CATS - 2002 ... Come and join us!!!!

CATS - 2002 ... Come and join us!!!!

Post by RamblHou » Thu, 17 Jan 2002 00:03:25



Hi there,  I've just spent a good bit of time catching up on my e-mail, etc.  I
feel like I've lived in a vacuum lately --     However, I've been very
disturbed by some of the mail...  We all know there is good and bad in
everything going on in this world. We must keep the good in mind and either
work on the bad (PRIVATELY) or let it go (COMPLETELY).

Now, I have absolutely nothing to gain by writing this editorial but I'm
writing anyway...............

When I started teaching I was appauled by the prices or classes, etc. However,
when I jumped in and volunteered to help -- I became amazed that the prices
weren't doubled.  If I could run my house on such a tight budget I would be
rich but I can't seem to do it.  Oh well.   Seriously, this organization is
working VERY HARD to provide us with what we want!  

There are 4 components here: 1.) the students 2.) the teachers 3.) the vendors
and 4.) the shoppers.  If any one of these doesn't come the other 3 suffer.  We
are all part of the same.  We are all doing it to have fun and take hope what
we need from the effort.   Then you add the organization that is trying to
coordinate this effort ---- a "Thankless" job at best.

How can anyone complain?  It just frustrates me no end to hear people gripe....
OH! ! ! try walking in their shoes before you fuss!

Now, I'm a teacher who isn't teaching next year...........   Why?  because 2 or
3 in a class won't even pay for my hotel............   Did I have fun in these
classes? ABSOLUTELY ! ! !     The decision not to teach next year was
exceedingly difficult but you see I'm not wealthy and can't continue without
pay.  Did I have support from the organization?  ABSOLUTELY ! ! !  the staff
and board of directors respected my decision and understood why.... if things
change could I teach at CATS again?  ABSOLUTELY ! ! !  

IS THE ORGANIZATION PERFECT?  NO but until you walk in their shoes don't
complain.  They work VERY hard for 365 days a year for us to stitch for 3 or 4
days.........   Our non stop vacation isn't a vacation for them, but is a full
time job. They deserve our credit rather than our complaints.  Do I agree with
all their decisions?  No but I'm not walking in their shoes.

I'll be attending at least 1 CATS program next year and it will seem awful not
to be teaching  but I will support the group with everything I've
got.............

Annmarie Allaire
The Rambling House

 
 
 

CATS - 2002 ... Come and join us!!!!

Post by Feathers » Sat, 19 Jan 2002 05:59:08


Quote:
>IS THE ORGANIZATION PERFECT?  NO but until you walk in their shoes don't
>complain.  They work VERY hard for 365 days a year for us to stitch for 3 or
>4
>days.........   Our non stop vacation isn't a vacation for them, but is a
>full
>time job. They deserve our credit rather than our complaints.  Do I agree
>with
>all their decisions?  No but I'm not walking in their shoes.

>I'll be attending at least 1 CATS program next year and it will seem awful
>not
>to be teaching  but I will support the group with everything I've
>got.............

>Annmarie Allaire
>The Rambling House

I agree completely.  I have attended CATS for the past 3 years in Atlanta,  and
had a marvelous time.  It's killing me that I cannot attend in Charleston (due
to a job change), and will try to get to one of the other festivals.  The
quality of the classes has been outstanding.  I've actually finished some of
the projects and will finish the others.
  Where else can you sit and stitch with fellow ***s, with your dazor
(provided by them) and learn new techniques guided by some of the best in the
industry??  And the banquet was a blast,  and they did not serve ***
chicken.  This organization is a class act,  and I will be supporting them with
my membership,  even if I cannot attend a festival this year.
Marialyce

 
 
 

CATS - 2002 ... Come and join us!!!!

Post by Meri Abra » Sat, 19 Jan 2002 21:00:50


Quote:

>We all know there is good and bad in
> everything going on in this world. We must keep the good in mind and either
> work on the bad (PRIVATELY) or let it go (COMPLETELY).

Not necessarily --

If one does not enjoy reading someone else's thoughts about CATS
(especially if they don't agree with yours)-- on should at least give
others the respect and the right to their own opinion.   I've voiced
my opinion about CATS on this board several times in the past year --
both good AND bad.    As long as I state what I am saying with
respect, I don't think it should be *censored*.  You will note that I
am much in the minority -- but I am content with that -- I don't
expect *everyone* to agree with me -- and I don't *bow* to opinion of
the majority if in my heart I can't agree with it.

I personally have many strong reservations with about changes at CATS,
in general, which I can't do anything about.  But also with the manner
in which I personally have been treated by them.  Learning that Cathy
Shelton is no longer with the organization greatly explains it to me,
for she was the *grace* of that organization, IMHO.    If I don't
enjoy the show anymore, I feel like I should have the right to express
it -- it is like saying that you don't like such and such a movie.
Just because something is *starring* at the local theater does not
mean that everyone will pay for the ticket to go ...

There are many ways to enjoy needlework . . . I am attending a
different show this year -- and so much looking forward to it.

Also, I have my eye on one of those new *designer dazors* I spied in
the new Nordic Needle catalog -- now there's something I can spend my
$$$ on and not regret the money I spent!

I, for one, will be re-allocating my stitchery spending this year --
and as far as walking in their shoes -- I only agree with that to a
point -- but those shoes tread on a two-way path -- when one stomps on
people, one should expect to hear a little *owiee* complaint !!!!

Respectfully,

Meri Abrams

Quote:
> Now, I have absolutely nothing to gain by writing this editorial but I'm
> writing anyway...............

> When I started teaching I was appauled by the prices or classes, etc. However,
> when I jumped in and volunteered to help -- I became amazed that the prices
> weren't doubled.  If I could run my house on such a tight budget I would be
> rich but I can't seem to do it.  Oh well.   Seriously, this organization is
> working VERY HARD to provide us with what we want!  

> There are 4 components here: 1.) the students 2.) the teachers 3.) the vendors
> and 4.) the shoppers.  If any one of these doesn't come the other 3 suffer.  We
> are all part of the same.  We are all doing it to have fun and take hope what
> we need from the effort.   Then you add the organization that is trying to
> coordinate this effort ---- a "Thankless" job at best.

> How can anyone complain?  It just frustrates me no end to hear people gripe....
> OH! ! ! try walking in their shoes before you fuss!

> Now, I'm a teacher who isn't teaching next year...........   Why?  because 2 or
> 3 in a class won't even pay for my hotel............   Did I have fun in these
> classes? ABSOLUTELY ! ! !     The decision not to teach next year was
> exceedingly difficult but you see I'm not wealthy and can't continue without
> pay.  Did I have support from the organization?  ABSOLUTELY ! ! !  the staff
> and board of directors respected my decision and understood why.... if things
> change could I teach at CATS again?  ABSOLUTELY ! ! !  

> IS THE ORGANIZATION PERFECT?  NO but until you walk in their shoes don't
> complain.  They work VERY hard for 365 days a year for us to stitch for 3 or 4
> days.........   Our non stop vacation isn't a vacation for them, but is a full
> time job. They deserve our credit rather than our complaints.  Do I agree with
> all their decisions?  No but I'm not walking in their shoes.

> I'll be attending at least 1 CATS program next year and it will seem awful not
> to be teaching  but I will support the group with everything I've
> got.............

> Annmarie Allaire
> The Rambling House