Minutes of the 25th AGM of Aotearoa Quilters (formerly NANZQ) held at the YMCA meeting room, Christchurch, on Saturday August 31st 2019, at 5 pm.
Present : Mary Culver(president), Felicity Ellison, Shirley Sparks, Donna Cumming, Liz McKenzie, Judi Schon, Julia Arden, Marie Williams, Charlotte Scott, Catherine McDonald, Maria Rohs, Jill Brake, Nicky Holland, Kathleen Burford, , Mary Napper, Andrea McClare, Ngaire Dawson, Heather Craig, Sandy Holden, Lorraine Holmes
Mary Culver welcomed everyone to the 25th AGM.
Apologies: See list attached. Julia Arden (Secretary) moved that the list of apologies be accepted. Seconded Felicity Ellison. Carried.
Minutes of the 2018 AGM.
Julia summarised the Minutes of the 2018 AGM. Julia moved that the Minutes be accepted as a correct record of the AGM. Seconded Mary Culver. Carried.
Matters arising from the Minutes
Liz McKenzie (Treasurer) presented the Financial Report for the year 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019 (attached). Liz moved that the Financial Report be accepted. Seconded Catherine McDonald. Carried.
Mary Culver presented her report on the successful and busy year that Aotearoa Quilters had had. Report attached.
Moved by Mary Culver, Seconded Marie Williams, carried.
Cosy Kiwi Kids
Marie Williams read out a letter from Bobby Duncan, in which she said that donations were waning and asked if it was time to wind up that project. The consensus was that we should keep going until we reached the 1000 magic figure (921 so far). Perhaps have a push for more, using the newsletter and the Fb page.
Sandy Holden asked if quilts could be brought to regional get-togethers to save postage. Mary Napper reported that her local group wanted quilts to be distributed locally. Catherine McDonald said that most guilds have their own charity projects. Lorraine Holmes said that people like quilts to stay local. Catherine McDonald felt that as a national organisation, we cannot be involved in local distribution, but in the past strong links have been made with social workers in particularly deprived areas. Mary Culver said that those links with social workers meant that the quilts would travel with the child to their next placement etc. Kathleen Burford reported on the process of collating the donated quilts to the Mosque shooting families.
Mary Culver read out a heart-warming comment from one letter from a child, saying that he really appreciated the work that made the quilt and wrapping himself in it was like being warmed by 100 fires. Agreed that we should quote anonymously from such letters to encourage quilters to donate to Cosy Kiwi Kids.
Catherine McDonald moved that the current committee be congratulated on the work they have done over the past year. Seconded Mary Napper. Carried.
Mary Culver made a short presentation to thank Marie Williams for her work on the committee over the past 5 years.
The meeting closed at 5.50pm.
The Association was established in 1994 to promote and lead the development of patchwork, quilting and textile art within New Zealand. 2019 is our Silver Anniversary year.
It is our mission to provide New Zealand quilters the opportunity to expand horizons, to share work, and to learn.
We aim to support quilters and textile artists at all levels through offering a variety of classes, exhibitions, regional meetings and professional development opportunities. Membership is open to anyone wishing to keep in touch with the New Zealand Quilting and Textile scene.
So how are we doing?
Over the past year we have successfully held a number of events focused on promoting quilting and textile arts within New Zealand.
… So – what of the future
Aotearoa Quilters plans include:
I want to thank all our members but particularly the current committee for their
hard work and commitment to Aotearoa Quilters and their determination to make
the Association a successful organization.
Mary Culver President Aotearoa Quilters
Anne Adams, Sue Ashton, Rosslee Baker, Sandra Bentley, Janet Carter, Marilyn Clark, Raewyn Clark, Paula Cole, Michelle Collings, Mathea Daunheimer, Bobby Duncan, Lois Evans, Donna-Maree Farmer, Juliet Fitness, Merrilyn George, Lynda Grigg, Anne Groufsky, Lee Harper, Petronella Lazet-Polman, Denise Lee, Ruth Lewis, Sarah Martin, Melanie Martin, Kat Martin, Barbara McFarlane, Marilyn Muirhead, Isabel Neilsen, Vicki Newbegin, Catherine Parkinson, Sonya Prchal, Debbie Read, Yvonne Roberts, Margaret Rogerson, Janet Ryan, Clare Saunders-Tack, Janet Shaw, Mary Jane Sneyd, Veronica Spittall, Valda Sutton, Verina Thirlwell, Mary Transom, Sandra Warner, Camilla Watson, Wendy Welsh, Lyn Winter
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