written by Faith Cormier, Atlantic-Central Regional Director
as told by Lucie Daigneault

Guilde Repentigny members and some of the works on display at the 10th Anniversary celebration
Guilde Repentigny - 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition - Members' Hidden Talents

La Guilde de Broderie repentignoise (Eastern suburb of Montreal) had a problem that many other guilds have faced over the years, but they managed to find two solutions that may be of use to others.

As Lucie Daigneault tells it, “At the end of May we held elections. We were on the verge of having to close our Guild for lack of Board volunteers. We spent two months identifying and wooing potential new Board members, but nobody was interested. I was preparing the funeral in my head.”

On election day, Lucie laid it on the line: if no one stepped forward the Guilde would close. That reality check put the members into shock, and they finally awakened to the danger. And guess what? Instead of having to bury the deceased guild they finished off with an overloaded Board!

Even more importantly, at this last AGM they changed their old bylaws. The former ones had all the Board renewing at the same time. Very risky! So from now on only half of the Board is elected each year.
Pink cake decorated and shaped like a purse with small pieces decorated as eye makeup compact, lipstick, rouge and a brush, keys, nail polish bottle, and a string of pearls
Guilde Repentigny - 10th Anniversary Cake - Created by Danielle Vézina

La Guilde de Broderie repentignoise (en banlieue est de Montréal) faisait face à un problème qui a touché bien d’autres guildes au fil des ans, mais le groupe a trouvé deux solutions qui pourraient être utiles pour les autres.

« Les élections ont eu lieu à la fin mai. Nous craignions devoir fermer la Guilde, faute d’administratrices bénévoles. Nous avions passé deux mois à cibler et à courtiser de nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration, mais personne ne s’y intéressait. Moi, je planifiais déjà les funérailles dans ma tête », de dire Lucie Daigneault.

Le jour fatal, Lucie a parlé franchement : si personne ne se présentait, la Guilde fermerait boutique. Cette réalité crue a créé un état de choc parmi les membres, mais elles se sont réveillées au danger. Savez-vous quoi? Au lieu de devoir enterrer une guilde décédée, elles ont fini par avoir plus qu’assez de volontaires!

Chose encore plus importante, la Guilde a modifié son règlement lors de la dernière AGA. Celui en vigueur prévoyait que toutes les directrices soient remplacées en même temps. Quel risque! Dorénavant, seulement la moitié des mandats viendront à terme chaque année.


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