Monday, November 20, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Eileen Van Dyk.  Secretary report read.  Approved by Cindy Peer and seconded by Linda Justmann.  The Treasurer’s report was read.  Approved by Patsy Larson and seconded by Kelly S.  We had a guest this evening named Chris Fohrenkamm and she decided to join our guild and along with Tracy Vail. 

Committee Reports
Budget – Bridget will be working on this.  The categories will be simplified to 4 categories including: Education, Fund Raising, Community Service, and Misc. There was money left over in the Education budget from last year of approximately $267.00. 
Caring Quilts – 1 large big purple quilt and 1 small one quilt were tied by 4 ladies tonight before the guild meeting.   Still more to be done.  There are also 56 packets of purple fabric for blocks to be made.  Please take a packet or a few and sign out on the list after the meeting.
Quilt Show -  Patsy working on it.  Still looking for a jump drive or disc.  This was located in the back room after the meeting.  JoDee called Patsy with that information.  Only 2 ribbons will be issue this year at the show.  JoDee volunteered to do the Vendor letters. Sandy provided the sample letters and Vendor list from previous years. 
Program Committee -  was held after the meeting this evening.  Many great ideas were shared.  Multiple members will be making contact to possible speakers for the upcoming year.  The goal is to have a printed program for the first of the year. 
Treasurer’s Report – Starting Balance:  $5,676.13.  Outgoing: Hope Dietrich $25.00 for paint chip challenge – JoDee Johnston $5.26 prize for farm girl vintage ( open) Incoming: $270.00 (18 members paid dues)   Ending Balance:  $5,915.87
Retreat Committee – Hope talked about the contract.  The new cost is $108.50 Friday noon through Sunday.  The extra day on Thursday is still in negotiations with Oak Forrest Center.  This will be announced at the December meeting.  Plan to pay for 2 nights for sure at December meeting.  Eileen to negotiate 2 meals a day instead of 3 to help with the extra expense.  Non-guild members are ok to invite if we are not full.  Minimum of 12 an Maximum of 24.  If you are attending the retreat, you will need to make your checks out to the Willow River Piecemakers this year instead of Oak Forest Center. 
Farm Girl Vintage – Pam’s group with the 48 blocks – 4 members completed their 4 blocks – drawing won by Cherri.  Bridgette’s group - Betty won the drawing.
Challenge – Paint Chip Challenge - 4 completed items were turned in – all very nicely done – The guild voted and the winner was Hope Dietrich.  Thank you to Barb Rogers and Hope for doing this challenge project.  They will be displayed at the Quilt Show in Sept.  If you were not able to complete your Challenge project you may still enter it in the show if you chose to. 
Old Business – Community Service Project for the month of December was discussed.  After discussion the decision was made to send 10 quilts to Puerto Rico to Grace Lutheran Church, a church that Eileen had emailed previously.  And it was decided we would give to T.H.U.G. in Somerset.  (Truly Humble Under God) which helps teenagers in need.  We will be giving a $100.00 gift certificate, $25.00 Grocery gift certificate, and a stocking with stocking stuffers – all for 1 teenager.  If you choose to donate to the stocking stuffers, it was suggested to bring chap sticks, Subway Gift Cards, gas cards, and other appropriate stocking stuffers that a teenager could use and that would fit in a stocking.   
Pam Caduff brought quilt books and patterns to give away and share with everyone.  Cherri brought a wooden quilt frame to give away as well. 
We had Show and Tell and Hope did a wonderful program on embroidery with crayons and how much this has changed over the years.    She put together a handout if you were not able to be at the meeting. 
Laurie Croone one of newest members in the guild had knee surgery the week before.  I sent out a get-well card to her.
The meeting was adjourned by Kelly S. and seconded by Linda Justmann. 
Hostesses were Barb Rogers and Hope Dietrich
Next Month – December’s meeting is on December 14th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  It is a potluck event.  The discussion Topic is Quilting Memories.  There will be a Christmas block exchange if you are interested.  Bring a 12 ½ inch unfinished Christmas Block in a brown paper bag.  Also we will be playing the Dice game so please bring a couple of fat quarters to share for the game. 
Hostess for the December meeting is Bridget Larson.  All that should be needed is beverages as we will be having a potluck. 
Please remember your stocking stuffers for the December meeting as well. 
It has come to my attention that I will out of town for the December meeting so if someone could please take minutes for me and send them to me, I would really appreciate it. 
I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas as well. 
JoDee Johnston

Willow River Piecemaker’s Secretary

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