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.

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