AZURE VERDE: This year Azure Verde is stitching Betty Hamilton’s ‘Inspirations’ Whitework Sampler. We started the
basting at the February meeting. Betty got us started on the stitching during the March meeting. She will be back in May
for the next installment. In April our very own Margaret Fleming will instruct us in making a beaded tassel.
Azure Verde members started another UFO Challenge in June of 2010. Twenty three members committed to finishing 56
projects to show off at our June 2011 meeting. This will be the third time that we have had a UFO Challenge. We have
found it to be a great motivator to finish some projects.
Our July meeting date is our annual education event Knot Another Project XXII. This year’s theme is a Mad
Hatters Tea Party. Rachel Watkins’s beautiful stitchery and china painting will be featured in our exhibit. Have you read
Rachel’s article on Japanese Embroidery featuring her award winning ‘Precious Plumes’ that appeared in the March 2011
issue of Needle Arts magazine? This will be an opportunity for everyone to see Rachel’s award winning needle art.
Azure Verde members are also donating many wonderful items for ‘A Stitcher’s Tote’, our opportunity basket for
Pacific Southwestern Region Seminar. Linda Dunsworth has stitched a beautiful insert for this tote bag and members are
filling it with stitching tools and comfort items for seminar attendees.
Azure Verde also participates enthusiastically in several community outreach projects. We support Rainbow
Services, a battered women’s shelter by stitching fingertip towels for their holiday party in December. Members also
donate toiletries and children’s clothing, toys and books. We continue to stitch on Soldier Kissing pillows. Members have
also been knitting and crocheting helmet liners, chemo caps, scarves, shawls, baby blankets, lap robes, preemie hats and
booties with incredible speed.
Marge Roberts, Region Rep
BALDY VIEW: Our big splash for this year was to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the founding of Baldy View Chapter. It has
been an interesting ride.
The Nov/Dec meeting started our holidays with an Elve's Supper-Soup, salad and Dessert, with a gift kit for a special braided
head tassel. There was a lot of giggles and learning.
January and March was the start of the year long project, Denise Harrington Pratt's sampler, Love and Laughter.
February, being Valentine Day, we stitched a small felt heart that was covered with glitzy beads and embroidery, and then
For April, we obtained permission from Linda Driscoll to teach a needle book of hers that was featured in a magazine several
years ago. This was to introduce our new stitchers to a little Hardanger.
We continue to stitch Kissing Pillows. To date, we have distributed 5,030, so this continues to be a prime project with us. If anyone
has any white 14 Aida cloth in their stash, we have really emptied our local supply; we would really appreciate it, if you would think
of us. It has becomes a little pricey for the same people that are stitching the pillows, to keep buying the fabric. We are grateful to the
guilds that bring us a bag of pillows. Each one finds a good home.
In March, we volunteered to work the EGA-ANG Booth at the Quilt and Craft Fair at the Pomona Fairplex. We collected 58 names of
people interested in visiting chapters in our area. We had 3 people join our guild last year from this source, and they have
become wonderful members.
As a new adventure, we have started a Stitch-in Group that meets in the day time, the week after our regular meeting. We are
meeting in a quilt shop in Upland. One of our people was in the shop and showed the owner the piece of needlework she had in her
purse. When she mentioned that we were looking for a place to meet, she was more than gracious in offering us her shop. The people
there are more than happy to have us there to share what we do.
Each month we continue to have a book sale, which nets us a few dollars each meeting. This adds up to use for little goodies for our
members-like a little birthday gift, this year a new little ruler, and a cake.
Helen Imbach Baldy View President
BISHOP’S PEAK: Our Chapter did a program regarding the "kissing pillows" last year and the Chapter stitched 60 pillows. One of
our members, Ann Starlin, has been ill for the past year and found that she could stitch the kissing pillows easily. She was confined to
a bed or chair and when she was feeling well enough would stitch the little pillows. At this point, Ann has stitched approximately 550
pillows and is still stitching them. Needless to say, she does not need to look at the pattern!
