springhouse quilters and chamber ribbon cutting

Springhouse Quilters Guild Move Into New Building

A new 2,500 square foot building officially became the new home of the Springhouse Quilters  Guild on Tuesday, June 9, with a ribbon cutting. The Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ribbon cutting event which was held at 10 a.m.
The 28 year old quilter’s guild is located at 8580 SW 55th Avenue, Trenton or between Trenton and Fanning Springs off Highway 26. The eighty or so Springhouse members have been raising money for quite a few years and saving to purchase a new building for the guild’s home.

The new home was ordered back in January and with set-up, ramps and all the other work that needed to be done along with the virus delays, the Springhouse  membership is very happy to finally move into their new building. The first official meeting was held on June 9. The double wide home was customized for the needs of the group. Lois Scott, longtime member of the guild, and several other ladies, including Guild President Melva Leynes, have worked tirelessly on the new guild building project. This new building should serve the ladies of the guild well for many years.

The guild has two groups that meet. The day group meets the second Tuesday of each month and on the fourth Tuesday they hold workshops to learn new quilting techniques. The night group, known as the Night Owls, meet every Tuesday from 6 p.m. until.
“The purpose of Springhouse Quilt Guild is to teach quilting and develop new ideas and share our quilting talents.” Lois Scott said.  Beginner quilting classes will be scheduled soon for this year’s new members.

Springhouse members have done a lot of good community service projects. Over the years, members have made lap quilts for the area nursing home, children’s quilts for those in need, quilts for those with Alzheimers, receiving blankets for area pregnancy centers, as well as hand made port pads for those taking cancer treatments. For the past several months many members have put their quilt making on hold to make over 1,000 face masks. Some were donated to medical facilities and other face masks were made and donated to the citizens in this community. Making the masks involved hours and hours of work, donated in a time of need, by ladies who used their sewing skills to help out during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Springhouse Quilters Guild was organized as a quilting group on February 8, 1992.  The quilters in attendance and officers established in the very beginning for the quilting group were, Mary Jo Hefner, President, Lois Schroeter, Vice President, Onnie Mae Colson, Secretary, and Betty King, Treasurer.  In the next few months following the organizational meeting establishing the quilting group, there were 12 additional members who joined as their Charter Members.  Some of those quilters were Teddy Pruitt, who now resides in Lake City, Alice Blalock Gilbert, still a current member,  Mittie Rodgers, deceased, Gloria Sutton, now living in North Carolina but still joins the group each year, Kay Fales, deceased, and Peggy Wyman, also living out of state.

The first bylaws for this new group of quilters stated that the name of the group would be “Springhouse Quilters of Otter Springs.”  Their bylaws also stated, “Springhouse would be located at Otter Springs and be open to all campers”, since there were numerous seasonal campers at Otter Springs, and the camper’s dues were automatically paid in full.  Dues for others were $5.00, prorated for new members joining later in the year.
Sometime between 1992 and 1995, Otter Springs went through a dramatic change.  The quilters had to find another home, so they were fortunate enough to be able to use the Shrine building at Fanning Springs for a short period of time. Next the quilters moved to the City Hall in Fanning Springs.  Due to difficulty in scheduling and space requirements, the quilters were on the move again.  This time to the Woodmen Building just west of Trenton.  Rent was paid over the years by a “donation” quilt.

According to Lois Scott, “Springhouse members were becoming anxious to have their own home. So to save money, the quilters moved to the Donnie Voting Precinct.”  The space was small and meetings and workshops were limited. Springhouse membership had grown to approximately 80 members.
In 2001-2002 with Springhouse on a search for a permanent home, Luther and Juanita White of White Construction, donated to Springhouse 2.5 acres of land on Highway 26 at Lottieville.

At this same time, Fanning Springs City Council was in the process of building the Fort Fanning Park at Fanning Springs and had acquired a 1976, double wide, mobile home that they had no use for.  The council had heard that Springhouse was looking for a house so they contacted Springhouse Quilters and offered the double wide mobile home.

Springhouse members decided they would take the house, move it to their property, remodel to suit their need and have a permanent home. It took Springhouse members and husbands about six months to remodel and beginning in 2003 Springhouse had a permanent home. Springhouse has used this mobile home for 15 years and saved throughout the years for the time when they could upgrade their building. To help Springhouse Quilt Guild have income each year, members make a raffle quilt. The group sells the tickets for this quilt throughout the community. They also make and sell gift shop items at festivals and special events to raise funds. The group wishes to thank the citizens of this area for their support through the years.
Anyone wanting to join Springhouse or needing information may call 352-493-5134.

COVID-19 and Our Community

Standing With Our Customers and Community

As the world closes its doors to protect themselves from the novel coronovirus, I can’t help but think about the many local and small business owners in our county and across our country. We are the backbone of America providing nearly 50% of the private workforce. We keep the wheels turning and the engines roaring. However, we are facing unprecedented times that may change how business is done for the future.

Uncertain times call for an even tighter community.

Be encouraged that small businesses across our country are facing difficult times as well; we are not alone. This is perfect time to stand by our customers and communities to show who we are and why we do what we do. As businesses, we need to do a few things to better serve our customers:

  • Stay informed. Stay up to date with local and state regulations. See where customers’ needs and demands are in order to fulfill them.
  • Be current and transparent. Customers are looking for reliable information and businesses to trust. Don’t forget to update any hours or update your customers when products are back in stock/available.
  • Adjust. Everyone is feeling a little frantic, unfortunately. Adjust to the needs and demands of your customers and make an effort to listen to them. You may find another way to help.
  • And don’t forget our Southern service. One of the greatest things we can offer while things are hectic is friendly customer service. That will last longer than any dollar and speak louder than any word.

We’re In This Together

Our community is unique. When hard times arise, we band together. Let this be one of those times. Let us be neighborly and put others before ourselves, not trampling over each other to get the last roll of toilet paper (seriously, what is that all about?). Also, don’t panic. That is the worst thing we can do. At the time of this writing, we don’t have any cases of COVID-19 in our Tri-County area. So there is no need to panic and buy out stores. Support your neighbors, especially the elderly and practice the recommended health guidelines.

All in all, I know who holds tomorrow in these times of uncertainty, and I hope you do too. I would encourage you to seek Him also.


Elli Carranza, VerbumCreative

gilchrist county courthouse

New Chamber Website

We are excited to announce the launching of our new, fresh website. Be sure to take a look around and check out some of our Chamber Members.

With a new look and organized site structure, we hope you find everything you are looking for and would consider being a part of our great community!