Membership Information

Welcome to our guild, your guild!

If you are interested in joining the Orilia Quilters’ Guild please download the membership application here, complete the form and bring it with you to the next Guild Meeting.

This page provides some information about the background of the Orillia Quilters’ Guild, the functioning of the guild, and of course, what you can do as a new member to contribute.

Our Logo

Our logo was designed by Annabelle Lovering in 2002, after being selected by the executive among several entries.

The sunshine yellow outer circle is the “O” for Orillia the “Sunshine Town” plus we’re an upbeat and happy group. The green “Q” is for Quilters, representing the greenery in our gardens and countryside. The blue “G” is for Guild, representing the lakes and rivers of cottage country. The heart and spirit of our guild is represented by the red heart. The white in the background of the center represents our winter season.

This logo is now a banner which hangs on the podium during our meetings. It was sewn by Annabelle Lovering, embroidered by Susan Sullivan, bordered and bound by Marcia Stephen, and quilted by Donna Shaw.

History of Our Guild

An information meeting was held at Regent Park United Church on November 21, 2001 to assess interest for a guild in Orillia. An executive was formed with Nancy Cameron as president, Cathy Wilkinson as vice-president, Donna Shaw as treasurer, Carolyn Dyk as secretary, and Clara Tingey took charge of membership. Helen Brush and Grace Hall stepped up for hospitality, and after a short labour, in January 2002 our guild was born. Cathy left the executive a short time later and was replaced by vice-president by Marcia Stephen.

Membership quickly grew to 125 with a waiting list. Meetings were held at Regent Park United Church on the third Wednesday of every month throughout the year. Fees at the time were $25.00 per year.

In 2002, the executive drafted a mission statement and constitution.

During the first two years of operation the executive grew as new members took on additional responsibilities. Shirley Kearney developed the Newsletter; Shirley Clark began the Outreach Program; Cathy Wilkinson handled program; Susan Sullivan established the Library; and Sue Piitz began recording the guild history.

Getting Involved

The Orillia Quilters’ Guild Newsletter is published every month – it provides information about happenings within the guild, projects that have been undertaken, program information, dates of speakers, workshops, and trips. Read it to determine what you would like to take part in.

You can participate by becoming involved. Volunteer to help on a committee, or to help set up for meetings, to “white glove” during the show and share portion of meetings, or to donate cookies for our meetings. Attend a workshop. By becoming involved you will meet the wonderful members of the guild and make some new friends.

Don’t be too timid to ask for information. You can approach anyone on the executive to help steer you. Check the list of current executive members, as well as the general membership list.

Other information that you may need to know

The guild’s mailing address is:

Orillia Quilters’ Guild Box 155, Orillia, ON L3V 6J3

A copy of the guild’s constitution is available. Ask the Membership Chairperson for one.

Membership fees are due in full by the end of January. Membership lists are made available to the guild members and may not be used for any solicitation purposes. Click here for the Membership Application.

Snow days/ meeting cancellations – A meeting is cancelled if the local radio station announces that the area school buses are cancelled (our area is Simcoe North). If in doubt, call someone on the executive.

A membership card will be issued to all members in February of each year. Members have the option of buying ($10) a permanent name tag or having a paper name tag inserted inside a plastic sleeve given to them. An order for permanent name tags will be taken in January of each year.

General Meetings

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month throughout the year, at 1:00p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Vimy Lounge, 215 Mississaga St. E, Orillia. Guests are welcome at a fee of $5 a meeting.

At each meeting the following happens:

CHECK-IN DESK

Sign in at the desk (members and guests) up to 30 minutes before the start of the meeting. Please wear your name tag.

Fundraising tickets are available for sale each week at the sign-in desk. 50% of proceeds go to Guild activities, and 25% to each of two people whose numbers are drawn. These two members are responsible for selling tickets at the next meeting.

Pick up your Newsletter.

MEETING

Each meeting consists of :

  • a short business portion,
  • a “Show and Tell” where members are encouraged to share their quilting projects and experiences,
  • a break at which the Hospitality committee provide beverages as well as cookies that have been donated by various members (there is a monthly sign-up sheet for people to volunteer to provide cookies). Please bring your own mug. d) a Featured Guest Speaker/Program. This varies monthly.

The LIBRARY is open to guild members before the start of every meeting. A wide selection of books, magazines, patterns and videos are available for a one month loan period. Please sign the appropriate loan card and give to the library committee members. Be sure to return the books at the next meeting.

There is an INFORMATION TABLE and bulletin board. Handout materials may be taken.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES , such as Block-of-the Month, Mystery Quilt, etc. will have a table set up for members to pick up their required information. These activities require registration when the activity begins and may have a fee.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH may also have a table for ongoing activities.

A WORKSHOP sign-up table will be present when a workshop is to be offered on a day other than the usual meeting day. A fee must be paid to hold a place on the list.

Members are asked to volunteer to take a turn acting as white-glovers for the show and tell portion of the meeting.