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Our August General Meetings will be on Zoom.  Thursday, Aug. 20th at 1:30 & 6:30.  We have some fun things in store for our members in the coming months.  

 

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Meetings 

3rd Thursday
of the month

On Zoom until further notice!!

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Daytime  1:30 pm 
Social Time at 1:15
Our popular meeting featuring 
National Speakers, Raffles,
Philanthropic Projects, 
Program Information and 
Sign-ups, Show & Tell, and Snacks. 

CPQ at Night  6:15 pm
Our nighttime meetings focus
on sharing ideas, techniques,
and a whole lot of fun! 
Raffles, Swaps, Show & Tell,
and Games are regular events at
these informal gatherings, 
often with a focus on Modern Quilting.

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Welcome New Members!!
Judy Kamman

Brenda Isenhower
Connie Alvarado
  

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Our August 20, 2020 General Meeting will be at 1:30 & 6:30 on Zoom.  Hope to see you there!!
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We are excited to bring Zoom into our Guild.  We will have 2 training (Practice) Zoom meetings on Monday, Aug. 17th  ~  1:30pm & 6:30pm  Information in the letter below.  



Zoom Instructions & Tips for a successful Zoom meeting


Bringing Zoom into our guild is exciting and a bit scary for some.  We have been researching other guilds and how they successfully brought their guild meetings into the homes of their members.  We have had zoom meetings and chats with guild members across the country and it has opened our eyes to this new world of virtual programming.

Our recent survey indicated that many guild members have experience using Zoom!  For those who are brand new to Zoom, you will need to download the Zoom App.  On a desk top computer, if you try and log into a meeting, it will download automatically when you put in the Meeting ID.  However, you can download it now if you'd like.  Go to zoom.us and select download (it's free) and it should automatically download the zoominstaller.exe file.  This is safe to download.  Once that is done, you can enter any Zoom meeting you have the ID & Password for.  

If you have a smart phone, ipad, &  tablets you'll have to download the app.  Go to the App Store on your device.  It is free. 

We will be sending out, via email, an invite to our Aug. 20 General Meeting.  This invite will have the meeting ID and password necessary to log in.  If you are new to Zoom we encourage you to sign in 15 mins. prior to the start of the meeting to get familiar with the platform.  We will be there to help you!   A few key reminders for everyone. 

· Mute (we do not want any background noise when our meeting starts, you will unmute yourself when you speak).
· Video- you can turn on your video so we can see you, or not. It will be your choice.  
· Audio - be sure your audio is on. (speaker, microphone).  
· Speaking - If you have a question, you can raise your hand (physically, or using the raise hand button) and the host or person speaking will call on you.  
· Chat feature - You can open the chat box and type messages to other members, or everyone. Also, this Chat Box is used to ask questions. We will have a virtual assistant monitor all chats (Exec. Board Member) and will answer your question or give it to the speaker.  
· Reaction Button - here you can give a thumbs up or --?--.  
· Make your comments and questions short and succinct so we keep our meeting rolling along smoothly.  

 We thank you for your patience as we move forward to bringing the guild to you virtually for now.  We will be following our same format we had during our regular meetings.  You'll hear from all of our groups and programs.  Hopefully, you'll come away with updated information about our guild moving forward.  We will have some door prizes and hope everyone will enjoy the Zoom meeting. 

We have scheduled  a  Zoom Practice Meeting for any member that would like to attend. Please contact Penne, Denise or Debbie  ASAP to be invited to this Zoom meeting.  You will need the meeting ID and password to attend.  The Zoom Practice Meeting will be held Monday, August 17th at 1:30 and at 6:30pm.  You are welcome to attend one or both meetings.  


Thank you!!

Penne Sherer -   661-330-5814  ~ psherer@me.com
Denise Henson -  661-619-2643 ~  dhenson2@bak.rr.com
Debbie Bride -   661-333-9144 ~  dbride@bak.rr.com


We have two links that we found helpful in exploring zoom:
 
· AARP   AARP Video here   On how to use Zoom.
· Sherman Oaks Quilt Guild sharing their experience on how they got started on zoom  Sherman Oaks Video here    





Patty Ruettgers reports that our Loving Hands program has collected 285 NICU quilts from Aug '19-thru July '20!!  Thanks to everyone volunteering to help spread love throughout Kern County.  Patty is currently collecting NICUs.    Check out our Newsletter to get the latest info on dropping off quilts and picking up kits. 




Our Sweet Dreams programs has delivered 42 pillowcases to children in our area.  They sure put a smile of the faces of all kids that received such a special gift.  Kim L reports that there is always a need for more pillowcases and watch for more information to follow on how to  and pick up kits.  



Paws for a Cause collects pet beds for our fur babies in KC Shelters.  These simple beds made with scraps of fabric and leftover batting are perfect to put in the kennels for the pets.  We are always needing pet beds and soon we will have a drop off site to collect these greatly needed beds.  



This year, Blocks for the Brave celebrates 12 years!!  During that time, the group has made 2215 quilt tops and they have presented 2,071 quilts to our Veterans!!  

BFTB is in need of longarmers.  They currently have 76 quilts that need to be quilted.  If you can help, even with just quilting 1, please contact Dyna Hall




We are excited to announce our first Trunk Show on Zoom!  Our September General Meeting will include an amazing Lecture & Trunk Show from Tori McElwain!  Tori is an amazing quilter and longarmer.  She has taught workshops on in person and on Zoom.   We have a personal connection to Tori, as she is the daughter of our Director of Quilt Show, Darla Hall.  Tori is a talented, intelligent and energetic young lady that will be a joy and inspiration to watch and listen to.  Check her out on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.  The Quilt Patch by Tori.  She will not disappoint you.  
                   


 
  Tori McElwain has been quilting for over 20 years. She was 9 when she helped make her first quilt.  Tori's mom, Darla Hall, has inspired her along the way.   After earning her Graduate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017, she & her husband welcomed a baby boy to the family.  She knew then, that she would want to have a job where she could be at home with her son. 

Tori started her business, The Quilt Patch by Tori to support her dream of staying home to raise her son.  As a Military spouse this was a perfect fit for her family.  Tori makes custom quilts and is a longarmer.  She teaches, designs her own quilt patterns, and has published a couple of books.

Tori's husband is a Captain in the US Army.  They have a 2 yr. old son. They are stationed at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista , AZ.  She is excited to bring her Trunk Show and skills to CPQ!



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The purpose of this organization shall be to preserve and continue the traditions, culture and history of quilting; to promote fellowship among persons interested in all aspects of quilting; to contribute knowledge and promote the appreciation of fine quilting; to sponsor and support quilting activities; to encourage quilt making and collecting; to contribute to the growth and knowledge of quilt making techniques, textiles and patterns through educational meetings.