Wednesday, December 31, 2014

We Usher in the New Year w/A Letter from our Executive TEAM

New Year's Letter from Executive Team

Happy New Year, Everyone!

We think we all will agree we certainly have been on the ride of our lives this year.  As we look back, we see a lot of firsts:
  • Policies and Procedure Manual
  • Appendices and forms
  • Neon software package
  • Membership structure
  • First Annual National Sew Day
  • 100,000 QOV's awarded
  • East & West Coast Leadership Conferences
  • Our Core Values
Any "one' of the above is a huge undertaking!  Under the Leadership of Susan Gordon, we made it happen.

Without the expert editing hours spent by Marianne Fons, they eyes of Marianne Elliott, the many hours spent by our Executive Staff members, we would not have been able to bring the Policies, Procedures and Appendices to its professional form.  It is a living document of which we can all be proud.

Susan and I are both so grateful to have had Joyce Lundrigan step back in as our interim Treasurer.  It is under the direction of Joyce, the Foundation is implementing our new Neon Software package.  We will have a learning curve with the software, but it is what we have needed.  The ability to combine our membership and many tasks under one "roof" will simplify all of our jobs in the long run.  If we hit a bump or two during the merge, please bear with us.

Our Membership Structure gois in place beginning 1-1-2015.  Behind the scenes, Laura Winckel, Membership Director, Joyce Lundrigan, Treasurer, Ginny Manning, Treasury Services, Judie Yates retiring Membership Director and Susan Gordon have been working feverishly to tie all loose ends together.  All State Coordinators will be sent a list of the members in their state.  For the first time in our history we will know our quilters.

February 2014 was our first National Sew Day.  Under the expert direction of Betsy Podriznik, Special Events Coordinator it was a wonderful event enjoyed by participants across the nation.  This coming year should be even better.  Betsy and Joyce have the registration form ready to go.  Betsy is gearing up to begin the process.  Many of you have already procured your event center for the day. Have FUN!

May 2014 we reached the 100,000 QOV mark!  Who would have ever thought just one Quilt of Valor awarded in 2003 would have multiplied as quickly as it did, impacting the lives of so many.  It is through the direct work of each of you, we were able to make this happen in 10 short years.  We are truly blessed to have a working relationship with you.  It is because of you, your dedication and inspiration that Quilts Of Valor Foundation has become what it is.  You are the epitome of "Service Over Self".  We are proud to be a part of the QOVF Family.

Our Leadership Conferences were amazing.  Friendships were made and information shared.  We were honored to have many of our Board of Directors at the Franklin Conference.  Their presence made a strong impact on our membership.  Catherine Roberts and Marianne Fons attended both conferences.  It was important to all of us to have the "blessing" of our Board members as we move forward into the next 10 years.  Be sure to mark August 20, 2015, Paducah, KY - National Quilt Museum, as the date and site for our 2015 QOVF Member Conference.  Everyone is Welcome!

2014 gave us our "Core Values".  They are the guidelines by which we - The Quilts of Valor Foundation, function and expect al of our members to follow.  They define us and our mission.
  • Treating People with Respect
  • Promoting Excellence
  • Valuing Service over Self
  • Being Accountable
We want to thank you all for your dedication.  As 2014 closes, our wish for you and the Quilts of Valor Foundation is that we never lose site of why we embraced this Mission and its Core Values.  It is the men and women who serve our nation we must keep our focus upon.  We make a difference one quilt at a time.  We are changing a life one quilt at a time.  It is the individual we value, honor, comfort and heal with our tiny bits of cloth.

With deep appreciation for all you do,
Sharon and Susan

Here's Wishing You and Yours a Very Happy New Year!

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Tribute to ALL our Veterans in Lights & Music!





Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Friday, December 12, 2014

December Sew-IN/Christmas Party - LOTS of sharing and FUN!

December, 2014 Monthly Minutes
20 Current Member, 1 NEW Member
5 QOV quilt tops completed, ready for borders and quilting = 33 remaining
9 Quilts of Valor Awarded = Two WW II Veterans, Four Afghanistan and IRAQ, Three 4-H QOVs shipped to Landstuhl Army Hospital

Every month, this incredible group of Volunteers continue to 'Bring It', and December was NO exception!  They ALL came packin' amazing quilt tops destined to become gorgeous Quilts of Valor.

