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Thread: How much do you pay for yearly membership in your quilt guild?

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    How much do you pay for yearly membership in your quilt guild?

    Hello, all. After yet another knock-down, drag-out guild meeting this morning, I am asking the question: How much is the yearly membership fee to belong to your local quilt guild?

    Do you think it is a fair amount? In other words, do you get your "money's worth"?

    This is purely un-scientific - I'm just curious as to how much other guilds charge for membership fees.

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    ours is $20.00 per year and worth every penny.

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    One guild is $20.00 per year and the other is $15.00 per year and worth it.

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    My guild use to be $15 a year. When it was suggested to raise it to $20, I thought the older members were going to faint! It was raised to $20 finally. It's been a few years and now a lot of the newer members want to raise it to $10 a month so we won't have to have so many fundraisers during the year. The younger members don't have the time for many fundraisers so don't mind the higher dues. I will gladly pay more. I enjoy my guild and we do have nice workshops and two retreats a year. I know DH's hunting club dues are over $1000 a year.
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    Our Guild voted to raise the dues to $36 per year. Otherwise, much time and effort had to be used to raise funds. We used to make a quilt for raffle every-other year. But with the paperwork required to sell chances, the work involved in making the quilt, the expense involved in fabrics and longarm quilting, the time involved in selling chances and collecting the money....it just got to be too much. And, we weren't making much of a profit. Some ladies just paid for the tickets they were supposed to sell because they didn't like "selling"! So, basically, they aren't paying anymore. We also tried nights at restaurants where we got 10% of the sales, and selling car wash tickets. There wasn't much opposition when the dues went from $20 to $36. By the way, our Guild is limited to 50 members, and each member has to perform a job in the Guild as well as make a charity quilt each year to maintain membership.
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    I used to pay 25.00 and worth every penny. $50.00 would have been a great price too. We enjoy great speakers and shows, Lessons and lots of fun things and charitable work too. If you have a good guild it is worth every penny.
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    Ours is $10. It's worth it to me to have a place to go and talk quilts. We really don't do many of the things other guilds do like have shows or paid speakers, but it's still worth it.

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    The guild I use to belong to before moving the dues were $130 a year. No fundraising. The membership was about 90 members. About half came at any one time. We had great workshops, programs , bus rides to national shows, and very nice door prizes. When I was moving around for my job, I was dismayed to find most guilds are stuck on the $20 a year dues. No good programs, nothing new, just meet, eat, sew and go home. That is not a guild, it's a quilting group.

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    My guild charges $30/year and we host a quilt show including a raffle quilt every other year. We have a pretty good selection and variety of guest speakers. We don't, however, have very good attendance at our workshops, which is too bad. It's mostly due to date/day logistics and availablitiy of space. Too bad - - -

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    River City dues are $20.00 a year but if you join after June then that year it is only $10.00 for you.We have master cklasses, guest speakers, sew-in days monthly, and an on goin fund raiser called Birthday Table. If your birthday is that month you can bring quilting stuff, books, fabric, or other items. Chances are .25 cents each. We make between $50- 100.00 per month. No fuss amd you get to win a nice item.... We all NEED FABRIc!!!! Hugs Ps We do have an annual auction of our donated quilting items.... Mors hugs

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    Ours is $40 just went up last year so this will be the 2nd year at this price. We have I believe over 125 members. We have workshops some member lead some by known names in the quilting world on a seperate day at a seperate location than our meetings. We also have guest speakers and we do charity sewing days that are seperate from all other activities. We do a raffle quikt everyother year and on the off years we have a quilt show. We also have small raffles at the meetings and once a year what they call a brown bagraffle/auction of donated sewing related items members donate.
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    I belong to 3 guilds - a small one, a large one, and a medium-sized one, all in different nearby towns. They have all been $25/year, but the large guild is raising dues to $30 (and there did seem to be some opposition to that), and the medium-sized guild only charges $20 to members who are over a certain age. I think they're all well worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I belong to 3 guilds - a small one, a large one, and a medium-sized one, all in different nearby towns. They have all been $25/year, but the large guild is raising dues to $30 (and there did seem to be some opposition to that), and the medium-sized guild only charges $20 to members who are over a certain age. I think they're all well worth the money.
    Dunster, I think I belong to the same large one (MVQG) that just raised dues to $30 but it seems like they had to to be able to cover ongoing costs. I would rather pay $5 more and continue to have decent speakers. We have oer 300 members and both morning and evening sessions of the monthly meetings; I go to evening meetings because I work full time.

