The National Quilting Association, Inc.
Dear NQA Members and NQA Chapters:
As we approach 2016 and the final dissolution of The National Quilting Association, Inc., I want to share with you the steps taken by the Board.
1. The Grant Committee reviewed grant applications and selected 16 grant recipients who received a total of $31,390. Those funds were restricted by donors for the Grant Program. Projects covered a range of community service, educational efforts and preservation activities.
2. The National Association of Certified Quilt Judges has been formed to carry on the tradition of excellence in professional quilt judging. They will also be managing the Masterpiece Quilt program. Their new website is up and can be found at www.nacqj.com. Many thanks to the NQA Certified Judges whose efforts established a new organization that will continue to offer this valuable service to quilters and quilt guilds.
3. The Quilt Alliance has agreed to take on support of National Quilting Day. There will soon be details on their website (http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org) celebrating this global day that recognizes the special art form that is quilting. Make note: March 19, 2016!
4. Historical records of NQA are being donated to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Libraries. These materials will be housed in the Quilt Collections of the Archives and Special Collections Department. Once archived, they will be available to those interested in reviewing the materials for research and teaching purposes.
5. We have taken the steps necessary to file for dissolution of the organization with the State of Maryland as that is where NQA was originally incorporated.
Several of you have asked about obtaining a refund of dues paid prior to the decision to dissolve the organization. We regret that we can not make any refunds as the orderly close of NQA necessitated meeting outstanding financial obligations.
Many thanks to all of those who, through the years, worked so hard to share the art of quilting with so many through NQA’s programs. A special thanks to the current Board, all of whom did their very best to sustain NQA, something we unfortunately were unable to accomplish. Despite that, we know that the future of quilting is in good hands – yours.
The National Quilting Association. Inc.
P.O. Box 12190 · Columbus, OH 43212-0190
firstname.lastname@example.org · www.nqaquilts.org
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
September 4, 2015
Dear Friends and Members of NQA,
At a special meeting of the NQA Board of Directors held August 18, 2015, the Board celebrated NQA’s 46 years of achievements and successes. However, when looking toward the future, the Board has determined that NQA has had its season and by unanimous vote the Board of Directors voted to dissolve the National Quilting Association, Inc.
All this may sound like a sudden turn of events, but we assure you it’s not sudden, as the warning signs have been there for nearly 10 years. The steady decline in show attendance, consistent decrease in membership, lack of contingency planning and dwindling operational funds made this a clear but difficult decision. The current Board has worked tirelessly to find alternatives to keep NQA solvent and sustainable into the future, however our efforts did not result in a partnership with another quilting organization or adoption of our programs as we had hoped.
NQA can measure its successes through the fostering of other quilt organizations and quilt shows, establishing criteria for excellence in quilt making, establishing a Masterpiece Quilt designation, professionalizing the role of the quilt judge and quilt teacher, offering grants to communities to fund quilt related projects and originating the National Day of Quilting. NQA is considered a leader in the quilting world and there is much to be proud of.
You may be filled with a variety of emotions – sorrow, concern, anger, bewilderment, and grief. All those are legitimate and we hope you will accept these facts and understand all efforts were made to keep NQA viable. It’s a time for decisiveness, clarity, and conviction. The NQA Board of Directors wishes to thank all of our faithful members and supporters who have done remarkable work together over the years. We all should feel a sense of pride and completion.
Moving forward the Board is working to arrange transfer of our memberships to another national quilting association. Alternatives for management of our programs are still being researched. Watch for more news on this later.
You can help make this transition easier for NQA by being optimistic about the future and grateful for the wonderful experiences and friendships created because of NQA. We wish you all the very best as you continue those friendships and in al of your quilting endeavors.
|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