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Charter Members

The Miami Valley Quilters’ Guild was officially organized as a non-profit, tax exempt organization on September 24, 1980.

As stated in the original Constitution, the purposes of the guild are: to join hands in friendship; to encourage high standards of design, technique, and creativity in quilting; to promote the appreciation and preservation of quilts; to preserve the art of quilt making; and to further the art of quilting through education and communication.

Suellen Wassem, while teaching at the Daisy Barrel in Fairborn, recognized that there were many individuals interested in quilting.  She called for those interested to attend an interest meeting and, she said, she was overwhelmed by the number who responded. 

While official organizational plans were completed, all members who joined the Guild between September 24, 1980, and December 31, 1981, are considered as the Guilds’ Charter Members.

Charter Members

Sept. 24, 1980 – Dec. 31, 1981

Shirley Brabson

Maxine Coverdale (d)

Diane Dean

Bonnie Etchberger

Phyllis Franck

Judy Garrett, Dayton (d)

Rita Goggins (d)

Susan Goodman

Mary Lou Graham

Anne Hare, Beavercreek

Ruth Harner (d)

Genny Jones, Xenia

Judy Kuenle, Yellow Springs

Sandra Leonard

Martha Mangan (d)

Fern Miller, Fairborn (d)

Jean Mulhern, Jamestown

JoAnne Patterson

Nancy Peterson

Sandy Ruggles (d)
Barbara Schimer, Vandalia

Alice Semler (d)

Mabel Semler (d)

Mildred Semler (d)

Sue Semler

Carla Smith

Martha Stautzenbach (d)

Lucille Swindler (d)

Bonnie Tate

Alloweese Theobald (d)

Glenderel Thompson, Xenia (d)

Mary Lou Waruszewski

Suellen Wassem, Beavercreek

Dorothy Wehner (d)

Susan White

Nancy Wilda, Dayton

Lois Williams

Mary Williams

Linda Worman

Cherie Wright

Linda Yusko



Suellen Wassem, President

Bonnie Tate, Vice President

Carla Smith, Recording Secretary

Martha Mangan, Corresponding Secretary

Mary Lou Waruszewski, Treasurer



Judy Kuenle, Publicity

Mabel Semler & Ruth Harner, Hospitality

Sue Semler, Newsletter

Mildred Semler, Telephone

Martha Stautzenbach, Librarian

Sandy Leonard, Historian


Current Members in Bold  -  (d) Deceased


If you have information about Charter Members (residence, etc.), please contact Ed Chamness at  Information on some  Charter Members is included in the current list.  Let us know if any information is incorrect.

The Miami Valley Quilters' Guild meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month
at the Fairborn, Ohio, Senior Citizens Center. 
Visitors are welcome. 
A $10.00 fee is charged for non-members
when the program includes a professional speaker
from outside the guild.

Miami Valley Quilters' Guild
P.O. Box 340141
Beavercreek, OH  45434

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Miami Valley Quilters' Guild


          The Miami Valley Quilters' Guild is more than just a club, we are a diverse group with more than 200 members from all areas of interest and all quilting skill levels. Members include quilters, collectors of quilts, quilting teachers, designers and those simply interested in the art and craft of quilting. Our members come from throughout the Miami Valley Region of Southwest Ohio – the Dayton/Springfield Metro area including suburbs and communities such as Huber Heights, Englewood, Tipp City, Vandalia, Kettering, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Xenia, Fairborn, and Yellow Springs in Montgomery, Clark, Greene, and Preble counties and beyond. Our members have varied interests: traditional quilts and fabric art - hand piecing and machine work - long-arm machine quilting, home machine quilting and, of course, hand quilting. 

           As do other quilt guilds, clubs, and groups in Ohio, the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild  provides quilters with education and instruction through classes and workshops; inspiration and growth through meetings featuring accomplished quilters, quilt designers, and quilting teachers; fellowship and support through meetings, retreats, shows, programs, our newsletter, and our website; and encouragement and recognition  through quilt shows, show-and-tell sessions, challenges, charitable activities, and other events. We join other Ohio quilt guilds in promoting the history and tradition of quilting and embrace all quilting techniques, styles, and methods. 

         The Miami Valley Quilters' Guild proudly presents recent examples of quilting by its members in a biennial quilt show.  One of the best quilt shows in Ohio, the show is held in May even-numbered years at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia. 

          We meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 North Third Street, Fairborn, Ohio.  Annual dues of $20 includes attendance at meetings, access to our monthly newsletter, electronic services through our website and e-mail lists, reduced fees for classes and workshops, library privileges, eligibility for our annual retreat, exhibiting your quilts in our biennial membership shows, and much more, particularly the fellowship of fellow quilters. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings.  There is a $10.00 fee for non-members at programs featuring professional speakers. 

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