President’s Message

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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