Fall, 2020 President's Report

As the seasons change, so do our wishes and desires. Whether you are spinning, weaving or knitting there is no question you have a few projects running through your mind. I for one am happy to have finally put our garden to bed, stored our flowerpots and tomato baskets, and not feel guilty about being in the house more. As much as I love being able to dig in the dirt and reap the bounties of the garden all summer, I look forward to legitimately being inside and sitting behind my loom watching thread turn into cloth.


There is no question 2020 has been an unusual year. Annette Cade is the longest-running conference chair! With Vision 2020 having to be postponed, she has graciously continued her work moving the Helena conference forward 2 years. As you might expect, some instructors have commitments during our new timeframe or have been teaching their classes online, so Annette and her committee are working to fill those slots with classes of high interest.


ANWG is also needing to make adjustments to their conference schedule.  The Oregon conference is being pushed back, and Billings has disbanded their planning for an ANWG conference in Montana in 2023. Dawn Ahlert serves as Vice President of both ANWG and MAWS and will fill you in on the latest updates.


The MAWS Board held their fall board meeting via Zoom in October. We are looking at ways to keep us all connected, albeit electronically, throughout the year. We have a committee looking at ways to share ideas and show and tell online, or in small, socially distanced groups. Look for more information in the upcoming months.


I would like to thank our outgoing MAWS board members – Ann Keenan (Alpine), Anita Krueger (Bozeman) and Jaime Stevens, Secretary (Billings). I would also like to acknowledge the excellent job Joan Goldstein (Alpine) did as President during a trying year!!! And as we fondly say farewell to our outgoing board, we welcome our new board members – Alanna Strong (Alpine), Lisa Brown (Bozeman), DC Ahlert (Helena), Liz Tritthart, Internet Coordinator (Bozeman) and Heather Johnson, Secretary (Billings). Those continuing in their roles on the Board are also appreciated. We have a strong group of like-interested leaders with different ideas to hold us all together.


Keep creating – study the newsletter – visit the new website – and don’t forget – we are all in this together!!!


Sharon Schroeder