Last Saturday I spent the afternoon with the ladies of Cyberbee. That group was formed back in the nineties during the early days of e-mail and Internet use by the general population. A sub-group of Capital Quilters Guild was formed from people who had e-mail accounts! We started out with about fifteen people and met in each other's living rooms. Of course you know what happened with the Internet. Our group kept expanding until we decided to limit the membership to fifty. The meetings had to be held in neighborhood clubhouses, public library meeting rooms, or other spaces that could accommodate us. Besides being an "e-mail" group, we decided to meet in person quarterly. Through the years this group has completed numerous swaps and exchanges. All of them have been incredible!
The meeting schedule has now been amended so that some are held on Thursday nights, and the rest are all-day "Sew-In Days." Ladies bring their machines, handwork, fabric and rotary cutters, or whatever they want to work on. There is a pot luck lunch. After lunch there is a short business meeting, if there are any new projects to discuss. We pay dues of ten dollars per year, which covers rental fees for clubhouses, and sometimes is used for cakes or food for special celebration meetings.
We do not have any by-laws and we don't have a President. The only "official office" is that of treasurer. We don't even have a checking account! The treasurer collects the dues and keeps up with how many members we have. We use a Yahoo group for our e-mail, files and photographs. Someone volunteers to take the minutes and post them to the Yahoo group. For the past few years, I have been alternating with my friend Janice to take notes. Since I am in the mountains during many of the Saturday meetings, it is good to have a partner!
For awhile we have been trying to decide how to celebrate birthdays. Some bees exchange fat quarters, make blocks for members during their birthday month, etc. Finally we decided to keep it simple. We would have a birthday cake quilt to hang at the meetings. Each member would make a candle with their name and birthday on it. During the meeting closest to their birthday, the birthday girls will have their candle on the cake. They will be kept in a pocket on the back of the quilt.
So, the big excitement on Saturday was the unveiling of the birthday cake quilt! Kathy Hefner volunteered to make the quilt. Members donated lace, trims, buttons, and other embellishments. And, voila!