The Austin MQG will be electing new Executive Officers on June 12th! In order to get to know the candidates better, each one has provided a summary of why they want to represent you.
Mary Anne Williams
This time last year, I had just made a major life-decision to accept a new position and move myself and my sewing machine to Austin, Texas. Being a member of the MQG helped to make that transition so much easier... by joining the Austin MQG Facebook page, I was able to get to know members before I even arrived in town!
Now I am in the position to be able to give back to the Guild by serving as your President. I want to encourage our new quilters to become involved in the Modern Quilt Movement. I want to meet more of you all that, like me, have been quilting for many years but are intrigued by the energy, interactive nature and aesthetic of the Modern Quilter I want to support our members who aspire to become part of the MQG industry and to help them celebrate their successes as they reach their goals.
My vision is to engage all of our membership to help build Our Guild into one of the leading MQG chapters in the U.S. Over the next few months, I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas for the future and to share with you why I am uniquely qualified to lead the way. I know that we can achieve our goals together, and I look forward to working with you all to make it happen!
Vice President of Communications
My name is Rebecca Roach and I’m running for VP of Communications with four goals in mind- Transparency in Executive Council discussions and decisions, increased communication across the board, a successful transition to using the tools on the new Modern Quilt Guild website, and an increased outreach in community service. I’m already familiar with all of the social media tools that the guild has created, and I intend to greatly expand their use. In particular, I hope to make the AMQG blog a destination spot that is regularly updated with engaging content relevant to our members, including pre & post monthly meeting information (as well as Executive Council meetings) and detailed results of any surveys conducted on our membership. In addition, the creation of a monthly email newsletter will provide another outlet for the Executive Council to reach out to members and a Welcome Packet mailed to all members will become a tangible reference where they can read detailed Executive Council biographies and contact information, learn about all of the benefits & discounts that are available to them, and explore all of their opportunities to volunteer within the guild. A host of changes are going to happen when our guild officially joins the MQG, and I intend to drive that process as it relates to communications and guide our members through learning all of the new social features on the MQG website. Finally, I want to expand our community service efforts beyond quilt donations and give our membership opportunities to interact face to face with the people of Austin.
I was born and raised in Oklahoma City and studied Forensic Science at Baylor University. I now live in Pflugerville with my husband (and cat) and work full-time at the Texas Department of Public Safety. In my spare time, I own a company called Frybread Quilts & Cuterie and design quilt patterns and sell gift and home décor items. I’ve been an active quilter since 2004 and my work has been shown at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, QuiltCon, and the Dallas Quilt Celebration. I’ve been published in Quilting Arts Magazine and 101 Patchwork Projects and featured on blogs such as Craftzine, SewMamaSew, & Craft Gossip.
Vice President of Events
I'd love to take part on the executive council so I can be a part of making our guild one of the best in the country! I would love to help the board get us involved in more events throughout the Austin community, including craft shows and vendor fairs. I also want to make sure all of our Wimberley Retreats happen, they are AMAZING and worth attending. I have a lot of ideas that span many of the executive council's position descriptions, so it would be great to be on the board to help make some of the ideas happen. I am a graphic designer, so that makes me a good fit for coordinating the yearbook as well.
Vice President of Programming
Maker of purses and designer of our logo. You know, that chick with the pink hair.
I would like to increase my participation with the AMQG so I am seeking the executive council position of Treasurer.
I began attending AMQG meetings in the Fall 2012, attended a retreat and enjoyed several workshops at QuiltCon. I love to learn new techniques, get inspired by other's work and meet modern quilters in the area!
I have 8 years volunteer leadership experience with the Oak Hill Elementary PTA, a non-profit organization, serving as both a committee chair and executive board member. I have served as Vice President in charge of fundraising since 2011. During this time I have worked closely with our Treasurer to manage an annual budget of $80,000. I have also coordinated many of the school fundraising activities including partnerships with local business, direct giving campaign, annual carnival and silent auction, and many family events. My 2-year term as Vice President with the PTA ends June 2013.
In addition to being a mom of two children, I work part-time in a fast paced medical practice handling financial records, insurance contracts and patient accounts.
Thank you for your consideration!
Hi! I'm Emily Thompson and I'm running for Secretary of the Austin Modern Quilt Guild because I am passionate about modern quilting and would love to help provide a positive guild experience for all members. I would make a great Secretary because I am well-organized, able to devote time to the organization, and I'm extremely detail oriented - hey, I'm a quilter, right?? Making lists is a favorite past time, and I also enjoy scrapbooking and would love to be in charge of keeping our photos in order over various types of social media.
Originally from Illinois, I've moved around over the past few years and have been a member of the Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild and the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild before settling in Austin and joining our guild last fall. I'm an optometrist by day and quilter by night. Currently I live in northwest Austin with my Jason and brother, Dan, along with our crazy cats Carlton and Zoey.
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