I am vice president of my guild, which means I'm in charge of programs. Here is the story. We have a 4,000.00 a year budget for programs. Which really doesn't go far, For instance, a speaker who came a couple of months ago, drove. He charged .40 per mile, all expenses, meals etc. Motel costs, he charged several hundred dollars for workshops, and program. All totaled, it cost around #2,000.00. We had another speaker recently that cost 1,500.00 not counting our share of plane ticket, and motel stay and meals. Luckily, these speakers fell in two different 'guild years' As it is, it is the first month of our new year, and I have used half of my budget on one speaker. Everyone told me "get more like this" meaning more workshops. But, I can't. At least nationally known speakers. You plan to have the workshops covered by the cost to students, but no one comes to the workshops. I do my best to get good people that can teach things you can't learn from one of the MANY quilt shops within a 30 minute drive of where we live. But I have heard complaints from some that I should have workshops for people that aren't advanced. I have a few thoughts on that. First, there are about 12 quilt shops within 45minutes from our area. You can learn all kinds of non-advanced things there. Second, if you don't stretch yourself by taking something difficult, you will never grow beyond where you are. And the third reason is, I will admit it, I have to sit in every workshop. I have to spend most of my free time for days with the person I get in for a program. I also have a job, so this is saying a lot. If I am doing the work, I am going to look to the guilds needs, but I am going to get someone that I want to take a workshop from. I'm too restless to sit in a workshop anyway, if I have to it is not going to be a workshop in making nine patch quilts.
Okay, here is the other side. We charge $15.00 a year for dues, We have one fundraiser every two years. It is a small quilt auction. Our auction is in November, and so far in a guild of well over 100, we have around 40 things to sell. I live in an area that was a big industrial area. Slowly, one by one, they are leaving or going out of business. So since the economy may be good in other parts of the contry, it isn't here. So I don't know how well this pretty much so far unadvertised auction is going to make enough for much of anything. Especially if it is expected to last for two years.
There is a point for this blog. If anyone out there is in a guild would you email me and tell me what your guild does to raise money? I have had some good ideas, and I am looking forward to hearing from all of you.