Our Chapter is continuing to get new members. Some of these ladies are new to stitching but are enjoying the meetings and
projects. With these new members in mind, we are gearing some of our programs to new stitchers. The April-May program is the
"Yard Long Sampler". It's a project from 1991 that is done on a yard of banding. It includes counted cross, bargello, blackwork,
drawn thread, pulled thread, hardanger, specialty stitches etc. in a 2 1/2 wide increment. Thus if someone doesn't like a particular
stitch, they only have to do a tiny bit of it but they also get a taste of many different types of needlework. In January we did a petite
project from 1998 by Margaret Bendig - "Lacy Canvas Petite Scissor Case," in February we stitched Nancy Cucci's "My Beading
Heart" and in March we had a "Lemonade Sale" (stash sale) where all the proceeds went to the chapter. We do this every other year
and this year was a record year for money earned. Our left over’s went to various senior centers and thrift stores.
Our workshop for this year is being held July 9th and is Margaret Bendig's "Star Spangle Fandangle". This workshop is open
to anyone who likes to attend. For details check out the Region website or contact Fran McCormick, (805) 462-1448. Our 2012
workshop will be held in January and is Terry Dryden's "Safari". Both workshops are limited as they will be held in a member's home
to hold down costs. Contact Fran if you are interested in attending this workshop also.
We will be stitching/demonstrating at the Mid-State Fair again this year. Our members also will enter their stitching.
Member Maria Andrus won Best of Show last year.
The Chapter will have a month long display of stitching by members at the Nipomo Library. The Chapter had a display two
years ago and they asked us to do another display this year as their patrons enjoyed looking at the various types of needlework
Judie Neufeld, Bishop's Peak Chapter Region Rep
CHANNEL ISLANDS: Channel Islands Chapter has enjoyed a variety of programs. In October any member that wanted brought a
piece they had first stitched and one from recent times. They shared what they had learned and how they had evolved in their
stitching. This was such a wonderful show and tell experience. Our combined November/December meeting was our Holiday Party
which included the installation of a new treasurer, an opportunity drawing for two christmas trees decorated with handmade ornaments
made and donated by members, a gift exchange of ornaments, and a very nice potluck lunch. In January we did a lovely redwork
project taught by Sharon Shimohara. We have a wonderful chapter library, so in February three members picked two books each from
our library and spoke about them. This was to help make our members aware of our resources that are at our fingertips. In March we
made bookmarks using the pattern of a pulled thread bookmark from December’s Needle Arts magazine.
In the future we will be working on a Brazilian Embroidery Sachet, hold a tea with a great guilt giveaway and make a
cutwork guest towel. We are finishing up the Beaded Nutcracker GCC and Summer Dream GCC. We are now taking sign ups for the
Plum Blossom GCC to start in the next few months.
We still have a very active group that meets to work on a Rae Iverson piece, a crewel group, hardanger group and two other
mini groups that meet once a month.
We continue to make baby blankets, sweaters, booties, caps and collect toiletries for Healthy Beginnings at St. Johns
Hospital in Oxnard. We also work on Kissing Pillows and helmet liners for our military, and bookmarks for a literacy program. We
will also demonstrate at Scandinavian Festival at California Lutheran College on April 16 and 17.
EL SEGUNDO BLUE:
November: GCC - Nutcracker Ornament - lead by Maryanne Lee
December: Xmas - Potluck & UFO Awards (see below)
January: Blackwork project - Lead by Pat Pascal
February: Super bowl of Stitches 2/5/11 - El Segundo Lakes - $70 Swedish Sollerosom Pin and Needle Box Designed by Phyllis
Maurer and taught by Val Reece and Kim Griffin
March; El Segundo Blue Butterfly - Nametag designed by Ann Perkins
April: Button Bracelet - Lead by Pat Pascal
May: Open Stitching
June: Star Spangled Fandangle at El Segundo Library on 2 Saturdays in June taught by Margaret Bendig
July: Christmas in July - Melinda Toppenberg with teach Festive Earrings
September: Fingerloop Braiding by Melinda Sherbring
October: Plaited Braid Stitch by Melinda Sherbring
Ongoing GCC Sampler -- meets on the 4th Saturday of each Month Lead by Olivia Caranahan
Continue to make donations to Women's Shelter
Breast Cancer Silent Auction -- ESB to donate
(Plan is to make 12 days of Christmas Crystal Ornaments)
UFOs - Awards (points for type of project and over one year
1st – Super bowl
2nd- Membership Dues
3rd – Program
INLAND EMPIRE: has had a variety of programs since the fall 2010 meeting. The following list is our schedule for 2011, to date.
