Committee Chairs

2017 – 2018

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Joan Lowder

Bee Keeper

In skinny, younger years, I made all my own clothes and sewed quite well. When there were then too many rolls and curves to sew around, my sister suggested quilting. Little did I know quilting could have the same. I’m self taught sewing & quilter and always a wannabe art quilter. Love meeting new people. The Bee Keeper maintains a roster of bees within the guild. This roster reflects each bee’s membership, contact person, meeting times and places. Members of the guild interested in joining a bee should contact the Bee Keeper for assistance. The Bee Keeper provides this information to the Web Administrator for posting on the website.

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Martha Claire Henzler

Education Co-Chair

At times, the guild is asked to demonstrate quilting at area events. The Education chair is responsible for coordinating volunteers for those demonstrations.

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Linda Fichthorn

Education Co-Chair

At times, the guild is asked to demonstrate quilting at area events. The Education chair is responsible for coordinating volunteers for those demonstrations.

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Margaret Varner

Hospitality Co-Chair

I joined the guild in 1991 when they met at the church on Bolton Street. Since then I have been the Librarian for several years, Membership for 2 years and many years as either the Hospitality Assistant (with Fannye Hall) or in charge of Hospitality. I have also served on several quilt show committees. I am also an active member of the Mooresville Centerpiece Quilt Guild. The Hospitality chair is responsible for procuring members to supply refreshments at all Guild meetings. This is done by a volunteer sign-up sheet.

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Della Lawson

Hospitality Co-Chair

I have always had a love of quilting and sewing. I learned to quilt from my mother and grandmothers and learned traditional quilting and hand quilting from them. I have been commissioned to hand quilt projects for Colonial Williamsburg. With a background in fashion and interior design, I enjoy making quilts to display and use in the home. I enjoy the Forsyth Piecers and Quilters Guild group of talented quilters with whom I am inspired by every month! Happy Quilting! The Hospitality Chair is responsible for procuring members to supply refreshments at all Guild meetings. This is done by a volunteer sign-up sheet.

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Towona Sherwood

Librarian Co-Chair

The Librarian is responsible for making available all the books in the library at each monthly meeting. Members are allowed to borrow books for a month at no charge. New books are added periodically, usually by recommendation of a member. Once new books are added, a notice is placed in the Newsletter. A complete list is provided to the web administrator for posting on the website.

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Tabitha Rosenbalm

Librarian Co-Chair

The Librarian is responsible for making available all the books in the library at each monthly meeting. Members are allowed to borrow books for a month at no charge. New books are added periodically, usually by recommendation of a member. Once new books are added, a notice is placed in the Newsletter. A complete list is provided to the web administrator for posting on the website.

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Diane L Karraker

Membership Co-Chair

Diane was born and raised in the Omaha, NE on a vegetable farm with an extended family of 13 cousins.  She lived in the Bay Area of San Francisco while her husband was stationed at the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital.  After 3 years they returned to Lincoln, NE for her husband to finish his degree and lived there 13 years, before she was promoted to management by IBM and moved to Winston-Salem in 1986. Diane met her second husband at Centenary UMC and was married on New Years in 1994.  She has one son and 3 teenage grandsons; they live in the Raleigh area. Besides working on the farm since age 8, Diane’s first job was with Mutual of Omaha while she was a senior in high school.  She later became an executive secretary at Gooch Foods in Lincoln.  She became a bookkeeper for Village Inn Pancake Houses and Nebraska Trucking Association; where she was introduced to state politics in business.   Her husband landed a job at IBM after graduating from UNL and 3 years later Diane was also offered a position with IBM.   After 7 years Diane was promoted as first line manager over the administrative unit in Winston-Salem.   In 2010 she was retired with 32 years of service. Diane began sewing when she was a Blue Bird in the Camp Fire Girls sewing on her grandmother’s Singer treadle.  In high school she took homemaking and fell in love with sewing and making most of her clothes and semi-formals.  She later taught herself how to knit and crocket.  However, it was when her little boy was 4 in 1976 that she wanted to make a quilt for him.  With determination she made a small quilt that she hand-tied.  That little quilt was then passed on to her first grandson.   In August 2014, Diane felt that God wanted her to pursue quilting.   She found YOUTUBE classes, Crafty’s classes and some TV shows that helped in the making of her first quilt.   Ava Lewandowski church told her about FPQG.   She started attending in April 2014 and joined in June.  In 2015 she become co-chair of the Membership and continues in that position. She’s still exploring all that quilting has to offer and really hasn’t found a niche.  To date, she has made 9 quilts for family and friends and several nap and preemie blankets for the guild.  Her 3rd quilt for grandson, Jacob, was entered in the Dixie Classic Fair and won 2nd place.   This was the first time she had ever entered any competition of any kind. What you probably don’t know about me is I did professional clowning with a Christian group in Winston-Salem for 6 years. The Membership Chairs are responsible for collecting dues and remitting to Treasurer, maintaining the membership lists, providing new member packets and name tags, handing out door prize tickets, taking attendance at guild meetings and helping to build guild membership.    

