October 8, 2015
Dear NQA Members and NQA Chapters,
As was mentioned in the September 4, 2015 letter to you, the Board of the National Quilting Association had voted to dissolve the organization. Shortly after that, Marcel Miller resigned as NQA President for personal reasons and, as Vice President, I stepped in to fill that role.
The Board has been working with our lawyer to ensure we follow the appropriate course of action as we take the necessary steps to fulfill outstanding commitments and legally dissolve the corporation. NQA is a nonprofit corporation formed in the State of Maryland. Under Maryland law the Board of Directors is required to vote for the dissolution of the organization and is charged with doing so in a manner consistent with state law and federal tax law applicable to charities. Members are not afforded a vote on the matter. However, the Board certainly understands that this is a difficult decision for the members to understand and accept, and we want you to know that we are doing what we can within the limited resources to settle remaining financial obligations and preserve certain programs important to membership.
The NQA Grant program, funded by the Little Quilt Auction at our Annual Show, is accepting grant applications through October 15th. The Grant Committee will be meeting shortly thereafter and the final round of grant awards will be made by mid-December.
Guilds holding a quilt show prior to December 31, 2015 can still obtain insurance for their show through NQA. For shows after that date, we suggest you contact a local insurance agent and inquire about event insurance for your show.
While we continue to explore options for preserving our Certified Judge, Certified Teacher and Masterpiece Quilt programs, it is likely that surviving programs will take on a new identity.
For those of you working on the Wonky House Quilt, the final two installments will be posted on our website through December 31, 2015.
Through the years, NQA has provided inspiration and education to scores of quilters and those who appreciate the art of quilting. We wish you the best as you explore new avenues of inspiration for your quilting adventures.
President, National Quilting Association
|Marcel Miller, President||Mary Ann Guidos, Communication Chair|
|Margaret Powers, Vice-President||Heather Tighe, Chapter Chair|
|Margie Engel, Grant Chair||Mary Lou Paoletti, Treasurer|
|Priscilla Godfrey, Secretary||Sandra Dorrbecker, Education Chair|