Jan 12 “free” program by Catherine Jordan on drawn thread bookmarks
Feb 9 Shamrock pincushion, taught by VP Programs, Sara Jackson
April 1, 2 Fundraiser and Elizabeth I workshop by Gay Ann Rogers with sales room
Apr 13 Carol Algie Higginbotham - Designed for Fun- Your Choice Piece, Part 1
May 11 Program by Joan Thomasson "Designing when you Can't Draw a Straight Line with a Ruler"
June 8 Carol Algie Higginbotham - Designed for Fun-Your Choice Piece, Part 2
Jul 13 Margaret Bendig – Smiling Jack the Pumpkin – Part 1
Aug 10 Carol Algie Higginbotham - Designed for Fun–Your Choice Piece, Part 3
Sep 14 Margaret Bendig – Wicked Sticks – Pumpkin, Part 2
Oct 12 Michele Nielsen, Curator of History for San Bernardino Co Museum--program on conservation of textiles
Nov 9 Open
Dec 14 Holiday party
STITCHING IN PUBLIC: Inland Empire Chapter demonstrated and displayed a variety of needlework on March 6, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., at the San Bernardino County Museum. This is an annual event to support the textile department of the Museum, in exchange
for using the Museum for our meetings each month.
FUNDRAISER: A VERY successful fundraiser was held on April 1 and 2. Gay Ann Rogers taught her workshop, Elizabeth
I, with 100 paid participants and about 40 attending in person. The event was held at a church in Upland, CA. In addition to the
workshop, a sales room with many books, patterns, boxes of threads, and other items was open during the 2 days. Items sold were
generously donated by families of several previous members. Profit from this 2 day event should carry the chapter for several years to
come. Many unsold items, including threads, canvas, booklets, and other materials were given to one of our sister chapters for their
children’s program, chaired by Ann Perkins.
KISSING PILLOWS: We continue to support this project with Baldy View Chapter and San Bernardino Chapter, ANG. In
Jan and Feb, we took 700 pillows to March Air Reserve Base. To date these 3 chapters, supported by stitchers throughout PSR and
EGA and ANG, have distributed well over FIVE THOUSAND pillows to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps units and
individuals. We continually restock our inventory to be ready when asked to help.
INLAND EMPIRE shares workshops with Baldy View Chapter. Their report lists workshops for 2011 and 2012.
Pat Correz, President, Inland Empire Chapter
LONG BEACH: PROGRAMS
October 2010….. Polly Womack brought us the third installment of WINNING WAYS
November 2010... Coni Canino taught Carol Algie Higginbotham’s ASSISI HEART
December 2010… we are dark
January 2011…… Our Annual Birthday Luncheon and gift of a Needlework Journal
February 2011…. Eileen Gibbs taught us the three dimensional, TRAVELERS JOY
March 2011…….Dr Janie Turner, a Chiropractor taught us Proper Body Mechanics, Stretches and upper body Exercises.
April 2011………Margaret Bendig will be with us teaching her TINY LITTLE NEEDLE BOOK
We have given 47 knitted hats, 41 knitted or crochet scarves, 10 tee shirts, 4 grocery tote bags, 1 backpack and 1 man’s sweat suit to
the homeless at St. Lukes Episcopal Church.
Ann Milowicki has given us 15 Kissing Pillows. Ann is getting close to 250 Kissing Pillows that she has stitched.
Last but not least we continue to help with food for St. Gregory’s Food Bank
We held our Stitch in Public on February 26 th with 6 ladies stitching at the Pavilions Market in Lakewood from 9: AM to 5: PM. We
all had a great time and talked to lots of people.
LEGACY of STITCHING-We held our fund raising Legacy of Stitching honoring our 101 charter member of which 15 were able to
attend. We had an exhibit of their work and work of 3 deceased charter members. We sold 110 tickets, had lots of Door Prizes
and Opportunity Baskets, we also had favors for each attendee.
Long Beach will donate money to support a second year of storage for the JAN JELLINS COLLECTION .
MOUNTAINVIEW CHAPTER EGA SPRING REGION MEETING REPORT
The Mountain View Chapter has had a great start of 2011. We have been pleased with our attendance at our monthly
General Meetings as well as our two Daytime Stitch & Chats.
Our year started off with a 2-part program taught by Sandie Cormaci-Boles, “Jackpot” Frame Weight – an original design
that featured color and design theory as well as several stitches using over dyed silk threads.
