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CGI Officers & Committee Chairpeople

Meet your 2023 Calligraphy Guild of Indiana Officers and Board Members.

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Dawn Ponist - President

Presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and/or the membership. Is an ex officio member of all committees and be familiar with the status of all committee work and responsibility to assure that the organization’s policies and purposes are being adhered to and that programs are being carried forth effectively. Coordinates all activities of the membership. Has the authority to call emergency meetings of the board or the membership as needed,  appoint special committees as needed, approves bills for payment.

Julia Fish-Thompson - Vice President

Presides in the absence of the president, assist the president as needed, and shall serve as the chairperson for the constitution and by-laws committee.



Assumes the responsibility for recording the minutes of all board meetings of the membership, and keeping such minutes on file. Assumes the responsibility fornotification of the membership regarding any special business meetings. Is the resident agent of the corporation. Is responsible for filing all legal documents as required by law.
Charlotte Schrock - Treasurer


Keeps an accurate accounting of the corporation’s finances. Deposits all funds in a bank so designated by the Board of Directors. Pays only and all bills approved by the president and/or committee chairpersons. Prepares a financial report for the annual business meeting and other financial reports as may be required.

I am a retired art teacher and originally joined the Calligraphy Guild to learn techniques to use in my classroom. The exchange of information has been delightful. I admire the talents of members in our group and visiting artists.

The workshops are full of a variety of styles and techniques to enjoy and use as a resource. It's very satisfying.


Trang Nguyen - Membership & Notices 


Responsible for securing new members, for upkeep of membership roster,
issuing statements of renewal notices and for collection of all membership dues. Responsible for keeping the membership informed of all activities by the method they deem effective (newsletter, mailing, telephone, etc.).

Pat Rock  - Webmaster

Responsible for creating and maintaining the CGI Website. 

I fell in love with calligraphy while researching bookmaking and encountering beautiful images from the Lindisfarne Gospels and The Book of Kells.  Later I read Christopher De Hamel's "A History of Illustrated Manuscripts".  The beautiful photographs of priceless manuscripts hooked me and I had to pursue calligraphy for myself.


Wendy Dougherty - Historian & Librarian


Responsible for keeping a record of Guild activities. Responsible for safekeeping of books,subscriptions, audio and visual materials and equipment the Guild receives.


Julia Blackburn - Archivist

Archivist at large.  Ask her about her binders.


Mary Stewart - Workshops


Responsible for coordinating and arranging workshops sponsored by the Guild, arranging for housing for the instructor(s) and creating and mailing fliers for the workshops.



Bruce Westphal - Publicity


Responsible for all media releases concerning the activities of the corporation.


With a background in Visual Art and Graphic Design, I have always had an interest in letters, letterforms, and type. My career took me to the field of custom picture framing, and during that time, I was exposed to calligraphers in the Indianapolis area.  I took my first class with a good customer of mine, Ellen Simon, 21 years ago. Now that I'm semi-retired, I plan to continue lettering for pleasure and extra income!

Members at Large


Represent the entire membership of the Guild.


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  • Erika Woods

  • Ellen Simon

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