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Willamette Valley Chapter
of the American Sewing Guild


Chapter Advisory Board

Willamette Valley Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Chapter

Advisory Board Elected Positions

Each officer is elected for a one year term.  The President may not serve more than four (4) consecutive years.  Terms run from January through December in a calendar year. 

The duties of the President include: preside over all meetings of the Advisory Board and of the membership; initiate and supervise, with the assistance of the Advisory Board, the planning of programs and projects and the implementation thereof; prepare, with the assistance of the Treasurer, the chapter's annual budget for approval by the advisory board; act as liaison between chapter members and National Guild Headquarters; and review the newsletter prior to publication.  The chapter President assumes overall responsibility for all chapter finances and operations.  A computer with internet access, Microsoft Word and Excel are necessary.

Janet Budiselich 1157 (JPG)Janet Budiselich

I grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon. My mother taught me how to sew clothes, quilt, knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch and hand embroidery. I met my husband Matt while in high school, we were married the week after we graduated. We lived in Bend for 15 years where both of our children were born, daughter Adrienne is now 33, son Aaron is 27. I was involved with the Bend Chapter of an International volunteer group called M.O.P.S which stands for Mothers Of Preschoolers. I was the craft teacher/coordinator then the Coordinator of the Bend chapter. We moved to the valley in 1997.
I met Jan and Julie at an On The Beach Quilting Retreat. Several years later I was chatting with Julie at a fabric store and she invited me to the ASG machine embroidery meeting in Albany. After being involved with three local ASG groups in the Willamette Valley I became 1st Vice President for a year. Due to extended family issues, I chose to step down from 1st Vice President.
I enjoy quilting, sewing projects, machine embroidery and I am an avid gardener of mostly flowers. I have always enjoyed volunteering, organizing is in my personality and I enjoy working with a variety of different people. With the help and guidance of so many qualified ladies, I will do my best to learn and tend to the position of President of the Willamette Valley Chapter of ASG.

1st Co-Vice Presidents/Special Events
The duties of the 1st Vice President include: preside over meetings of the Advisory Board in the absence of the President and assist the President in carrying out the business of the Chapter and any other duties as requested.  A computer with internet access, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel is necessary along with experience with both programs.  Special events duties include working with the Advisory Board to present fun and learning opportunities that meet the needs of chapter members; developing preliminary plans for an event and recommending plans to the CAB for approval; making arrangements for special event meeting facilities, food, equipment and personnel required for the event and evaluating the success of events.

Nancy Mandel 1st Co-
Vice President Special Events

I am originally from Portland. My husband and I have lived in Corvallis for 41 years and in our present home for 36 years. We recently had some remodeling done and after listening to us describe what we wanted the designer wrote down “Aging-in-place remodel”. We love the mid-valley and aging-in-place is what we plan to do.

My mother made most of the clothing my sister and I wore as kids. She kept all the scraps and later made them into quilts which we treasure. I learned sewing and hand embroidery from her and my grandmother.

I made a lot of clothing until one fateful week in 1982. That week our second son was born, we moved into a house with a large yard, and my husband started a new job. I was working full-time, so something had to go. Sewing came to a screeching halt. I took it up again soon after my retirement in 2007. Boy, had it changed! However, it is still fun.

Kathy HowaldKathy Howald - 1st Co-Vice President Special Events

I have been an ASG member for many years, first in St.Louis, Missouri, and now here in Oregon. After retirement I moved to Oregon in 2011 so I could be with my granddaughter and soon to be grandson. Now I have three grandchildren who keep me very busy but they also keep me sewing. In fact, they offer me many sewing challenges such as costumes with no pattern, but their mother started that with a wedding dress with no pattern. I hear a lot of “Grandma can you make me this today and can I help?” and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Through the neighborhood groups I have learned many new skills, techniques, and challenges, but more importantly have met and made friends with truly wonderful people. I am looking forward to the new opportunities of learning, meeting new people, and the rewards of working on our community projects.

