Saturday, April 20, 2013

Notes from the April meeting ...

The Hoosier Hills Rug Hooking Guild met at the public library in Washington, Indiana April 13.  The business meeting was called to order by President Janice Spaulding and we recorded 14 members and one guest present.  Janice turned the meeting over to the VP who led the discussion on progress as we work toward holding the fiber fair.
  • The treasurer presented the financial report and commented on her areas of responsibility including a) getting change for the Guild marketplace booth, b) all vendor registration fees have been received and deposited, and (c labels for the Guild rug display will be hand-written this year.
  • The vendor liability insurance issue was discussed.
  • There are three people registered for classes.  Judy Foster gave an update on her progress with the beginning rug hooking kits and Barbara Bauman brought equipment to work on the rug braiding kits at the meeting.  Some members donated coat-weight wool as well as a friend of the Guild.  
  • In a miscellaneous areas, Janice reassured members that paper products are provided by the Conservation Club and we will not have to buy that, in the area of advertising we will again depend on Nan to procure the balloons used on the day of the show to mark the way for our visitors, and Shirley Casebolt will bring two potted plants to anchor our sheep "welcome" sign..
  • The raffle rug is finished and Janice is binding it.  The Guild will pay her for that service this year.
  • In the area of refreshments, it was decided that we would have water and canned soft drinks available for a nominal fee.  It has been difficult to find a food vendor.
  •  Shirley reassured us that she and Colleen have planned for plenty of space available for vendors this year.  They realized last year that there was more room in the middle of the rooms than they realized and therefore we'd have plenty of room for all of the registered vendors this year.
  • It was agreed that for this year there would be no not-for-profit vendors selling for their cause.  (We have been approached at the last minute by at least two such organizations.)  We will revisit this topic more fully in the future.
  • Judy shared several pieces of information: she is sending out a mailing about the Fair in the next few days to 10 rug hooking groups in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky; tote bags may be available from the Daviess County Visitor Bureau to put the class kits in; she distributed the 2013 membership list; by request, she will have more Guild brochures printed before the Fair.
Jan Cabel brought a fantastic dish to share -- cream cheese covered with a mixture of rhubarb, strawberries and tomatoes, and tasty crackers.  Delish!  Thanks Jan!  

Also, following the meeting Janice gave a quick lesson in sculpting for those interested.  We packed a lot into one 4-hour session!

During and after the business meeting members worked on tearing, sewing (Barbara), and trimming and rolling wool for the rug braiding class.  Below is a laundry basket with some of the rolls of wool we prepared for the rug braiding class kits.  We're almost ready for the Fair and getting nervous and excited!  Y'all come! 

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