Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild

All modern quilters welcome to join!


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Membership!

The committee is delighted to announce that from Monday 27th May, you will officially be able to join the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Inc!

I’ll start with answering some questions that you might have!

What will be the benefits of joining the GWSMQG?

  • You will be able to be a part of this inspiring, friendly and creative group of people!
  • You will be eligible to attend any meeting of the GWSMQG
  • You will be eligible for member discounts for Guild events
  • You will eligible to participate in Guild challenges and group projects
  • You will become (as soon as it is possible – hopefully July 2013) a member of the global MQG and entitled to benefits as follows:
    • Access to the new (coming later this year!) MQG website.
      • This is going to include a social media hub which can be used at an individual, national and international level
      • You will able to easily communicate with other guilds and their members
      • You will be able to share photos, ask for advice from other members and find information about MQG challenges
    • Opportunities to participate in inter-guild member swaps and challenges
    • Discounted entry fees for MQG quilt shows
    • Priority and early bird registration, and discounted rates on conferences and events (if you are lucky enough to be able to travel to the US!)
    • Discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors
    • Membership cards
    • Official member blog button
    • Membership pin
    • 10% discount on online MQG merchandise purchases
    • {I take no responsibility for the MQG list of benefits – this is information provided by the MQG and may be subject to change}

Can I come to meetings if I am not a member?

  • We love meeting new people and welcome anybody interested in modern quilting to come and try out our meetings and see if you’d like to become a member.
  • For all new visitors in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area (including the Blue Mountains, full details in the Guild’s constitution), your first visit is free.
  • After that, you may attend 2 more meetings upon payment of the Visitor’s Fee (see below).
  • After those 3 meetings, you must join if you wish to attend any further meetings.
  • We also love meeting other quilters from outside Sydney and interstate! If you are visiting from outside of the Sydney area (licence to be provided as proof of address), you may attend any meeting, without being a member, upon payment of the Visitor’s Fee.

What do I receive when I join?

  • Upon payment of the joining fee and the annual membership fee, you will receive the following:
    • a magnetic name badge
    • a fabric pack to make your membership quilt block
    • a GWSMQG membership card
    • a copy of the GWSMQG constitution

Do I have to pay for anything else after I have paid my joining fee and membership fee?

  • Yes. The Sunday Sewalongs cannot be fully subsidised by the Guild, due to the high cost of hiring premises in Sydney. Also, not everybody can attend the Sunday Sewalongs, so in the interests of being equitable, it is necessary for those who do attend to wear the cost. The committee resolved, at our last committee meeting, to increase the charge for the Sunday Sewalong to $15 per person. The Guild will cover any shortfall between those attendance fees and the room hire charge.
  • For $15, you get 6 hours of sewing in a fully air-conditioned, private room, in a centrally located, licensed club. There is a bistro on the premises, and the staff are awesome – they will bring your coffee & cake and your lunch to your table whilst you sew (food and drink at your own cost). You are also able to bring your own lunch if you would prefer. The toilets are clean, there is plenty of parking and we think $15 is pretty good value for our Sunday Sewalong!

How do I join?

  • We don’t have a Guild bank account (yet), so all fees will be collected in person, in cash.
  • Please come along, in person, to one of our upcoming meetings, request a membership form, hand over your fees, and you’re in! We should have enough fabric packs to give you one instantly, and I will arrange for your name badge and membership card to be printed ASAP.
  • (The membership cards will be a little basic to start with, but may become a bit fancier once we have an idea of how many members we have).

What if I have already been coming to meetings and am not ‘new’? How does that work?

  • We want all of you who have been coming along to our meetings to join. We have enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing your modern quilting!
  • We would request that you please attend at least one meeting before the end of July and officially join the Guild by July 31.

Okay, how much is this going to cost?

  • The committee has set the 2013/14 annual Membership Fee at $50.00
  • All memberships accepted from Monday will last until 30 June 2014.
  • The committee has set the 2013/14 Joining Fee at $15.00
  • The committee has set the 2013/14 Visitor’s Fee at $10.00

If you have any questions, please ask! You can leave a comment below, email us at gwsmodernquiltguild@gmail.com or come along to a meeting and have a chat with us.

We think that you get a lot of benefits from joining. The MQG is going ahead in leaps and bounds and it will be thrilling to be a part of that global group as well as our small, local group. We are really excited that our Guild is making this next step. Please join in and be a part of it too!

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It’s Official!

I am delighted to announce today that the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild has been granted registration as an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009. Which is a fancy way of saying that we are now an official entity, with a constitution and rules and brand new office-bearers, elected by those present at the Monday Meetup on 22 April, 2013.

The inaugural office-bearers of the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Inc. are as follows:

President – Sheridan Powell
Vice-President – Lorena Uriarte
Secretary – Jenna Appleton
Treasurer – Sheridan Powell

We will be ready to start accepting membership fees at the very next meeting, on Monday 27 May, and that will be the basis for a separate post.

Once the founding members of the GWSMQG Inc. have joined and we have official membership underway, we will be seeking nominations for two more ordinary (ie non-office-bearing) members to join the committee. Caroline Gunn has kindly agreed to be nominated as our Challenge Officer, so that’s one nomination taken care of. Please come and see us at a meeting if you would like to be nominated as the other ordinary committee member. We welcome lots of involvement from all members and hope that everyone will step up in due course and take a role in leading the Guild.

If you aren’t already aware, we are hoping to be one of the first guilds to sign up to be an official member guild of the global Modern Quilt Guild from the 1st of July, and we are on track to achieve that.

Behind the scenes, my next job is to apply to the Australian Tax Office for not-for-profit status.  I have updated the ‘Upcoming Meetings’ on the side tab, and you might see Lorena and Jenna in here too from time to time. I apologise for not keeping this as up to date as I should have, but it’s never too late to start afresh.

Thank you to everyone who played a role in applying for registration as an Incorporated Association. It was a big job and your help was much appreciated!

Cheers
Sheridan