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May 2008

CACTUS NEEDLES KNITING GUILD
MEETING
– May 5, 2008

The meeting was called to order.  Betty Jensen was unable to attend this evening, so Cara Summerfield conducted the meeting.  The Minutes were read from the April meeting.  One correction was made.  Francine  Ebersman made a motion to accept with the change and Jo-Ann Mullin seconded the motion.  The motion was passed by acclamation.

Membership

•    Welcome to Mary Leason who is a guest of June Whisle.  Mary is part of the Tempe group that was largely responsible for helping us meet our cap challenge for the Back to School drive.
•    Welcome to Valerie Fleming who is a guest of Velvet Dishon.
•    Mary Schirtzinger wished a happy birthday to Bev Walker on the 13th, Sandi McDonald on the 14th,  Donna Densley on the 16th,  Pat Wood on the 22nd,  Betty Jensen on the 25th, Donna Sherrill on the  25th, and Erika Verley on the 30th.
•    As a reminder, membership is coming up for renewal on July 1st.  A form will be distributed shortly.

Old Business

•    Cara reminded the members that we are still looking for a volunteer to edit the newsletter.  Leslie Fry has done an amazing job but had been practically doing the whole newsletter herself, so the amount of work involved might have scared anyone who is interested.  She will be asking board members going forward to submit regular articles every month as well as some committee chairs and other volunteers, so the  newsletter editor will be overseeing the process rather than doing it all themselves.  Anyone interested should let Cara know.
•    She has a lot of ideas about getting our name out; one of them is to have a website.  Her husband is designing it out of the goodness of his heart.  It will be very inexpensive for us to do this.   We will have to pay a small fee for the domain name, but the savings of not having to print everything will more than recoup the cost.  She envisions having a “members only” section with member information, birthdays, etc. 
•    Cara asked about the tote bags with the CNKG logo on it that was mentioned in the past.  Francine and Bev are still looking into it.

New Business

•    The Back to School cap distribution will take place from July 21 to July 24.  There will be two shifts – 7:30 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 4:00.  If anyone is interested, please see Francine for the contact information.
•    This will be the last meeting for some of our members who will be leaving us for the summer.  Thanks for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you in a few months

Altruistic report

•    The cap challenge will continue until the 1st Monday in July even though we have exceeded to our commitment of 200 caps.  The vast majority came from June’s Tempe Group, including Mary, who is our guest tonight.
•    It was noted after the cap challenge began that we should not be submitting solid colors caps because this could be associated with gang affiliation.  June crocheted different colored borders on all of the solid color caps that were already completed, which totaled approximately 100.   Thank you for all of your hard work and for gathering together the dedicated group.
•    The cap drawing was held.  Mary was asked to choose the first prize as a thank you for her contributions.  The two winners for the evening were June Whisle and Barb Hahn.
•    Judie Agee reported on the Blanket Bee for Project Linus in Fountain Hills.  There was a great turnout with a total of 351 blankets submitted.  Cara mentioned that at the Blanket Bee, it was announced that Judie is a recipient this year of the Hon Kachina Volunteer Award.  This is a very prestigious and upscale award that will be presented to her at a banquet in September.  Congratulations to Judie for being honored.
•    Judie also told us about an upcoming retreat being sponsored by the West Valley Project Linus chapter on September 12 through the 14th.  The cost will be $175 per person, which will cover the rooms and five meals, three on Saturday, two on Sunday.  It also includes giveaways that will be happening all weekend.  If interested, a non-refundable deposit of $75 is due by June 15.  Valerie Fleming went last year and had a great time.

This evening’s program explained how to use and choose knitting machines, conducted by our own Velvet Dishon.  Velvet calls herself a “lazy knitter” and loves the idea of creating a sweater in four hours, which is possible when using a knitting machine.  She brought two machines with her, a standard machine and an electric machine.  We learned the differences between the two, the pros and cons, and what to look and ask for when purchasing.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a machine, she would be happy to help you pick it out and show you how to use it.  The presentation was extremely interesting and opened another new avenue of knitting for many of us.

The meeting was adjourned following show and share.

Respectfully submitted,
Barb Hahn/Secretary