PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE January 2021

PRESIDENT’s MESSAGE January 2021

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy New Year’s Guild Members…

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  We have been waiting for the vaccine to come to our direction base on age etc.  We are in the IB Group based on our age, which also covers my two sons’.  We’re scheduled sometime in February 2021.

I am looking forward to our New Board Member’s; our 1st. V.P. Terry Simon has taken over from Linda Rasmussen and Linda has taken over as our Secretary for the next two years.  Welcome!!

We will continue to have our Board and Membership Meetings via Zoom until the end of the year or the beginning of next year.  This looks like we will be doing somewhat what we did last year.  I want to introduce an idea to the membership and that is having a Sew-In’s via Zoom, when everybody is chatting as we’re sewing.  Same thing like being at a Retreat, but we do not need to paid or drive 90 miles.  I will put this out to our membership.

We’re going to have presenters for each membership meetings, so Terry is working with Linda to schedule out until May-June.  Remember, each membership will include: Show-N-Tell so be ready.  Please take a picture of your quilt(s) and e-mail them to Terry Simon.  Terry will present the Show-N-Tell for you.  This will be a lot easier during the zoom meeting.

There is a small possibility that we may have a Winter-Retreat in Temecula this December 2021; so, keep your fingers cross… Yes, yes, yes, oh please yes, yes…

Our Guest Speaker on January 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m., will be Catherina Redford (Free-Motion with your domestic sewing machine.  We will start our meeting with Catherina, so be on time connecting to our zoom meeting.  After her presentation, we will present the Budget for the year; review and approve.

Diane Wilson has cancelled the UFO Project for this year; and those who have paid, will received their check(s) back in the mail.

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT MESSAGE DECEMBER 2020

PRESIDENT MESSAGE DECEMBER 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy Holiday’s Guild Members

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

The three amigas` worked very hard this morning to bring some joy with the Holiday Gift Bags, which were delivered to our homes for those members that participated.   Do you remember who the amigas` are, well let me tell you!  They are our Committee Chair, Regina Danner, Susan Cribbs and Janet Shepard who had been planning this event for December 6, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but at the last minutes was switched because of The Los Angeles County Pandemic rules.

2020 has been very challenging year for the quilting industry small business and our membership.  Very early, your board members came up with recommendations to keep the interest up and researching presenters that were knowledgeable with zoom sessions and connecting with the membership to bring new ideas that would include Show-N-Tell at the meetings.

Our 1St. V.P. of Programming, Linda Rasmussen, has scheduled presenters out to May 2021, so continue to watch our Newsletter for upcoming events.

This has been a difficult year, but we have made it!  I sent you my warmest wishes for a healthy and safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.  “And have a Shot for me…

Looking forward to seeing you in the very near future.

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT MESSAGE November 2020

PRESIDENT MESSAGE November 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

Well, we’re heading for the Holiday’s, and the three amigas` are working hard to bring some joy for are Drive-Through.  Do you know who the amigas` are, well let me tell you!  They are our Committee Chair, Regina Danner, Susan Cribbs and Janet Shepard who have been planning this event for December 6, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Church. You do not need to leave your vehicle, but must have a face mask.   “It’s a drive through… 

You need to RSVP as well. 

For our November 11, 2020, WFQG, meeting, we will have presentation from Meg Cox on the International Quilt Museum PowerPoint Presentation, Question and Answer session.  You do not want to miss this.  We also have two sessions with Pam Hadfield again for November 7, 11, 2020.

Our Board and Membership meetings are coming up which are “very” important because you as a member will be “Voting” for new Officer’s and changes to our Bi-Law’s. Remember to join our Zoom meetings.

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

Well, we’re are still in a pandemic, shortage of sewing machines and now Fires!  So, what left? An earth quake? We had 12 family members from our guild that needed to be evacuated, which also included there pets.  One member moved out of the area completely to North Hollywood.   Now you ready need to wear a face mask because of all the ash in the air.  I needed to clear my air machines twice this month.  Getting back to our earth quake we had on September 18, 2020, 11:38 p.m.  We were finishing up our sewing when “Bang” the house shook!  I went looking for Cindy and she went looking for our cats.  I ran to our bed-room to grab my ham radio and turn in to the Catalina Repeater, which is known as the earth-quake repeater.  The radio was lit-up with reports from all over Southern-California reporting tremble activity.  We’re safe and so was our home.  But wait!  There is more!  My wife woke me up at 1:30 a.m. SHAKING MY LEG…”Wake-Up, Wake-Up there is SOMEONE in the BACK-YARD!!!!  I jump out bed, grab my flash-light and went outside to see WHO was in our BACK-YARD?  Or on top of our patio; it was a family of three raccoon aka: The Bandit! Walking around looking for food; to then I must of looked like a Big-Taco! With Cheese.  Ok, go ahead and laugh…

