Status: "The Village Quilters, Inc." guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Dues: Full Membership dues are $25 annually, which grants access to all guild activities. Limited Membership fee is $5.00, good only for one day for meetings and guild shows only. Our fiscal year is 01/01 to 12/31. Dues are not prorated. Anyone joining in Oct/Nov/Dec of the year will be considered paid through December 31 of the following year. Dues for the new year are collected starting with the November meeting. The Member List is sent to the general membership before the March general meeting.
General Meetings: These are held at 9:15 a.m. on the 2nd Friday of each month at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church on Hwy. 72 in Loudon. The first half hour is purely social and is also used to sign up for classes and workshops. The business meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. and is followed by the program.
Workshops: Workshops are usually held on the third and/or fourth Thursday of the month at the Chota Rec Center at 9:00 a.m. They are open to those with Full Membership only. Workshops are facilitated by one of our members. There is a minimum $5.00 fee. Signup sheets for these workshops are at the general meeting at the workshops table.
Classes: Program classes are offered by many of our speakers. Full day classes usually are held on the days just prior to and/or after the general meeting at the Chota Rec Center. Half day classes following the general meeting are also held at the Chota Rec Center. Fees are variable. Classes are open only to those with Full Membership.
Special Events: These may include such things as chartered bus trips to regional quilt shows or museums, classes, workshops and/or lectures offered by sister guilds in the area.
Sweatshops: An opportunity to work on charity quilt projects is available to all guild members on the 1st Monday of each month, 9:00 a.m., at the Chota Rec Center.
Quilt Challenges: In 2007, we began having a biennial challenge held in odd-numbered years. Members are presented with a “Guild Challenge.” The resulting quilts are evaluated and prizes are awarded at our June meeting, followed by a luncheon. In addition, we have an AQS Challenge in the even-numbered years. Prizes also are awarded and 8 winners are entered in the AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge contest.
Sub-Groups: There are sub-groups available to our members who may not be able to attend the general meetings or those preferring a more intimate group. Some “quilting bees” are held in members’ homes and others at the Chota Rec Center. Guild members may participate in any or all of these groups. These groups focus on common quilting interests among their members.
Quilt Show: A two-day show event held in even numbered years and our major money-making event. We have a showing of members’ quilts, a silent auction, and a sales boutique, as well as a number of vendors. Occasionally, we have a special featured quilter or display.