The beginnings of our guild can be traced to the Arrowmont school in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the
|TVH Charter Member Dale Liles|
- Penny Tschantz, October 2012
UNC-TV's "Folkways" program featured Persis Grayson in an episode about southern Appalachian folk arts in the early 1980's.
The station has recently made the video available for streaming. It is a rare and valuable opportunity to be able to watch the teacher whose work directly influenced our guild's founding.
BY-LAWS OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY HANDSPINNERS
ARTICLE I: MEMBERSHIPSection One: Active Membership and Dues
- The membership of this guild shall be open to those persons who spin or are interested in other fiber arts upon payment of annual dues.
- The annual dues of $15.00 are payable to the Treasurer at the January meeting. Members who fail to pay annual dues for two consecutive years will be dropped from the membership list. New members pay the full amount of annual dues at the time they join the guild.
- Guests are always welcome at monthly meetings.
Section Two: Privileges of Membership
- An active member may participate in monthly meetings, vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
- An active member receives the monthly newsletter.
- An active member may check out library resources and guild-owned equipment, according to the procedures established by the guild.
- Only active members have permission from the guild to advertise or sell fiber arts related materials at meetings, in the newsletter, or on the website.
ARTICLE II: MEETINGSSection One: Regular Monthly Meetings
- The guild ordinarily meets on the first Saturday of every month at the time and place established by the membership. Meetings may be changed because of holidays as determined by the membership.
- A quorum shall be 25% of the members of record present at the time of the vote.
The November monthly meeting will be designated as an annual business meeting if necessary to affirm officers and consider any matters related to the financial or organizational needs of the guild.
ARTICLE III: LEADERSHIPSection One: Officers
- The officers shall be the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Terms of office will be determined by the officer and the Executive Committee. Officers are nominated by the Executive Committee and affirmed by vote of the membership.
- The President shall preside at all meetings, make appointments to customary leadership roles, coordinate the work of officers and leaders, and provide the newsletter editor with agenda items and information of interest to the guild. The President shall serve on the Executive Committee at least one year following her or his term.
- The Vice-President shall act in place of the absent President, assist the President in her or his duties, and shall succeed the President at the end of her or his term. The Vice-President shall keep minutes of monthly meetings.
- The Treasurer shall receive and record dues, deposit, record and manage finances, and maintain the membership list.
Section Two: Executive Committee
- The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, immediate past President, and those in customary leadership roles.
- The Executive Committee nominates officers for the guild, who therefore serve subject to the affirmation of the membership.
- The Executive Committee serves as an advisory board to the President.
Section Three: Customary Leadership Roles
The following leadership roles have been established by the guild and are appointed by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee:
- Equipment Manager: manages the equipment owned by the guild.
- Historian: maintains records of interest to the history, purpose, work, and minutes of the guild.
- Librarian: manages the library resources of the guild.
- Meeting Facilitator: oversees the setup the meeting room.
- Newsletter Editor: oversees the publication of the monthly newsletter.
- Webmaster: maintains the guild website.
ARTICLE IV: FINANCESSection One: Revenues
Dues constitute the only source of revenue for the guild.
Section Two: Disbursements
Disbursement of revenue consists of:
- Monthly meeting expenses.
- Incidental expenses related to promotion of the guild’s work.
- Equipment and library resources for membership use.