Jewel City Knitters

Message Board

First Wednesday of Every Month from 7:00-9:00pm
2700 Montrose Avenue, Montrose (view map)
Room 25        818-249-6173

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


JCK General Meeting
Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-9:00pm

Crescenta Valley Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave., Room 25, 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]
    Treasurer's Report [Marsha reported for Jerri Nicol, Treasurer]
    Philanthropy Report [Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy]
Announcements [Members]
    Show and Share [Members]
    9:00pm: Adjourn
    7:10pm: Meeting Called to Order    Evelyn Van Orden, President    17 members were present, plus 2 visitors.
    A. Minutes    Marsha Stoddard
        1. Minutes of the September meeting were posted on the website and a hardcopy was available for review. They were approved.
    B. Treasurer's Report    Marsha Stoddard for J
erri Nicol
        1. Marsha reported for Jerri that the balance in our treasury is still $932.57.
    C. Announcements    Members

        1. Judy introduced Maritza Sasaki, the owner of Itza Knitterie shop in Glendale, who told us about her shop, the yarns there, and the classes and gave us all cards for 10% off our first visit.
        2. Evelyn asked if anyone had gone to the L.A. County Fair. There was discussion about the knitting items that various members saw there.

        3. Cathy Wacker thanked Dianne Smith and Sue Dietel for the yummy treats.       
        4. Cathy announced that her church, where we meet, is having a Pumpkin Patch from October 18 – 31, from
11:00 – 8:00.
Michelle Bernal talked about her recent adventure: a climb up Mt. Whitney!
        6. Marion Green told us that she is moving to a new home in
Camarillo. She will still donate our things to the Operation Gratitude knitting for the troops (see Philanthropy). At the November meeting, Dianne Smith will collect our items for that organization and get them to Marion. Marion, thank you for contributing so much to our group – we will miss you!
    D. Philanthropy    Judy Gregory, VP Philanthropy
        1. Judy said she will be sending a box soon with our things for Afghans. They had a project for rectangular shawls for women’s shelters, for which they collected over 500 shawls! She also sent off our mittens to Children in Common, which will send them to Cheyenne Indian Reservation, in a very poor county in South Dakota. If we have more mittens, we can mail them directly to the Reservation.
        2. Michelle Tang announced that her friend in
New York is again collecting mittens. This year they will go to homeless shelters in Buffalo, NY. They can be made from any yarn and should be mainly children’s sizes, although there will be some older children/teens. She will collect them in November and December.
        3. Marion Green reminded us about Operation Gratitude, which collects and distributes care packages for our troops to lift their morale. They request dark-colored handmade scarves and hats. Acrylic is fine for making them. We can include a personal note, if desired. The collection deadline for these items is November. Their website is:
       4. Lynne Emery brought a book to share called Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time, by Betty Christiansen. It contains write-ups and patterns for many different charities, including Children in Common, Afghans for Afghanistan, Project Linus, Warm Up America, Stitches from the Heart, and others.
        5. The Assistance League in
Pasadena has a program for Senior Citizens to make crafts and then sell them in their store. The proceeds go to buy more materials for use in making the crafts. Those who make the crafts get to keep 75% of the profit. A pumpkin baby hat there sold for $25!
        6. Judy asked Cathy to find out from her church if there are charities the church supports that we could also help in some way, as a thank-you from JCK for the use of the meeting room. Cathy suggested supporting the Pumpkin Patch or their Soup Kitchen night. She will ask if there are others.
     E. New Business
Michelle Bernal and Jennifer Minzey announced that the Pasadena annual Race for the Cure will be held March 15 at the Rose Bowl. We have supported the event every year by volunteering at the Knit for the Cure tables in the Susan G. Komen Foundation tent. We also have made scarves, hats, etc to be sold there. Michelle and Jennifer will be collecting knit/crochet items after the first of the year. The items should be made to include some amount of pink, although there are always shoppers looking for non-pink things as well. Any items not sold get donated to the Komen Foundation to give as gifts to survivors.
Evelyn asked if we are still interested in having our annual December Potluck and White Elephant exchange. Everyone agreed that we should try it, even though our new room is small. Becky Goodman will be our Event Coordinator again this year, and she will have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting. Lynne Emery will again organize the White Elephant event. It was moved, seconded, and passed to allocate a $50 budget to Becky for her discretion in planning the event. Last year she purchased some decorations and a delicious ham to add to our potluck food.
3. Evelyn brought up that amid all the economic and politic mess, the hard times, and the bad things happening, she tries to think of some good things instead. What comes to her mind is our group of friends, who do so much charity knitting and contribute so much. She wanted to thank us and to recognize all of us as a good force at work.
    F. Show and Share Members
    8:45pm: Meeting Adjourned