Do you know Pam Hadfield?  Well, let me tell you if you did not take her Whimsy Wedge Halloween Pillow Class.  You missed out.  She presented our September 26, 2020 Zoom Classes, and we had twelve individuals from our guild who attended. I found it to be outstanding.  Watching how she moved the class section-by-section before moving to the next lesson. Member’s texts pictures to her to make sure they were on “point” before moving on. Pam used two computer systems approach; one to show her presentation and the other to view each individual projects from the class that were texted to her.

Linda Rasmussen has scheduled another two-session class with Pam Hadfield for Nov 7, and 11, 2020 for The Christmas Table Runner/Quilt.  For both classes the fee will $40.00 Plus $5.00 for the pattern.  More information will follow.  So stay tune!

Have you heard?  Sharon Camping will be published in the December issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, Tips: From Our Readers, which will go on sale next week.  Her discussion is on rotary cutters and keeping the blades sharp and dating them including safely disposing them.

Ok, these next two meetings are going to be “very” important to our membership. We have Officers Elections and Voting of those new Officers that will represent us for the next two years.  Mark your calendar with your Smart-Phones and remember when our Board/Membership meetings are.  And remember to turn-on that alarm too!

-Manny Caldera

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE September 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE September 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“What happen? Well let me tell you…

What happen to all the sewing machines?  Walmart, Joanna’s, Pasadena Vacuum & Sewing were sold out which included sergers until October of this year.  Joanna’s only had Universal Sewing Needles, which is not what I was looking for.  Upland Vacuum & Sew had sewing machines only because Rosallie the owner purchased a year ahead of schedule.  And, if your machine needed servicing, well right now, you will not receive your machine back until the end of October.  Some members purchase new machines.  One of our guild members was quoted $125.00 to service her Brothers sewing machine.  I told her to bring her machine over, and I will service it for you.  It took me 30 minutes and it was running smoother and quieter.  Walmart was out of fabric.  Your options were ordering online or looking through a window and pointing to the bolt of fabric SCREAMING to the worker “I want that one, no Not that one THAT one. ½ yard only please.  Connecting Threads took four weeks to deliver six yards of backing for a project my wife was working on.  When the fabric came, she remembered about the project.

Mentor Night was a success! We had 31 members and one visitor, which I understand has also joined our Guild too!  Her name is Elizabeth Leahy, but she calls herself Liz.  Welcome to our family Liz.

Over the last six months, this pandemic has been challenging for our guild and many organization across the country.  We have worked very hard to stay in-touch with one another by implementing zoom technology just to see each other and check among each other that we were all right.  Our guild is a community base organization and we tend to keep it that way going forward. 

As President in conjunction with your Board-Members, we voted to renewal “all” current memberships for free for 2021.  Bobby Noon, our Treasurer, has stepped forward very graciously will donate all the door prizes when we return back to the Church.

As far as returning back to Arcadia Community Church (ACC). My understanding is the ACC Board members will meeting the last week of January 2021 and will decided about re-opening up the Church going forward.

“Until next month, keeping quilting…

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE August 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE August 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Mentor Night is coming and our First Official Program of the Year…

Yeah!  The most excellent part of the year for me is when our members come out and show their talents and skills and how it’s used in quilting.  This year we have Bobby Noon, demonstrating how to prepare your quilt for long arm quilting. Donna Owens will present Flange Binding.  Manny Caldera will show you how to clean your cutting mat and shaping your rotary blade.   

Our 1st. V.P. for Programming, Linda Rasmussen has acquired Pam Hatfield as our presenter for the month of September.  This is going to our first official Zoom program since the pandemic started in mid-March.  “How exciting…

 On July 25, Julia Lau had her Zoom meeting on how to create a shopping bag and there were 25 individuals who attended the class including 12 year old Kingston who is Jackie’s Irwin Granddaughter.  Of those 25 Individuals, was no other than Julia’s Mom from Germany; she is doing her part on social-distancing. 

