We have started the year on a high note with a new committee elected at our recent AGM. Congratulations to President Trish VanKuyk and to Alana Young, Ann Horne, Christine Casey, Jenny Bakos, Leonie Lister, Margaret McDonald, Pauline Veale, Sue Patterson and Vicki Smart who will form the 2023 committee.
Classes have begun and most of our groups have now had their first meetings for the year. For more information about these please go to their pages: CLASSES and GROUPS
We have already planned several special activities, The first is an introductory class at the Geelong West Library on Friday 31st March. This is open to the public so anyone can join in.
We will be – Sharing Stitches also at the Geelong West Library on Friday 21st April during the National Trust Heritage Festival. There will be a display of our work and demonstrations of stitching and a chance to try out your own skills.
Our long awaited Exhibition 2023 “UP UP AND AWAY !” will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September at the Geelong West Town Hall
We are making a new start with the hope that we will be able to get together more often. We do enjoy our friendships and shared love of stitching.
Our first Sit and Sew meeting this year will be on Monday 14th February 10am – 2pm at St David’s Church Hall Aphrasia Street Newtown. We’d love to see everyone there and look forward to meeting some of our new members again, or for the first time!
It’s also our AGM when our new committee will be voted in. If you’d like to help running our branch or think a friend would be great in this role please contact us before 21st January.
Classes and Workshops will be up and running soon. First up some cute Rabbits.
Our smaller groups will also be getting under way – the Canvas work group are first up with a Round Box Top mini workshop, 20th January. Patchwork Group meets on Tuesday 25th January
Counted Thread enthusiasts will have a meeting on Monday February 7 10.30am- 1pm at South Barwon Community Centre, Mount Pleasant Rd Belmont. We will see if there are enough people to form a new group. If you love Assisi, Hardanger, Blackwork, Cross stitch, Pulled or Drawn Thread, Shwalm or any other counting stitches please think about joining in. The group will share knowledge and perhaps have a program of learning new stitches.
Artisan Books and Geetag (Textile Arts Group) – Saturday 12th Feb and Slow Stitch Thursday 10th Feb (good for beginners) are also keen to get going again.
Wyndham Vale group will also be meeting to decide on their future meetings so keep an eye out for info.
Our famous Garage Sale will be held on Saturday 26th March so start going through your stash to find donations – bring these to Sit and Sew or contact us for a pick up.
Our newsletter Geelong Threads will keep members in touch with the latest on activities classes and groups
We enjoyed our Annual General Meeting in December with our visitors from Melbourne and elected our new committee for 2017. Our new President is Lyn Hughes. Retiring President Valda King was thanked for the amazing work she has done to keep our group vibrantly alive with a bright future.
Committee members are from Left to Right in the picture: Jo Pitts, Brenda Ryan, Anna Schroeter, President Lyn Hughes, Yvonne Davidson, Tina Elms, Margaret Neill, Shirley Wilson, Lesley Duff, Vic President Linda Hagar and Gillian Norris.
At our December Annual General Meeting we welcomed our Guild President and Vice President Ann Denmead and Linda Hagar. Ann officiated for the election of the Branch Committee for next year. All nominees were elected.
Committee 2016 is:
Valda King – President, Marion Dines – Minutes Secretary, Gillian Dawson – Treasurer, Anna Schroeter – Assistant treasurer, Tina Elms – Correspondence Secretary, Gillian Norris – Classes Convenor, and committee members: Brenda Ryan, Lesley Duff, Yvonne Davidson and Margaret Neill.
Our outgoing Committee members Glenys Sikorsky and Pauline Mackenzie were given a token of our thanks for a job well done.
We sewed, lunched and chatted until time to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Stitching New Year!
Our first general meeting for 2016 is on Monday 8th February and some of our groups will be starting up again in late January. (Patchwork and 4th Saturday)
We like to spread out the joy at this time of year. We celebrated the start of the Christmas season at our November meeting which was held at All Saints Church Hall. We shared a tasty finger food buffet and lots of chat. Winners from our Exhibition, Dianne Clarke (People’s Choice Award) and Pam Fletcher (My Geelong Challenge winner) were presented with their awards.
Our December meeting is to be held on Monday 14th December where our Melbourne President will conduct our election for committee for next year at our Annual General Meeting.
Please come and join us – we have some new members nominated for committee and would like a good turn out of members to welcome them. The meeting starts at 11am back at our usual place – St Davids Church Hall, Aphrasia Street Newtown.
Don’t forget our Mystery Christmas Workshop at 10am on 3rd December. Bring a plate to share for lunch but contact us so we can organise supplies for you to work with.
Classes for next year are available for signing up – including our Intermediate Certificate Canvaswork Investigations
Our AGM was a happy occasion with visiting EGV President Ann Denmead presenting badges to our new committee members (who just happen to be the same as our old committee). We also welcomed Carolyn Paulin, Country Liason Officer and Bev Lane, Education Coordinator to our celebrations.