In March we began a 4-part program taught by Eileen Gibbs. Eileen adapted four EGA National Petite Projects into a Four
Seasons piece. A variety of threads and stitches will be learned over the course of four months. Eileen is providing the
supplies and we have several members participating.
Our Board is in its second year of their current term so we will form a Nominating Committee and hold elections this year
as we do in the odd numbered years.
For Community Outreach we are continuing to collect money and supplies for our local Women’s Transitional Living
Center (WTLC) as well as Kissing Pillows for our Military.
We celebrated our 32 Birthday as a Chapter at our April Meeting. We are looking forward to hosting a special event on
Saturday, June 25 – “Return to South Africa” with Leora Raikin. We are hosting Leora again by popular demand and
hope to see many of our Region friends there!
Carol Cunningham, President
Sandie Cormaci-Boles, Past President
NORTHERN AZ STITCHERS (SEDONA):
1 Year anniversary of this Chapter will be in May 2011.
Stitch in Public Day, February 5, 2001 (1 Sat.), at Clemenceau Heritage Museum, Cottonwood, AZ.
Membership; 25 primary (Many new to EGA) and 5 plural members.
Our Chapter meetings are listed on the Sedona Library Website, under Event Calendar Section.
A Good resource to look up when the meetings are held, when travelling.
Community Invited to Program/Meeting; Featured Local Framer. Article in local Newspaper.
Margaret Azpeitia-Taylor, region rep.
ORANGE COUNTY: is pleased to welcome four new members.
We have just completed a multi month program ‘Geometric Surprise Sampler’ by Carol Algie Higginbotham. We look
forward to our May Birthday gift, a beaded bracelet program taught by member Fran Alsborg. Lynn Wilkinson will be with us in June
to teach a bargello ice cream cone on canvas. An ice cream social is planned.
We have again contracted for a workshop with Jane Nicholas. The workshop will be held September 25 and 26, 2011. It is a
beautiful Stump Work floral design with a dragonfly and a lady bug.
The White Work Special Interest Group continues to grow. We now have twenty-nine members. Our study of Ukrainian
White Work continues. The current project is a small jewelry pouch.
The chapter has several outreach projects. We knit baby hats for hospital nurseries, donate magazines to the hospitals and
collect greeting cards for use by a special needs craft project. We continue to stitch ‘Kissing Pillows.’
Members have contributed great items for our donation to the PSR Seminar Opportunity drawing. We are also planning to
have ‘must have’ items for purchase at our table.
We hold our monthly stitch and chat at the El Toro Library. Plans are underway for a mini exhibit there in
Betty Hamilton, OCCEGA Region Representative
THE PINE NEEDLERS LAKE ARROWHEAD SANDRA PLOURDE REGION REPRESENTATIVE
IN SEPTEMBER WE HAD OUR ANNUAL FUND RAISER “STITCHING SAFARI” WHICH WAS A SUCCESS
AND A LOT OF FUN. WE ARE NOW AT WORK ON THE NEXT ONE OCTOBER 1, 2011, WHICH WILL BE A
“STITCHIN’ WITCH”. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE.
ONE OF THE BIG CHANGES WE MADE THIS YEAR WAS CHANGING OUR MEETINGS FROM NIGHT TO
DAYTIME. THIS HAS ENABLED THE DESERT MEMBERS TO ATTEND AND WE HAVE HAD GOOD ATTENDENCE
AT THE MEETINGS, WHICH MAKES THEM MORE FUN.
WE HAD OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY AT THE HOME OF ONE OF OUR APPLE VALLEY MEMBERS.
WE HAD OUR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE DOVE’S BASKET, WHICH IS THE CHARITY THAT WE SUPPORT.
WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON OUR “DESIGNED FOR FUN” PROJECT BY CAROL ALGIE HIGGENBOTHAM
THAT SHE DESIGNED FOR US TO GET US TO USE OUR IMAGINATIONS. IT HAS BEEN INTERESTING TO SEE
HOW EVERYONES PIECE IS DIFFERENT AND WHAT EACH OF US IS DOING WITH COLOR.
SEQUOIA: PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR November 2010 - May 2011
• November: Review and evaluation of our chapter’s library; election of officers;
• December: Annual Holiday Party including installation of officers.
• January: Video: Spirit of Cross Stitch with Jean Farish Huls’ Pulled Thread
• February: Catherine Jordan’s pulled thread bookmarks; began the collection of money
to be contributed to EGA’s Youth Education Fund in honor of Lee Kramer, a long-time
chapter member, who died recently and most unexpectedly.
