Membership Conditions

Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and Textile Arts Guild. Membership conditions and benefits

FEES & CHARGES

Annual subscription is $80.00 and is payable by 1 April each year. A charge of 50¢ is made each time a member enters the Cottage to cover the cost of kitchen and bathroom requisites.

SIGN IN BOOK

It is important, for insurance reasons, that you sign the book at reception each time you enter the cottage. This information is also collated for Council records relating to usage of the cottage.

PARKING

A parking permit is available at the front desk for use in the car park and must be displayed on your dashboard when parking on the Members Only side. Please return parking permit to front desk when leaving.

KEYS

Cottage keys are available for member after six (6) months payment of New Membership fee. Please see the Treasurer after this period for your key which will be issued after payment of a $10.00 deposit.

NEWSLETTER

The Guild publishes a newsletter, The Coastal Yarn, on a regular basis with the exception of December/ January. All members are entitled to receive a copy by email. Please assist in keeping postage costs down by advising the newsletter editor if you have an email address. Members with no internet contact address are asked to pick up their copy from the magazine rack in the Cottage hallway. Members are encouraged to submit articles of interest to the newsletter editor no later than the 20th of each month.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment in the cottage is available for members’ use. An equipment register is kept on the front desk and should be completed when taking a piece of equipment from the cottage. The date of return should also be noted in the register.

LIBRARY

Members may borrow books, DVDs, subscription and ex- change journals from the Library for a period of four [4] weeks at a time. The Librarian may give an extension of time if others do not require the items borrowed. The card in the back of the book should be filled in and placed in the Borrowing Box before the book etc is taken away. Please return all borrowed items to the YELLOW box on the table.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are organised during the year to cater for the interests of members. Fees are charged to cover the cost of the tutor and materials. These fees, which may vary according to the nature of the workshop, require full payment when book- ing.

Non-members are welcome but are charged a higher fee than members.

EXHIBITIONS AND OPEN DAYS

From time to time the committee will arrange an Exhibition of members work and/or an Open Day. Members are encouraged to participate in these events to showcase their work.

The Guild is often asked to demonstrate at school fetes, shows and festivals and members are requested to take part in these outings whenever possible.

SALES

Members may sell goods at Guild Exhibitions or Displays on the proviso that they assist and attend on the day to help. At Exhibitions a predetermined percentage of the price is “donated” to the Guild.

NOTICE BOARD

There are notice boards in the cottage which may contain items of interest to members and information relating to community events. These no- tice boards are not to be used to promote individual member’s businesses or to post price lists or business cards. Any items of this nature will be removed by the Committee.

GENERAL

Members are responsible for the care and maintenance of the Cottage at all times. Please always ensure that floors are swept and the Cottage is securely locked and that all appliances and lights are turned off before leaving. Always report breakages or other maintenance needs to a member of the Committee.

O.H.& S issues

For health and safety reasons members are not encouraged to use the cottage alone. It is suggested that you team up with a Member Buddy if you need to use the cottage out of normal craft hours.

COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Other committee positions include Librarian, Newsletter Editor, Website Administrator, Equipment Officer, Welfare Officer, Cottage Manager, Workshop Conveners and Publicity Officer. All positions are declared vacant each year at the Annual General meeting in July and new members elected. All members are encouraged to participate in the running of the Guild. Members may stand for election after twelve (12) months continuous membership.

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