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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.

Pioneer Valley Chapter is expanding, with three new members, needlewomen from our recently closed ANG chapter. Their loss is our gain.

What seemed at first a major problem for our chapter has turned into a wonderful opportunity. We
were unable to find a program chairperson for this year. Our president, Laurel Kulas, suggested a
member or two sign up to give a month’s program. This is working well. After a gathering meeting in
September, the following programs are scheduled:

October: Nancy Wood and Marilyn Berthelette taught a buttonhole edging with kloster blocks
November: Sue Gustafson will have taught us how to create a floss tag.
December: our holiday party
January: to be determined
February and March: Chris Gaugh will lead us in stitching Gay Ann Rodgers’ piece “Mystery in a
Corner”.
April: Pam Morse will lead the program.
May: Judy Solomon, PVC member and owner of Thistle Needleworks, will lead the program.
June: end-of-year party.

Of course, we always have the delightful and often awe-inspiring show-and-tell at each meeting.
We have a head start on next year’s meetings. Sue Polumbo will lead us in a goldwork project by
Alison Cole. Each of us is presently, busily trying to decide which of Alison Cole’s lovely designs we
will tackle.

Eleven of our members attended the October Region Day, with our own Chris Gaugh teaching one of the classes. It was a lovely day—well designed and well executed. Sue Polumbo deserves a lot of credit for helping birth this day. Our Laurel Kulas helped at the registration/welcoming desk. Two of our members demonstrated needlework atthe Big E, and three won prizes for their work.
We continue to collect and distribute toiletries as part of our outreach. A couple of other outreach projects are in the planning stage.

-Marilyn Berthelette
myberthelette@gmail.com

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