President Tina Rounsavell called the meeting to order at 12:40 pm. She welcomed guests and new members and asked that people silence their cell phones. Tina introduced Programs Co-Chair Laura Brubaker.
Programs Co-Chair Brubaker introduced Elena Etcheverry who is the San Diego County Fair, Home & Hobby Coordinator. Ms. Etcheverry encouraged Guild members to submit entries to the Fair. She acknowledged the problems with the Home & Hobby exhibit of the past several years and discussed actions that she has taken to improve the exhibit. She answered questions from Guild members and encouraged them to contact her with additional suggestions and concerns.
Programs Co-Chair Brubaker introduced speaker and Guild member Sydnie Wauson who spoke about “Are You Ravelry Savvy?” Sydnie presented a live exploration of her Ravelry account and explained how she used it to monitor groups and maintain her stash.
After the presentation, President Rounsavell conducted the business meeting.
Stash Sale: President Rounsavell announced that the Guild would begin accepting donations for the stash sale at the February general meeting.
Retreats: President Rounsavell announced that the reservations for the August 17-20, 2020 retreat would begin at the February general meeting.
MTM Class: President Rounsavell announced that Karen Bochinski will teach a class on “Learn to Warp on a Rigid Heddle Loom” on Wednesday, February 11, at her home; the cost is $20. If you do not have a loom, Karen has some for participants to use. For further information, see the Guild website or contact Karen.
Membership: Chair Nancy Nevin announced that she is now accepting membership renewals for 2020 (the membership year begins in February). Guild members may renew in person at a Guild meeting or by mailing in the renewal form and check. Treasurer Carol Myers will now take credit card payments for renewals (and for retreats and workshops) only at meetings. Chair Nevin will distribute the new directory and the 2020 stickers for your name badge in April.
Philanthropy: Chair Ginny Newton referred Guild members to her article in the newsletter and on the website in which she reported on the 2019 philanthropy activities. She thanked all of those who contributed in 2019. She reminded members that she has yarn for those who want to participate by creating scarves, hats, baby items, and blanket squares
Programs: Co-Chair Sue Zois announced that in February, Kyle Kunnecke will speak on “Why My Mom Hid Her Needlework” and will present two workshops and that in March Irina Anikeeva will speak on “Seeing the World through the Knitting Design” and will also present two workshops. Further information is on the website.
Holiday Luncheon: 2019 Co-Chair Willa Cather reported on the 2019 Holiday Luncheon. She reminded everyone that the luncheon is one of two fundraisers for the Guild (the stash sale is the second). She explained that the luncheon fee covers the cost of the venue, the lunch, and the runway, and that the Opportunity Drawing is the fundraiser. The 2019 Opportunity Drawing raised approximately $3,400.
2020 Co-chair Sydnie Wauson announced that a group of volunteers has already begun thinking and working on the 2020 Holiday Luncheon but more volunteers are welcomed. She reported that they desperately need storage space for about eight Rubber Maid storage bins which contain the supplies and for the donations for the opportunity drawing. If anyone has space, please contact Sydnie.
Carol Myers was Master-of-Ceremony for Show & Share; Stacey Mann was the photographer.
President Rounsavell reported that the guards at the gate appreciate that members are wearing their name badges and reminded members to wear them to each meeting.
President Rounsavell adjourned the meeting at 2:24 pm.
—Mary Van Orsdol, Guild Secretary