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Willamette Valley Chapter
of the American Sewing Guild


2021 Chapter Advisory Board

Willamette Valley Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Chapter

Chapter Advisory Board Elected Positions

It is a requirement by the American Sewing Guild that each chapter have a President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Willamette Valley Chapter of ASG has also chosen to include the 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President in the elected category.

Each officer is elected for a one-year term and may not serve more than four terms per position. The President may not serve more than four (4) consecutive terms.  Terms run from January 1st through December 31st.


The duties of the President include:

  • Preside over all meetings of the Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) including the preparation of the meeting agenda.
  • Edit, approve and write a column for the quarterly newsletter.
  • Edit and approve the CAB meeting minutes prior to distribution.
  • Oversee the Annual Business Meeting.
  • Together with the Treasurer prepare the proposed budget for approval of the CAB.
  • The President assumes overall responsibility for all Chapter finances and operations.
  • Is a liaison between the Chapter and National Headquarters.
  • Ensure the Chapter is kept in compliance/good standing by following the needed requirements as set by ASG National Headquarters. The requirements are listed on the website under the  Leadership Only section. If you do not have access to this area please contact a CAB member for this information.
  • A computer with internet access is necessary.

Janet Budiselich 1157 (JPG)Cindy Clapp Pease

I love to sew.  My father purchased my first machine for me when I was 12 years old. I spent many years making men’s shirts, vests, and other garments (I tried to wear my first pair of pants I made to school when girls couldn’t wear pants. LOL) Even costumes and bridal wear for family and friends.  My grandmother loved to sew also and would mend for others during the depression to make some money.  I have her treadle machine and button tin – cherished treasures to me.  

I joined ASG in 2008 when Sally was the president.  I love to sew and was seeking others to share this passion.  Though not attending many meetings in the beginning, I knew Sew Inclined was a great place to start. They are so welcoming, and I just jumped in one night.  An opening on the board for Secretary came up and I decided to give it a whirl. I became Secretary while Judy Wells was president.   Then the Salem area sewing enthusiasts wanted a garment group much like the Corvallis group.  With the help of others, The Clothes Encounters Neighborhood group was formed, and I helped lead it for a couple of years.  

During my last few years of employment I took on more demanding jobs and backed away from all volunteering.  Now that I am retired, it is time to get back and give back to the community. I love to sew, and this is a great way for me to enjoy sewing, friendships, learning and sharing the sewing bug with others.  I’d love to see what we could do as ASG to share these skills with the younger generation.

By the way, I love to sew! 

1st Co-Vice Presidents/Special Events

The duties of the 1st Vice President include:

  • Preside over the CAB meetings in the absence of the President.
  • The developing and organization of Spring Fling, Sewing Retreat and Fall Affair.

• Contact possible speakers, get CAB approval, arrange the date, time and place for each event.  

• Organizing the terms and contracts for the speaker and venue of event.

• Decide the menu for each event with CAB approval.

• Along with the CAB, set the price of the event by providing a suggested summary of costs.

• Organizing a group of volunteers to help with the event day.

  • A computer with internet is necessary.

Kelly Beringer 1st Co-
Vice President Special Events

I was born and raised in the Midwest - Wisconsin and Michigan.  At 18 I moved to Colorado, married at 19 (too young!), and at 20 moved to Oregon. 

I first learned to sew in Home Economics class in middle school.  My “final” project was to create a piece of clothing for myself. I still chuckle when I think of that two-piece swimsuit made out of orange (very 70’s!) 100 percent cotton!  You can only imagine the fit without any stretch! 
Early on I made quite a few pieces of clothing for myself and my husband. I then became more interested in home decorating, and recently just crafting of ANY kind. 
I’ve been a member of the ASG for about five years now.  As 1st Co-Vice-President, I have a lot to learn about the ASG world, and the CAB.  In this position I look forward to meeting many of my other Willamette Valley sewers (aah, as I type that word, I see why some use “sewist!”).  Already learning! 

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 include:

  • Collect and maintain a current list of all members in good standing.
  • Welcome new members with an email, new member packet and collect information such as the area they live in and what type of sewing interests they have.
  • Contact appropriate NGC or NGL with new member information.
  • Contact non-renewing members.
  • Publish to CAB and NGLs a list of current membership.
  • A computer with internet access is necessary.

 Jan Bechler - 2nd Vice President 




The duties of the Secretary include:

  • Attend CAB meetings, record, maintain and distribute the minutes of each meeting, including the yearly Annual Business Meeting.
  • File certain banking and Chapter compliance paperwork.
  • A computer with internet access is necessary.

Jill Spackman - Secretary


The Treasurer is responsible for:

  • The funds flowing in and out of the chapter and to keep an accurate record of transactions.
  • Deposits all checks coming into the Chapter.
  • Writes checks to pay the Chapter expenses.
  • Preparing the financial reports for each CAB meeting summarizing Chapter operations.
  • The annual report for the Chapter’s yearly business meeting.
  • Preparing the quarterly financial reports that are transmitted to the ASG National office.
  • Each year the Treasurer and President work together to prepare the proposed budget for the next year.

The Treasurer is also responsible for maintaining the financial paperwork and records in accordance with the records retention policy established by the National office.

  • A computer with internet access is necessary.

Tina Martin - Treasurer


 American Sewing Guild Advisory Board Appointed Positions


Neighborhood Group Leader Coordinator

There is one NGLC for the groups on the east side of the Cascades and two for the groups in the Willamette Valley.  

  • They function as liaisons between the CAB and the NGLs.
  • Contact new members in their area.
  • Help find new NGLs when needed.
  • Offer moral support to NGLs.
  • Keep NGLs updated on upcoming events in our Chapter.
  • A computer with internet access is necessary.

Jerry LindstromJerry Lindstrom - Neighborhood Group Leader Coordinator - East
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 - Neighborhood Group Coordinator - Willamette Valley
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 sends cards to Chapter members who have been ill, are recuperating, have suffered a loss or celebrated a momentous event such as a wedding or birth in the family.

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. 


Clarice Gibb - Historian
The position of the Historian is to keep records of what our Chapter is currently involved with:

  • Special Events, including pictures as desired.
  • Newsletters
  • CAB Minutes

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor plans the newsletter production.

  • Confers with the Chapter President and other CAB members to collect articles and information.
  • May include sewing related articles and information from other sources.
  • Sends electronic or hard copies to each member of the Board of Directors at National Headquarters.
  • Sends the newsletter to the Chapter Webmistress to post on the Chapter website.
  • Posts the newsletter on the ASG National website.
  • A computer with internet access is necessary.

Marsha MintenMarsha Minten - Newsletter Editor

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 Website Editor maintains and updates the website to keep content current:


  • Works with Chapter President to review the website.
  • Content complies with the ASG National Chapter Web Site Policy.
  • Updates website links.
  • Maintains privacy for members.
  • Follows website best practices.
  • A computer with internet access and familiar with website management or CMS (Content Management Systems).

Marsha Minten - Website Editor


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