Well, I’m still unpacking from our retreat in Homer, how about you? Thank you Patrice, Alice, and all the ladies in Homer for showing us such a great time. The hard work you did showed in the gifts given to attendees, mini-classes, the mystery, and all the little details, including the lovely cookies! It was so good to be able to see our old friends, make new friends, and sew a little in between!! Our hours spent at retreat will live on in our memories.
Before the official start of retreat, we had an Executive Board meeting. Besides the regular business (approving prior meeting minutes, reports from Officers and Committee Chairs, etc.) there were a couple of new business items. Kathleen Barkley, our Vice President/Education Chair had some changes to the current Education Chair S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedures). Much of this was to streamline and clarify the language. Other items under new business were discussions on the retreat. Increasing the Registration Fee for future retreats was approved. The fee has remained the same since we moved the retreat to Homer over 12 years ago, yet the costs keep going up. We voted for a $20.00 increase, bringing the total Registration fee to $150.00. The T-Shirts will remain $20.00. It has also been decided to have only one Retreat Scholarship per year instead of two. Next year’s dates have been decided, so mark your calendars for February 21 - 23, 2020.
On Saturday, April 27th, we have our Annual Meeting at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. The business meeting begins at 10:00. The agenda includes reports from all Officers, a Report of the Audit Committee, and an election. In odd numbered years, the Vice-President/Education Chair and the Secretary are up for either re-election or replacement. Each of these offices are two year terms. One has an option of being in office two consecutive terms. Kathleen Barkley, our current Vice-President/Education Chair has served two terms, so her office is available. Heather Johnston, our Secretary, has served one term. Heather has expressed interest in continuing on as Secretary, and we do have a candidate for Vice-President/Education Chair. This is not to say that you cannot throw your hat into the ring. At that point in the meeting, we will ask for candidates from the floor, so if you feel so inclined, we can have more than one candidate per office and vote with a ballot. Also on the agenda is the big reveal of the 2019 KPQG Challenge Blocks. You have until this meeting to finish yours! There will be more information about this elsewhere in the newsletter. We strive to keep the business meeting short, and at the end of the meeting, there’s a Show & Share section where we get to show what we’ve been working on, and a section where we can share any quilting related news. After a lovely lunch (provided by Central Peninsula quilters, desserts provided by Homer quilters), we’ll have a demo on making your own templates given by Linda Wagner. Sounds like a good technique!
Also, we have been told that there will be at least two teachers coming to Alaska from outside. One is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor who will be at Bearly Threaded Too in June. This is the same CI that was in Homer the year before, thanks to Alice and Cinda taking a workshop in Montana…also, word is out, through Seams Like Home newsletter that Tula Pink will be in Alaska at their shop in August. I’m sure there will be more opportunities for quilty fun that will be brought up at the Annual Meeting.
Hope to see you all in April!