August 2009

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Cactus Needles Knitting Guild
Meeting – August 3, 2009

In Attendance:
Judie Agee
Susan Albadwi
Jane Berezin
Velvet Dishon
Francine Ebersman
Regina Esposito
Norma Flattum
Fran Frazin
Lesley Fry
Dawn Goetz
Georgia Green
Barb Hahn
Kay McCartney
Cathrine McClure
JoAnn Mullen
Darlene Ong
Elizabeth Rees
Donna Sherrill
Betty Smith
Lisa Spaich
Cara Summerfield
Jackie Taylor
Sandy Thomson
Martie Warden
Jennifer Wujcik

The meeting was called to order at 6:37 p.m.

Cara greeted the attendees and commented on the attendance of the current and past month’s meetings, noting that it is greater than the summer months in prior years. 

June Whisel was not able to attend the meeting, in her absence; Francine will assist with introducing guests.  Francine introduced guests Sandy Thomson, Georgia Green, and Martie Warden.   Cara encouraged the guests to complete a profile on the website, and explained that there are additional features on the website that they can access if they choose to become guild members.

Secretary’s Report
Members were given the opportunity to propose any changes and/or corrections to the June and July meeting minutes.  There was a motion by Francine which was seconded by Lesley to approve the minutes of the June meeting as posted on the Guild website.  Francine moved that the minutes of the July meeting be approved as posted on the Guild website.  The motion was seconded by Fran.   

Committee/Chair Reports

Velvet passed out black and white yarn along with instructions for diagonal dishcloth squares which will be paired with red car squares.  The resulting blanket is for Project Linus’ NASCAR challenge blanket.  Thank you to volunteer knitters Donna, Darlene, Lisa, Lesley, Barb, Judie, and Jane.  The squares should be completed and brought to the September meeting. 

Regina collected completed altruistic projects and drew names for prized.  Congratulations Jane, Jennifer, JoAnn, Darlene Barb, Betty, Larry and Fran.

Regina and Judie talked about the Project Linus blanket bee to be held on Saturday, August 8.  This is a gathering to make Project Linus blankets and will include knitters, crocheters, and sewers.  Lunch is being provided by General Dynamics, so Judie would like to have a head-count of those planning to attend.  There will also be a yarn lottery for those in attendance.  Francine pointed out this is a great opportunity for the guild to receive free yarn to further support our efforts for Project Linus knitting.

Valley Events
Betty shared that several local yarn stores will be having sales in August, including Phoenix Knits, Knitting in Scottsdale, Fiber Factory, and Knit Happens.  Check the stores websites for additional details.  It was discussed that Tempe Yarn and Fiber does not have monthly specials as part of their pricing strategy, but they do often host events that are of interest to guild members. 

Cara noted that Sandi Rutkowski has stepped down as the newsletter coordinator and web editor, and won’t be able to continue her membership in the guild, due to her new position with Go Daddy.  If anyone is interested in taking over this position, please contact Cara.  We wish Sandi the best in her new position and thank her for her service to the guild. 

Lisa noted there are currently 34 paid members and the guild account balance is $2,800. 

Old Business
Cara passed around the sign-up sheet for hosting a knit together – there are still several months without a host. 

The August knit together will be hosted by Susan.  An e-mail will go out to the membership.  Please RSVP to Susan and she will e-mail the address for the knit together, as her physical address is not the same as her mailing address as listed in the membership directory. 

 So far, there has not been a volunteer to help coordinate a guild retreat.  Cara noted the location she had in mind is still up in the air.  If anyone would like to assist in planning a retreat, please contact Cara.

Jackie reminded everyone that does not have a photo in the membership directory to submit one.  Lesley took photos of several members, and will forward them to Cara.

Cara reminded everyone that after the September meeting, if someone’s dues haven’t been paid, their access to the member’s only portion of the website will be disabled.  It will be re-activated upon dues payment, no need to complete a new profile. 

New Business
Lisa presented the proposed budget for the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year.  With no proposed changes, the members voted unanimously to accept the proposed budget.

The program for the evening was a silent auction of books donated by members of the guild.  The silent auction raised $121 for Project Linus.  Thank you everyone who donated books, and congratulations to the auction winners.

Show and share concluded the meeting. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

Submitted by
 Dawn Goetz, Secretary