Guild Minutes April 13, 2013

During the Rug/Tapestry Study Group Inspiration over Lunch, Jan Tooker talked about the process she goes through to decide the colors and style of her weaving and what it should be.

We also discussed the potential awards for our rug show:
Best decorative piece
Best wearable piece
Best first entry
Best handspun yarn
Best weaving using hand spun yarn (must be at least 50% handspun yarn)
People’s Choice
Handwoven’s Weaving for the Home Award of Excellence

We are looking for someone who works with fiber to judge our entries.

Gayle Mason will present the inspiration for the May 11 meeting that will begin at 11:00.

Hand Weaver’s Guild of Lincoln
Minutes of the meeting
Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Guild meeting came to order at 1:03 pm. Present were Victoria Hilton, Mandy Binder, John Geppert, Sharon Valencia, Karen Cantrell, Cheryl Rennick, Lori Beck, Paula Churchill, Gayle Mason, Patricia Miller, Jan Tooker, Henda Pretorius, Joan Johnson, Sharon Vandenack, Peggy Junker, Linda Carlson and Sue Ranta.

MINUTES:  Sue Ranta read the minutes of the March meeting. They were approved as read.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  Cheryl Rennick reported a total of $24,144.12 in our accounts. Insurance of $538 per year is now due. We are insured by Continental Western Group; Forsythe Insurance is our agent. No one has looked at what our insurance covers in years, and it is possible that our policy may need to be updated or changed to another company. We have more looms and other things than we did when this policy was originally written. We need a task force to evaluate our insurance needs – fire, theft, vandalism, etc. Sue offered to attempt to put a cash value on the looms we have now. John Geppert provided a listing of our looms. Cheryl reported that she has begun a budget to get a better idea of the Guild’s income sources, and areas of expense.

We discussed the possible use of the Apple “Square” to accept credit card payments at crafts fairs and other selling opportunities. Cheryl reported that the fee is 2.75% plus fifteen cents per transaction. Sue suggested that if we decide to use the Square, that we set a minimum price per charge.

RUG GROUP has been meeting. (See separate minutes) Additional ideas for awards includes Best first entry, Best handspun yarn (skein). They are still working on finding judges for the event.

EDUCATION TASK GROUP:  Cheryl Rennick reported that there is no spinning class now and will not have one during the summer months either. In the fall, we will offer beginning weaving. Fall courses will include spinning and intermediate weaving, and in spring spinning and weaving 102 will be taught.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE GROUP:  Will work on the possibility of setting up a board of directors.
FACILITY:  Reevaluate the cost of looms and replacement value
MEMBERSHIP:  Recommends categories of membership and tiered studio fees.
            Student is full-time college student with student ID
            Honorary = 80 years old and a member for 5 years
            Sustaining – Someone who donates to HWGL but does not weave any more
            Life member –
            Memorial (Legacy in Estate) – gift in will.
The group discussed how to prorate fees for new members.
After discussion of the above fee structure, the group decided to table the item and vote at the May meeting.

Will Rennick is working hard and progressing well.  The floor is now ready to be painted.

MEMBERSHIP IN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION:  A vote was made and seconded that we join the College View Neighborhood Assn.  The motion passed unanimously. We need to contact Lynn Fisher as we have not yet received a bill from the association.  May 8th is their next association meeting.

STUDIO OPEN HOUSE: The group decided upon the hours of open house to be 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on both Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Henda Pretorius will send to all members tasks needed to be done to prepare for the Open House.  We may sign select what we wish to do via email.

PLAINSONG FOLK FESTIVAL:  In Sprague-Martell Community Center on October 5, 2013.  We will demonstrate spinning and weaving during a two-hour block.

A motion was made and passed that we participate at the Old Cheney Market. We may pass out our business cards as we weave and spin, but will need approval to sell anything. The tent will be provided. Bring your own chairs and table if needed. Contact person is Megan Jackson. (402) 309-9096.
Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will be allowed to set up three or four Sundays per season.  We need to decide which Sundays will work best for us, and who will participate. The market is open April 28th to October 27th, 2013.

Joan Johnson gave more information about the “Give to Lincoln Day” on May 16.  In connection with raising funds, Sue Ranta shared ideas for making requests, as she learned from the AMA seminar she attended.

The Guild decided to again exhibit at the St. Mark’s Craft Fair, which will be held November 9, 2013.  Cheryl Rennick said that the cost would be $90 for a 10’ X 10’ space, and $8 for a table.

The Capital Humane Society is holding “Tails “N Trails Pet Walk & Festival” on May 18 at Fallbrook, and Sharon Vandenack and Paula Churchill will demonstrate spinning dog hair.

Catherine Easton will host a going-away party for Henda and Johan Pretorius at her farm on Sunday, May 5, at 2:30.  All Guild members and their families are invited.  Linda Carlson said that she would send driving directions by email.

Linda announced that Sue Ranta has given to the Guild a digital camera.  We thank her.

The business meeting adjourned at 3:10 and was followed by an informative talk on dyeing by Sharon Vandenack.

Respectfully submitted,
Sue Ranta

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