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Hello Quilters,

Wow! My first year as PM president flew by before I knew it. I owe a very special “thank you” to Cathie Head, the AM president, for making it so easy for me to learn the responsibilities of president. Cathie had my back this last year and was always there when I had questions or needed help on anything.

In this new guild year, I am looking forward to working with the new AM president, Marsha Eibert. Marsha is eager to fill her position and has a lot of new ideas she is bringing to her new role. Together we want to hear from you, all our members, old and new, about your ideas and suggestions for enhancing our quilt guild. Soon you will see a suggestion box made available at our monthly meetings where you can drop your suggestions and comments (anonymous or not, good or bad). Our past officers and committee chairs have created an amazing platform with which to go forward and now we want to enhance what we have and keep us growing. We want to hear from you!

July 31st is our annual potluck and awards meeting at 6pm. There is no AM meeting that day. Be sure to be there for three great reasons:

  1. See the recipients of the different awards: Lifetime Achievement, Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Service and Special Achievement. These are people nominated by you, the general membership.

  2. We will also have a ceremony where the previous elected officers will pass on a symbol of their office to the newly elected officers. And,

  3. Of course, do not forget the fabulous food! I still remember how yummy everything was from last year’spotluck.

Jan Castle has graciously volunteered to take on the role as Membership chair person. This is great news for us. You will get to meet her every time you sign in at our monthly meetings. Please welcome her to this important role. We still need volunteers for the Newsletter and Philanthropy committee chair persons. Both of our outgoing chairs, Joni Wright, Newsletter, and Jan Kucharik, Philanthropy, have volunteered to be active mentors to the new chairs. So, if you never did anything like this before you will have help and advice all along the way. It does not matter what meeting you attend. It only matters that you want to volunteer and participate in guild activities. We need you. If you want to volunteer or just have more questions about this, please contact me or any board member. Our contact information is in the membership directory or on the website.

In August we have an exciting workshop scheduled. Tonya Alexander, our speaker at the August 28th meeting, will be giving a one-day workshop on Thursday, August 29th, on String Star, modern string quilts. Go to her website, to see her technique for the basic string star which will be covered in the workshop. I am sure this workshop will fill up fast so if you want to take this workshop get your registration form in early. The fee is $35 for a 9am to 4pm workshop. It will be at the Scottish Rites Center.

To all our returning members and the many new members of the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild: Welcome to a new year! May you meet many new quilting friends, learn many new ideas and techniques to enhance your quilting experience, and share your expertise and experience with the other MVQG members.

Randi Roten (, PM President