We have much to be thankful for as we look back over 2021. We started our year with a fun M.A.G.I.C. program that included drawings and gift certificates and more importantly finished projects that fulfilled some individual goals! We learned about the Bacton Altar Cloth, Bristol Samplers, whitework, antique samplers, how to make a pin drum and so much more! To help us stay focused we even had a summer SAL! There was the “Mute But Not Silent” workshop presented by designer, Amy Mitten and the lecture by Theresa Venette, the designer behind Shakespeare’s Peddler. I am also very proud of our guild for stepping up and donating to both the Royal School of Needlework – “Adopt A Stitch” program and sending monetary assistance in the preservation of antique samplers at the Cooper Hewitt / Smithsonian Museum.
As my time as your President comes to an end, I would like to thank all of our great members who volunteered to lead in programs, SAL’s or other leadership roles. I especially want to thank the 2021 Board of Directors that worked with me this year taking care of the details with integrity and an eye to the future. It takes a lot of behind the scenes work to keep things running and I want to thank everyone on the Board for their dedication and diligence in keeping TRSG moving forward. We are fortunate to have a new team of people already preparing to make 2022 even better! Our 2022 Board of Directors will have some familiar faces and some new faces which is how we keep things fresh and exciting! Please be prepared to support them with your great spirit of friendship and helpfulness! We still have the roles of Vice President and Outreach Chair open that need to be filled so please consider stepping up!
December is always my favorite program of the year! I love the ornament exchange! I love getting to see everyone’s creativity in what they chose to stitch and how they did the finishing. Be sure to take pictures before you wrap it up and put it in the mail so we can add the pictures to our special PowerPoint show! I can’t wait to see this year’s extravaganza!
On a personal note, I want to thank each of you for making my last two years as your President very fulfilling. I have had kind notes from several of you that touched my heart. Remember that you can make a difference in someone’s day. Please be kind and share your love and your talents with others – for happiness shared is doubled and sadness shared is halved. I pray your holiday season is filled with peace and happiness and your new year is filled with hope.
~ Sherry S., 2021 President