September 1, 2017
1. We are sorry to relate that both our Treasurer and our President have resigned since the last Memo… both for compelling personal reasons—and we are grateful for the years of service they have given to our guild. Norma Westcott, Vice President, and Lyn Pflueger, Past President, with the help of Margaret Hall, will perform the duties of treasurer and administration until these positions are filled. Norma and Lyn have signing authority on the bank accounts so that the business of the guild can continue.
There will be an executive meeting on September 9th, in Red Deer. All members are entitled to attend any exec meeting, so please let me know if you would like to come, and/or if you have any suggestions or are willing to volunteer to help set the future direction of the guild.
We are sure that you all appreciate that this is a challenging time for HWSDA. At the end of this Memo you will find a questionnaire, PLEASE FILL IT OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that we have direction from the membership before the 9th September. (Just hit the “Reply button” on the email sent to you and put an X next to your choice)
2. The Retreat
We still need 5 people (or three rooms) for the event to take place. It will be lots of fun, and learning and sharing…. In a beautiful location… and will be a chance to share ideas with other members about the direction we wish for HWSDA to go.
3. Our thanks to Maria for getting the library off to Olds College. Maria has been wearing 2 hats for the last 3 years, both Librarian and President, and we are grateful to her for this eminently suitable solution to the challenge of where to locate the library.
4. Prairie Fibre Fest will take place at Lacombe memorial centre on 24th September 10.00am to 5.00pm $5.00 at the door. There will be a vendor marketplace with about 20-30 vendors and 3-4 free mini classes! There is a spinning/ knitting / chatting area where you can have a coffee or tea! Also get in touch with the guilds in central Alberta …find out more on Facebook.
5. Members’ Survey
1. How important is HWSDA to you (and your guild)?
⃝ very ⃝ a little O neutral O not much O not
2. What is the primary importance to you ?
O social O communication & community ⃝O workshops O scholarships & grants
3. Where is the most important area for improvement?
O more local events ⃝O mentoring network ⃝O HWSDA-run expert workshops
Are you willing to coordinate/set up any of these activities? O Yes ⃝ No
4. How willing are you to volunteer to serve on the executive?
O Sign me up! ⃝ For a year or two ⃝O In the future O Not possible
(This survey is unofficial, edited by Norma and Margaret but my responsibility! Lyn)
August 1. 2017
1. I received this recently...
"...at our guild's June meeting I was delegated to write to the HWSDA executive to applaud the new direction and to offer our support. We were particularly happy to see a return to a traditional style conference with classes and hopefully a juried show....I inadvertently let my membership lapse, but as a show of support for the new directions, I will be renewing..."
This is very cheering, and we are all engaged with optimism and determnation!
2. Fall Retreat
I am thrilled to be able to report that we hve half-filled already! This, from Joyce: we have 11 registered already which leaves 10 spots we can filll...
Just in case you are not aware of the Retreat, it will be held at Terratima Lodge on the October 20-22 weekend. It is west of Red Deer, easily accessible, and all informaiton is available on our website.
3. 2018 Conference
The next HWSDA Conference is May 11-13, 2018 at the Best Western Village Park Inn in Calgary. Heritagae Weavers are organizing the conference and Sheep Creek Weavers are assisting by finding the instructors. Some requests for proposals have been sent out, but there is still time to let them have your suggestions (please email Lyn).
4. Items for the Memo
I would really appreciate any contributions for the September Memo...and suggestions and criticisms...I have heard that many of you enjoy the monthly information, and would like to make it all as effective as possible.
July 15, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we have a date and a venue booked.
When:October 20 – October 22, 2017
Where: Terratima Lodge, Clearwater County. If coming from the south: (west of Caroline to highway 22, then north to Prairie Creek Road. If coming from the north Take highway 11 to highway 22 and head south to Prairie Creek Road. Here you will head west then take a couple of back roads to the south west. We will send a detailed map at a later date. Check their website: terratima.com for details about the lodge.
