Meeting Update and Survey

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The following guild meetings have been cancelled:

9/17/2020 – CANCELLED
10/15/2020 – CANCELLED
12/3/2020 – CANCELLED

Do you want to go to a meeting? Would you like to have a virtual meeting? Let us know a by completing the a small survey.


Coming Soon

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Liz Swan and I are working on a live broadcast meeting via YouTube. We did a small test this morning. Planning another test next week to work out some of the bugs. And to learn how to use the software.

We want to create a Show n Tell slideshow. Please submit a picture of your show n tell, along with your name and a short description, to me at

I look forward to seeing what everyone has been working on.

Cathy Harnisch
Communication Chair

Meeting Updates

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Hello, everyone:

I hope you are staying well and safe in your homes.  I see a lot of quilts for show and tell when this crisis has passed.  Plenty of quilts for our charity and our quilt show.

I’m sending this email to you today to let you know that the board meeting scheduled for 4/1/2020, and the guild meeting scheduled for 4/16/2020 have been cancelled.  This is due to the fact that the school will be closed until 5/4/2020 and the guidelines set by the government for social gatherings, limited to small groups, has been extended to 4/30/2020.

I want to assure you that the members of the board are doing their best to make sure that we continue on with business as usual so that when this crisis passes, Merrimack Valley Quilters Guild will be able to pick up and move forward without a stumble.  We are speaking by phone and corresponding by email on an almost daily basis to handle questions and all situations.  We are moving forward with the hope that we will be able to hold our May guild meeting and our Quilt Show in October as planned.  The quilt show committee is working hard behind the scenes.  If you are a Quilt Show subcommittee member, I thank you for your continued efforts.

At this time, the suggested bylaw changes are on hold until the guild has an opportunity for a group discussion and a vote.  We will take this one day at a time.

Nominations for the executive board positions must move forward.  I am hoping that we can present a slate of nominees at the May 28th guild meeting for an immediate vote.  At present, we do not have a full slate.  Jamie Ruh has agreed to return as next years Secretary and Layne Rando has agree to return as next years Accounts Receivable Treasurer.  We still need nominees for President, Vice President and Accounts Payable Treasurer.  If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else for one of the open positions, please contact the nominating committee:  Diane Kelley, Chair, Judy Naylor, Vice Chair, Linda Lydecker, Deb Desmarais and Maggie Judd.  The continuation of our guild depends on a complete executive committee.  We also need a Programs Chair for next year if we are to continue having programs at our guild meetings.

A bulk email was sent to all the members using my personal email address of .  If you did not receive an email from me, please make sure that you have my comcast email as a contact so that my emails do not you to your junk mail. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I love hearing from all of you.  Be well and safe.


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As of today, Northern Essex Community College is closing the school for the next 30 days.  Therefore our guild meeting scheduled for March 19, 2020 has been cancelled.

At this time, we will still be holding the April guild meeting.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you.

Elizabeth Swan

2020 UFO Auction

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All volunteers for the UFO Auction are requested to arrive at NECC on 2/20/2020 at 4:30 pm.  Volunteers are asked to enter through the side door at the loading dock. 

The doors at the Atrium will remain closed and locked until the UFO Auction Committee has time to complete set-up.  We are hoping to have set-up complete and the doors open by 5:45 pm. 

If you have mobility issues and normally use the loading dock doors to enter, we are asking that you please do not arrive before 5:45 pm.  There will be a lot of activity in the main room at that time and we do not want to risk anyone getting hurt. 

The meeting will not begin until 7 pm so there will be plenty of time for members and visitors to view all the silent auction tables before the auction starts.  The usual tables in the Atrium will be set up for you to sign in and get your bidding “paddle”. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact Stacey Caruso, Sue Spinelli or Liz Swan. 

Thank you for your consideration.