• March: Video: Spirit of Cross Stitch with Jean Farish Huls’ Hardanger Heirloom;
membersʼ examples of Hardanger, leading to our April and May programs.
• April: Hardanger stitching either on projects begun in the past or on a provided pattern
meant to introduce this form of embroidery; selected our fall group correspondence
course, Ilse Alterr’s Ikebana, and voted to donate the remaining books from our
chapter library to the Visalia branch of the American Association of University Women.
• May: We will complete our Hardanger lesson with a review of eyelets, needle weaving,
picots, and dove’s eyes.
ADDITIONAL STITCHING ACTIVITIES
• Monthly stitching and visiting in members’ homes.
• Celebrated EGA’s National Stitch-In Day on March 5th by embroidering for two hours
at Visalia’s Public Library.
• March 28th, our 5th Annual Stitching Retreat, for the 2nd year at Country Manor, a
charming home in the foothills of the Sierras. Sharing the space with quilters from
Hanford, CA. we embroidered, visited, and ate from early morning to late afternoon .
OUTREACH VOLUNTEER PROJECTS & DONATIONS
• 27 October 2010: Because our local National Guard Armory had no overseas activities
scheduled for the foreseeable future, we shipped 162 Kissing Pillows and 16 pillow
tops to Pat Correz for distribution through Inland Empire Chapter.
• November 2010, a monetary donation to Food Link of Tulare County.
• Continued to donate toiletries to the Battered Women’s Shelter in Porterville and
knitted baby caps to Kaweah Delta District Hospital.
• Following our April meeting, donated 28 needlework books to our local AAUW.
BettyLou Pendleton, Region Representative
October – Caela Conn Tyler presented a program on Cross Stitch to Needlepoint.
November – Carol Wilson returned from Phoenix and presented a program entitled, “Hands on Finishing.” She also sold
bags and totes that she designs.
January – We held our 3rd Stitching Retreat at Aldergate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades. Twenty-three attended from
several chapters. We enjoyed stitching, good food, fellowship, walks and movies. Our chapter meeting gave us the
opportunity to work on a Bird Brain design, a towel.
February – We kicked off the month with a stitching display at the Pasadena Central Library. On February we had a stitch in
at the library. Sadly, we lost one of our dear members, Carole Follingstad who died suddenly. Her “stash” was donated
to the chapter. We held an estate sale on April 2nd. Our chapter program was given by Catherine Jordan who taught us
reversible cross stitch on a ruler.
March – Our meeting was a region Hardanger study box led by our own Pat Fiedler. On the 25 th four of us attended the Long
Beach Chapter event honoring founding members. They were once part of our chapter.
Split Thread – November elections were held and all positions were filled. Eight members finished and sent in the GCC Rose
Blackwork. They were pleased to finish and get a response to their work. December we held our Christmas Luncheon and Installation
and Ornament Exchange and Potluck. . We donated $100 to Hospice, $100 to Community Pantry and $50 to the Salvation Army. We
voted to pay the $5.00 increase for National dues for each member for 2011. Some members are having difficulty meeting our dues.
January we worked on Outreach Projects including Baby Blankets, bibs, gingerbread dolls and stuffed bears.
February and March program was Brazilian Embroidery presented by Nena Menza.
June program will be Hardanger presented by Betty Jo Dunham. We will also use the PSR Hardanger Study Box. Our 20 th
Anniversary Luncheon will be held at Mimi’s.
July’s program will be Temari Balls taught by Dorothie Crowley
We are planning for a Fall Bazaar to be held on October 22.
Our Community Outreach includes chemo hats for Knots of Love, Baby items for the Hemet Hospital and La Vista Women’s Shelter,
stuffed animals for the Fire and Police Department and two large boxes of yarn to the Pilgrim Congregational Church to make prayer
shawls. We also remember Betty Steele who passed away in 2010.
STARLIGHT STITCHERS: Past Highlights (November 2010 - April 2011)
November – Holiday Beaded Brooch
December – Holiday Party
January – Bead Study Box
Craft Fair demonstrations
Hedgehog petite project
February – Open Stitching and decisions on SS new Banner
Stitch in public day at Friendship Village
March – EGA Beaded Logo Bag
April – Open Stitching and decisions on SS new Banner.
