We’re starting a new Guild year, and this is my first letter as President. I am so excited for this coming year! I served on the board as an At Large Member not long after I moved here in 2003, but I have not been on the board since then. I have a lot to learn, so bear with me! The wonderful thing is I have a great team to help bring me up to speed!! I want to thank each board member for their dedication to the Guild. They are the reason this Guild is doing so well!
Since we have some new board members, and this is my first time as President, my vision for this year is a fresh start for the Guild. The new board met last month, and we’ve got a lot of new ideas and plans for you! We’ve started by strengthening our foundation with updated Guidelines and By-laws, which will be presented at the September meeting. One of my desires is to help the Guild become more visible in the community. I want to encourage each one of you to find a way to support the mission of the Guild, either by volunteering a little time on one of the committees, or to sign up for one of the outreach opportunities that will be mentioned throughout the coming year.
The newsletter lists all the committees that we currently have. Some of the people listed as committee chairs have been doing them for some time now, and many do not have anyone to assist them. If you see something that you would like to learn more about (ie: how it works), I would love to have some of our newer members get involved — it’s an easy way to find out more about how the Guild works. You can contact me with any questions or to get connected with a committee. Most of these are not time-consuming!!
The first outreach opportunity will be the Hands-On-Creativity event held at Plaza Arts on October 28th and 29th from 11–4 each day. We have a table each year where we share our love of lettering by writing people’s names for them. You can sign up for an hour, or come for the day. It’s a great way to introduce people to the world of calligraphy!
We also have an exhibit coming up in October at the Green Hills Library. Hopefully you have been working on the Lettering Project for 2017, so those pieces can be used. More info and deadlines are listed elsewhere in this newsletter.
There are several great workshops coming up in September and October, and more planned for the spring, so stay tuned! See the info in the newsletter for the current workshops, both of which still have openings. I encourage you to sign up — it’s a great place to learn, and I always get great tips and ideas from these classes!
To all of our new members, I want to extend a warm welcome! Please feel free to contact me or any board member with questions. I hope you will find that the Guild community exceeds your expectations!
See you in September!
P.S. Don’t forget to bring your Summer Envelope Exchange envelopes in some kind of display to the September meeting!