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    ours is $30 and worth every penny. I would imagine it would depend on how active your guild is, what programs they do, what the dues pay for. our guild is a very active guild- lots of community projects, swaps, exchanges, group projects, help, tips, hints, inspiration, show & tell, guest speakers, trunk shows, a bi-annual quilt show, workshops...always something going on- worth the $$!
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    Dues are between $25-50. When fundraising becomes a monthly issue with the profit being $0.25/hour labor who are we kidding. One hour of my time is worth way more than that. When programs are minimal, no matter what the dues, you'll see me walking out the back door and not coming back. I live an hour drive one way, that's 2 hours round trip, $20 gas, I can find quilting buddies much closer to home and spend that 2 hours and $20 with my quilting. I check what's going on at the meeting in the newsletter, and if it's not worth it, I don't go.

    It seems that the same people do all the work. So how about we give them a break and some support.

    I'd like to see dues at $100/yr. An officer or committee worker receive $10-50 discount depending upon the responsbility of their duties. Even that much discount is a slap in the face for all the work they put in.

    I took notice of the $1000/yr dues in a field that's mostly men. Ladies, don't sell yourselves short.

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    The guild I belong to just raised the membership fees. Regular fee is $45. Seniors fee is $35. We are a very large guild with over 300 members. We average about 180 at each meeting.

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    Our guild dues are 12 a year.

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    Our dues are $25 a year and we have around 100 members. We have a monthly speaker, an annual quilt show, a raffle quilt that we are encouraged to sell raffle tickets for every year, charity quilts, and a lot of fun. It is definitely worth the $25.

    Since guilds are usually non-profit, I don't understand why some have such high dues, especially the big guilds, unless they have to pay a lot for the meeting venue.
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    Ours is $20. There is lots of debate as to its value.

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    I belong to 2 guilds both have dues of $25. The larger guild has to pay $150 a month for the meeting place. There are about 120 who attend each month. The smaller group pays less but I can't remember what the cost is. Both bring in national speakers at least twice a year. We also get regional speakers and use some of our members to cut down on the cost. Both do raffle quilts bi-anually.

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    The smallest guild I belong to the dues are $12 a year. The other guilds are $20, $20, and $25.

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    Mine is $25. We have national speakers 2 or 3 times a year. Membership gives me a 10% discount at most of the LQS shops. They are able to offer workshops a couple times a year. Every other year there is a quilt show, including the raffle quilt fundraiser. I think it is worth the money.
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    Wow! I think My guild members and I are fortuante we live in a small area. Our dues are $7/year. We don't have fancy speakers but do enjoy getting together. Try to learn something at least once a month and we all go on a retreat together in the fall where for the past two years, a quilt design was taught by one of us to all the rest and everyone went home with almost all their top finished. We try to do something community-wise every year, too..help with library fundraiser etc. One bonus is that the nearby town is beginning to have famous quilting teachers come for lessons so when we have to pay more for those, we can all afford to go. I think I am happy that ours is such a laid-back little group. We all get along and everyone helps each other out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omacookie View Post
    and an on goin fund raiser called Birthday Table. If your birthday is that month you can bring quilting stuff, books, fabric, or other items. Chances are .25 cents each.
    I don't understand the Birthday table. You only bring things to sell if it is your birthday? It sounds very interesting would you provide more details?
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    Our dues are $20/year and well worth it.

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