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 all of your quilting endeavors.
Marcel Miller, President
Mary Ann Guidos, Communication Chair
Margaret Powers, Vice-President
Margie Engel, Grant Chair
Priscilla Godfrey, Secretary
Heather Tighe, Chapter Chair
Mary Lou Paoletti, Treasurer
Sandra Dorrbecker, Education Chair
The National Quilting Association. Inc.
P.O. Box 12190 · Columbus, OH 43212-0190
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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