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From the Presidents' Corner

January 2018

Presidents’ Letter - Yikes!! I have just typed 2018 for the first time….well, the first time it might really mean something. Happy New Year to all! Are we going to make any resolutions (worth keeping) this year? Oh, I know, I know, we will all resolve to lose the same 10 lbs we’ve been resolving for the last 20 years. We will probably resolve to go to the gym more too. BOR-ING!!!!

How about resolutions like: finish all my UFO’s (unfinished objects); start and finish a rug during the Olympics (Feb 9-25) even if you have to stay up half the night watching curling; complete a pattern that is absolutely not you; or hook an entire rug in colors that are not your usual palette; be more involved with the Guild; be a nicer person; be more generous…etc. What are you going to learn this year???

Speaking of getting more involved with the Guild, I am pleased that we have 2 volunteers to serve the next term as co-Presidents!! I am very excited, and I know they will do a great job. This will be the first time either of them has held an office. I will reveal their names at the January meeting, so if you want to know who it is, be there or be square. This does not preclude anyone else from throwing their hat into the ring, but I think I would faint if we ever actually held an “election”. The future of the Guild is in good hands so far.

The January meeting will be a busy one for us—lots of work and lots of play, followed by lots of play and lots of good company. The program for the meeting is our annual auction, the proceeds of which go to defray costs of our August camp. Please bring nicer white elephant items to donate for either the silent or live auction. If the item does not sell, you must either take it with you, or dispose of it properly (or we will toss it into the trash). We will select about 15 items to live auction. Our live auction is always a raucous good time. Come prepared to bid!

We will also be discussing the bylaws (which are no relation to the in-laws). It is not too late to make your suggestions for changes. The board will finalize changes to be voted on at the Feb. meeting.

The meeting will be followed, by a lucky 45+ of us heading to the Hampton Inn for the annual retreat. I always love this weekend. LOTS of laughter, lots of hooking, friendships made, creativity abounding, help where it is needed, opinions offered even if they are not asked (!), and just generally a lot of fun being had. We always get a few new hookers there for this. New ladies, buckle your seatbelts. You would not believe the ride!

So here is wishing each of you a joyous, successful, healthy, happy 2018!

Yours in wool,
Weezie, Jan and Fred

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The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. We currently have over 130 members from nine states. The mission of the Guild is to perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking, to encourage creativity, to provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information and to promote educational activities to enhance the interest in rug hooking. Monthly meetings in Flemington, New Jersey offer programs for someone new to rug hooking as well as the seasoned artisan. Members have opportunities to participate in hooking demonstrations, rug exhibits, rug camps and “hook-ins”. A supportive environment is provided for those new to the craft and for those looking to refine their technique. New members are always welcome!

For more information, please contact Weezie Huntington at weezie711@gmail.com or Jan/Fred Cole at jantique@ptd.net

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