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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE April 2019
By Deb Kelly
It’s finally Spring, although it hasn’t really felt like it! BVQers have been busy busy busy! Lots of projects were started, worked on, and even finished at the 2019 Retreat at Black Rock in March. Some of our members did the same at Sewing by the Sea. I saw many of our members at the Lancaster Quilt Show where new projects were planned and the supplies purchased, so the circle will keep going round and round! We have a Bucklebee handbag workshop planned for May, we have a bus trip planned for the Chantilly Quilt Show in June, and lots of us have started working on our Premie Challenge Quilts for the unveiling count in August. In August, we have our current meeting place from NOON until the close of our evening regular meeting, so I am sure we will get a lot more done. Done is good! But keep in mind a quote I recently saw….”Focus on the journey not the destination, for joy is found in not finishing an activity but in doing it.” I must have a lot of joy, since I have a lot of unfinished activities!!
Believe it or not we only have 4 more months of our current BVQ operating year. With that in mind, it will be voting time next month for your Board. Remember, per our bylaws – “All nominations made by the membership shall be submitted in written form, signed and given to the Nominating Committee before the April meeting”. So, if you are so inclined to nominate someone, please contact Gretchen Gobris before the April meeting! “The annual election of all officers shall take place at the regular meeting in May of each year. Election will be by a simple majority vote of the members present. Voting shall be by secret ballot. If there is but one (1) candidate for each office, after soliciting nominations from the floor, the vote may be by voice.”
Also, I am starting to gather information about Committee Chairs for next year (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020). Watch for an e-mail from me regarding the process of filling all our Committee Chair positions. I just KNOW that I will have more volunteers than positions….but we will deal with that!!!! Please consider taking an active role. Take a look at our by-laws (Article VIII – Committees) – they can be found on our web page (password protected, contact me if you need the password). There are abbreviated “job descriptions” for various Committee Chairs. Interested but not ready to “lead”? Consider expressing your interest for the future and you can work with the Chair as a learning curve. It takes a village – and we have a pretty nice village to live in!