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Gotta say I was weird-ed out tonight.  The speaker was Maggie Ball, the first part of her program was her quilts and was well presented.  The second part was a Power Point on teaching kids quilting.  The finale was her speaking about working with Mongolian women and offering them a business opportunity with teaching them to quilt.  Then she actually passed a basket around the room to collect "At least $100.00" to support her work. 

I really was put off by this action.  Sure it may be a nice and worthy like a million other charities, but to use open social pressure to collect more money directly from the guild was tacky and truly not appreciated by myself. 

You're a professional speaker, we pay your rates for both a lecture and classes.  If you wish to support this charity then do so out of your own fees.  You want to get more money for the charity then charge for it within your fees. 


I gave $1.00 because of the peer pressure but I also voiced my objection as well within our group. 



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Comment by Marlene Duffy on June 18, 2011 at 6:49am

Very pushy , I would have been very offended by this & I definitely wouldnt have given a cent 


Comment by Laurie on June 17, 2011 at 10:45pm
I have also had an experience similar to Colleen...a call collecting money for police officers, to help with expenses.  I don't like the police officers in that town because they are arrogant and power trippers. (Several of them have been since convicted of illegal activities and are in jail.) I politely explained that I made enough money to barely cover my bills and their pay was not in my control.  If they didn't think they made enough or got enough benefits through their job, maybe they should consider changing jobs.  I understand that their pay is probably not that great, but I did not choose that job for them.
Comment by Laurie on June 17, 2011 at 10:25pm
Business opportunities....makes me think of the business opportunities for Asian women with the Amish....they claim the quilts are Amish made...but are not actually quilted by Amish...they are quilted by Asian women for next to nothing and sold by the Amish for a small fortune.  I agree, that was tacky the way she went about it.  If she had just set the basket somewhere and said that it was available for anyone who wanted to donate might not have been so bad.  I'm sure she has a web site and she could have posted all the info on there then directed anyone interested to her web site.
Comment by Norma, Ont /Can on June 15, 2011 at 6:03am

I have heard all of that and more . I just say what part of NO I WON"T ,  NO I CANNOT,  OR NO ,, Don't you understand ? Is It That Hard to understand ??


Comment by Colleen Taylor on June 15, 2011 at 4:15am

I agree and the Quild member who handles guest speakers should address this issue.

Here's a good one; received a call the other day from someone collecting donations for a "Sheriff's Fund" of sorts.  I said that I currently was not in the position to donate.  He said they have a special program for "people like me" ~ I could donate ONLY $20!  Now, this has happened before and I knew where he was going with this so I said "how about $5".  The shocking answer (that I knew was coming), the minimum DONATION is $20!!!  What a hoot ~ a donation with a minimum!  Sorry pal, no deal!

Comment by Janet/MO on June 14, 2011 at 5:56pm

I recognized her name only because I just organized my books since moving in to my new home & found one of hers I don't even remember buying.  Must have been one of those impulse things or else buy one/get one free.   I would also be very offended.  I believe your program chairman or the president of the guild should write her a letter informing her that a lot of members were upset about this and clearly state that they felt pressured in to donating. 


One thing that really bothers me is all this charity to help women overseas when we have so many people here in our own country that need help. 

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on June 14, 2011 at 5:32pm

When our group needs some financial support for things we do, we usually place a basket by the door with a note saying "Donations (voluntary)- in support of ....."

It's not mentioned during the lecture or any  presentation, since it's totally voluntary we accept whatever is on the basket.  We usually get a fair amount of donation, which gets added to our fundraising coffer (we provide assistance to victims of natural disasters in my country, Philippines).

Comment by Patricia, VA on June 14, 2011 at 5:28pm
I agree, tacky
Comment by Michelle K on June 14, 2011 at 1:17pm
I agree, that was tacky.  I don't know who she is, but I will google her.  That seems a bit forceful.  If you are like me , We live on a shoe string.  I give where i can when I can but don't pressure me or you get nothing but a wierd look.  Good for you for speaking up.
Comment by Bridget on June 14, 2011 at 6:56am
I didn't include that 'if you raise $100' your guild can have a small (24x24 inch approx) quilt that you can auction at your own events.  Our guild raised over $300.

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