Pea's wonderful Quilt of Valor top - love the gold picture frame trim, Thanks, 'P'!
Sue took some of our signature blocks last month, added some fabric out of her stash and made a great quilt:

We're thinking a final red border may just finish this top out perfectly...

Our over-achiever, Doris brought 3 finished tops and was the winner of our Christmas centerpiece - CONGRATS Doris!

Doris brought back 3!
Another view of her three:

Close-up of Doris's 3 - aren't these neat?!
And Jackie shared her very first strip-pieced quilt top:


Jackie w/first quilt top - Yeah for Jackie, great job!
I see a Quilt of Valor in Jackie's very near future ;-)

We had sooo much fun talking and sharing and listening to Christmas music while munching on holiday treats...forgot to take more pics!  We promise more in the New Year.

We even got to meet one of our newest members, 92 years young, whose still driving and making quilt tops. Her father was a WW I Veteran, (yes, that is World War ONE), her husband was a WW II Veteran, and one of her sons served in Vietnam!  She wants to create quilts that are useful and have a purpose...I think we can accommodate her wish, don't you?  We made a group decision that ANYONE 90+ years young, gets their QOVF Volunteer Membership fee comped by the group!  She left with patriotic fabrics and a QOVF 2015 Volunteer Membership pin, planning on wearing it everywhere but the shower ;-) Welcome, Miss June.  Looking forward to seeing your first Quilt of Valor.

Packed up the 4-H Quilts of Valor:

Letter to the QOV Recipient
Quilt of Valor Award Certificate
Shipping Label
Packing up ALL three 4-H Quilts of Valor
Had to wait for a shipping box big enough to fit ALL three 4-H QOVs in the same box - just didn't feel right to split them up...so glad it arrived just in time for shipping, they all fit perfectly!

They LOVED the photo I shared of the recently revealed QOVF booth...what's not to Love?

Recently revealed Brand-NEW QOV booth
Everyone left w/fabrics and strips to create even more quilt tops - and they were a little disappointed I hadn't brought even more kits for them!  I thought I was being nice by giving them a break over the holidays.  They were having NONE of it, and yours truly needs to get busy cutting and kitting up even more!  Julia - where are you?  (I think she may be a snowbird for now, already missing ALL her cutting abilities)...time to get back to it!

Thanks goes to this amazing East Central IL QOV Group for surpassing even my wildest dreams of what could be possible in 2014 - can hardly wait to see what they'll do in the New Year!!

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

QOVF Volunteers, Groups, and Valued Supporters - 2015 Updates

Our Quilts of Valor Foundation Executive Director, Susan Gordon, discusses developing details regarding our Brand-NEW Volunteer Member structure, and how it will continue to evolve and develop throughout 2015 and Beyond!

To those of you who have become QOVF Volunteer Members in good standing of our East Central Illinois QOV Group, we will be distributing your 2015 QOVF Volunteer Membership pin and card at our upcoming monthly Sew-IN on Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 1:00 pm (CST) at the Clark/Crawford/Edgar U of I Extension Bldg.; Marshall, IL...See You There! 

For those long-distance QOVF Volunteer Members of our East Central IL QOV Group, we will be mailing your 2015 QOVF Volunteer Membership pin and card following our monthly Sew-IN on Thursday.

Please continue reading (below), what our Executive Director, Susan Gordon has to share with us in the most recent QOVF Moving Forward Series...Thank YOU!

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



Quilts of Valor ® Foundation


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The Quilts of Valor ® Foundation 
Moving Forward into 2015
From Director, Susan Gordon

Dear QOVF Volunteers, Groups, & Supporters:

In less than one month, our membership structure will be activated. 2015 lapel pins and membership cards have recently gone out to the 1200 volunteers who have already become members.

For those groups that are still putting together your information, please download the membership form and review the information on the QOVF website, to get the process started. We will continue to accept additional members throughout the year.  In January, we will update group listings so other sewing groups and individuals who may want to sew with you can find you.

