MEETING INFORMATION
September 4, 2018

CHANGES TO UPCOMING MEETINGS

The October evening meeting has been changed to Wednesday, October 24th (to avoid Halloween) 7:00 P.M. at the CNIB Building, Baseline Rd East.

The December evening meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, 7:00 P.M. at the CNIB Building, Baseline Rd East.

The December day meeting will be held on Thursday, December 20th, 10:00 A.M at the Eastern Star Temple, Fanshawe Park Rd. East.

SEPTEMBER MEETINGS:

THE DAY MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 AT 10:00 A.M AT THE EASTERN STAR TEMPLE, FANSHAWE PARK ROAD EAST.

THE EVENING MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE CNIB BUILDING, BASELINE RD EAST.

Please note that our annual distribution meetings will be held in September. Representatives from agencies receiving blankets will be present to pick up their blankets. They will be sharing information on how our blankets are used by their agency. Please plan to attend, it is heartwarming to hear first hand the effect our blankets have.

There will not be any projects available at the September meetings and members are asked that they do not bring finished blankets to the September meetings.

The Annual General meeting will be held immediately after the October day meeting on Thursday, October 25. (the Estimated start time will be 11:00 a.m.) Information, volunteer and nomination sheets will be available at the August and September meetings. Night members, please consider joining the day members at the October meeting. Updated nomination sheets with positions will be available at all four meetings. Briefly, the positions and current incumbents are as follows: -Fran Schreindler, President, Website Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator -Patty Attkins, Past President (this is not an elected position) -Marti Acton, Secretary, Research & Development Coordinator -Pauline Schmidt, Treasurer -Marion Honsberger, Materials Coordinator -Margaret Sanderson, Membership Secretary, email & Newsletter Coordinator -Sian Roberts, Fundraising Chair

FEEEEEL THE LOOOOVE The Crochet Club of London appreciates the people who make the club such a success! The Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held at the completion of the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The menu includes sandwiches, vegetables, pickles, assorted “two bite” desserts, and a choice of tea, coffee, iced tea or punch. You must sign up in advance and sign up sheets will be available at the August and September meetings. When you sign up, please note the number of “cups” of your chosen beverage you are likely to drink. This will greatly help with our planning. The cost of the luncheon is covered by the Club. Important note: If you have allergies or other dietary restrictions, we would love to have you join us, but consider providing your own food. We want your company, but no "food accidents".

THANK YOU TO OUR ANNIVERSARY SPEAKER at the March meetings. Cindi Hain not only gave us a great description of the Crochet Crowd Cruise, she also gave us some super patterns. The Ripple pattern for using scrap yarn is especially useful. (Personal note: This pattern was perfect for the two-day ice storm when you want to stay all snug in your house and crochet but you can't get out to buy yarn. Those little golf-ball sized scraps make a nifty afghan.)

At Lynne Hammond's request, 17 of our members crocheted 170, 12 by 12 inch squares as part of a Canada wide project to provide blankets to the families and friends affected by the Humboldt hockey team bus crash and to first responders as well. Special thanks to Marion Honsberger who helped collect the squares and who joined squares to put one of two completed blankets together. Photos are on the website.

THE FOLLOWING IS A THANK YOU NOTE RECEIVED FROM ONE OF OUR BLANKET RECIPIENTS.

Hello, I want to say thank-you very much for the crocheted blanket my worker gave me. On the blanket, I saw your website stitched in the corner, and this is such a beautiful warm blanket, I just had to express my sincere thanks. I moved to London in the summer, and I am having great success in abstaining from alcohol and drugs. It is thoughtful donations like this one I received from the crochet club, that help me to persevere. The kindness from many organizations I have received in London, are so wonderful. Thank-you again for such a well made, beautiful blanket that has and will continue to warm me for many years to come. God bless you all and Merry Christmas.

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.