Jewel City Knitters

Message Board

First Wednesday of Every Month from 7:00-9:00pm
2700 Montrose Avenue, Montrose (view map)
Room 24        818-249-6173

JCK Meeting Agendas and Minutes
(Scroll to bottom for Prior Meeting Archives)


Wednesday, September 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Crescenta Valley Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave., Room 24, Montrose 91020
    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]

    Thanks for Treats [Cathy Wacker, Hospitality]
    Treasurer's Report [Cindy Vogel, Treasurer]
    Philanthropy Report [Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy]

    Announcements [Members]
    Show and Share [Members]
    9:00pm: Adjourn
    7:10 pm: Meeting Called to Order   
Evelyn Van Orden, President    18 members were present.
A. Approval of Minutes    Kathy Fogel for Marsha Stoddard, Secretary
        1. Minutes of the July 6 General Meeting were emailed to active members, posted on the website, and a hardcopy was available for review at the meeting. They were approved.
B. Thanks for Treats    Cathy Wacker, Hospitality
        1. Cathy Wacker thanked Kim Smith and Mary Kaye Busalacchi for bringing the yummy treats.
   C. Treasurer's Report    Evelyn Van Orden for Cindy Vogel, Treasurer
        1. Evelyn reported that the balance in our treasury is $814.24 (plus interest).
        2. As unanimously approved by members at a previous meeting, a donation of $100 was sent by Evelyn with cover letter on July 16 to the Pasadena Museum of History in memory of Lynne Emery. A copy of the letter, which included 2 photos of Lynne at JCK fundraising and philanthropy events, was displayed at the meeting.
    D. Announcements
        1. Kim Smith reported that her twins now weigh nearly the same. Jack weighs 9 lbs, 2 oz, and Lucie weighs 9 lbs, 11 oz. They are doing very well, and Jack is now off oxygen.
        2. Evelyn read the letter that she wrote to the Pasadena Museum of Art and enclosed with our check, in honor of Lynne Emery. She included photos of Lynne at some JCK functions. Thank you, Evelyn, for sending this donation.
        3. Cathy Wacker arranged for us to have the air-conditioned room for our meeting last night. What a difference it made! Thank you so much, Cathy!
        4. Sue Dietel told us about a short article in the L.A. Times regarding the Vogue Knitting Live Show on Sept 23–25, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. This show focuses on new products and many classes and workshops. There also will be a marketplace for those who want to see and buy new products. Many members were interested and may want to carpool. More information, including signing up for classes, is found at the website:
        5. Jerri homson will demonstrate the Beaded Bow Hat, shown at the Knots of Love website, at the November meeting. Her demonstration will only take a short time. Marsha emailed out instructions on preparation for making the hat up to the point of the row of beaded bows. If you are interested, but didn’t receive the email, please let Marsha know
     E. Philanthropy Report    Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy 
        1. Judy had no report to make this month.     
Jerri Thomson was not able to come to the meeting this month. Sue 
 brought sign-up sheets for the Knots of Love Knit-a-Thon, running from Sept. 22 – Oct. 22.  The money goes to cover KOL’s cost of sending out caps to medical facilities. It costs them $12 per box of 25 hats! They request that in addition to making hats for chemo patients, we also get sign-ups of people who will donate money for each cap we make. Any donations we collect should be sent directly to Knots of Love. The drive for caps for veterans continues through September.
Olga Martinez (818-352-3032) explained that her church, the First Covenant Church in Eagle Rock, feeds dinner to the homeless on Thursday nights. Each time they feed about 80 people, mostly young, white men. She hopes to have a gift for each one at the holidays, and she requested that the church women make handmade scarves and hats as gifts. Not many women are participating, and she can't do this all herself. She asked if any of us would be willing to help by knitting/crocheting a hat or scarf. She needs them by the December JCK meeting. Please use acrylic or cotton yarn so the items can be washed, and use unisex colors. This month she collected 18 hats and 18 scarves!
        4. Betty Molinaro showed us hats that she made from some of the yarn from Lynne Emery’s stash. Lynne usually donated her little hats to the Huntington Hospital Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. Betty suggested that we all make little preemie hats, to be donated to Huntington Hospital’s NICU in Lynne’s memory.
        5. Betty also reminded us that Christ Child Society will take any baby things all year. Recently, we have donated to Christ Child 17 blankets, 12 hats, and 1 sweater.  For the entire year, so far, we have given 43 blankets, 83 hats, 13 sweaters, and 1 booties!
        6. In past years, we also have made little red hats for babies at all our charities during the holidays.
We could do the same thing this year.
        7. Cathy Wacker, who belongs to the church where we meet and who has been kind enough to arrange for us to meet there for free, told us about a fundraiser being held called Empty Bowl. Her women’s group is busily making beautiful ceramic soup bowls. One Sunday night in November, we can go to the church and pay $15 for a bowl and various soups and breads donated by local restaurants and bakeries. There will be a band and other entertainment. The proceeds go to help several local charitable groups. Last year’s event raised over $7000. Evelyn suggested we go as a group to support them. Cathy will have more information in October.
        8. Charities that we help all year:    
           a. Afghans for Afghanistan continues to need items for children aged 7–16, 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 blocks of any size, 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 afghans.
           b. Christ Child Society takes baby things: blankets, hats, booties, sweaters. Betty Molinaro will collect them each month. This group makes layettes for needy mothers, and they like to include a handmade item.

           c. 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.
           d. 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.
          e. Kimberly Smith works as a nurse at the L.A. County USC Medical Center NICU. She delivers our preemie things – hats, booties, blankets, sweaters. The blankets can be small, to cover the isolettes.
           f. Marsha collects dark-colored hats and scarves all year for Operation Gratitude, a group that sends boxes to our troops in December. The limits to the scarf size and patterns are available at the website:
           g. Any new charity is welcome – the member interested in that charity should take responsibility for explaining the charity, any specific requirements, and then collect and deliver our donations.

    F. Break
1. Members helped themselves to a variety of donated yarn, magazines, and patterns while enjoying the delicious treats!
    G. Show and Share
    8:45pm: Meeting Adjourned


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