Minutes of Mid Island Weavers and Spinners’ Guild Annual General Meeting
Date: Sept 7, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Place: St Paul’s Church Hall, Nanaimo
Present: Karin Jacobson (Acting Chair), Betty Tufnail, Jeanette Brooks – Treasurer, Darlene Booth - Secretary, Frances Dawson, Margo Turner, Crystal Hanson, Jolie Rey, Sharon McGarrigle, Kathy McDonald, Liz Kaarremaa, Gwen and father (for Sheila) Frederickson
Karin brought the meeting to order and welcomed the new and returning members.
Jeanette reviewed the details on income and expenses. The current Balance of $613.20 reflected the payment of one-half of the annual rent and excluded dues received at today’s meeting. The net proceeds for the April Fibre Sale ($184.95 – concession + $60 – rental + $300 – table rentals) was a record high due to donation of food for the concession.
Motion: Jeanette Brooks/Karin Jacobson
That the financial report be accepted.
Betty reported that a fine Spinning Wheel had been donated to the Guild by Peggy Sonfield and members interested in borrowing it should contact Jeanette Brooks who will store it. Also an Inkle Loom had been donated.
Kathy reported that the Leola Studio in Nanaimo had a community loom that could be used by members on site. Warp was supplied but weft would be the responsibility of users.
The Duncan Fibre Fair was coming up near the end of October.
Guild Program Suggestions
A summary of the discussion of future program ideas, including workshops, extra meetings, with responsibilities for follow up is attached to these minutes. Action: Liz will put on blog.
The following is a summary of the discussion and actions further to the development of the future program shown in draft form in the attachment.
the hall was paid and available for a 2nd meeting each month which is not currently being utilized. Such a meeting could be used for a look at the books. Betty offered to open the Hall if required.
Other facilities could be available for an all-day workshop should the Church Hall not be available. Jeanette offered to arrange such a facility if required. Costs could be defrayed by charging a small fee. One option would be to offer non members attending the workshop an annual membership in combination with their fee.
Crystal will contact potential instructors and give to Liz a week in advance of October meeting. Contact info for potential instructors should be forwarded to Crystal. Crystal may find out ideas for further topics after speaking to these people. Talks could be scheduled for an evening meeting.
It was agreed that it would be useful to add some time to the Show and Tell for members to provide book reports.
Hostess Sign Up
Attached to these minutes is a summary of volunteers who will manage the refreshments for each meeting. Action: Liz will put on blog.
Action: Crystal volunteered to update the brochure on the Guild for review at the next meeting. The group felt if it was available to leave at appropriate suppliers and fairs it could be a useful tool for recruiting new members.
Next Meeting – October 5, 2011, 7 pm
Hostesses are Karin and Darlene.
Program will include:
Instruction by Liz on how to use the blog and add items
review of updated draft brochure prepared by Crystal
Further discussion of future program
Liz will present a book report
Prepared by Darlene Booth
Show & Tell
Margo – interest in coiled baskets in Spring 2005 issue of Spin Off; Betty offered to provide instruction to group – see attached programs.
Liz – displayed an impressive range of spinning/dying assignments of silk, cotton and fibre mixtures completed during course work. Also a Cat’s Head cedar/willow basket made at a Jeanne Carrigan workshop on Salt Spring Island.
Betty – several knitted ruffled funky scarves.
Crystal – knitting a sweater.
Jeannette B- awesome knitted sideways jacket with various felted adornments and interesting patterned front made from stash.
Karin – two Romney knitted lace shawls made from single ply dyed hand spun
Draft # 1 2011-12 MIWSG Program Suggestions with Hostess Sign Up
Month Topic Program Resp Hostesses
Unfinished Project Exchange/help
Spinning, Distaff Day, different wheels, different fibres
Coiled yarn for baskets
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Sheila & Gwen
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Unfinished Project Display
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? Silk workshop (Stitchers’ Muse)