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From the Presidents' Corner

June 2016

Presidents’ Letter - We are all home from our travels now, and like many of you, we are planning for our summers. We are laying out and installing gardens; we are thinking about what to hook in August at our school. So much on our plates. (Some of us are still working on our pictures from Iceland).

Taking a quick look back at this past year, we can see many big events and accomplishments: the Festival, two retreats, many demos, and a new board installed. What are your hopes and dreams for this wonderful Guild? Could you please let us know? It is YOUR Guild, and if you don’t tell us what you want, we will not know (we are not mind readers).

We have a lot of stuff happening at our June meeting/”pignic”: we will EAT (and well, I might add); there will be a wool, silk and pattern auction; Annie will instruct us on taking pictures of our rugs; membership forms will be available for those wishing to get a jump on next year’s membership (our year begins September 1 and ends at the end of August); I will be issuing two summer challenges; we will have the drawing for the winners of prizes for show and tell participants (names have been accumulating throughout the year); we will hear all the things that are upcoming. So this is a meeting you do not want to miss. Be sure to bring your food item with you when you come—and thank you in advance for all the good stuff that we know will show up.

As this year winds down, we would like to thank those who worked in the background—backgrounds are very important. The Hospitality ladies deserve a great round of applause, as does Kathy Donovan for keeping all of our books; plus we have sunshine, our historian, our mentoring program, and those who coordinate our demos, Spring Fling, retreats, and the other things we do. We cannot be the Guild we are without a lot of people participating. A heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you.

And then there are those who are not background—Karl, Debbie, Anndee, Eleanor, Ellen, Therese, Jean, Dee---some of you are moving on, some are moving up—THANK YOU. This Guild is a group effort, and it shows.

Wishing you fast, even loops of whatever height you want. 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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