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From the Presidents:

September 2018

President's Letter - President's Letter - Robin and I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end and it is time for us to get serious about our wonderful guild. We hope everyone had a great summer and even though it was so hot you were still able to do some hooking. Let’s face it, if it is 100 degrees outside, we really don’t want to sit around with a wool carpet on our lap. Or maybe you just sat in the AC and hooked to your heart’s content.

Robin and I both attended the HCRAG summer rug school. What a great time, if you have never attended, please consider it next year. School was held for the first time in the gymnasium of St. Anna Church in Flemington. The venue was perfect for our needs. We are already trying to book the site for the 2019 rug school and hook in. The school had four wonderful teachers (Carrie Martin, Ali Strebel, Sharon Smith, and Pris Buttler), everyone had a great time learning new things and catching up with old and new friends. We want to extend a big “THANK YOU” to Debbie Walsh and Lydia Brenner for all their hard work. As you all know, next year’s rug school directors are Aggie Harris and Linda Hanneman. They will do the big reveal and let us know who the 2019 instructors are later in the Newsletter.

Now that summer is over, we have a lot of things happening in the guild that we all need to think about. Since our guild is non-profit, we need to keep thinking of ways to keep our expenses down. Unfortunately, sometimes we have no control over increased expenses. We just learned that our web designer (the guru behind our fabulous website) is striking out on his own and will need to increase his charges. While we plan to work with him, we also thought we might be able to reduce website charges by establishing a “Facebook” page that the guild administers (think about taking on this new fun position). We will discuss this at the meeting along with other important issues, so please try to attend. This is your guild and you need to be there for it. See you September 14th!

Yours in wool,
Mary and Robin

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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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