Jewel City Knitters

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First Wednesday of Every Month from 7:00-9:00pm
1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale 91208 (view map)

JCK Meeting Agendas and Minutes
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JCK General Meeting
Wednesday, January 9, 7:00-9:00pm

Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale 91208
    6:30pm: Meet and Greet, Sign In, Get Organized, etc.
    7:00pm: Call to Order [Evelyn Van Orden, President]
    Approval of Minutes [Marsha Stoddard, Secretary]
    Treasurer's Report [Jerri Nicol, Treasurer]
    Philanthropy Report [Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy]
Announcements [Members]
    Planning for the Year [Members]
    Show and Share [Members]
    9:00pm: Adjourn
    7:05 pm: Meeting Called to Order    Evelyn Van Orden, President    19 members were present plus 1 new member.
    A. Minutes    Marsha Stoddard
        1. Minutes of the November meeting and December potluck were posted on the website. It was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the minutes as written.
    B. Treasurer's Report   
Jerri Nicol
        1. For the December Potluck, Becky Goodman received reimbursement of $31.24 for a ham and tablecloths.
        2. The balance in our treasury is $932.57
    C. Announcements     Members
        1. Evelyn announced that our member Jennifer Minzey is the new Chairperson for the Pasadena Knit for the Cure event for 2008. This year it will be held on Saturday, March 15, at the Race for the Cure at the Rose Bowl. More details below.
        2. Jennifer also mentioned that later in the year, she and Michelle Bernal hope to schedule a Knit in the City, which is a day where knitters can come to a park in Pasadena and sit and knit, chat, learn new things, visit vendors and other booths, etc. The last one was held several years ago, and JCK had a table at which we sold hand-made items.

        3. Janice Ogata introduced a new acquaintance that she met at a Jo-Anns store and invited to our group. Anna Boghosian wanted to join our group and to ask for donations of knitted baby items for her Armenian Relief Society. This group helps needy people around the world, in a fashion similar to the American Red Cross. In particular they are looking for baby hats, blankets, booties, etc, for orphanages in
Armenia, where the people are very needy. She contributed a bag of acrylic yarn for members to use for knitting for her project. The age of the children ranges from newborns through school age. Judy suggested that we could also make things out of wool, since it is very cold there. We were reminded that if we take donated yarn, it should be used for the suggested specific project.
        3. Evelyn announced that the Holiday Cookie party, held in December, was a great success, with a record number of cookies, JCK members, and seniors there. All the cookies were gone when we left!
        4. Cathy Wacker is the new Refreshments Chair, and she thanked Diane Larsen and herself for the delicious treats and announced that the sign-up sheets were full through May.
    D. Philanthropy    Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy
        1. Judy reminded us that we have been doing a lot of philanthropy work with our knitted donations. She also suggested that anyone who would like us to contribute to a new group make sure that it is a legitimate organization and bring to the meeting all the information about the group, what they need, and specifics about that need, like type of yarn, sizes, etc.
        2. Judy sends our things to Children in Common and Afghans for
Afghanistan. They take hats, blankets, socks, sweaters, vests, etc. All must be made of at least 75% wool. Other members collect for charities such as Project Linus, Stitches from the Heart, Arcadia Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Huntington Hospital, My Brothers Helpers, etc. We also have given to one-time projects like Lynne’s wash cloths for Nicaragua, Michelle’s mittens for New York City, the Komen Foundation, etc. Jerri Nicol will resurrect the old list we have of charities and contacts and add to it any others that people desire to include, such as the Armenian Relief Society orphanages. Those having a new group should contact Jerri, at
        3. It was suggested by several members that those that are interested do a group project for the Knit for the Cure. Several suggested fingerless mittens as a short and relatively easy project. Jerri N., will bring some patterns, and Evelyn will notify us in the reminder what yarn (pink) and needles to bring. Members who already are familiar with the project can help those who are learning.
    E. Knit for the Cure    Jennifer Minzey and Evelyn Van Orden
        1. Donations of hand knit and crochet items with pink in them are requested for sale at the event: hats, scarves, mittens, purses, blankets, baby things, etc.
        2. Proceeds from the sales will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research.
        3. The past 3 years our guild has also volunteered to staff the table where the knit items are sold.
        4. More information will be available at the February meeting about times for volunteering. Usually a group of us carpool from Needle in a Haystack, leaving around 7:00 a.m. and returning around 12:00.
        5. Donations should be submitted at the February and March meetings or at Needle in a Haystack. For questions, contact Jennifer at
    F. Planning for the Year    Evelyn Van Orden
        1. Evelyn initiated a brief discussion about whether we should have another election of officers. The group agreed that we don’t need an election at this time.
        2. Evelyn and Jerri N. explained the financial situation. Evelyn holds the JCK account in her name and writes the checks, just for ease and lack of expense. To set up a separate JCK account would involve complications, red-tape, expenses, and taxes, so we have found it easier to leave it as it is set up. As Treasurer, Jerri maintains the books and puts out reports. She is a signer on the account. The entire group pre-approves any expenses before they are incurred. Last year the group donated money to 2 charities. A donation was made to Stitches from the Heart in honor of Linda Derderian, a member who passed away in 2007. We also contributed to the Susan G. Komen Foundation 3-Day Walk in honor of participant and member Diane Larsen and other members and family/friends who are breast cancer survivors.
        3. There was discussion regarding the possible need for more fundraising activities, and it was decided that currently we have enough money in the treasury and don’t need fundraising at this time. Evelyn reminded us that the purpose and goals of JCK are to participate in philanthropy and education, of ourselves and others.
        4. Janice Ogata suggested that she and maybe other members would like to learn intarsia knitting, the technique of creating pictures within a knitted background. Others suggested that we first do a swatch, with a figure in the middle. Jerri N. has charts for various animals, another thought was a heart; members could use these in blankets, sweaters, etc. for charity knitting.
    G. Show and Share    Members
    8:50pm: Meeting Adjourned