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Joyce Matlock

Membership Co-Chair

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Sue Edwards

Nap Blanket for Preschooler Chair

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Peggy Mulrenin

Newsletter Editor

Each month, board members and committee chairs submit their information to the Newsletter editor(s) for inclusion in the guild Newsletter. Monthly Newsletters are created in a timely manner and are provided to the newsletter distributor. Archive copies are maintained.

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Amy Elliott

Preemie & Charity Quilts Co-Chair

The Preemie chair is responsible for gathering preemie quilts made by our members and distributing these quilts to the local children’s hospitals. The chair also assembles preemie quilt kits which include the batting and backing (provided by the guild) for members to use in construction of the preemie quilt.

Marlene Land

Preemie & Charity Quilts Co-Chair

The Preemie chair is responsible for gathering preemie quilts made by our members and distributing these quilts to the local children’s hospitals. The chair also assembles preemie quilt kits which include the batting and backing (provided by the guild) for members to use in construction of the preemie quilt.

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Publicity

The Publicity chair is responsible for publicizing all guild events.

Judith Eby

Publicity Chair

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Barbara Wagner

Senior Lap Quilts

Barbara Wagner: My sewing life began in grade school (mother and home.ect.), but quilting began when a friend loaned me her quilt in a day(!) log cabin book and I progressed to Irish chain to paper piecing (Noah’s ark for a grandson),Bargello beach theme for his big sister, and so on. But real quilting was later while doing strip quilts for two other granddaughters, and on from there. Sometime my artist daughter even creates a pattern for me! So it’s mostly family as well as those various quilts for guild projects. Note: for bed quilts where on partner is warmer than the other, I vary the amount a batting per side, taking the season it will be used into account! I’m really grateful for all who have contributed to Senior Quilts!

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Paige Gallman

Sunshine

Hey I’m Paige. I am married to my high school sweetheart of 23years. I have two children. A daughter Jourdan (20) and a son RJ (18). I have been sewing most of my life and am self taught. Both of my grandmothers quilted. I have always loved the quilts they made. I really started quilting more when my children became teenagers. Quilting is form of Art and an expression of life. I really got serious when I felt God impress my heart to make preemie quilts for Brenner’s children hospital. I wanted to bless those who are going through challenges in life with the love of a quilt to comfort them. To let them know God holds them in his hands just like a quilt wraps around them. This chair is responsible for sending cards and/or flowers to sick or grieving members.

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Charlotte Pritchard

Web Administrator

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Emy Bruhn

Welcome Co-Chair

My mother taught me to sew as a girl, along with other needle arts. Quilting has become my favorite. I took a beginners quilt class from Ann Roth when she had her shop in Clemmons. She was a wonderful and patient teacher. I like traditional quilting and am always very inspired by the Quilt Show and Show & Tell quilts. Joining the Guild has been a great way to meet other quilters, learn new stuff” and be motivated to actually finish a few projects! The Membership Chairs are responsible for collecting dues and remitting to Treasurer, maintaining the membership lists, providing new member packets and name tags, handing out door prize tickets, taking attendance at guild meetings and helping to build guild membership.

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Gloria Bruce

Welcome Visitors Co-Chair

I have been a guild member since 1998 when I moved from Ca. to Winston Salem. I participate in the quilting Friends Bee at Old Town Rec. center every Wed. I have enjoyed many friendships through being a part of the guild. I am a long arm quilter and enjoy making quilts to give away to the needs presented to our guild. I also have made many quilts for my family of 6 children, 19 grandchildren and I great granddaughter. The Welcome Visitors Chairs are responsible for having greeters at the door for each meeting, greeters badges, assist greeters in escorting visitors and showing the different opportunities, free table, library, preemie checkins, refreshments, telling what we do as a guild, bee opportunites, secure a seat, introducing them to other members.

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Pat Gordy

Welcome Visitors Co-Chair

The Welcome Visitors Chairs are responsible for having greeters at the door for each meeting, greeters badges, assist greeters in escorting visitors and showing the different opportunities, free table, library, preemie checkins, refreshments, telling what we do as a guild, bee opportunites, secure a seat, introducing them to other members.

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Dianne Luce

Workshops

The workshop chair takes registrations and fees for the workshops; arranges with the church for the necessary space and any equipment that is needed for the workshop; attends the workshop at no charge or arranges to have someone else attend in her place; opens and closes the church the day of the workshop; gets lunch for the leader (opt – can take orders for lunch from the participants but is not required to do so)

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