2nd Vice President/Membership Chairperson
The duties of the 2nd Vice President are: recruit new members; maintain a current list of all members in good standing; welcome new members and follow up with non-renewing members; publish a list of members; prepare mailing labels for newsletters and other chapter mailings.  Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is desired.  A computer with internet access, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel is necessary.

Krisann Parks



The duties of the Secretary include recording, maintaining and distributing the minutes of each meeting of the Advisory Board, Chapter Annual Meetings and Election of Officers and to serve on the nominating committee.  Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel is desired.  A computer with internet access, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel is necessary.

Jill Spackman

The chapter Treasurer is responsible for the funds flowing in and out of the chapter and keeping a good paper trail of this flow of money. The Treasurer deposits all checks coming into the chapter and writes checks to pay chapter expenses.  The Treasurer should use an accounting program such as Quickbooks to post all transactions. The Treasurer prepares financial reports for each CAB meeting summarizing chapter operations. She also prepares the following financial reports: a financial summary of each special event, an annual report for the chapter's annual meeting, and quarterly financial reports that are transmitted to the National office.  Each year, the Treasurer prepares the annual budget in conjunction with the President for approval by the CAB. The Treasurer is also responsible for maintaining the financial paperwork and records in accordance with the records retention policy established by the National office.

Tina Martin


 American Sewing Guild Advisory Board Appointed Positions


Neighborhood Group Leader Coordinators
There is one NGLC for groups on the east side of the Cascades and two for groups on the west side.  These coordinators function as liaisons between the CAB and the neighborhood group leaders.  They help with planning and organization.  They assist in finding new neighborhood group leaders when necessary as well as keep NGLs aware of upcoming events in our chapter as well as other chapters in Oregon.  At times they provide moral support for neighborhood group leaders.

Jerry LindstromJerry Lindstrom
Jerry is the Neighborhood Group Coordinator for the eastern side of the state. She started sewing after finishing college because it seemed like a good idea.  She and her husband, Ken, were living in Concord, CA and Ken thought they might as well just throw the cost of a Kenmore sewing machine to the wind.  After moving to San Diego Jerry took classes at the Stretch and Sew store in National City.  She started teaching at the store while teaching high school during the day.  She and Ken moved to Arlington, VA where Jerry found a job at a Stretch and Sew before she found a place to live!  During the time in Virginia, she joined the newly-formed Northern Virginia Chapter of ASG.  Her day job required lots of travel so she had to stop working at a fabric store. 20 years later they moved back home to Oregon where she is able to be more involved in ASG and spends her free time fondling fabric in her sewing cave. Jerry enjoys teaching "Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine" through one of the stores in Bend; the classes are either part of Kids Camp or for adults.

Janell Bothe
Janell is the Neighborhood Group Coordinator for the western side groups.

I am a mother of four and a retired dental hygienist.  I have lived in Salem, Oregon for 45 years, but am a native of Oregon.  I love gardening, reading and hiking as well as my three grandchildren.  But my love of sewing is fairly new.  I learned about ASG from Tina Martin and Jane Moreland, who invited me to a Sew Inclined meeting and I have been hooked ever since.  That was in October of 2016.  I quickly joined ASG.  I served as CAB secretary for 2017 and 2018.  I am now taking the position of Neighborhood Group Coordinator for the North Valley and am looking forward to the new challenge.  

Support and Encouragement
This person provides support and encouragement to chapter members by sending cards and
/or notes to members as needed.

Clarice Gibb

Clarice Gibb
A Junior High teacher ended my sewing adventures before it even started until my Senior year in high school.  I wanted to make a Pendleton shirt for my boyfriend, forget the small stuff.  My mother was a great seamstress so with her help I accomplished the task, yes it fit and he wore it.  After marrying, my husband bought me a Singer machine, all metal in those days, which lead me to take several sewing classes at Chemeketa Community College.  My mother-in-law was also a good sewer using a treadle machine.

I've sewn a lot of things during the years, a suit for my husband, clothes for our kids and myself, bridesmaids dresses for both daughters' weddings, a wedding dress for my daughter and my jeans, to name a few.  If it fits under the pressure foot I'll try it.
I like working out of the box and using my imagination which usually gets me in trouble but hasn't stopped me yet!  So ladies put the treadle to the metal and expose your imagination. 

