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  • Peter
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    Thank you for your posting. It is looking like I got some bad information - which is, in this case, a cause for relief.
    Thanks again.

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  • AuntieVic
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    I have been to three retreats at MSQC and two of them had men there quilting along with us. Like Karen said they stayed at the hotel in Cameron and was only charged the commuter fee by MSQC. Rob Appel was one of the retreats and there was a man at that one. Maybe you could check out the commuter information by calling them, and join in September when Rob comes back.

    Also, welcome to the forum, from Overland Park Kansas.

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  • Hulamoon
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    Welcome Peter from Hawaii! I haven't gone to a retreat there, but it's a dormitory setting for sleeping quarters. The men are still welcome just like here. Someone will come along and explain it better. Don't feel left out

    See Karen already beat me to it!

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  • K. McEuen
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    You are in no way excluded completely from the retreats at M*. Men attend, just at this time they aren't allowed to overnight at the retreat center due to the dormitory style rooms. Bob has attended several of the forum retreats held at the center and he gets a room in Cameron. He has always been made to feel as one of the group by the people attending. There is now a small inn located in Hamilton right down the street where men can stay and walk down to the center each morning.

    You would gt what is known as a "commuter ticket" that covers the meals and the few incidentals at the center and is much less than what someone staying at the center pays, because you have to pay for a room elsewhere.

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  • Peter
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    Great unless you are male.

    I know, or at least assume, that most of the people who are involved in quilting and sewing and msqc are female - but there is ROB and the guy with the bags and 3 dudes, so I know there are men involved and I thought that MSQC was good with that. I mean Jenny's grandSON made a quilt and was on a tutorial for heaven sakes.

    When I found Jenny and MSQC and began to learn to do this amazing thing with a sewing machine I fell hard for it. Jenny herself seems sooo kind and good on the tutorials. Like many, I was hooked not only by the quilting but by the goodness. In meeting others who quilt and sew I found that there were so many generous and loving people. It filled a place in my life and I was so grateful. I remember thinking that I would watch the tutorials even if I didn't sew at all, just for the goodness that seems to pour through them. And then, today, I found out that because I am male, I am not welcome.
    I had imagined, as many of you I'm sure have as well, planning a trip to visit - to look for a retreat where I could maybe learn from Jenny or at least one where she would do a "trunk show?" I've been to Disney - but I thought THIS is the REAL DEAL. Hamilton MO must be one amazingly happy and beautiful place. Then to find out that none of this would be possible for me just because of my gender - because I am male. This was really hard to hear. I know it may not seem like much to some, but being excluded like that from something you have grown to really love is tough. It hurts. I feel like I have lost something I treasured, and it is just not fair. For those of you who love MSQC and as her son said in interview on what has happened with their business, "people just fell in love with mom," imagine what it would be like if they told you that you weren't welcome because of something like your gender or race or whatever. It's not fair is what I need to say and it's not nice. I'm so conflicted, because I really have and deep down still believe in the goodness - but to have it be this way is honestly painful.

    Just thought I would share that and hopefully things can change someday so that everyone will be welcome - and no one else needs feel that door close them out.
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