June Meeting Minutes

Membership Dues
Nikol  is going to write up some bylaws for our group based on a template that she shared at the meeting.  Part of those bylaws will include guidelines for members paying dues, what those dues would entitle members to and how they will be spent by the group.

How Much?  We decided that our “fiscal year” would be March-March.  Dues for this year (July 2012-March 2013) would be $25.  We will start collecting dues at the July 19th meeting.  Dues for the following year (March 2013-March 2014) will be $48 for the year. 

What are benefits for members?  Many benefits were discussed including, 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 a bunch of other great stuff that we haven’t even thought of yet!

How will the dues be spent? Lots of possibilities were mentioned including *speaker fees *purchasing materials for donation and/or charity sewing *snacks for meetings *general office supplies

With the addition of dues and memberships, we agreed that an additional board member would be necessary to help keep track of membership.  Jen graciously volunteered to be the VP and take on this task.  Yay!!

Opportunities
Nikol mentioned that the 48th & Chicago neighborhood has an annual Fall Festival that we can be involved in if we like.  She suggested a quilt show.  Other ideas included making quilts to sell as a fundraiser for our group. 

It was suggested that we look at selling advertising space on the blog as another means of fundraising.

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild would like to do an exchange with us.  They suggested a bento box block exchange of some kind possibly using the new Kona colors.  There was some interest in going ahead with it, so Nikol will contact them to arrange the details.

We are also hoping to get more action on our blog.  If you are interested in posting on the blog, contact Nikol.

For the July 19th meeting:
-Dues begin
-Bring your QuiltCon blocks!  Bring 2 identical blocks that are 12.5” (12” finished) using the QuiltCon colors.   One will be sent in for the challenge and the other will be used to make a quilt for our guild to donate.

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