Going Public11 August 2013
You name it – I’ve probably talked about it here. My likes and dislikes, politics, knitting, funny events and people. But I realised this week that I keep totally silent on one big part of my life.
About 5 years ago I was “ordered”, along with others, not to talk in public (ie on the internet) or to non-members about the Knitters’ Guild, as though the Guild was a branch of the Freemasons or the Ku Klux Klan. For some obscure reason, this was considered disloyal.
I remember thinking at the time that if I ran the Guild I would encourage all members to talk about it, wherever and whenever knitters and crocheters gather, We had about 500 members who we should be using as a great marketing tool. So I bided my time.
With a new President three years ago, and a good Executive Committee, the attitudes slowly changed. We started a Ravelry group, opened Twitter and Facebook accounts and encouraged people (members and non-members) to visit our website. For the last two years I’ve been the Treasurer and helped bring the Guild into the 21st Century, with changes like the introduction of a Paypal facility for online membership and workshop applications. Nobody said I couldn’t talk about this but old habits die hard and I never mentioned the Guild here.
And now I’m the President. So I’ll follow my own advice and plan to ensure that every knitter and crocheter in New South Wales is aware of our existance.
We’re the Knitters’ Guild NSW Inc. This is a large and active organisation to run so we have an Executive Committee of 9, and 8 or so sub-committees. We have 22 groups around the huge State of New South Wales, two having opened in the last 4 months (Queanbeyan and Blacktown) and hope to have another up and running at The Entrance in October. We now have about 720 members so we’ve definitely been doing something right over the last three years. We run workshops (often with well-known international visitors), we supply the judges to a lot of the State’s shows, we put on exhibitions, we have a newsletter and a library. Every two years, we hold a Knitting Camp weekend and the next one is in September with so far over 50 people booked to attend. Non-members are welcome to attend workshops or Camp, at a slightly higher charge than that made for members, and are invited to make two visits to any group without joining the Guild. At one workshop this year, one non-member present was so impressed that she joined the Guild online during the course of the day’s tuition.
You can visit our website here (it’s currently being re-built and should be bigger and better in the coming months).
We’re now “out and proud”!
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