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Southern Maine Chapter - News

Southern Maine Chapter meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at various locations.  SOME Chapter has five active Area Groups which each meet once each month.  For times and locations of all other meetings please check with Barbara Hepburn


As of the end of May each year:
Primary Members reported to National for the 2020-2021 year were 58. Plurals were 6 non NER and 8 NER.
Primary Members reported to National for the 2022-2022 year were 66. Plurals were 10 non NER and 7 NER.
Our total including 8 In Region Plural is 85 members.

Programs, Chapter & Area Group Meetings
At our Board Meeting June 15, our Chapter unveiled its new website. We are excited and pleased to invite you


We are very grateful to Teresa Hall our Newsletter Editor for designing and putting this together for us.

Our Chapter and each of our Area groups has been holding their meetings over Zoom. SOME Chapter voted to
extend their Zoom contract, this will enable us to continue Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. We have
show and tell including screen sharing and power point presentations to keep members up to date on what we
are all working on.

All locations where meetings are normally held have been closed and are unavailable for use. All members are
welcome at any of our Zoom meetings, we are using this time to stay in touch and discuss ongoing projects.

With Chapter meetings hopefully returning to in person September, 2021 we have decided to increase our
Chapter offerings and will be holding Zoom meetings, either lectures or a class every other month. This will
allow those members who are unable to attend our meetings in person the opportunity to stay connected with us.
Please check out our upcoming program schedule.

Our Calumet Retreat, April 6~10 was smaller than normal. Fifteen people attended and were able to practice
social distancing. In addition to this all attendees were able to have their own private bedroom with bath.

April 28th we held a 3 hour Zoom lecture & class. The Jacobean Home with Relics in Situ.

During our Annual Meeting May 18, we held the installation of new officers. Victoria Swerdlow and Cynthia
Minot were sworn in as co-presidents replacing Linda Marchand and Marilyn Sames. Marilyn Sames took over
as Treasurer with Trudi Woolston stepping down. Following the business meeting we once again welcomed
Relics in Situ for a one hour Zoom lecture ~ In the Archives of the Embroiderers Guild UK.
All three of these classes were very well attended and members have lots of finished projects to share.

Upcoming programs and events scheduled at the present time

• July 20, 2021 ~ ZOOM MEETING: Dawn Ronningen of Collector with a Needle will give a lecture,
150 Years of Paper Needlecases

• September 21, 2021 ~ We have tentatively scheduled an in person meeting and class, but this of course may
be changed. If we are allowed to meet in person Suzanne Bruno and Marilyn Sames will present their Crazy
Quilt Pear. Kits have been mailed to those requesting them. If we are unable to meet in person we will
arrange a different program.

• October 19 ~ ZOOM MEETING ~ Celeste Chalestini will give a lecture on Sisha Embroidery. This will be
accompanied by how to instructions for those who wish to try the technique
• November 16 ~ Chapter Meeting, Holiday Potluck. The program will be Creative Journaling with Trudi
Woolston and Suzanne Bruno.

• November 30 ~ December 3, 2021 ~ Calumet Retreat.

• January 18, 2022 ~ ZOOM MEETING ~ Lecture on Embroidered Book Covers by Catherine Jordan. This
lecture will also be accompanied by how to directions.

• February 15, 2022 ~ ZOOM MEETING ~ Pear Class (Information to follow)

• March 2022 ~ 2nd Biennial SOME SPRING GETAWAY Seminar March 11, 12 & 13, 2022. Registration
forms will be emailed July, 2021

• March 15, 2022 ~ In Person Chapter Meeting ~ Stitch In ~ continue your work on Retreat projects.
• April 19, 2022 ~ ZOOM MEETING ~ Lecture to be determined.

Contacts for all SOME Programs
Barbara Hepburn Barbarahepburn1945@gmail.com
For information, costs and registration forms please contact Barbara. At the present time SOME Chapter pays
all teacher related expenses for SOME Chapter members (Primary or Plural). A small additional charge is asked
of students out of SOME or the general public.

SOME Chapter programs are open to all NER Members. We also welcome participation from the public if space
allows. Please refer to the SOME Chapter website for updated class information. someega.org

Outreach Report ~ Suzanno Bruno

No Outreach was reported for the months of April, May and June, 2021

Barbara Hepburn, SOME Chapter NER Rep

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