GENESEE VALLEY QUILT CLUB
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GVQC offers an enormous variety of opportunities to our members and the wider community. From our lively monthly meetings to our biennial quilt show and community service projects, our goal is to build a strong, supportive quilting community.
Each month from September to June GVQC brings accomplished quilters to speak at our meetings and provide workshops for the enjoyment and education of the membership.
Come join us for a meeting and see what we are all about. Membership is open to all. Among us you will find friends, fulfillment and fun!
GVQC President, 2022 - 2023
The first meeting in January 1936 was sponsored by the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences, predecessor to today’s Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). The club started with eleven members. GVQC was organized by Mrs. Gladys Reid Holton, curator of History of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She retired from the RMSC in 1976.
In 1935, the club mission statement was to unite individual experience and thus be able to give inspiration to those who would like to make better quilts. The club motto, “Help One Another,” was the foundation on which today’s traditions are built.
“Help One Another” extends beyond the borders of the club as GVQC has a long history of community service. During World War II quilts, toys and monetary donations were made and sent to the British War Relief, the Red Cross, and the Russian War Relief. Today, through its Love and Comfort Project , members extend a hand to those in need through donation of hundreds of quilts each year.
In 2002 the Rochester Museum and Science Center RMSC Quilt Project reported that Genesee Valley Quilt Club partnered with The RMSC during the late 1990’s and into the 2000’s when club members volunteered over 1000 hours to assist in the restoration and documentation of quilts collections at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. This included club members creating a replica of the Susan B. Anthony quilt as a gift to the Susan B. Anthony House.
Besides helping others, the club has felt its most important activity is displaying quilts. Since 1936, GVQC has hosted or participated in quilt exhibits. Early displays were held at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. In recent years, the biennial quilt show is held at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Motto: Help One Another
The mission of Genesee Valley Quilt Club is to promote quilting through exhibitions and charitable activities within the community. To that end, GVQC is to:
Encourage and promote the art of quilt making.
Continue to improve our skills and knowledge.
Promote an appreciation of fine design and workmanship.
Preserve our heritage and traditions.
Use our skills to serve the community
Organizational Structure of GVQC
Genesee Valley Quilt Club, Inc. is an all volunteer organization. The teams that manage the club activities are the Executive Committee and the Board Of Directors.
The Executive Committee consists of five (5) club members, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Membership Chair. They are responsible for the day to day operations of the club.
The Board Of Directors has thirteen (13) members which include the five sitting officers (Executive Committee), seven (7) at-large members, and one (1) Past Executive Committee Officer. The function of the Board is to oversee the long-term direction of the club in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of the club.
All positions, except the Board Chairperson, are voted on by the membership. The Board Chairperson is elected by the Board. Though term length varies, elections are held once a year in May with officers and new Board members assuming their duties in June immediately following the induction ceremony.
GVQC was incorporated in 2000 and is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation.
GVQC is a member of Quilters Consortium of New York State, Inc.