October 2011 minutes

 Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Meeting – October 3, 2011


In Attendance:


Barbara Avrin                         Penny Celmins            Francine Ebersman     

Fran Frazin                              Larry Frazin                Lesley Fry                  

Dawn Goetz                            Georgia Green             Sandy Grunow

Barb Hahn                               Joanna Irvine               Debra LaRoche

Harriet Lawrence                    Cathrine McClure       Darlene Ong

Liz Rees                                  Mary Schirtzinger       Donna Sherrill

Betty Smith                             Lisa Spaich                  Martie Warden

June Whisel                             Jennifer Wujcik


Barb Hahn called the meeting to order at 6:33pm.


Martie reported that we currently have 41 paid members.  New members are June Fessenden and Janine May.  There are two October birthdays, Dawn Goetz and June Whisel.

 Martie sent out an email to members who had not as yet paid their dues.  She received a couple of responses that said they have had difficulty with our website and has sent those on to Cara.  Martie will chat with our two new members and make sure they are able to access the website.  Please email Martie if you are having any problems with the website.  Georgia suggested that we test the website every 90 days to see if any emails bounce back.

 Secretary’s Report

Francine made a motion, seconded by Lesley, to approve the minutes as posted on the Guild website.

 Committee/Chair Reports

 Altruistic – Cathrine McClure:  We are collecting for Navajo Nation this month.  Please contact Cathrine if you have anything. 

 Veterans’ scarves are due in November.

 We have Red Heart yarn for Special Olympics scarves, which are due in January.  You can get instructions for scarves from the Red Heart website or you can use your own pattern as long as you use the red and blue yarn specified and that the measurements are 6” wide by about 60” long, including fringe.

 roject Linus blankets will be collected at the holiday party on December 5.  They need larger blankets for boys.  The Project Linus website has sizes and patterns.  Some of the baby blankets are set aside for bereaved parents.  If we lose the Fountain Hills chapter, the West Valley chapter is very active and we will be able to give our blankets to them.

 Tempe Yarn & Fiber is collecting “knitted knockers” for women who have had mastectomies.   Go to the TY&F website and click on “What’s happening at Tempe Yarn & Fiber” to get the pattern.

Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Spaich:  The balance at the beginning of September was $3,390.59 and at the end of September was $3,353.09.

 Holiday Committee – Martie:  Martie distributed flyers for the holiday party on December 5.  The flyer will be posted to the website.  The contest will be making hats for Esperanca and the Navajo Project.  Please let Francine know by November 30 if you are attending.  Members - $28, Guests - $33.  There will also be an optional gift exchange.

 Old Business

 Host your own knit-together – October is still open to anyone who wants to host a knit-together.  The list is on the CNKG website.  Go to “members only”, “latest news”.

 Centennial Blanket – June Whisel distributed an email from Jo-Ann Mullen.  This email will be posted to the website.  Members are needed to present the blanket, along with an educational guide, in the greater Phoenix area and other parts of the State, some of which will involve overnight trips.  Please read Jo-Ann’s memo and see where you can be of help.

 New Business

 Barb is looking for nominations for our two awards, the Distinguished Service Award, which includes a certificate and a monetary gift of $100 and the Outstanding Contribution Award, which includes a certificate of recognition.  Please check the CNKG website for a description of both awards.  Go to “members only”, “misc. info”.  If you think someone truly deserves one of these awards, please contact Barb.  If we have a recipient, the award will be presented at the holiday party.


Sandy Grunow asked if we could attach the minutes and agenda to the email that goes out to all members so that it can be printed right out rather than having to go to the CNKG website.


Lately, not many people have been going to ‘Streets of New York’ for dinner before the monthly meeting.  Several said it was because they didn’t know if anyone else was going.  Martie suggested that we include an RSVP to her in the meeting invitation, then she will have a count of how many people are going.  ‘Streets of New York’ was chosen because it’s so easy to get to the meeting from there. We are open to other suggestions if anyone has one.

 Program – Guild Quiz

 Dawn gave us a list of ten questions about the Guild.  For each correct answer we earned 100 points towards our next yarn exchange.

 Show and Share followed the meeting.

 The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.

 Submitted by

Harriet Lawrence, Secretary