President’s Message: Guild Meetings Until June 2021

During the most recent Executive meeting it was decided that the Royal City Quilters’ Guild will keep our online format for Guild meetings until June, 2021.

We made this decision for a few reasons.

First, we don’t know how long the recommended isolation will last and we believe it is prudent to plan for the worst-case-scenario and anticipate not being able to meet in person during the coming Guild year. We need to start planning and booking programmes and workshops for next year, and decided that looking for speakers who are comfortable presenting online is best so that we don’t end up having to scramble to find speakers if live programs can’t happen. We recognize that meeting in person is preferable. However, the online format seems to be the next-best alternative to allow the Guild to continue to operate. 

Second, even once the isolation requirements are lifted, larger meetings might continue to be restricted, and we wanted to be prepared for that possibility.

Third, many Guild members who are in a higher risk group may not feel comfortable attending meetings in-person even once larger meetings are allowed. So even if we can meet in-person in the future, we are going to continue to broadcast the meetings simultaneously online to ensure access for all members.

Fourth, the online format will allow us to invite speakers from around the world! If there is a quilter whom you’d like to see as a speaker at our Guild, and who would have been beyond our geographic/financial reach in the past, let us know. The new online format will open up possibilities for us to invite speakers from anywhere.

The Executive recognizes that these changes may not be welcomed by all members. We understand that many people are feeling grief and loss around not being able to connect socially with friends and family. We know that an online meeting does not build the same kinds of connection as meeting in person and we will miss being able to visit and mingle with others. 

Our hope is that these changes will allow the Guild to continue to operate, and to build a strong community of quilters in Guelph. We also hope that you’ll continue to find inspiration from the guest speakers and workshops, and to find fellowship among Guild members. We hope to see you online in the coming year.

Monica Bell, RCQG President

When we are able to meet in-person, these are the details:

Guild Meetings are held at Three Willows Church and take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to June.

Library, Membership, Community Outreach and Workshop tables plus Show and Share Sign up List (located on the piano top) are open by 6:30.

The Guild Meeting starts at 7:00pm.
There is a break around 8:30pm
Show & Share at 8:45pm.

Three Willows United Church
(formerly Westwood United Church)
577 Willow Rd., Guelph, ON
N1H 7H3