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Message from the PresidentFrances Cranford 2014

Greetings everyone. I know you are enjoying this beautiful weather. We had a productive board meeting in April at the Stitchery, a beautiful shop, in downtown Rome, Georgia. If you are traveling in that area of our state, be sure to stop by and visit.

I hope everyone has mailed in their memberships in for this year. We are working on the membership directory for this year and plan to distribute them at the convention in August. We need your information as soon as possible if you wish to be included. Also, we will be contacting the businesses that are listed in the current membership directory and asking if they wish to remain in the directory under Services. Only current members, whether individual or business, will be listed in the directory. Being listed in the directory as a business member and having your information on the website is great advertising.

Sara Shy is planning a great retreat for this year. If you have not mailed your registration, please send it to Jane Barwick so she can get your information to Sara. We had a great time last year and learned a few new things from demonstrations offered during the retreat by the vendors and members who wanted to participate. Let us know if you would like to demonstrate a technique. Demonstrations should not take more than thirty minutes. A fun convention tradition is when guilds send a door prize with a member to the convention. If your guild is willing to provide a door prize, please let Sara know.

There are openings for president-elect, treasurer, and newsletter editor for next year. If you wish to participate on the board or know someone who may like to participate, please let one of the board members know. We have a great board who enjoy keeping information on the various quilt conventions, guild information, and any-thing that relates to quilting available for Georgia quilters. The job descriptions for the positions that are open are as follows:

President-elect: Chair the By-law Committee, serve on the Nominating Committee and perform the duties of the president in the absence of the president. He/she shall also provide information about forming a guild to any interested quilting group. The president-elect shall serve as chairman of the convention committee. During the second year of service, the president-elect shall serve as president of the GQC.

Treasurer: Takes care of the management of the financial affairs of the Council. He/she maintains the bank accounts and collects and deposits all monies due the Council. All financial transactions are reported to the Executive Committee and accurate records maintained. The Treasurer furnishes a copy of all financial information for publication in the newsletter to the news-letter editor and also furnishes a copy of the finances to the membership at the convention each year. He/she shall be responsible for all tax related forms and shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining Federal and State “non-profit” filings.

Newsletter editor: Gathers information for publication in 6 newsletters during the year, works with a printing company that mails the hard copies, maintains lists of members, and sends out The Sampler to the email list. This information is gathered from the board committee members.

Descriptions of all of the board positions are given in the membership directory under the By-Laws. If you have questions, please contact the current board or committee members. There is always someone to help out, and no one person is over burdened with one job.

Please consider volunteering for the GQC. It is a great way to meet quilters from all over the state! If there is anything we can help you or your guild with, please let us know.

Quilt on Georgia,