Newsletter Editor
The newsletter editor plans the newsletter production.  She/he confers with the chapter president and other CAB members to get articles and information.  She/he works with retailers to secure advertising.  The newsletter editor sends hard copies to each member of the Board of Directors and to National Headquarters and posts the newsletter on the chapter website as well as the National ASG website.  A computer with internet access and knowledge of Publisher is essential.

Marsha MintenMarsha Minten

If the old lace-up sewing cards for children count as sewing, then I started sewing before I started school. My first formal lesson on a sewing machine that wasn't my mother's 1930 Singer was in a 7th Grade sewing class that had just received brand new machines. And I proceeded to stitch through my thumb the first day of class. However, that didn't stop my curiosity for sewing nor was it my last "incident". Unfortunately, over the years, my work life lead me away from sewing. After 20 years in retail sales [remember Lipman's and Meier & Frank] I had a midlife wake-up and went back to school for Graphic Design. Even with the opportunity to do something creative every day, I really missed sewing and I had been looking for a charity sewing connection. These two things lead me to the ASG website and all the local Neighborhood Groups. I was very lucky to grow up surrounded by the talented women in my family, church, and community who were generous in sharing their love of sewing. The very first Neighborhood Group I attended felt just like home.

Website Editor
The responsibilities of th
e Website Editor are: develop the chapter website; ensure the chapter president review the website for final approval; ensure content complies with the ASG, Inc. Chapter Web Site Policy (policies & procedures manual, pp.4-19); ensure the chapter website links to the ASG, Inc. website; propose changes in the host, style, use and major content of the chapter website to the CAB for approval; ensure the privacy of all persons shown or mentioned on the website; implement a procedure to update the website to keep content current. A computer with internet access and knowledge of the DASH and how to use it are essential. 

Marsha Minten


American Sewing Guild Neighborhood Group Leader

Volunteer Position

The neighborhood group leader is the group's guide. They serve as the contact person for the group, field phone calls from interested members and non-members, and guides the pace and content of the meetings. They communicate the group's activities and concerns to the chapter's advisory board and communicates news from the board to the group.

But for all of this, the neighborhood group belongs to the members of the group and not to the leader.  They do not rule the group; they don't present all the programs; They don't make all decisions for the group without involving them.

Lots of groups have co-leaders or even tri-leaders. One person might like to handle the running of the meeting, while another acts as the contact person and keeps the newsletter editor up-to-date. There are also groups that have no designated leader----the jobs are split among the group.

Willamette Valley Chapter, Oregon
American Sewing Guild 
Standing Rules
Revised 2019



The following rules have been established by this Chapter as a supplement to the bylaws and Procedures Manual set forth by the National Organization. The intent is to better clarify how our Chapter functions and to facilitate a more efficient operation of the Chapter Advisory Board. The president shall be the official representative of our chapter. Any other representation must have prior approval by the president and or the Chapter Advisory Board.


Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) Positions and Meetings

The Willamette Valley Chapter fills the following positions:
1st Vice President, Special Events
2nd Vice President, Membership
Committee Chairs appointed by the board:
Neighborhood Group Coordinator; East, North & South
Support and Encouragement
Newsletter Editor
Website Editor
Community Service Coordinator  

All individuals in the positions listed are members of the Willamette Valley Chapter Advisory Board. The approval of a majority of those members present at a CAB meeting shall be required to adopt any resolution or to decide any question. Issues arising that must be decided between meetings may be voted on by an email vote.

The Chapter Advisory Board meets at least quarterly.  CAB members may attend a meeting using electronic means.

In the event that any of the Officers or CAB members are unable to fulfill their term of office, a new Officer or CAB member shall be appointed by the Chapter President with CAB approval.

Two (2) consecutive unexcused absences from a scheduled Chapter Advisory Board meeting shall constitute grounds for termination from the Chapter Advisory Board.  Unexcused absences are defined as a CAB member who does not advise the president that they are unable to attend the meeting.  Termination shall be implemented by a majority vote of the Chapter Advisory Board.

