Lee Ann called the meeting to order. A motion was made by Jane and a second by Penni Jo to approve the November minutes. All were in favor.
Lee Ann announced the upcoming programs:
January: faux fossils taught by Lori
February: to be announced taught by Jane
March: spring candle ring taught by Cheryl
Lisa suggested that we occasionally teach classes with a holiday theme.
The treasurers report was given. We currently have 21 members.
Lee Ann announced next year’s guild officers. They will be:
President – Tom
Secretary – Cheryl
Treasurer – Angela
Webmaster – Myra
Librarian – Jane
Assistant Librarian – Lee Ann
Bottles of Hope – Nance
Photographer – to be announced
Inchie swap – Lisa suggested that rather than doing an item swap every other month, we might consider doing an inchie swap. We will think about this and decide at another meeting.
Membership Dues are payable in January. The cost is $36 a year with discounts given for teaching a class or serving as an officer. Angela will send out emails detailing each individual’s charge.
Library review was on the new issue of Polymer Cafe. We discussed entering your items in their challenges.
Retreat Information – Penni Jo reported on the retreat. The budget has been set for the food committee. We will need folks to sign up to help set up and clean up after meals. Marcia will do the inchie swap. She will not require any funds. Ruth will be in charge of decorating. The guild voted to buy half of the needed table skirting now and bins for storage. We will work on buying the rest of the table skirting next year. Tom has ordered and received the ovens. He is storing them until the retreat. The guild needs to purchase 3 timers and 3 oven thermometers. Lisa has received four replies of companies willing to sponsor the retreat by donating to the goodie bags or to the silent autions.
There is a members only discount for the retreat. Email Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. March 11 is the deadline for the early bird registration of $80. The charge after that date will be $90. The budget for the room rental, janitorial service, food costs and other items needed was discussed.
Feedback from last year’s retreat revealed that the reason it was successful was because it was friendly, our theme was carried through-out the event (including music at the entrance), we kept to the schedule, the food was good and there was a general sense of convenience. Besides all that, we had FUN! We will work on achieving those same things again this year.
This month’s program included each person bringing an item they made and sharing the techniques used. We then swapped by playing “Dirty Santa”. Penni Jo gave a demonstration of how to make darling Christmas tree earrings.
The next meeting will be held on January 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the City Arts Center on the fairgrounds.