Happy New Year!
It is already 2017, can you believe it? A belated Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (Hanukkah Sameach), and Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you had time to rest, recharge, and relax with family, loved ones, and friends. The new year also welcomes a new board to the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. I have assumed the mantle of President from Debbie, who did an amazing job leading the guild in 2016. We grew our membership, discovered more about our modern quilting community in Houston and across the US, and held inspiring events. Thank you to Debbie and all the 2016 board members for their wonderful work - it is appreciated by us all. The new board is ready to hit the ground running. We've got lots of great ideas (and are always looking for more!) that we'll be working to roll out soon. Contact any of us if you have a suggestion. The board members and their contact email are listed in the newsletter footer. We are actively looking for Committee Chairs. Please consider joining the board as a Chair and help us keep the events and community going. The time commitment is minimal and you can recruit members for your committee to assist. We are currently looking for chairs for our Industry Liaison, Sunshine, Retreat, and Meet-up Committees. Contact me if you have any questions. One last piece of business is our annual renewal of dues. This newsletter is being sent to our 2016 membership. To stay on the email list for the February newsletter, you must renew your membership. Instructions are listed below and we will be discussing it at our January meeting (Jan 21st). Let's make 2017 another great year for HMQG.
Stephanie Freeman HMQG President
Membership Renewal Time
It's the start of a new year, which means it's time to renew your membership to the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. Renewal is quick and easy, just follow the link below, fill out the form, and submit your payment (PayPal online or cash/check at the January meeting). If you have questions, please reach out to our VP of Membership, Sabrina Cook. Here's the 2017 Membership Form and then head to PayPal
Charity Update: Cypress Assistance Ministries
Thank you for everyone's donations of peanut butter and jelly at the Holiday Party for the Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM). Debbie dropped off 38 jars of peanut butter and 25 jars of jelly and CAM was very appreciative. They handed out food boxes right before the holidays and they were out of jelly and rice, so our donation was well timed! Rosemarie Waiand has kindly volunteered as Charity Chair in 2017. I know she'll do a great job, so look forward to updates from her. You can always bring orphan quilt blocks, fabrics, or notions to donate to our charity supply at any meeting or event. Contact Rosemarie with any questions.
Meeting Reminder & Details
We're hitting the ground running with our first meeting of the year on January 21st, 10am at St. Martins Episcopal Church (717 Sage St, Houston, TX). Remember to bring:
Sew 'n Tell
Completed HMQG 2016 Medallion quilts
Money for the opportunity basket and trunk show
Snacks to share