Thursday, November 26, 2015

Notes from the November meeting ...

The HHRHG met at the library in Washington, Indiana on November 14, 2015 with nine members present for the business meeting.

Old business included ...
  • A report from Betty Lawhead about the presentation of the check for $250 representing a grant from the Guild to the Art Department of the Robinson Illinois High School.  Betty said she enjoyed presenting the check to the instructor and some students who were especially happy to receive these extra monies.
  • Anne Horrall will reserve the meeting room previously discussed on the campus of VU for the first three weekends of May so we can lock in the space for our spring retreat.  Lois Moore reported on progress in securing an instructor.
  • Teresa Kinman presented the 2015 Raffle Rug to the winner, Jane Lacer of Boonville.  Teresa reported via email that Jane was delighted to receive the rug and said she'd hang it because she didn't want anyone walking on it!
  • The Christmas party was discussed and a reminder will be sent to members that it will be held on the regular meeting date in December, Saturday the 12th.  The place is the Gasthoff Restaurant in Montgomery and the time 11 a.m. local time.  (Members are reminded to R.S.V.P. to secretary Judy Foster your intentions to attend or not.)
New business was ...
  • Guild officers were elected and the officers for 2016 will be Noma Brizius President with assistance from Leanna Reece; VP will be Janice Spaulding; Secretary will be Lois Moore with email assistance from Judy Foster; Treasurer will be Jana with Teresa Kinman's name remaining on the account and start-up assistance from her.  Everyone was well pleased with this new aspect of responsibility sharing.
  • Judy Foster gave an update on member Jan Cabel's husband's health, and the members from Evansville reported that member Mary Jane Todd is now home from rehab and feeling much better.  Good news on both fronts!
  • Judy asked for input on the continuation of an internet presence for the Guild.  It was decided after discussion that the blog would continue as is as opposed to Facebook.
  • Members -- dues of $15 are due January 1, 2016.
  • The meeting room at the library has been reserved for the first three months of 2016.
  • Members who have not attended recently will be contacted to let them know they're missed. 
  • Janice Spaulding will be the inclement weather contact person to the members who live south and west and come from the greatest distances this winter.  She will call by 7:30 a.m. the day of the meeting if it's being cancelled.
  • There was discussion about having a "how to hook" meeting in 2016.  This would be open and free to the public and serve the purpose of education about hooking, how to hook, and have a display of hooked pieces.  There was lots of good discussion about how to keep the art of rug hooking before the public as part of our mission as a non-profit to give back to the community.
Remember members -- the December 12 meeting is at the Gasthoff and will be our Christmas party.  If you wish to participate in the ornament exchange, please do so. RSVP to Judy -- thanks!

Following the meeting several members stayed to visit and hook.  Here's some pictures of their work ...

Sue Kuehl was working on her patriotic heart pattern.  Looking good Sue!

Sharon Weiss is done with the central elements of her mat and just starting the background.  This will look good in her home this Fall!

Janice Spaulding was working on a snippets garland during the meeting(peeking out of the plastic bag). This is a great way to make use of those ends that a person usually throws away!

Betty Lawhead is done hooking the center elements of her chair pad and just beginning the background.  Betty says she'll be glad when this project is complete so she can start something fresh!

Judy Foster brought her recently completed Maggie Bonanomi-designed rug.  Judy's very pleased with how it turned out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Highlights of the October meeting ...

The Guild met at the Library in Washington, Indiana on October 10 in the small meeting room.  After about 45 minutes of socializing, a business meeting was called to order by Treasurer, Teresa Kinman.  There were 13 members and one guest in attendance.

In old business we discussed the school art grant and the name of this year's recipient was drawn.  Robinson Community High School, Unit #2, Robinson, Illinois is the lucky winner of the $250 grant.  Betty Lawhead and Lugene Bond will present the check.

We discussed a member retreat for 2016 and Anne, Sue and Sharon brought a great packet of information on a site we can use on campus in Vincennes.  Everyone seems well pleased with this prospective location at VU.  Lois Moore will work on securing a teacher. 

We drew the name of the raffle rug winner and it was Jane Lacer of Boonville.  Congrats Jane!  Teresa will deliver the rug to the lucky winner.
Here's the rug that Jane won!  Congratulations.
We concluded old business by discussing the bylaws in a matter regarding being a non-profit and questions were clarified.

In new business a nominating committee was set, the Christmas party was discussed (December 12), and it was decided that the treasurer's report will go out with the written minutes.  The meeting was then adjourned.

Everyone agreed that they were having such a good time -- like "old times".  Lots of hooking and sharing was happening.  Everyone pitched in to set up the room, and we talked and laughed a lot.  It was agreed Janice Spaulding's presence played a huge part in that feeling.  We had a few visitors that drifted in and out from the book sale to see what we were doing.  At the close of the meeting it was mentioned that Jan Cabel's hubby is in the rehab unit at Vincennes Hospital following a stroke.  Also, Mary Jane Todd fell and broke her leg and is at Bethel Manor in Evansville, also in rehab.  Thoughts, prayers and cards are going out to both members.

A couple of rugs were brought for show and tell ...

Judy Foster brought this rug she hooked a couple years ago to show the random hooking technique she used in this Primitive Spirits pattern.
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,"  Hooked by Teresa Kinman.
Here's a small section of the back of Teresa's rug.  See the way she's hooked "Mom", the year, and a small heart in the boughs of the tree? Teresa was working on making those markings more visible at the meeting.  Really neat idea!  This is a gift rug for her daughter and family.