|December 9, 2013||Posted by Mary-Anne under General||
Your committee is pleased to announce the launch of the new, revamped Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc, on Monday 16th December!
On this day, applications will open for membership of the guild, and we will unveil our new logo and signature colour scheme!
You will be able to complete and lodge your application online. Once your membership application has been approved, we will invoice you for the joining fee of $15 plus the annual subscription of $50 ($25 pro-rata to cover the remainder of the 2013-14 financial year).
Following payment of your dues, you will receive your joining kit comprising a gorgeous fabric pack featuring the MMQG print fabric and coordinating plain fabrics, a membership card, and access to the new MMQG Facebook site.
Membership of the MMQG will automatically grant membership of the Modern Quilt Guild “mothership”. This in turn will enable you access the MQG social media hub, allowing communication with other guilds and members from all around the world. This can include sharing photos, participation in swaps and challenges, advice sharing and general chat. At present, additional MQG membership benefits include discounts and special offers with MQG sponsors, a membership card, an official member blog button, a membership pin and discounted online MQG merchandise purchases, entry fees to MQG quilt shows, plus priority and early bird registration to US events. Remember MQG benefits may be subject to alteration, however, they are doing their best to include their international sister guilds in as many benefit opportunities as possible!
Back here in Melbourne, dates for our 2014 Sit and Sew events will be published, as well as our bi-monthly general meetings, where all members will have the opportunity to get together and help shape the direction of our guild.
Keep an eye out for that “open for business” sign on the 16th : we look forward to receiving your applications.
Here’s to a New Year of modern quilting in Melbourne!
|October 16, 2013||Retreats|
October 12 proved a beautiful Spring day – sunshiney skies, warm weather, and beautiful day to quilt. With 25 enthusiastic members, we shared a wonderful and mostly productive day (some more productive than others). Plenty of smiles, great conversation and food and quilt tips loving shared. We were greeted by a sweet little notebook with […] more
|September 16, 2013||Uncategorized|
Spring has sprung; the weather is warmer; and what better way to celebrate than by spending all day indoors at a sewing marathon day: Super Sewing Saturday. Following the popularity of the “no frills” event in August, we’ve planned a “low frills” event October 12. So for 12 beautiful stitchy hours from 9am-9pm you can […] more
|August 14, 2013||Events, Retreats, SASDs|
We had a wonderful event on Saturday at the Super Sewing Saturday. It was ‘no frills’ differing a little from our Retreat Days with a more relaxed approach- even though it was a ‘BYO lunch and dinner’ lots of chocolate and baked goods were supplied by our talented members! We even had gluten free cakes […] more
|August 13, 2013||Posted by Mary-Anne under Uncategorized||
It’s official; the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild is about to become the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Inc. We now have a registered, not-for-profit entity established and the Committee is working on moving the Guild operations to this new structure. Unfortunately during this transition we will be unable to process new membership applications until the necessary infrastructure is in place. Anyone wishing to join the Guild should send their contact details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive updates on when new membership applications can be taken. Existing members of the Guild will automatically receive details on the membership application process and associated fees for the new structure. This information is expected to be available in September 2013.
As soon as we are ready to go, we will be in touch with existing members to let you know the next steps. We are very excited about the opportunities that the new structure offers and look forward to you joining us for the next phase of the Guild.
|July 12, 2013||Posted by Mary-Anne under Uncategorized||
The meeting of members to discuss incorporation of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild was held Sunday, 30 June 2013, at Camberwell Library. 19 members, including the current committee were in attendance.
Following an introduction, background information about the current committee structure, and roles and responsibilities of the current committee members, the benefits and responsibilities of incorporation were discussed. Those present asked questions about the decision to incorporate and other matters relevant to the Guild.
Following conclusion of this discussion, Andrea Medwin moved that Alissa McAvoy, as Secretary, lodge the Application to Incorporate with Consumer Affairs Victoria. The motion was unanimously supported by those present. Two email affirmative votes were noted.
The next steps in the process are for the application to be lodged with Consumer Affairs Victoria, and the outcome to be advised to all guild members. The committee will make available to interested members proposed alterations to the Model Rules for Not For Profit Entities, and will report in due course regarding further steps in implementing incorporation, including the setting of membership fees. This information will be published on the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild Blog as soon as it becomes available.
|June 24, 2013||Posted by MMQG under Uncategorized||
In readiness for the meeting to discuss incorporation at 9am on 30 June 2013 at Camberwell Library, we have attached a link to the Consumer Affairs website that provides details on incorporation of not-for-profit entities.
The site includes a lot of information, including matters to consider when deciding whether to incorporate or not. However, in the context of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild, the Committee considers the key benefits to be:
1/. The establishment of a separate legal entity.This allows the Guild to enter into contracts in its own right, operate a bank account, have easier access to public liability insurance and ensures that the Guild will stay the same, even if membership changes.
2/. Members and office bearers are protected from personal liability for the organisation’s debts. While the Guild does currently not have any debts, this is considered to be an important benefit.
3/. Incorporation will involve a more formal structure, which will provide clarity to the members on the operation of the Guild.
4/. In the event that we wish to apply for grants, we would be able to apply for a wider range than an unincorporated entity.
In some cases, the benefits of incorporation will be immediate i.e. the Guild will be able to join the Modern Quilt Guild in its own right. Some of the benefits may not apply at present or may never be realised, however the Committee believe that incorporation provides the Guild with substantially more scope and flexibility for future activities.
We look forward to seeing you next Sunday.
|June 9, 2013||Posted by Mary-Anne under Uncategorized||
The MMQG committee would like to give notice of a meeting to be held at Camberwell Library, on Sunday 30th June at 9.00am. The sole purpose of this meeting is to discuss incorporation of the MMQG. We have chosen an existing Sit and Sew date as the most practical time and venue opportunity to conduct our business.
It would be advantageous for as many members of the guild to attend this meeting as possible.
|June 2, 2013||Posted by MMQG under Uncategorized||
Important update about your committee : after several months of enthusiastic work for your guild, Bronwyn H has decided to step down from the committee. We wish to express our thanks to Bron for her hard work in supporting and assisting with so many MMQG activities.
The committee is pleased to advise you that we have been very fortunate in securing the talents of two well-known members, Rebecca B. and Cathy M., who had expressed interest in joining the committee when we canvassed support previously.
We now have a committee of seven : Bec B., Louise L., Alissa M., Andrea M., Cathy M., Maryjane M. and Mary Anne S. The committee members offer MMQG a wide range of skills and experience, and will continue working energetically to promote modern quilting in Melbourne.