Registration starts: July 15, 2017
Registration Ends: September 15, 2017
Accommodation: (based on double or triple occupancy
in the lodge) $109.00
Meals: (Fri: Dinner, Saturday: 3 meals + 2 snacks, .
And Sunday breakfast and lunch $138.00
Total cost for weekend: $247.00
If you do not want to share a room, the cost for the room will be 218.00 for the weekend and meals will remain at 138.00 for a total cost for the weekend of $356.00
Minimum and maximum registration is 20 (based on double occupancy) so get your name in quickly to ensure a spot. You must be a member of HWSDA to attend this event or be sponsored by an HWSDA member guild. We may be able to accommodate up to 24 if there are people who are willing to share 3 to a room. This means 2 people in the double bed and one on the daybed. The daybed is quite hard. Triple occupancy will only be available after all 10 rooms are full.
Deadline for registration is September 15, 2017
There will be no refunds after September 15, 2017. If you must cancel after September 15 you must find someone to replace you.
Bring your creativity, enthusiasm and unfinished (or new) projects to work on.
What’s Happening: We are thrilled to announce that Lyn Pflueger will lead us through her “leaf print thingy” (contact prints of leaves onto cloth) and Norma Westcott has agreed to show her nature inspiration (for both structure and colour) slides. And do you have a spinning wheel in your closet that you have been meaning to dig out and try? Dorothy Robinson and Joyce Hurl will help you get started. Not a formal class. Just hands on help getting you and your wheel going.
Venue: We booked all of Wolf Willow Lodge which is a lovely 2 story building with 10 bedrooms (5 on each floor). Each bedroom has a double bed and a daybed.
It has a small dining area, kitchen and large meeting room on the main floor and lovely theatre room on the top floor.
Meals are in a log building a short walk through the trees away.
Bathrooms are shared and down the hall. There is 1 small bathroom on top floor and 2 small bathrooms on the main floor. Each has a toilet and sink. There are no showers in the lodge.
Showers and extra flush toilets are in a log bath house across the street from Wolf Willow Lodge.
July 1, 2017
1. FALL RETREAT Exciting news: Joyce Hurl, Val Phaneuf, and Dorothy Robinson have been working hard on putting this retreat together…. All the information is not in, yet, so expect a “special edition” of the Memo to Members, hopefully in a couple of weeks, with registration information.
But I can tell you this: Terratima lodge is booked for the October 20-22 weekend. It is west of Red Deer, near Caroline, so easily accessible for many of us. Do check their website, it looks gorgeous! http://www.terratima.com/
* I think Dorothy and Joyce have agreed to help anyone who has a wheel sitting in a closet who wants to try spinning. No formal class. Just hands on help getting going.
* Norma Westcott will expand on her wonderful design slide lecture, and “edit a little differently to reflect the season”.
* Lyn Pflueger will have the equipment and supplies for people to try leaf printing on cloth.
2. The next HWSDA Conference is May 11 - 13, 2018 at the Best Western Village Park Inn.
The committee members are planning a walk through of the Best Western on July 18 to sort of plan out the rooms. Watch for the August Memo to Members for LOTS more information about this.
3. Running Threads Editor: Many thanks to Velma Hudson for volunteering to be the new Editor of Running Threads. Velma is currently working on the Master Weaver program, so we thank her for taking on this task! And many thanks also to Ingrid Servold, who was our hard-working editor for the last year... also working on the Master Weaver Program!
4. News from Sheep Creek Weavers: The Fleece to Shawl competition at the Millarville Fair will have 5 teams competing, and a new format for colours… stay tuned for some amazing pictures of the event.
SCW had their 40th (or so) annual dyein and produced some wonderful pieces, which will be assembled into a fund-raising quilt. The idea of sample-with-a-purpose worked out very well--- participants were adventurous and willing to try ambitious pieces.
5. Sheep Showcase: We have informed Sheep Showcase that there was not enough notice of their requirements, and we will not be participating in the Stampede.
June 1, 2017