G – it’s a great Gathering of wonderful, dedicated, focused, fun-loving people
U – it provides a Unifying place for quilters of all nationalities, talents & interests
I – it provides a place to express Individual artistry, from beginner to advanced, and to further individual knowledge & experience
L – it provides a wonderful place to Learn, outside the internet, and develop new skills and friendships
D – it provides an opportunity for people to Dedicate their talents – whatever they may be – to help furthering an organization dedicated to charity work and learning the fine art of quilting.
This is what I have found to be truth all around me in abundance. It is what has motivated me to use my talents towards ensuring that the Orchard Valley Guild survives. These past 2 + years have been exciting (organizing The Gathering), challenging (hip replacement for me) and very different for us all since the onset of the covid-19 pandemic. The team of Board members active in this guild are 2nd to none in my opinion!
They have been instrumental in ensuring
- the survival of this Guild,
- our ability to keep up virtual contact with members of our guild who may not have otherwise
had any outside contact, and
- enabled us to maintain our charitable contributions to the KGH – NICU and other organizations.
I am very proud to have been a part of such a wonderful team.
With the vaccine taking hold around the world, more specifically around our world; we are now able to look forward to getting back to meeting on a regular basis! So we will endeavour to once again pick up where we left off and to continue with the great experience of being a member of a Quilt Guild.
Please keep in mind that being a member of a guild also means being an active participant in that guild. I would most definitely encourage ALL MEMBERS to take their turn in becoming a member of the OVQG Board. You will not regret the worthwhile experience of ensuring that your passion and favorite hobby continues to exist in this world!
Stay Excited, stay Learning & stay Connected!
Sharon Planche-Williams, outgoing OVQG President (Sept 2021)