May – cutwork petite project
June – Open Stitching and Banner
July – Open Stitching and Banner
August – Charmed Heart Program
September – Chelsea Project which is in Just Cross Stitch Magazine
October – Merrilee Appraisal
November – Magic Projects due, Logo Bags or Open Stitching
Arizona State Fair where we demonstrate and award ribbons
Magic Projects are due! These are projected projects that have not been finished by November 2011.These
projects are called “my good intentions contract”. These can be EGA or non-EGA. $5 donation if not finished and the monies
will go to our outreach project.
December – Holiday Party
Snail Program always ongoing, these are EGA projects only
Out Reach Projects and Events: My Sister’s Place (shelter for abused women and children) purchased gift cards for
Christmas and on-going support includes paper products and cleaning supplies.
A new beading group has been formed meeting the third Sunday of very Month.
Bookmarks are being stitched for the ESL students at Friendship Village.
Hats for Heroes are being knitted for soldiers at war.
Bernice Honig – Region Rep
TORREY PINE NEEDLERS:
November – November was our annual Busy Needle Award and White Elephant Sale.
December - December was our Christmas party which included an ornament exchange, a cookie exchange and providing groceries for
a needy Carlsbad family. The party was hosted by our President, Paulette Sexton.
January – In January we attended a quilt show at the Oceanside Museum of Art. The show was called No Boundaries and it exhibited
39 beautiful and unusual quilts from all over the world that were chosen by jury selection. The museum exhibits this type of show
every other year and it is the only museum in the world to do so.
February – Laura Breen taught us the art of Japanese sashiko embroidery. We each received a large square to work on. Later in Feb,
several members took a field trip to both Needlepoints, LTD and Peacemakers’ where we helped stimulate the economy.
March – Anne Davies from Gifts of Splendor taught us a beautiful ribbon embroidery design. It was a first for some of our members
and we all felt we had mastered a bit of this lovely type of embroidery.
April - Eileen Gibbs will teach us The Cardinal’s Rose by Marsha Papay-Gomola – a design we have wanted to learn since Eileen first
showed us her completed work.
Kissing Pillows are still being stitched by our members.
On Feb. 5th, several of our members met at the Carlsbad Public Library for the annual Stitch in Public Day. We were able to share our
stitching with many who stopped by our table. One of our members also stitched at the Japanese Friendship Garden for their Stitch in
In addition to providing groceries for a needy Carlsbad family, members also donated groceries to the Interfaith Community Center in
Escondido in February. Marie Veit delivered them for us.
Stitch in are held at member’s homes the last Tuesday of each month where we both laugh a lot and eat a lot of cookies. Victoria
Benzel also holds a weekly stitch in at her home where we can stitch on our UFOs .
Learning circles—members teach members needlework skills
Painting Canvas—Waly Young demonstrated this technique
Judy Archemebeau displayed her beautiful purses and bags and how she created them by “felting”
Diana Foltz a Nationally known rug hooker demonstrated and explained the details of rug hooking
Painting with thread—by Barbara Mayo Grass
Spirit Woman doll making—by Gretchen Lima
Kissing pillows for the troups
Wee Care gowns for preemie babies
Bookmarks for literacy graduates
In March we held our Second Annual Yard Sale-The purpose was to offset the National EGA dues increase and make our
chapter dues affordable for all. Our goal was $300 to cover this shortfall but thanks to the donations and hard work of our
members our final tally was $900. Much kudos to to President Linda who generously offered her “garage” for a second
Holiday decoration exchange in December
The annual anniversary potluck in March
Patricia Bowers Region Representatve
We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary as an EGA chapter this year. We have one charter member still remaining with the
February Stitch in Public Day was at the Yuma Crossings Festival in downtown Yuma. We continue to stitch in public monthly
alternating locations between the Yuma County Library at the Main Branch and the Foothills Branch.
Members judged the needlework entries to the Yuma County Fair in March.
November will be our chapter’s 3rd Annual Retreat to Green Valley, Arizona. Since Yuma has no needlework shops we do lots of
shopping at The West and The Busy Needle. The remainder of the time is spent stitching and enjoying the pleasure of each other’s
Community Outreach - members are knitting helmet liners for the units of Member Sharon Fredgren’s son and daughter-in-law who
are both currently stationed in Afghanistan. Sharon’s son reported that during the winter they gave some of the liners to a few local
Afghans, who were very appreciative for the warmth.