Piecemakers Guild

Concord Piecemakers Guild: A Guide for New Members

Guild meetings begin in September each year and run through June. Meetings are usually every 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 7:15 - 9 pm; in February, a Saturday (all-day) Quiltathon replaces our Wednesday meeting. The monthly program schedule is included in the Year Book, which is handed out to members at the September meeting; the calendar is also available on the CPM web site: Between 7:00 and 7:15 p.m. members sign in, visit, check out books from the guild library, sign up for workshops and other events, pickup or drop off projects for Outreach programs and shop at the quilt shop vendor. The business meeting begins at 7:15 pm, and includes information on various guild business items. Next, an invited speaker will present a talk about her/his work, often including a slide show and/or a display of quilts. The meeting generally concludes with show and tell. Meetings generally end at about 9:00 p.m.

The guild is funded mainly by our bi-annual quilt show and yard sale, which are held in the fall of alternating years. An additional fund raising activity is a biannual raffle quilt; membership dues also provide support for guild programs. The success of each of these major guild activities depends in large part on the time, talents, and efforts contributed by each guild member.

Guests and friends of members are always welcome at any meeting; they are charged a $5 guest fee. Our membership is limited due to the fire code and limited seating at our meeting site. If guild membership is closed, the Membership Chair maintains a list of prospective members. These individuals are then invited to join whenever an open space becomes available.

Annual guild membership dues are $25, and are due at the May meeting. Our May meeting is a formal business meeting, during which the budget for the next year is presented to the guild for approval. In accordance with the guild by-laws, the Nominating committee presents the proposed slate of officers in the April newsletter; officers are elected at the May meeting. All members are encouraged to become an active member and be involved by serving on committee and/or becoming an officer; there are at least 15 positions that need to be filled to maintain the activities of the guild.

Guild benefits for each member include: