JCK GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 7:00-9:00pm ***meeting postponed a week due to July FourthScholl Canyon Estates Retirement Community1551 East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA 91206Agenda: 6:30pm: Meet and Greet, Sign In, Get Organized, etc. 7:00pm: Call to Order [Evelyn Van Orden, President] Approval of Minutes [Marsha Stoddard, Outgoing Secretary] Election of New Secretary [Evelyn Van Orden; Eve Pereira, Incoming Secretary] Thanks for Treats [Sue Dietel, Hospitality] Treasurer's Report [Cindy Vogel, Treasurer] Philanthropy Report [Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy] Programs Report [Bonnie James, Program Coordinator] Ravelry Report [Eve Pereira, Ravelry Coordinator] Announcements L.A. County Fair Entries [Evelyn Van Orden] TKGA Knit & Crochet Show Road Trip [Bonnie James, Kimberly Smith] Llama Farm Field Trip [Bonnie James] Ravelry Demo & How To Join [Eve Pereira, Ravelry Coordinator] Break ***Eve will help members sign up on Ravelry Show and Share 9:00pm: AdjournMinutes: 7:05 pm: Meeting Called to Order Evelyn Van Orden, President 16 members were present plus 2 new members (Scholl Canyon Estates residents). A. Secretary's Report Marsha Stoddard, Secretary 1. The minutes for the June meeting were posted on the website, and a hardcopy was available for review at the meeting. 2. After over 6 years as Secretary and 9 years of dedicated service to JCK, Marsha regretfully had to resign as Secretary. She will continue to be an active participant in guild activities. Now, she can just sit and knit at the meetings! Thanks, Marsha, for being such a loyal, hard-working, and friendly member of our guild!!! 3. Before the meeting, JCK officers identified Eve Pereira as the most suitable candidate to replace Marsha. Eve is our new Ravelry Coordinator, and secretarial responsibilities are synergistic with Ravelry reponsibilities. 4. Eve was not able to attend this meeting due to plumbing problems. 4. In spite of Eve's absence, it was moved, seconded, and passed to confirm her as our new Secretary. Eve, You now wear 2 very important hats: Secretary and Ravelry Coordinator. 5. Eve's Secretary duties will commence at the August 1 meeting. Thanks, Eve, for your commitment to serve our guild! B. Treasurer's Report Evelyn Van Orden for Cindy Vogel, Treasurer 1. The balance in our treasury is $791.05 (includes $0.10 interest). C. Thanks for Treats Sue Dietel, Hospitality 1. Sue Dietel thanked Marsha Stoddard for the delicious sweets and Gohar Prior for the yummy munchies. 2. Sue passed around a sign-up sheet to bring refreshments for the rest of this year and into the new year. Please let her know if you would be willing to help out at any time. 3. It was decided that the August JCK Meeting will be an Ice Cream Social! D. Announcements 1. Evelyn read us an email from Laura Shady, a woman who received a layette from Christ Child Society upon the birth of her child. The layette was made by Cathy Wacker. She was very grateful for our contribution to the layette. 2. Evelyn and Jerri Thomson will be responsible for an Ice Cream Social at our next meeting on August 1. Evelyn will bring fixings for sundaes and cones. Jerri will bring ice cream, bowls, spoons, napkins, etc. Marie Benes will bring some small cookies to go with the ice cream. We will have our meeting inside the room and then go out to the patio for ice cream. 3. Evelyn read a thank you letter from the Glendale Foundation for the Retarded (GAR), which recently held a fundraiser. Two members donated girls' sweaters for their event, which raised $82,000 for their charity! 4. Evelyn reported that the deadline for turning in entries for the L.A. County Fair is July 14. Evelyn will be taking her entries to the fairgrounds that day. She showed us the very beautiful jewelry and knitted items that she will enter. She also is entering a cute sweater that she knit for her dog Katy before Katy passed away last year. Good luck, Evelyn and anyone else who is entering! E. Philanthropy Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy 1. Judy reported that the current campaign for Afghans for Afghanistan is for hats, mittens, and socks for kids ages 718, and the items need to be 75-100% wool. The campaign ends this month. She is sending an enormous box of wool things and thanked us for our contributions. 2. Sue Dietel talked to the woman from Christ Child Society who will pick up our items from Sue at her work, and she was thrilled to hear that we have some items for her. 3. Jerri Thomson reported that our group has donated over 98 hats to Knots of Love since January! She announced that Michael's has on sale Loops & Threads Cotton Club yarn which is very soft and will be acceptable for KOL hats. Michael's is discontinuing this yarn, so it is a good sale. Jerri also said that the KOL pattern design contest, which ran for several months, had so many entries that they were forced to cancel the contest. But now there are many of those patterns on the website pattern page, at the bottom. Jerri showed us some of these new patterns that she knitted. *4. Please see below for a complete list of the charities that we support and a description of each. F. Programs Report Bonnie James, Programs 1. Bonnie sent around a sign-up sheet for those interested in going to the LLama farm on October 13. We can bring some wool yarn and learn how to dye it. The cost for the day is $50. Evelyn reminded us that we will partner with our "sister" guild, Knerdy Knitters, for this trip. The day begins around 10 and lasts until 3 or 4. Bonnie said it takes around 2 hours to drive to Apple Valley, so it will be a full day.. 2. Unwind shop in Pasadena will hold a Stitch and Pitch Party Friday, July 13, from 5 p.m. till late at night. It starts at Unwind, where there will be a gift and snacks. At 6 a chartered bus will leave for Dodger Stadium for the the Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres game. Bring your knitting or crochet to work on while we watch the game. The bus will leave at 10:15 and go back to Unwind, where you can do some shopping and receive 15% off your purchase. The cost of this evening is $45. 3. Kim Smith will not able to be at our meetings for some time, due to buying a new home, her two active kids, and her busy schedule at her work. Therefore our visit to the USC County Medical Center NICU (Neonatal intensive Care Unit)has been indefinitely postponed. 4. Evelyn reminded us that the TKGA (Knitting Guild of America) will hold their Knit and Crochet show in Reno, NV, September 14 - 16. In her experience, there are excellent classes as well as many yarn vendors and great shopping at the market. 5. If you have any further ideas for programs, please contact Bonnie (firstname.lastname@example.org). G. Ravelry Report & Demo Eve Pereira, Ravelry Coordinator 1. Postponed until next month. H. Master Knitting Team Judy Gregory & Christine Bachwanski 1. Several of our members have formed a group to support each other and work together, while at their own speeds, on the TKGA Master Knitting Program. JCK is a Chapter of TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association; www.tkga.com). 2. Participants are Chris Bachwansky, Eve Pereira, Pam McSmith, Sandra Canfield, and Evelyn Van Orden. Judy Gregory, one of only 230 women in North America to complete all three levels, will mentor them. Chris Bachwansky spoke at length about the program and its benefits 3. JCK members are encouraged to join the team. To qualify, you must be a member of TKGA ($30 per year), and each level of the program costs $90 (which covers shipping costs of the binder). 4. The program is divided into three levels. You can think of them as Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels. 5. Level 1 deals primarily with learning how to properly knit 17 basic stitches that we already know how to do, such as ribbing, increases, decreases, yo's, color changes, cables, etc. With each stitch a small swatch is knitted to demonstrate the skill. One does research into some of the stitches and then writes up reports and includes them and a bibliography as well. The research takes time but the swatches go quickly. All of these items are placed into a binder and then sent off to TKGA, where they are given very constructive criticism and then returned for corrections. Eventually one passes this level and is sent a pin to show the completion of the level. 6. Level 2 involves garment construction and original design and is more difficult. 7. Level 3 is the most challenging level and includes the design and knitting of an original aran sweater design. 8. According to Chris, there is much value in undertaking this challenge, because you learn how to knit properly. Bragging rights for having completed such a challenging project are a welcome benefit. Plus, it's fun to be part of team. Good luck to all who are participating! 8:00: Break I. Show and Share
8:50pm: Meeting Adjourned
*Ongoing Charities ***click on underlined links to visit the charity's website 1. Afghans for Afghanistan continues to need items for children aged 716, such as vests, hats, sweaters, socks, and blankets, and the items should be wool only. Afghans mainly needs socks and sweaters. Judy Gregory takes our donations and mails them off. We can also make wool afghan squares, with at least 1 side 8 long, using worsted weight wool yarn in a firm (not lacey) pattern. Judy prefers garter stitch. She collects them and then puts them together to make patchwork afghans. 2. Christ Child Society takes baby blankets. Sue Dietel will collect our donations. This group makes comprehensive layettes for needy mothers, and they like to include a handmade blanket. 3. Jerri Thomson collects chemo caps for Knots of Love, an organization that sends the caps to cancer centers, now even in England. They have a website which lists the specific yarns they require us to use for the caps. 4. Irene Rezaie takes 2 or 4-holed buttons to send to women in Africa. They make things to sell using these buttons, and it gives them a livelihood. 5. Kimberly Smith works as a nurse at the LAC-USC Medical Center NICU. She delivers our preemie things hats, booties, blankets, sweaters. The blankets can be small, to cover the isolettes. 6. Marsha Stoddard collects dark-colored hats and scarves all year for Operation Gratitude, a group that sends boxes to our troops in December. To date, this organization has shipped over 700,000 shoebox-sized care packages to our troops. The scarf size is limited, due to space, to 5-7 wide X 45-50 long, and patterns are available at the website: http://www.operationgratitude.com/individuals-and-organizations/#candybabies. 7. Sandra Ogden collects caps for the merchant marines in Long Beach. The caps will be given to the men and women in December before Christmas. 8. Any new charity is welcome the JCK member interested in that charity should take responsibility for explaining the charity, any specific requirements, and then collect and deliver our donations.