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This Month's Meeting

November Meeting – Friday, November 10, 2017

NOTE: November Meeting will be held at the Police Station

Refreshments for this month’s meeting will be brought by Aggie Harris, Robin Nissenfeld, Diane Liberto, Martha Thieling, Dee Rosebrock, Pat McDonnell.

Bring your own coffee!!
We will have a short business meeting, followed by a hook-in (we all need more time like this), with a Holiday sale—members are invited to sell handmade items that they or their immediate family have made. They can be hooking related or not. I know we have basket makers and jewelry makers in our midst, as well as wonderful hooked items. You can also bring hooking equipment you want to sell. If you are bringing items, please have them priced, and please arrive early enough to set up before the meeting starts, or wait until the business part has concluded.

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News & Important Announcements

New Wool Sales Policy

The Guild Board discussed and voted on a new ‘wool sales at meetings’ policy, and after further discussion with Lisa Savino, who arranges our rooms with the County, the policy will be:

When we are at the Admin Building (our regular location), those wishing to sell wool can bring as much as they want unless Lisa notifies us that we only have half the room, or if we have a program presenter who is bringing wool as part of the presentation. However, if you have previously ordered wool from someone, that transaction can be completed. If we are meeting at the Police Station (as we do every November) or if we only have small space at the Admin Bldg please limit what you bring into the room. If it proves that it is too complicated when the space is small, we will readdress this part of the policy.

All wool must be set up within our meeting room. Our contract with the County says we cannot operate a ‘store’ (or maybe the word is commercial), and if someone walks into the hallway from the outside, and buys a piece of wool from someone in the hall, we now have a ‘store’. For the privilege of selling wool to Guild members, the Guild will get a 10% commission. Every place a vendor goes to sell costs money (in some cases, a LOT of money), so this is a thank you to the Guild for making the space and the audience available.

And, once again, I apologize for the harsh tone of the initial email. I was racing out the door, and it didn’t sound as harsh in my brain as it looked when it arrived on paper. For the first meeting where we were offering space, I didn’t want to be blown out by gazillions of yards of wool. Historically we have only had one side of the big room at the Admin Bldg, and it would be a serious issue to try to fit everyone in. But it all worked out.

“Snow”tification Policy

Last winter we had lots of problems with weather on our meeting days. And we live all over the place; so many people’s weather is not what is happening in Flemington. After much discussion, we have decided that a committee of 3 (Cindy Boults, Linda Reitz, and Lisa Savino) will decide if our meeting will be cancelled due to weather. This decision will be made by 8 am on the day of the meeting, and Lisa will send out an email blast. We cannot post this on the website as the webmaster cannot react quickly enough to make it effective.

**It is up to each member to check their email before leaving home.**
**It is up to those who do not have email to call someone who does.**

It may be much worse where you live than in Flemington, or it may be much worse in Flemington than where you live. If you have any trepidation about coming to a meeting, don’t come. Nothing will happen at a meeting that is worth you risking your life, your health, your car, your blood pressure, your sanity.

Our December meeting will be our annual Holiday Luncheon, where we all gain about 5 lbs. It is potluck, with no categories. Bring whatever you want. We also do a clothing drive for the Women’s Shelter, collecting things like Pajamas, and slippers. Typically, when a woman is fleeing her husband, she packs her kids’ stuff up, but not her own, so she arrives at the shelter with nothing. Sizes XS-XXL. If you get a 30% coupon at Kohls, this is one good way to use it. Ellen will have more details at the Nov. meeting.

We also do a small (5 or 6 nice items/baskets) tricky-tray to raise money for the Shelter. Cindy Boults and Sharon Ballard will coordinate this. If you have some nice thing to donate, please contact them. Last year the tricky tray raised over $300. This all goes back to the organization that gives us all the wool donations at our monthly meetings. Weezie is taking reservations and money for the January Retreat. The retreat, held at the Hampton Inn in Flemington, Jan 12-14, begins at the end of our January auction. 48 lucky people get to hook for the entire weekend, with lots of snacks, wine, laughter, massages; the works. It is a great time to get to know other members of the guild, and to start a new project. It is a great way to start the year!

The cost is $45 (a bargain at any price), and we get a discount if we stay overnight at the Inn. Contact Weezie to reserve your spot, and send your check (made out to HCRAG) to her at 69 Minuteman Circle, Allentown NJ, 08501. She will not be at the November meeting.

You will contact the Inn directly for your room reservation. Mention that you are with the Rug Artisans. If they don’t give you the discount when you make your reservation, don’t worry about it. Sharon, at the front desk when we are there, always gives us the discount.

When you email Weezie, let her know if you want a massage, and how many minutes ($1 a minute plus tip). This way she won’t have to bug you later.

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Other Events

January Retreat

Weezie is taking reservations and money for the January Retreat. The retreat, held at the Hampton Inn in Flemington, Jan 12-14, begins at the end of our January auction. 48 lucky people get to hook for the entire weekend, with lots of snacks, wine, laughter, massages; the works. It is a great time to get to know other members of the guild, and to start a new project. It is a great way to start the year!

The cost is $45 (a bargain at any price), and we get a discount if we stay overnight at the Inn. Contact Weezie to reserve your spot, and send your check (made out to HCRAG) to her at 69 Minuteman Circle, Allentown NJ, 08501. For more details see newsletter.

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HCRAG CLASSIFIEDS

SALE ITEM!!

16 Inch Rotary Frame, cover and stand made by Charles Fitzgerald $175.00 (Gently used). Contact Tracy Fetzer at (215) 297-5219 if interested. A picture of a new one can be seen at theneedleworks.com

WANTED!!

Ellen Dolmetsch is looking for a used travel frame to buy, preferably a Puritan.
Contact info is edolmetsch@gmail.com, phone number is (302) 220-3347.

Please submit any items to be included on the Classified Section of “The Loop” to Mary Passerello at mpassere@comcast.net or 908-782-1765 by the 20th of the month prior to when you want the item included. The classified section is refreshed monthly so please resubmit repeat ads.

The following information must be included with each submission:

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