To a quilt guild in Niceville, FL. Isn't that a sweet name for a town??
I belonged for 2 winters. I arrived in December and left in March, both years. I can truly say that I was welcomed and made to feel a real part of the group.
Perhaps it was because the area also has a lot of military bases and there are a lot of service wives; perhaps because, like me, there are a lot of "snowbirds" in the winters.
Truly, I don't think it was either of those reasons. They were warm friendly people -- period. There were usually over 80 people at the meetings so it wasn't easy for someone to get noticed the second or third time.
There is a thread on the board right now about groups not welcoming newcomers. I thought I should let a great group know how much I appreciated them. I think the atmosphere comes from the top as well as the individuals.
They also did a lot of service projects -- veterans, children and disaster quilts and lap blankets.
This board is so friendly as well.
I just thought that as we are from a lot of places we aren't living in right now, that letting our old groups might like to hear kind words from us -- that is if they were indeed nice.
I never told old teachers and mentors how much they meant to me -- sadly they are gone now and will never know.
Great idea, Mim! Whenever I read threads about guilds that aren't welcoming, it makes me sad. During the summer months (July and August) my guild doesn't meet and I really miss it!
It's really unfortunate that, generally, people speak up when they have a complaint but don't take the time to mention the good.
I'm sure your guild will love hearing from you!
Thank you for writing to them mim! it will mean so much to them, and they will probably read it out load at their next meeting! :thumbup:
Good for you - we are often quick to complain, it's lovely to hear that you did the opposite.
We so often hear the not so good comments...it is always nice to hear the good...I bet they appreciate the note you wrote.