All business correspondence, Chapter business and information received from National must be submitted to the chapter president prior to distribution to the membership of the chapter. This includes all chapter business sent to National and any full chapter correspondence.

Fiscal Responsibilities
    1. The President and Treasurer will prepare the incoming budget recommendation for the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) meeting in November.  This proposed budget is to be approved by the current CAB.  Budgeted revenue will be based only on the membership dues for the proposed budget year.  The final approval of the proposed budget will be at the first CAB meeting of the new year.

    2. The Treasurer, President and Secretary are authorized to sign checks.  All funds collected on behalf of the Chapter should be turned over to the Treasurer.

    3. The quarterly accounting report shall be prepared by the Treasurer, reviewed and approved by the President.

    4. The CAB will maintain a reserve fund of $5,000 and the CAB will review the reserve fund balance on an annual basis. 
    5. The Chapter will pay $900 towards the President’s travel expenses to the National Convention.  This dollar amount will go to offset some of the expenses of travel, registration, and food.  Receipts must be presented to the treasurer with the expense reimbursement form prior to the chapter paying any of these expenses.  Budgeted amount can be carried over to the presidents second term.
    6. The budget should be written to include:

a. An annual stipend to the neighborhood groups of $50.  Neighborhood Group Leaders will submit their request in writing specifying items purchased with attached receipts.  Monies can be used for group supplies, printing, postage, supplies for the hosting facility or presenter cost.
b. In honor of Rita Hathaway, a donation will be made to promote youth sewing.
c. A donation to “Make It With Wool” organization
d. Community service activities and supplies.
e. The general operating expenses of the Chapter.

7. All expense reimbursement must be submitted by December 10th to be included in the current year budget. 

Nominating Committee

At the Spring CAB meeting, the current president will appoint the chair for the nominating committee from members of the CAB.  The current president and the current secretary shall not be the committee chair.  If all CAB members are running for election again, a nominating chair may be selected from the chapter membership.  At a mid-year CAB meeting, the chair will present names of members interested in running for office.  Screening of potential candidates and selection of nominees will be completed by early September.


The Annual meeting shall be held in the Fall and may be combined with another event.  This meeting will be for the purpose of existing officers’ reports and electing the new CAB.  The CAB term will be January through December.


A person interested in joining ASG may attend two (2) Neighborhood Group (NG) meetings before submitting application for membership and dues.  Benefits of membership include attending any NG meeting, chapter newsletter “Sew What’s New in the Valley”, National ASG correspondence publications and access to the Willamette Valley Sewing website. 

Chapter members may place an ad for sewing related items or sewing related services once a year at no charge in the Chapter newsletter.  The free ad may be approximately 25 words.

Chapter Meetings and Events

Our chapter will hold, at a minimum, the following chapter wide events each year.

  1. Annual Meeting/Fall Affair
  2. Spring Fling
  3. Sewing Retreat
  4. Chapter wide Community Sew project
  5. Combined leadership meeting/training with CAB and NGL
  6. Events for the most part should be self-supporting; however, the CAB may vote to subsidize an event if the Reserve goals have been met. 

The CAB may approve a refund up to 50% of the event fee; if the refund deadline has passed and the member cannot attend the event or leaves early from a multiday event due to unforeseen circumstances approved by the board.  

E-mail protocol

Emails sent to multiple people should be sent using Blind Copy (BCC) to protect the privacy of each recipient.  Everything possible should be done to protect member privacy.

New Membership Procedure with the Chapter

Maintaining membership records for the chapter is the responsibility of the 2nd Vice President.  

This includes:

  1. Check the National membership data base on a monthly basis.
  2. Send out new member packets.
  3. Forward membership information to NG leaders.
  4. Send updated membership information to the web manager for website maintenance.


The 2nd Vice President will prepare and send a new member packet which may include:

Welcome letter
Name tag and holder
ASG member pin
Copy of leadership listing for chapter
Address for the Chapter website