My Last President’s Letter
I can’t believe it has been a year since I wrote my first president’s letter for the newsletter!
A lot has happened, but we sure haven’t had many meetings! We have had some very successful
fundraisers this year starting with Art in the Park last July and ending with our Dress the Bed this
March. Our Bonnie Hunter trunk show and classes, while not technically a fundraiser, brought
in a good amount of money, and was a huge success. We were able to bring people from all over
the state, (and as far away as Ohio!) to Grand Island for an event that went off very smoothly
thanks to the efforts of so many in the guild working together. Thank you all again for making
that such a huge success and so much fun! I know that Susan Smith was looking forward to having Bonnie here, and she would have been thrilled with the way it turned out.
We had such a great time on the bus trip that Missy, Vanessa, Lori, and Donna planned
for us. I know that I am already looking forward to the next time for that! Having to cancel or
postpone three meetings in a row over the winter months was very strange, but the meetings
and programs that we were able to actually have were great. Thank goodness we did have good
weather for our Dress the Bed!
In January, we had our first retreat in Schuyler at the monastery there. It was very beautiful, and as a first timer, I have to say that I was so impressed with the place! Unfortunately, when
I called right after retreat to book it for next year, they were all booked up. We talked about it at steering meeting, and I did feel that it would be nice to have it more local this next year. I
understand that it is nice to get completely away from Grand Island, but I also think that we have
enough members that just can’t travel that far, or stay away from home that long, that it would
be good to have it closer once in awhile. So, we decided in the steering meeting that we will try
to have it locally every other year, and in Schuyler every other year. We will be having the 2020
retreat at the Boarders Inn and Suites here in Grand Island. The 2021 retreat is already booked
in Schuyler. I think that is a nice compromise. I am still planning on booking a hotel room and
staying in Grand Island. They have a wonderful full breakfast at the hotel, and lots of room to
spread out for sewing in the same room where we had our Dress the Bed. It will be great!!!
We lost two of our dear members this year. Susan Smith last summer, and E. Carol Eveland this
winter. Our lives are a vapor, but the relationships that we make and the art that we leave behind are such an important legacy. It has been my joy and my honor to serve as your president,
and I hope to continue to serve the guild wherever I can.