Beginning in January the Members Page will feature specials; be sure you don't miss a month!  

For all groups, funds are due to national before December 31, 2014, so please make plans to transfer those to:

QOVF
3050 Five Forks Trickum
PMB 430
Lilburn, GA 30047


For those groups eligible for the10% matching bonus, it will be added to your account in January, and reports of funds on account will be sent to each group during the month. 

If your group is not ready to make the decision to join, please read the Policies and Procedures to be sure you are following the policies for fundraising, use of the QOVF name, and the Standards of Excellence. Access our "P & P" here.

Questions? Please feel free to contact our Membership Director, Laura Winckel (laura.winckel@QOVF.org), me (susan.gordon@QOVF.org), or Sharon Ledbetter (sharon.ledbetter@QOVF.org),
We are happy to answer your questions and help you continue supporting the mission of the foundation.  
 

Susan Gordon,
Executive Director

Susan Gordon 
R. Susan Gordon
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

Thank you for putting service above self.
Your efforts make a difference.


December  2014



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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Clark County 4-H QOV SPIN Club Quilts of Valor fulfilling their Mission...w/Updates

Our Clark Country 4-H Quilts of Valor SPIN Club has decided to contribute 3 of our seven Quilts of Valor to our National Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Every year, there are thousands of deserving Service Members and Veterans who are nominated to be awarded a Quilt of Valor, but who go un-awarded and 'uncovered' - there is just soooo much need and not enough generous souls to help us create ALL the Quilts of Valor that are required at this time.

Clark County 4-H Quilt of Valor SPIN Club

To date, Volunteers have awarded over 110,000 Quilts of Valor since 2003.  While this is an astounding achievement, currently there are over 4 Million Service Members and Veterans in the US alone who are eligible to receive a Quilt of Valor, and that number continues to grow every day.

It is therefore, our supreme privilege and pleasure to contribute these 3 Clark County 4-H Quilts of Valor, created by three of our 4-H youth members to comfort, honor and heal deserving Service Members and Veterans - wherever they may be in our world.

Announcing Phillip with his 1st place QOV Achievement


Anna w/4-H ribbons and her Quilt of Valor

Jade listening intently w/her QOV
This is their humble 'Thank YOU' to men and women who have sacrificed and served to protect their freedoms and sooo many others like them.

UPDATE 12/5/2014:  These three (3) 4-H Quilts of Valor have received their destination orders and will be travelling to our Landstuhl US Army Hospital in Germany, where our wounded are taken directly from their site of injury, including the battle field.  On Thursday, December 11, 2014, our East Central IL QOV Group will ready these three Quilts of Valor for their final journey.

And you'll remember our Tiffany, who created a Remembrance Quilt to honor her 'Grandpa Joe', a Vietnam Veteran, who lost his battle with Agent Orange last year.

Tiff w/Remembrance Quilt for her 'Grandpa Joe'
Recently, three of our remaining 4 Quilts of Valor were awarded to local area Veterans, including this WW II Veteran:

WW II Veteran being awarded his QOV by 'Sue', along w/family
We have one remaining Quilt of Valor that will be awarded to a very special Veteran, as yet to be nominated.

UPDATE 12/12/2014:  the remaining Quilt of Valor was awarded to an area IRAQI Veteran, nominated by his family as a result of battlefield injuries sustained from a mortar attack in Baghdad. It was our privilege to cover and serve comfort and honor upon this amazing Veteran...Thank YOU.

Thank YOU to each and every one of you for your sacrifice and service for our country,

~Deb Lindley/CC4HQOVSPIN Leader
Clark County 4-H Quilts of Valor SPIN Club
217.264.2051
CC4HQOVSPINLeader@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/CC4hQOVSpinners

"Committed to Quilts of Valor to Honor our deserving Veterans..."

East Central Illinois QOV Blog

PS...If you or someone you know, would enjoy learning how to help cover our deserving Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor, Please contact your area Quilt of Valor State Coordinator or follow this direct link to our National Quilts of Valor Foundation site:  www.QOVF.org...Thank YOU!