To All Members – Election Process

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During this season of social distancing, it has become necessary for the MVQ Board to accomplish the Guild’s business other than through face-to-face meetings.  One task to accomplish is electing our next Executive Committee.  We will be using an on-line service called “ElectionRunner”.

To prepare for the election, we are asking all members to check their email addresses to make sure the Membership Committee has the correct information on file.  An email was sent to all the email addresses on the current membership list yesterday., If you did not receive an email or you need another copy of the membership list, please contact Bev Valle, Membership Committee Chair, at membership@mvquilters.org before May 26, 2020.

Starting June 1, 2020, you will receive an email with a link to an online ballot.  Once you click on the link, you will be able to vote yes, no or abstain from voting for each of the nominees for the five Executive Committee positions.  Once you have submitted your ballot, the software will note your choices and send a receipt to you. 

You have until June 8, 2020 at midnight to fill and return your ballot.  During that eight-day period, if you have not returned your ballot, the software will send gentle reminders to you to do so.  At the end of the election time frame, the software will produce a report with the election totals.  Any nominee with a 51% or greater “yes” vote from the submitted ballots will be declared “elected” by the board. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at president@MVQuilters.org .

Elizabeth Swan, President

President’s Message

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Reprint from newsletter

We are living in uncertain times. Social distancing is keeping us apart. Difficult decisions need to be made. No one knows what the “new normal” will look like. The rules as we know them have been replaced with “what ever it takes” to get the job done. We have decided to move forward as best we can until we can be together again. I am looking forward to acting on the decisions the board has made and carrying out their plans.

Unfortunately, our May and June face to face guild meetings at NECC have been cancelled. However, our Communications Chair, Cathy Harnisch, is working hard, doing the research, to see if we can put together a virtual guild meeting using YouTube live. We will test first and, hopefully, will have something available in June or July. More information on this to come.

The Board recently made the very tough decision to cancel the 2020 Quilt Show. A lot of planning ahead and rearranging needs to be done. Please see Diane Kelly’s message in this newsletter.

The Nominating Committee is announcing the slate of candidates nominated for the next fiscal year. Due to the cancellation of live guild meetings, we will have an on-line vote. We’ve done the testing. Having a successful election depends on every member taking the time to make sure our Membership Committee has a correct and current email address for everyone. Please pay special attention to Bev Valle’s notice in this newsletter and information from the President regarding the on-line election process.

We are postponing the suggested Bylaw changes until we can have a live guild meeting in order to give all members a chance to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Thank you all, very much, for your kind words and encouragement during this difficult time. The Board is working overtime to make sure that Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild remains strong together.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to contact me. Elizabeth Swan, President

May Newsletter

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The May Newsletter has been posted

Virtual Board Meeting

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Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild is having a virtual board meeting on Wednesday, May 13th starting at 7 pm.  The meeting will be conducted through the “GoToMeeting” platform.  An invitation will be sent to all the board members with instructions and a code to join the meeting.  The board always invites members to attend the meetings.  If you are a member and wish to join us, please contact me so that I can send an invitation to you.  For security reasons I cannot post the code.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Elizabeth Swan, President

Another Show Cancelled.

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The World Quilt Festival, scheduled for August 2020, has been cancelled by the Mancuso Show Management.

Condolences to the Wigall Family

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Out heart felt condolences go out to the Wigall family on the loss of Steve Wigall, Loleata Wigall’s husband.