I opened my email Spam folder this morning to discover that I had mail. Subject line read: "Hello, Are you Still Alive?'' I know I don't make big waves in my small little world so I didn't answer, figuring if we were real friends, then the writer would know if I'm alive.
But the question did prompt a topic for a blog post. You just never know from where a topic of conversation can come.
And the same is true in getting programs for quilt guilds. I am currently program chair for one quilt guild and have been past program getter for another guild to which I belong. I am constantly seeking performers and sometimes I'm ready to ask the question "Is there anyone alive out there? If so, will you come and do a program for us." Of course, just kidding.
I have found in the five years I have actively sought performers, that there is no lack of talent in our community. And talented people do love to share. We love to talk about what we do and how we do it and where we found the inspiration, pattern and materials and how we changed it to make it our own. If I like what I'm hearing, then certainly the others in my guild will enjoy this too. I usually ask right then and there while the fire is hot, while there is still excitement in her voice, if she will share the project with the group. I always know when we have an open date. Usually, give her two open dates. You know, we all love options. I'm seldom disappointed. There is usually an eager "Yes, I would love to come for a visit and share my project."
In keeping with the spirit, I propose that the officer in charge of programs not be called Vice President, but rather Program Manager. How fun.
Kinda like in the films....what are they called? Casters....you know the ones who find the actor for each part in the movie. Except I'm casting an actor a month to come blow their horn. How easy is that? Program Manager! Now, that's a good thing.