The Chicago Advisory Board was happy to host the American Sewing Guild Region 2 presidents and their board members for a leadership exchange on Saturday, June 4.
The leadership exchange is for the Chapter Advisory Board members to discuss challenges within their chapters; exchange ideas how to help each other; and to discuss with the ASG regional representative Jodell Larkin how the American Sewing Guild national organization can help the chapters.
Nice To Meet You
American Sewing Guild women naturally talk about sewing. We share our disasters, because other sewers empathize, and ask for ideas to save a project we don’t want to discard.
The Business At Hand: How To Grow Our American Sewing Guild Chapters
Besides sewing we talked about chapter newsletters, recruiting new members and how to give them educational programs and events within budget. We have lots of ways to communicate: websites, blogs, email blasts, and newsletters are all useful. We discussed the challenges of frequent communication and planning calendars more than 12 months ahead. The topic on every leader’s mind was: How can we get more members involved in the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB)?
After a day of sharing ideas and making new friends, the rain stopped long enough for everyone to dash to their cars or airport shuttle. Minneapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Cedar Rapids, Evansville, Peoria and Memphis — see you in LA! For more pictures from the day, see our Flicker album.
We Need You!
We understand that not everyone can commit to the time necessary to fill a CAB position. However, if you would still like to get involved, you can work on a committee with a CAB Chairperson. Just like in the days of the sewing circle, we can help each other out with committee members to help finish the our chapter “quilt.” However you can participate, whether as a CAB member or a committee member, you’ll be helping the Chicago ASG chapter continue to thrive and to meet the needs of its members. We need YOU!