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January 2024
By Stacy Rowe
Posted: 2024-01-15T08:00:00Z

Greetings VCPG Members and Happy 2024!

This is my first monthly message as the President of our Guild. First, I’d like to thank you all for the confidence and support you showed by giving me your vote. I will do my best to serve this wonderful community and its members.

I plan to focus my monthly messages on keeping members up to date on what’s happening with the Board of Directors, highlighting opportunities for members to participate in our Guild, and addressing issues that float up during the month. Please feel free to contact me if you have ideas for the monthly message; or, if you have questions or suggestions you think the Board should know about. You can reach out to me at

I’d like to welcome Rebecca Catterall as our new Board Secretary – you elected her in October. Your former president, Wyn Matthews, has stepped into the job of Treasurer. And a big shout out to Gloria Sills who stayed on as Treasurer months after she signaled her wish to retire. That kind of dedication to the organization is the norm across the VCPG Board – it’s a really great team.

One of the questions that has come up recently is: Why, when I’m renewing my membership, do I have to answer all these questions about participation and my skill set, especially if I’m just going to be a Regular member? Your Board and Team Leaders want to know about ALL our members: Regular, Plus, Student and Lifetime. We are working to serve ALL of you as best we can. We want to know what you value about the Guild in your life and the larger community; where the Board should focus Guild resources; and who may be a resource for our Guild. Providing the broadest and most responsive opportunities for our members requires a lot of effort. It takes all of us working together to make our community sing!

Over the past two years members have been essential in supporting and growing our Guild and the benefits offered. Plus Tier members -- having access to a greater array of benefits – have agreed to provide a service back to our community. But many members – Regular, Plus, Student and Lifetime - wear multiple hats by participating in any number of service

opportunities throughout the year. Team Service opportunities are posted on the Guild website under the heading GUILD. There are monthly postings and announcements in our

Guild Newsletter. 

For more information on how to serve the Guild, reach out to the Team Service team at Team Service Sign Up.

As we go forward for 2024 I will use this message to highlight important tasks we need to work on to keep the Guild humming along. Please consider pitching in when an opportunity arrives that fits your skill set. I promise we will do our best to make the process rewarding and fun! Service back to the Guild is a great way to interact with other members - many tasks offer opportunities to gather with old and new friends!

More next month. Take care and make stuff.

Stacy Rowe

VCPG Board President

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