MEETING INFORMATION
October 8, 2017

OCTOBER MEETINGS:

EVENING MEETING at CNIB - 7 P.M. - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25; DAY MEETING at EASTERN STAR TEMPLE – 10 A.M. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE REGULAR MORNING MEETING. THE AGM WILL COMMENCE AT APPROXIMATELY 11:00 A.M. AND SHOULD NOT LAST MORE THAN ONE HALF HOUR. THE AGM WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON (NO COST TO THE MEMBERS).

The Crochet Club is partnering with the London Central Lioness group to hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Located at St. Lukes (Broughdale) Anglican Church, 1204 Richmond at Bernard (just past the University gates). Refreshments - Free Admission - Enter of Bernard

Dates for our annual fundraising sales are:

WalMart Fanshawe Park Road and Hyde Park Road - Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19

Talbot Centre - Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8

SEPTEMBER 2017 DISTRIBUTION MEETINGS:

A TOTAL OF 530 BLANKETS WERE GIVEN AWAY AT THE SEPTEMBER 2017 DISTRIBUTION MEETINGS. AGENCIES RECEIVING BLANKETS WERE: WOMEN'S RURAL RESOURCE CENTRE; MISSION SERVICES; LIFE*SPIN; PARTICIPATION HOUSE; MERRYMOUNT; CROSS CULTURAL LEARNERS CENTRE; DEARNESS HOME; VALLEYVIEW HOME ST. THOMAS; CROUCH NEIGHBOURHOOD RESOURCE; RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE; CPRI; WESTMOUNT GARDENS; N'AMERIND; KENSINGTON VILLAGE AND EXTENDICARE LONDON.

THE CLUB CELEBRATED IT'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY IN MARCH, 2017. FROM A GROUP OF 18 LADIES (3 ORIGINAL MEMBERS INCLUDING THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT PATTY ATTKINS ARE STILL ACTIVE MEMBERS), THE CLUB MEMBERSHIP HAS GROWN TO OVER 100 AND CONTINUES TO GROW.

DHARSHI LACEY, DIRECTOR DIVERSITY & GOVERNANCE, PILLAR NONPROFIT NETWORK SPOKE OF THE IMPACT OF VOLUNTEERING ACROSS CANADA AND THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING FOR THE MEMBERS AT THE TWO REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS.

MEMBERS ENJOYED CAKE AND RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY BAG PERFECT FOR CARRYING YARN AND COMPLETED PROJECTS.

CHECK OUT THE PICTURES ON THE PHOTO GALLERY!

SEPTEMBER 2016 DISTRIBUTION! OUR 10,000TH BLANKET GIVEN AWAY!

Imagine an event at Budweiser Gardens where every seat is filled. Now picture everyone there holding a handmade blanket. 10,000 - THAT'S how many blankets the Crochet Club of London has given to the community since its inception in 2002.

340 blankets were given to the following agencies at the Wednesday evening meeting: Birthright London; Participation House (recipient of the 10,000th blanket); Mission Services; Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre; Life*Spin and Ronald McDonald House. Special thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a success, especially Councillors Michael van Holst - Ward 1 and Anna Hopkins - Ward 9.

124 blankets were given to the following agencies at the Thursday morning meeting: Atlosha Second Stage Housing & Zhawanong Women's Shelter; VON Home at Last; London Cross Cultural Learners Centre AND Child & Parent Resource Institute. Special thanks to everyone who helped make the meeting a success, especially Jenn Earle from Teresa Armstrong - MPP London Fanshawe - constituency office and Councillors Maureen Cassidy - Ward 5 and Phil Squire - Ward 6

Thanks to all the representatives from the agencies for sharing the histories of the agencies and providing insight into the effect our blankets have on the recipients.

The Crochet Club of London won the Pillar Community Impact Award!
February 11 2009

We were honoured to have been among the three finalists for this prestigious Award, and are thrilled to have won!

The Award was presented at Museum London on November 12th, 2008, and it included a financial gift of $2,500.

(We shall use the money over the course of the year for the purchase of yarn with which to make even lovelier blankets!)

The mission of the Crochet Club of London is to provide crocheted blankets/afghans to organizations that assist people in need, and to individuals such as fire victims, in and around London, Ontario. The Crochet Club also makes blankets/afghans for local organizations that help animals in need. Crochet Club blankets are never sold, they are donated to local charitable organizations in our community.