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As Tami Llewellyn ends her term as our PM President, I would like to relate a little story about her.

When I first joined the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild (shortly before Covid), I had attended a few meetings and had very little interaction with anyone at the meetings. I watched the program, cruised the free table, listened to the business and went home. At one meeting, I sat next to another woman who was sitting by herself. During the break we started talking and both kind of agreed that maybe this wasn’t the friendliest group of people and might not be a good fit for either of us.

Across the table from us was another woman who turned around and said she did not agree with us. She said we should just get involved and volunteer to do things and we would get to know how many nice, friendly people were in this Guild.

Right after that Covid hit the world and there were no in-person activities to get involved in. So, I continued to watch the Guild meetings and sew by myself. When things opened again and we could attend an in-person meeting, I remembered that conversation, started volunteering, made some wonderful friends and began to love this Guild. It isn’t perfect but trust me, there is something for everyone here, you just have to reach out and find it.

I have no idea who the woman was that I was sitting next to (I hope she found what she was looking for), but the woman who turned around with the advice was Tami. She certainly changed things for me. I don’t have to drive 90 miles to the coast to get my quilting fix and enjoy the quilting life. Many of you know I came from the coast and belonged to an equally wonderful guild there. I found another wonderful guild right here.

Tami is one of the most kind-hearted, fun-loving people I know, and I will always appreciate that simple advice. I hope every member we have will volunteer and be involved with the Guild. It is the cheapest therapy you can find, and you might have some fun along the way.

Even if she is no longer President, I know Tami will be volunteering and making more new friends. We need more people like Tami in the world!

Ginger Dale, AM President