April 2011


Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Meeting – April 4, 2011
In Attendance:
Judie Agee                              Barbara Avrin                         Janet Buchanan
Velvet Dishon                         Regina Esposito                      Fran Frazin
Lesley Fry                               Sue Garber                              Dawn Goetz
Georgia Green                         Sandy Grunow                        Barb Hahn
Joanna Irvine                           Harriet Lawrence                    Cathrine McClure
Liz Rees                                  Donna Sherrill                         Betty Smith
Lisa Spaich                              Cara Summerfield                   Chino Suzuki
Martie Warden                        Jennifer Wujcik
 The meeting was called to order at 6:28pm by Barb Hahn.
Marti welcomed two visitors – Judy and Tom Rutila. We have three April birthdays – Janet Buchanan, Harriet Lawrence and Andra Crossland. There are no new members.
Secretary’s Report
Martie Warden made a motion, seconded by Leslie Fry, to approve the minutes as amended.
Committee/Chair Reports
Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Spaich: Lisa reported that with the addition of three new members, our current balance is $3,098.22.
Altruistic – Velvet Dishon & Cathrine McClure: Velvet brought in an abundance of yarn to be used for altruistic projects. Dawn is collecting articles for Japan. See further information under “New Business”. .
Velvet is also collecting strips for Project Linus blankets. Please make strips 30 stitches wide on #8 needles. Check the CNKG website. Click on ‘Altruistic’ then “ Altruistic Patterns” for the Stepped Edge Blanket Pattern.
We are also still collecting for Esperanca and Veterans’ scarves.
Old Business
Knit-togethers -- Francine and Jo-Ann will host a wine tasting knit-together on April 28 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Francine’s home. Please RSVP to either Francine or Jo-Ann. 
Barbara Avrin, Hillary Guberman and Carolina Martinez will host a knit-together on May 14 at 1:00pm at Barbara’s home in Gold Canyon. Please RSVP to Barbara Avrin.
Nominating Committee – Cara: The slate for next year is the same as this year.
            President                     Barb Hahn
            Vice President             Dawn Goetz
            Secretary                     Harriet Lawrence
            Treasurer                     Lisa Spaich
A motion was made by Regina Esposito, seconded by Barbara Arvin, to approve the slate.
Since there was a quorum was present, the membership voted, and the slate was accepted unanimously,
Monthly Knit-togethers:   Regina said that she went to Walden Books at Bell Rd. & 3rd St. We are welcome to meet there on Tuesday, April 12 from 6:00pm to closing. Regina will confirm that we can bring in food & drinks. Another option is Phoenix Knits on 7th St. north of Camelback.
New Business
Distinguished Member Awards -- There will be two awards. (1) CNKG Distinguished Service Award, which can be awarded once each year. It comes with a $100 award. (2) CNKG Outstanding Contribution Award, which can be awarded at any time and does not have a monetary award. More information about these awards will be posted on the CNKG website.
Knitting for Japan – Dawn explained that Miko Alexander at Tempe Yarn & Fiber will be collecting items for Japan through October of this year and personally bringing them to Japan. Please do not make large items. They want hats, scarves, leg warmers and gloves.  Check TY&F’s website for the scarf pattern “Dan doh Scarf – Knitted Hug for Japan”.
Program – Centennial Blanket – Liz Rees
Liz distributed charts for the Centennial Blanket to the nine people who will be working on the blanket. Each person’s completed piece must fit the size of the chart. Each person was given a bag of both dark and light colors and instructions for the blanket. Liz explained the process of intarsia knitting. The goal is to have all pieces completed by August. She asked that we all use the long-tail cast-on method. If anyone has any questions, please contact Liz.
Show and Share followed the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.
Submitted by
Harriet Lawrence, Secretary