Changes and Direction for 2017-18
Much happened at this year’s Annual General Meeting; a new Executive was elected, we made changes to our meeting schedule and location, and our Library is on the move.
The membership voted to split the 2017-2018 calendar year into two shorter sessions. Going forward we will have a Fall season, and a Spring season.
While there is plenty of interest in getting together as potters and clay artists, members have been finding it difficult to commit to monthly meetings and the work needed to sustain a full program. The winter months also pose a challenge to out-of-town members when the roads are icy.
Having a Fall and a Spring season will ensure the Guild delivers on its key values; workshops, an annual sale, and support among the clay community.
The Fall Session will include:
- September – Our Annual General Meeting, which we just had.
- October – A meeting to follow up on our AGM, and to tie up loose ends before the sale.
- November – Our annual Fall Sale at Desert Gardens.
The Spring Session will include:
- March Potluck – This will be a Social as well as a short meeting in someone’s home.
- Spring Workshop in April or May – This could be a one-day workshop like the one in Sorrento in 2017, or a big one with a featured instructor. Or both. The 2018 workshop has not been finalized. If you have something in mind please bring your proposal to the October meeting.
October Meeting at Parkview Recreation Centre
Next Meeting – Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 pm
The guild is meeting in October at Parkview Recreation Centre to finish off preparations for the sale. If you’re in the sale come and pick up your flyers, posters and information about the upcoming sale.
Library and Meeting Locations
Our September and October meetings in 2017 are at the Parkview Recreation Centre, but obviously the lighter schedule will mean the guild won’t need to book the room monthly. As a result the library will be moving to Daphne Johnson’s house, which is close to MacDonald Park. Members can check books in and out with Daphne who is our new Librarian. Perhaps there could also be a Library Night in the winter at some point.
Mark Hemmingson, Sheryl Willson and Karen Clark stepped down from executive positions, and we have a few new people at the helm.
Secretary: Joanne Graham will remain as secretary, and will continue working with Jan Alexandre on the Sale Committee.
Treasurer: Angie Steiger is our Treasurer. She will handle membership fees.
President: Sheila Mcdonald is serving as President.
Website and Newsletter
Mark Hemmingson will continue as webmaster. You will notice a few changes on the site, but Potters Info will remain much the same giving you the information you need.
The Newsletter will no longer be a regular monthly staple. In fact, there is no one to do the newsletter at this point. If you want to pick up the mantle there are a couple of options. Mark is willing to help anyone who wants to learn how to create and send a newsletter using WordPress or Mail Chimp.
If no one steps forward to do a newsletter there is always email as a way keeping everyone informed. In fact, newsletters are just fancy emails.
Here are some helpful links to get you oriented for the fall.
Membership: Info > Fees and Contact Info
Memebership: Download > 2017-18 TVPG Membership Application
Fall Sale: Download > Sale Application
Library: Email > Daphne Johnson
Website: Email > Mark Hemmingson
We don’t have any workshops planned at the moment. Perhaps you would like to be the contact for this important part of the Guild.
No is clay order is planned for the immediate future since Karen Palmer and Glen Mantie just did one in August.
While it may seem disappointing to loose some of the things the Guild is used to, the core values are being maintained. Here’s a reminder of the things we hold in our constitution.
The objectives of the TVPG shall be:
- To bring together potters and ceramists in the Thompson Valley area in BC in a group for their mutual advantage.
- To endeavor to improve the standards of ceramic work in the Thompson Valley by education of the membership and the public.
- To promote exhibitions of members’ work at such places as may be decided upon.
- To endeavor to expand the choice of ceramic books in the local library and to bring in films or slides on a loan basis on ceramic subjects for the use of members.
- To hold meetings and provide lecturers and/or workshops each month or as otherwise agreed upon.
- To affiliate or collaborate with other groups of potters or other craftsmen in Canada, the United States or elsewhere as may be decided upon.
- To carry on such other activities as may be decided upon from time to time, of an artistic, educational or social character.