with a common interest: Modern Quilting. For our first exchange/challenge we swapped 2 1/2 inch polkadot strips. Two months later we came back with a whole variety of projects (which you can see on our Flickr page) and the rest, as they say is history.
Since then our group has grown from just a handfull to over 100 members on Facebook. Slowly but surely we are seeing more and more members show up at our monthly meetings. With more members attending we have more ideas for the group including more swaps, challenges and exchanges with Modern Quilt Guilds in other cities. Our group is also looking forward to having Jacquie Gering from Tall Grass Prairie Studios (and a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild) come and teach a workshop in the fall.
Which brings me to why we are taking our group to the next level and the need to collect membership dues as part of that growth. I don't know about you, but when I think of being a member of a group I think about what I want to get from the group AND what I have to offer. With the Modern Quilt Guild I want to be inspired, challenged, educated and of course socialize with people who share my love of quilting. In return, I offer my time, talent and service to the group. As the group grows there is more and more it has and will continue to have to offer me. If I want to continue to receive the benefits of the group, it will need my help in growing and at this stage that help comes in the form of funding.
Back in March 2012 the following people volunteered for the following "Executive" positions:
Nikol Gianopoulos - President
Annik Miller - Web coordinator/social media
Lisa Taglia - Treasurer
Marie Parish/Elise Peters - Secretary
Since then we have had many discussions about formalizing our group and the need to charge dues in order to continue to grow. At the June meeting we decided that, starting in July, we will be collecting the following Membership dues:
July 2012 - March 2013: $25
April - March 2012: $48
The benefits to membership include (but not limited to):
- reduced cost for speakers and workshops
- opportunity to receive freebies involved with challenges from fabric manufacturers
- priority registration for events
- and more benefits as our group grows.
Dues will be spent on (but not limited to):
- speaker fees
- purchasing materials for donation and/or charity sewing
- snacks for meetings
- general office supplies
- and other things as they come up.
Also at the June meeting Jennifer Madsen volunteered to act as Vice-President and manage the memberships. Her name will be listed on the Bylaws as a member of the Executive Committee. You can review a copy of the Bylaws here. We will be adopting the Bylaws and collecting dues at the July meeting.
I am very excited to see our group grow and I hope for those of you who attend the meetings - that you will continue to do so as paying members. And for those of you who haven't attended a meeting, I invite you to come check us out. There are a lot of fun things planned and I don't want you to miss out on any of it!