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KHQS State of the Society Address

Kathy Wantland

President 2019-2020

2020 has been a difficult year for KHQS as you are well aware.  I would like to inform you that the State of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society is good with 438 active members.   


Although, Getaway was cancelled for the first time in our almost 40 year history. There has been an outpouring of disappointment about the cancellation of Getaway so I am sure Getaway 2021 will be well attended!


The 26 quilts of the 2018 President’s Challenge “Churn Dash” issued by Sue Marshal had many venues planned. Unfortunately, the traveling exhibit of 26 quilts did not travel for most of the year due to Covid-19.  Darlene Rich coordinated the quilts short journey until the travel ended. Good luck to Darlene Rich in her new role as President!


Vice President, Karen Laundroche spent countless hours planning the perfect Getaway in her first year as Vice-President. So, I am sure Getaway 2021 will be spectacular! Her detailed review of KHQSs contracts made me feel confident signing the documents. Karen has been a pleasure to work with.


Your Treasurer Henrietta Scheffel whose attention to detail in QuickBooks has ensured accurate books. She did an amazing job and I can’t thank her enough for all her time spent on behalf of KHQS.


 Our Long Range Planning role is crucial to finding and booking national instructors, years in advance for future Getaways and Quilting Adventures. Ann Pignari has handled the position with great success. I am very sad to report that Ann is leaving the board and I want to thank her for her years of service.


Kathie Tomazic has been amazing in her role of Fundraising chair. Her fundraising skills and creative ideas have resulted in an increase in fundraising dollars to KHQS as well as additional door prizes for Getaway!


Mary Jane Weddle has done an outstanding job as membership chair, helping everybody with membership questions in her friendly and warm manner. I am sad to report that Mary Jane is, also, leaving the Board and I want to thank her for her wonderful attitude.


Sharon Crawford, our Museum and Archives board chair, a position important to KHQSs mission, has organized Quilt Registries in Somerset and Boyle County this year. The Somerset Registry registered 52 quilts and I am sure the Boyle County registry will be a success when we are able to reschedule. I want to thank Sharon for all her efforts, as she steps down from this role.


Pat Brown has supplied us with another year of interesting and informative newsletters.


Ashley Bandy has worked this year in Publicity to enhance our social media presence. Ashley’s Mystery Quilt was an enormous success this year, creating a Facebook sensation.


 Amy Aldenderfer was the KHQSs webmaster this year. Amy has been a pleasure to work with and her “can do” attitude and her web skills have been an asset to KHQS and have hidden my technical short comings.


And everything at our board meetings was recorded and organized into a concise compilation by our efficient Secretary, Karen Pyror and sent to the archives at WKU. Thank you, Karen.


I also want to thank all the past presidents who have provided support and encouragement to me. And a very special thank you to, Past President, Sue Marshal, who has helped me so much this year, I’m sure she wondered if she was still president.


And, Thank you to everyone who helped keep everything running smoothly this year, the board could not have operated so seamlessly without all the behind the scenes volunteers who do so much.


Thank you All!


Kathy Wantland,

President, 2019/2020