PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE March 2020
By Deb Kelly
I’m back! Thanks Jeanne and Nancy A. so much for filling in for me over these last few months.
Looking back on my President’s Message from last April….what a difference a year makes! I spoke of our Retreat at Black Rock…this year we can thank Pam Leland and committee for locating a different place for our 2020 retreat which, despite a few glitches, was fantastic at the Wyndham Resort and Convention Center in Lancaster. “Sewing by the Sea”, an event that lots of BVQers attend was cancelled this year. Many of us were excited about the Lancaster Quilt Show – cancelled this year. I spoke of the Chantilly bus trip we were looking forward to – this year we had to cancel a planned bus trip to NYC. Our “Sew-In” was planned for August. This year, we had it in February. And this April was to be the debut of our new location – Neumann University, which will offer a bigger, quieter, more “techy” place than our location at the church. And that debut has been cancelled due to our “social distancing” requirement in light of COVID-19. Despite all these changes, we are still BVQ strong.
We have been keeping in touch through e-mails and our Facebook pages, especially regarding how we can help during this virus pandemic - did you know we have 2 Facebook Sites? One is for members of BVQ only, where we can share information pertaining solely to BVQ and our members…. https://www.facebook.com/groups/213327400693/. The other is a public Facebook page where we can share what BVQ is doing to the entire Facebook community.
https://www.facebook.com/Brandywine-Valley-Quilters-Quilt-Guild-100820481421664/ Please feel free to share on either one – but keep in mind any private info (members info) should NOT be shared on the public site. The sites are monitored – but please be careful. Feel free to share our PUBLIC WEBSITE (www.brandywinevalleyquilters.org) on the PUBLIC Facebook page – so we can spread the word about BVQ.
Other things may be affected. It’s time to vote for your new Board. Per our By-Laws “All nominations for Board Positions made by the membership shall be submitted in written form, signed and given to the Nominating Committee 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.” We have a current (virtual) Board Meeting scheduled in early April where we will discuss these dates and how dates may or may not be affected since our cancellation of our April meeting.
Also, it’s that time where we plan for new Committee Chairs for our next operating year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021). There may be some changes to how we have done this in the past, where if you wanted to continue as the Committee Chair, you could. We have a lot of new members, who might like the chance to be a Committee Chair so if you have been a Chair on a particular committee for a few years, you may be asked to step down if another member shows interest. But remember, no one works alone, so your cooperation with a “new” Committee Chair will be expected. More info to come on that.
Please stay safe amid our current unbelievable country’s situation. Positively thinking, see you in May!