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Pioneer Valley Chapter - News

Meeting Locations: Quail Run Estates, Agawam, MA. Meeting Dates: 2nd Monday of month, 7:00 p.m.

  1. We held our annual Holiday Party meeting in December. Show and Tell was on the program as well as discussion of what our future meetings will be. We continue to work without a program person. Members are encouraged to sign-up for a month to either present a program or recommend a presenter.
  2. Our January meeting was canceled due to the weather.

The February was a business meeting and a stitch-in. We had volunteers for the nominating committee!

  1. March saw part one of a presentation by two of our members, Lisa Petersen and Marie Hilliard,

on needlepoint. They talked about types of painted canvas, plain canvas, needles, stretcher bars, scroll frames, tacks, stands, frame weights, laying tools, artist tape, lighting, magnifiers, threads, stitches, reference books, stitch guides, and finishing styles. They are continuing with part 2 in April. Members are to bring needlepoint projects to discuss issues and brain-storm solutions. I was unable to attend but have heard nothing but high praise for their presentation.

  1. In May, we will continue work on the Alison Cole goldwork pieces under the guidance of Sue Polumbo.
  2. June is our annual meeting with the election of officers.
  3. We continue to donate school supplies and after school snacks to the Gray House in Springfield, MA.  This is an after-school program for children where they can work on homework and play in a safe environment. We

donated in June and December. We are looking in to doing Habitat for Humanity samplers. We had done quite a few several years ago.

  1. We have had several visitors in the last few months who have stated their interest in joining the chapter and EGA.

Susan Polumbo

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