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From the Presidents:

May 2018

President's Letter - Last month I promised you that spring was coming. FINALLY, it has arrived. It got detoured several times. How do you feel now?? Yes!! We feel great…we have energy…we are getting our daily dose of vitamin D from the sun now, not from a pill. Life is good.

And, life IS good. The Guild is also good. We are entering our own spring—new energy, new growth. As out-going Presidents, we would like to thank each of you for your contribution to our wonderful guild. Whether you have served as an officer, brought snacks to our meetings, attended our hook-in or the winter retreat, or just shown up for our meetings, your presence is important. Whoever you are, you bring energy to a meeting, you bring your laughter, you are enthusiastic about something having to do with hooking, whether it is designing a rug, dyeing wool, or completing a rug. We are a friendly, open and accepting group. We will offer our opinions of your piece if you ask us to (and sometimes when you don’t), we will show you how to do something if we know how. We will share our knowledge. We will accept you if you don’t design your own patterns, if you don’t dye your own colors, if you do or do not use recycled wool. We will accept you if you punch hook your rugs, or if you are a quilter!

It has been a pleasure to serve as your co-Presidents for the past 2 years (and you are not rid of us yet…we will serve as advisors on the Board). We know that Mary and Robin will do an excellent job, and we will support them any way we can. And we know you will also support them. We feel very good leaving the guild in their hands.

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 Robin Nissenfeld - (609) 933-5641 robinknits@hotmail.com or Mary Passerello - (908) 782-1765 mpassere@comcast.net

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