Friday, November 17, 2006

Other Pip's Squeek, too

It's not just this pip squeek who's making noise... Have you read the comments that have been added to various posts? here there are.

From So many tracks to cover...
Anonymous1 said...

It seems that madam president has plenty to hide which is why she WON'T produce a financial statement.
Has madam president already emptied the treasury?
If so, producing a financial statement would expose her scheme!
She needs secret meetings to either cover her steps or to get any remaining funds out of the bakg and run.
Producing a financial statement is only problematic when there's something to hide.
Why are you members so apathetic? Organize and kick her the hell out.
Never would I have thought that madam president was such a THIEF. Could the D.A. get involved and investigate bakg?

Anonymous 2 said...
Madam President also mentioned the January yarn auction. I remember when it was a yarn swap that was much easier on the checkbook. I know I was never consulted about the change in policy. Since I don't know where the funds raised are going, I am not going to contribute much this year. I have just been giving my excess yarn to those who need them and they have responded in kind. 12:39 PM, November 13, 2006

From Our Treasurer....
Anonymous 1 said... This fiasco sounds like the wolf guarding the hen house!!!
What do you think about calling the D.A. to investigate?
How do you think madam president would look in stripes? Of course, they would not be knitted.
3:42 PM, November 14, 2006
Anonymous 2 said...

What a funny comment. I do agree that something needs to be done. That's really sad that all this is happening. I'm not around NY anymore, but I did enjoy the meetings when I was.
Why not start a new group after you investigate this?
4:34 PM, November 14, 2006

From Twinkle twinkle

Anonymous1 said... Most of the members may not be interested in an instructor but they are only a small percentage of the knitters in NYC. Workshops are not announced early enough or announced outside of the BAKG.

Yes, that is a very good point. It used to be, with so many members, (over 500 just a few years ago) that the BAKG represented a huge portion of NYmetro area knitters.

Now, membership is down, and many long time members have left. And at the same time, there are many new knitters in the BAKG. It's natural, with the increased popularity of knitting that we should have many new members, and that many of those new members are younger, hipper knitters, and that their needs and desires might be different than the previous demographic.

I like to think of the old girl scout song.. Make new friend, but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold. We seem to have lost our 'golden' members. and are not providing for the needs of the silver, either.

We don't seem to be attracting the new young upcoming designers. Just look at Debbie Stohler's books Stitch and Bitch and Stitch and Bitch Nation. Many of the designers featured in those books live and work in the NY area--but they are not members of the BAKG.
These designers often have on line Knit alongs that attract hundreds of knitters.. but they are not being invited to run workshops at the BAKG.

For many years, the BAKG was the only knitting group in the NY metro area. Now there are groups in every boro, in all the out lying suburbs. Knitters reach out and meet each other through yahoo group, through knit lists, through knitting BB's.

What is the BAKG doing to reach these knitters?


Blogger HPNY Knits said...

well, I voted with my feet last year. I heard too many times "no, this is not the time to discuss this that or the other", and was shot down by madam P for any good idea I had. I am glad there are people now,(finally!) who are going to get her out.
its about time.
but the solution may be to start a new guild, and move on- and start an official $ investigation.
start fresh. take all or most, members with ya. get the young hip local designers to come, and some older but trusted and knowledgeable ones as well.

1:49 PM, November 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we just leave and start anothe guild,Claire is left with all the money in the treasury,all the books in the library,all the yarn in the charity stash,a valuable mailing list,and a title to use to rob other knitters

8:29 AM, November 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The books in the library, all the yarn in the charity stash, and the mailing list come with the members! They belong to us, the members not the president.
The $ issue should be dealt with by the authorities. . a simple request by a lawyer representing the members, (and we have a few lawyer members!) should yield bank records and books.

9:01 AM, November 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Borrowed from Aunty Nin's Blog

"In his Utopia, Sir Thomas More opined that the very act of seeking public office proved that a person wasn't fit to hold public office. It's a sentiment that holds up through the centuries."

7:39 AM, November 22, 2006  

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