SEW WHAT STITCHES & CRAFTS GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
May 1, 2013
The Meeting was called to order by President Helen Cowan at 1:05pm. A quorum was present. Today’s meeting was hosted by Home Decor. Guests were warmly wlecomed by Helen.
Executive Board Reports
Secretary - A Motion was made by Helen Cowan to accept the April Minutes as posted on our website. The Motion was seconded and passed. Helen reminded everyone that all of our club information can be found on our website (sewwhatclub.org) and in the club Newsletter.
Since many of our members are out of town for the summer, making SIG space more readily available, Helen suggested this would be a good time to try something new by signing up with a SIG that interests you in order to guarantee a spot in one of their classes and learn something new.
Treasurer - Carol Treanor gave the following report:
The beginning checkbook balance was $10,997.93 with added income of $164.51; total expenses of $996.22 for an end of month balance of $10,166.22. Adding our Investment CD of $5217.40 gives total assets of $15,383.62.
A question was asked about why we have so much money. Carol explained and as an example said: Of the $996 total expenses, $350 of that was for new badges; $169 was for taxes paid out and the rest was spent by SIGs. As to the $10,000 accumulated over the year, we have over 700 dues paying members which equals over $7,000 in itself. We have $5,000 for emergency replacements for such things as TVs, sewing machines, serger, etc. Some SIGs wait until the end of the year to spend their money. What they do not spend goes back into the club as a carryover for the following year. The members applauded this explanation.
Membership – Diane Stober said six new members signed up today, bringing our total to 787. Of that number, 204 are new. She has many of the new badges ready for pick up so please come and get yours after the meeting.
Helen reminded us that the club buys a new member’s first badge. Anyone else who is a current member can purchase the new one if they wish, but it’s not a requirement.
Activities - Deb Johnson. Four of the new members were present and asked to stand and be welcomed. One lucky new member, Phoebe Stevens, was presented with this month’s plant by guessing a number closest to the one Deb had picked.
May 4: Boutique, 10am – noon, Craft and Sewing rooms.
May 15: Home Decor is having their Art Walk and reserved lunch at Captain Woody’s.
May 16: Relay for Life – the American Cancer Society’s signature fund raising event – held in the Model Park 7pm. We will have displays only; no selling.
June 5: Ice Cream Social (in lieu of our regular General Meeting) with delicious ice cream supplied by Jack Frost and baked goodies provided by our own club members. There will be no guests at this event as the club is paying for it. Members will need their CAM card to be admitted. A sign-up sheet was passed around for volunteers to bake as well as help set up and take down.
September 27: Jacksonville Quilter’s Trip. Sign up sheet is in the back of the room. Cost: $38, non-refundable, but you can sell you ticket to a club member should you be unable to go.
Helen noted that Old Business (Relay for Life and Jacksonville Quilt Trip) has been covered under Activities above. Therefor, the next agenda item is:
Quilts for Heroes - Lorraine Cronin. These quilts are for returning veterans and the demand is surpassing the group’s supply of materials. Since they cannot increase their budget, they are requesting members who have any red, white, blue 100% cotton fabric in their stash to donate to this worthy cause. See the current Newsletter for Lorraine’s letter of request. Helen said any material could be dropped at her house, 18 Rose Sage Walk.
Community Projects of NICU- Deb Johnson. Their group felt there was more they could do within the community, without abandoning any of their current NICU projects; the community projects would be to diversify. With that in mind, Deb met with one of the Bluffton Fire Department chiefs and others to come up with an idea of what could be done to help community kids in time of emergency. Deb proposed that we supply the fire department with bags containing small toys, small quilts, blankets, etc. to be given to a child in an emergency situation in order to help comfort them. The items can be bought or made. “Donate or Do.” There is also a need for different size zip lock bags to put the items in. The idea was deeply appreciated by the firemen. Deb stressed that this is not to be a “pressure” project – do it only if it’s close to your heart.
The items can be given to NICU meetings or call Deb at 707-7298.
Helen said that any SIG can participate or shop for items.
Ice Cream Social - Covered above under Activities.
Pat Dwyer, SIG Leader of Home Decor, apologized for the fact that the scheduled speaker could not be here today due to a family emergency. Heddy McGraw, a well-known local decorator, graciously stepped in and with Candi Welch’s help, put together today’s program with short notice. Special thanks were given to Dorothy Knudson for her photo shoot of today’s program and the Power Point presentation before the meeting.
Heddy’s “Easy Decorating Formulas” were very interesting as well as informative, while making home decorating seem easy for almost everyone. Her subjects included: Arranging a Coffee Table, Stocking a Refreshment Tray, Styling Open Shelves, and The Perfect Bed. Each project made excellent use of many items already in our home as well as those purchased at local thrift and consignment shops. They showed that lovely home surroundings can be achieved without spending thousands of dollars.
Heddy offered many Helpful Hints which will soon be in our Newsletter and on the web page. These hints ranged from the imaginative use of spray paint to change the appearance of many household items to how to easily and inexpensively frame a bathroom mirror with pre-cut framing from a hardware store, without removing the old mirror from the wall.
SHOW and TELL:
Helen asked if there were any ”small items” to be included but there were none today.
Next the quilters showed an amazing array of items ranging from a project from National Quilting Day at the Lakehouse to woven table runners, to Quilts for Heroes and a lovely “101 Class” quilt. There were also baskets, afghans and many beautiful croched items. Thanks were given to all of our talented members who showed their items.
Motion to adjourn was made by Maria Bianchierri
Motion seconded by Pat Dwyer
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:55pm
Lilla Nash, Secretary
Next General Meeting – June 5, 2013 – Ice Cream Social, Pinckney Hall