I’m struggling… your feedback is appreciated

This is a question for readers who belong to a quilt guild 

(that is not the guild I belong to):

Does your guild support one quilt shop or several?   By “support” I mean give mention about a shop in your newsletter, in guild meetings, on your website, or include the shop/s in any promotions that your guild might have (advertising in their shop/s for quilt raffles, quilt shows for your guild, etc.)? 
My feeling is that a guild usually represents quilters not just from one community, but from a larger surrounding area.  Owning a quilt shop in these troubled times is a daunting task, as costs are high and the economy is struggling.  I think the more shops there are, the  better for quilters.  Therefore, it is wise to not focus on just one shop, but “spread the wealth.”  
What happens when you have one, two or more owners of different shops that belong to your guild?   What does your guild do to not show favoritism? If you favor one shop, it’s not really fair to the others to dis them.  But if you are shop-neutral, then the individual members of your guild and the general public will absorb the information that they have and shop where they choose.  

I’m just looking for information on what other guilds do with this issue… and your two cents is valuable!


Note:  Comments for this post are being moderated, as I’d like to get comments from quilters who are NOT a part of the guild I am in.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.                      

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7 thoughts on “I’m struggling… your feedback is appreciated

  1. our Quilt Guild meets at a LQS, so it does get promoted more than other shops in our area. BUT we do mention other LQSs, participate in shop hops, plan bus trips to other shops, and invite other shops to our retreat and quilt show as vendors. Our guild members come from a large area, so we hate to see LQSs go under as that might be the one in somebody's own backyard.

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  2. The guild here in Brisbane/Queensland tries to share things around the shops.
    Sometimes it depends who is on the commitee at the time and it might go a little one sided.
    Most shop offer Guild members a discount , the Guild invites shops to meetings and does rotate.
    They also try to purchase the fabric for the two raffle quilts for the major show at different shops.
    SO all in all they try to be fair

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  3. While I do not belong to a quilt guild, I did work for the Senate and have a lot of experience with”conflict of interest.” I think your situation with quilt shops is similar.

    I have several questions:

    1) Is the quilt shop or the quilt shop owner a member of the guild? If the quilt shop belongs, do all the employees belong? If so, you are losing potential members.

    2) Does your quilt allow individual members only or corporate members also? Do they have the same fee structure?

    3) If you only allow individual members, than the individual only belongs. They would be entitled to the same privileges as other individual members. If the individual does not advertise, then the quilt shop owner does not advertise.
    Your organization would not sell the quilts belonging only to one member, then you should not sell the goods from just one individual quilt shop owner. Nor should you promote only one shop.

    4) Some organizations have CORPORATE SPONSORS. They usually state what the privileges might be. One of them is usually prominent name display. Frequently they have an ad in the newsletter. Usually the corporate member joins at a much higher fee than the individual member. Corporate sponsors frequently give donations to the organization (i.e., discounts), and many times they UNDERWRITE an event or activity. Generally the by-laws would spell out the distinction. If you look at the Flint Institute of Arts, Corporate Sponsorship is $250 per year, Individual sponsors are $250 per year, Sustainers are $100, Family membership is $50, Individual membership is $30 and Student is $20. Free admission to events may be included at various events.

    5) Just because an individual is a member does not mean that their business gets free advertising, though they could talk with members and give them business cards on an individual basis. For instance, if I am a member and I work at Hurley Hospital, I would not expect you to advertise Hurley Hospital. If I work at a car dealership, I would not expect you to advertise the dealership.

    6) If an individual shows a quilt,it would be acceptable to say who quilted it. That is merely acknowledging the person who did the work. They should not be pushing people to use only that particular quilter.

    Hope this helps. I have written many pieces of legislation as well as by-laws for a number or organizations. Please feel free to ask for help if needed.

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  4. While I do not belong to a quilt guild, I did work for the Senate and have a lot of experience with”conflict of interest.” I think your situation with quilt shops is similar.

    I have several questions:

    1) Is the quilt shop or the quilt shop owner a member of the guild? If the quilt shop belongs, do all the employees belong? If so, you are losing potential members.

    2) Does your quilt allow individual members only or corporate members also? Do they have the same fee structure?

    3) If you only allow individual members, than the individual only belongs. They would be entitled to the same privileges as other individual members. If the individual does not advertise, then the quilt shop owner does not advertise.
    Your organization would not sell the quilts belonging only to one member, then you should not sell the goods from just one individual quilt shop owner. Nor should you promote only one shop.

    4) Some organizations have CORPORATE SPONSORS. They usually state what the privileges might be. One of them is usually prominent name display. Frequently they have an ad in the newsletter. Usually the corporate member joins at a much higher fee than the individual member. Corporate sponsors frequently give donations to the organization (i.e., discounts), and many times they UNDERWRITE an event or activity. Generally the by-laws would spell out the distinction. If you look at the Flint Institute of Arts, Corporate Sponsorship is $250 per year, Individual sponsors are $250 per year, Sustainers are $100, Family membership is $50, Individual membership is $30 and Student is $20. Free admission to events may be included at various events.

    5) Just because an individual is a member does not mean that their business gets free advertising, though they could talk with members and give them business cards on an individual basis. For instance, if I am a member and I work at Hurley Hospital, I would not expect you to advertise Hurley Hospital. If I work at a car dealership, I would not expect you to advertise the dealership.

    6) If an individual shows a quilt,it would be acceptable to say who quilted it. That is merely acknowledging the person who did the work. They should not be pushing people to use only that particular quilter.

    Hope this helps. I have written many pieces of legislation as well as by-laws for a number or organizations. Please feel free to ask for help if needed.

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  5. I don't know if it is on purpose or by design but the shops in my area have different specialties. One shop has a great civil war fabric selection, another has great modern fabric, one has kona solids,… None of them are exclusively talked about but each is appreciated for its strengths.

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  6. We have 4 shops on the island that have fabric (that is not a chain store). We did have five but that one closed this past year.

    1. We invited each shop to be a part of our guild program to “showcase” new fabrics and products. This was a little over a year ago that we did this. I think one shop chose not to participate; but they were all invited (one shop that is currently here was not here then).

    2. We have guild-purchased door prizes. The door prize chair tries to go to each store when purchasing them. We spend $40 a month on those door prizes.

    3. We have one grand prize door prize each month of a $30 gift certificate to each of the stores. We bought three each store so that they are all represented equally.

    4. For our annual Holiday party more gift certificates will be purchased for door prizes.

    The businesses are all on our mailing list for complimentary copies of our newsletter each month (this also goes out to other sewing related businesses around the island and to neighboring island businesses, etc). Only one owner has decided to be a paid member as well.

    As far as mentioning a specific store, we try not to unless the product is only available at said store after checking. We try to be equal to all stores.

    Advertising in the newsletter is a paid spot. There is a discount for actual members vs. non members.

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