New Member Information

Hello New WSGS Members,

Hello, and welcome to the Washington State Gourd Society! We are so glad that you have joined us in the fun and comaraderie of making gourd art together.

As a new WSGS member you will find it helpful to read this page. Hopefully any questions you might have about this website will be answered here. If not, please email and I will find an answer for you. For anything non-website related, please contact our current President, Bev Lavdas, at

Important Information you should know:

1. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the website send me an email with your thoughts at

2. If you have questions, I'll simply post your question, someone else can answer it. If you want to post a question and the answer, send it to me and I will post it so that someone else could benefit from your knowledge.

3. If you see anything on the webpage that doesn't look right, i.e., misspellings, typo's, not enough info, too much info, please let me know! This website belongs to ALL of us, so be sure to tell me something looks hokie, or is offensive. This website is a reflection upon all of us as gourd members, representing the State of Washington.

4. Remember this is a volunteer organization, and we always need more help. Please volunteer your services to keep the organization going!

5. We will disseminate messages via email. It is your responsibility to read your email to obtain this information.

6. All emails to WSGS members will have the letters WSGS in the heading of the email. If you use filters or spam blockers, please set your parameters to accept the WSGS mail heading.

7. If you have an issue about anything within WSGS, please contact Bev Lavdas at

8. If you are sent an email from myself or one of the other WSGS officers requesting information, volunteering, classes, gourd meetings, gourd patches, or any other requested information it would be in your best interest to reply as soon as possible. This will alleviate any problems concerning classes being filled, volunteering placement, meeting times or anything else concerning the WSGS.

9. On Gourd Classes - Don't wait to sign up for a class, once the class is full that's it. No exceptions, "first come first served".

10. On Volunteering - If volunteers are requested for an event, sign up as soon as possible. Once all volunteer positions are filled you will be put on a wait list in case something comes up with a previous volunteer. Again, No exceptions, you snooze you lose.

Here are some FAQ's (frequently asked questions)

Q. How come some of the pictures or business cards look so tiny, I can't read them?
A. Small pictures like that are known as thumbnails, click on the picture and it will be enlarged.

Q. If I have a question about anything, who do I contact?
A. Send our webmaster an email and it will be either answered by him or he will send it to the person qualified to answer that question.

Q. Why is there blue text mixed in with the regular black text?
A. Blue text means it is a hyperlink, by clicking on the blue text it will take you to another webpage when you return to the previous page the text color should change to purple. The purple text indicates that you have already visited that page. Example: In some cases it will open an email to the person being referenced (case in point the members list, if the name does not have blue text that person does not have email).

Q. Where can I find a list of all the members?
A. You can find a list of all the current WSGS members on the Members page under Current Members.

Q. I don't see my name on the list of newest members. Was my name missed?
A. Your name was on that list when you joined. The list on the main page and the members page reflects the LAST five people that have joined. If no one joins for awhile the names stay there until we get a new member. Example: If a new member joined tonight their name would go on the bottom of the list and the person at the top of the list is removed, leaving only the five newest members.

Q. How do I go about contacting another member of the Washington State Gourd Society?
A. You can go to the Membership page, to see where the members live.

Q. How come I cannot find the link to the newsletter on the website?
A. The most current newsletter is for active members only. You are active if you paid your WSGS dues for the current year. The most recent newsletter is attached to an email and sent to all active members with email addresses on file. Keep the email if you want to look at the newsletter again before it is linked on the website when the next newsletter is distributed.

Q. What's the big deal if I forward the newsletter to a non-member?
A. We can't stop you from doing that, but here's the problem: You paid for a year membership in WSGS which includes 4 newsletters a year and two big meetings a year. Your membership dues help pay for building rentals, supplies for the meetings, administrative fees (paper, envelopes and stamps), and other necessary items to run the WSGS. By forwarding copies of your paid newsletter to non-members, 1) they're getting your subscription for free, 2) gives them no incentive to become a WSGS member, and 3) eliminating one source of revenue limits the events we can provide.

When are my membership dues due?
A. Your membership with the Washington State Gourd Society will last for one year. Membership dues expire December 31st, and begin January 1st of each year.

Q. What is a PDF file? and what does it stand for?
‘PDF’ stands for “Portable Document Format,” and it is a format that was developed by the Adobe corporation. A pdf file is a document that has been created for the sole purpose of maintaining formatting so anyone with a computer can open it no matter what programs you use to compose documents. A pdf file is also locked so end users cannot change the document information.

For anything non-website or non-computer related please contact Bev Lavdas at

Sincerely - Kathryn
Webmaster for the Washington State Gourd Society
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