IEMQG General Meeting
February 4, 2017
Grand Terrace Community Center
President Laura Greene called the meeting to order at 2:00. A “Get to know you” game was played and Nicole Mundel won the prize.
Announcements: Candace Kimball has graciously agreed to be the raffle chairperson. Sponsor/affiliate forms are available at the sign-in table. The guild is looking for a member to manage the donation table. Jessica Cook has been doing this, but needs to help Rachel McGee with the charity table. The guild is also looking for a volunteer for Vice President of Communications. This volunteer would manage the website using WordPress.
Block Lotto: 20 blocks were turned in today. Donna Gaston urged members to make extra blocks next month to donate to the charity table. Block Lotto will be held every other month.
Programs: Nicole Mundel reminded members that the quarterly President’s challenge will be due at next month’s meeting. She encourages members to post quilt pictures on the guild’s Facebook page and Instagram account. The Temecula Valley MQG is hosting Michelle Hoffman as speaker at their meeting on February 16. Members are encouraged to attend. Nicole announced that guild members are invited to a quilt shop meet-up at noon on March 4 at the Painted Lady in Redlands. Guild members will shop and socialize prior to the meeting at 2:00. This is the same weekend as the Spring Fling. There will be a sit and sew on Saturday, February 18 from noon to 4:00 at Deb Ulrey’s house. Contact Nicole if you want to attend and she will give you the address. BYO sewing machine; Deb can accommodate up to 10 quilters. Nicole has designated every Sunday as a virtual sew day; post your projects on Facebook and Instagram. Quiltcon this year is in Savannah, GA, February 23 – 26. Michele Nichols will present a bed-turning at the March meeting.
Hospitality: volunteers are needed for refreshments for next month; the sign up list is on the refreshment table.
Treasurer: Gayle Bennett presented the budget to the general membership. The budget is based on 40 members. Half of funds in excess of normal business expenses will be allocated for speakers, and the other half will remain in reserve for the next fiscal year. Using an opportunity quilt as a fundraiser was discussed and will be considered in later meetings.
Secretary: Cindy Chrisler has copies of the minutes of the last board meeting and last general meeting for review. Minutes are also posted on the website.
Membership: there are 25 members in attendance today with 2 renewing and 1 new member. There are four guests in attendance. Tricia Williams emailed a roster to all members last month.
Charity: Rachel McGee announced that every donation to charity will entitle the donor to a chance to win a prize. There will be a prize drawing for every five donations.
Modern Quilter Spotlight: Nicole chose Jacque Gering as this month’s Modern Quilter. Jacque teaches classes on Craftsy and has tutorials on her website and YouTube. Nicole passed around a copy of her book on quilting.
After the break, Nicole demonstrated how to make rope baskets. She recommends using a denim or other strong needle. Many members were inspired by her demonstration and are encouraged to bring rope baskets to the next meeting.
Members who participate in the President’s Challenge next month are requested to put a sleeve on the back of their entries so they can be hung for viewing.
About 10 members brought quilts for Show and Share.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00
Cindy Chrisler, Secretary