I am very sad that we do not have more members joining our zoom meetings.  There are issues that are coming for the month of September and October that is going to affect our members and for this reason it will be important for you to attend. What you can do is program your cell phone calendar to remain you about our meeting. Make sure your turn on the alarm feature.

On August 29, 2020, Julia Lau, our Social Media Chair will be having another “Shopping Bag” class for those who were not able to attend this outstanding presentation.  Invitations will be going out shortly.  Start calling those guild members for those who do not have access to the internet.

I hope that all members are doing well and are in good health, be safe and see you are our Mentors meeting at the end of the month.

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE July 2020

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE July 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Sad Pandemic and Social Unrest…

I was sad to hear that Arcadia had looting occured during the social unrest as Jenny from Pollard’s explained to me.  Just days before the social unrest, she removed everything from the front window and put up snow-flakes falling from the ceiling for the month of June.  Although, the Music Store to the right was looted and several instruments were taken.  Also, not so lucky was the Exercise shop on the corner; which someone took off with several exercise bicycles down the street.  These incidents were never reports in the local newspapers.  Going for more sad news, is George Appliance Shop in Temple City is for sale!  Any takers?  I guess he wants to retire?

Our Zoom account has been getting a lot of traction lately with several min-groups using the account to meet, which good to hear.

Over-the-weekend, our 2nd V.P. in charge of Programming; Linda Rasmussen, put on the long awaited presentation of “Quilting Trips & Tricks”.  This was the discussion in the afternoon and into the evening how successful this presentation was.  What I understand there is another presentation scheduled on machine maintenance.  “Wow, I am in…

Wandering-In-The-Park!!!  Yes, we met on July 5, 2020, 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Santa Anita & Huntington Dr., Arcadia Park for our first social-distant-group gathering since March 2020.  You needed to wear a Face-Mask, bring a chair, water and two guilt’s for our Show-N-Tell.

Santa-Anita park get-to-together was great!  He had 10 members join us.  We updated ourselves on what is going on the quilting industry and did Show-&-Tell.  I also, gave out my gifts those members who made masks for various organizations within the community.  kTLA Channel 5 News was there and interviewed me about our activities in the park and asked about the air quality after the fireworks in the greater Los Angeles area.  I was aired several times that evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Southern California Quilter’s Run is scheduled for: July 16 – 19 & July 23 – 26, 2020.  If you want the flyer, stop by my home and pick one up!  “There are 11 Shops participating…

Closing Statement for the year: “Strong Teams, Strong Results… -Manny

PRESIDENT MESSAGE June 2020

PRESIDENT MESSAGE June 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy Zooming to the new Norm…

I have been in contact with the Eric Crus; our Arcadia Community Church representative.  The Church is closed until further notice. They are following The Los Angeles County Guild Lines.  And as of today (May 12, 2020), those guild lines were extended, but changes are coming to open several businesses within the State. If and when the Church decides to open, we will bring those recommendations to the Board for review and take action.  My goal, and the Board, is to keep our members safe.

For weeks, I have been researching what gifts I can give to those individuals within our Guild who have been creating face masks for various organization(s).  I have found what I was looking for and ordered these one-of-a-kind gifts for those members.  These will be door delivered.

On May 16, 2020, Cindy and I drove up to Big Bear to visit Bear County Quilts & Gifts, the other guild that I belong to.  (I was shocked to see how many cars were climbing the hill) social distancing was enforced and you needed to wear a face mask.  Belinda Evans is the owner and President of Busy Bear Quilt Guild.  I shared with her what Wandering Foot Quilt Guild (WFQG) has been doing for the last several months using the Zoom application.  I set-up a training session that evening for 30 minutes with Belinda, and she was impressed.

Tumbling Blocks, one of WFQG sub groups had their first Zoom meeting on May 22, 2020.  There were 7 members, and Julia mom even checked in from the Netherlands’.  Wow!    Does this count for Social Distanting!

On May 19, 2020, Our Community Outreach Chair has informed us that our donations to those various organizations needing our contributions have started again.  Marilyn has informed at our general Zoom meeting that contributions have already been provided.  “Please start sewing… Contact Marilyn Brisendine.

On May 27, 2020, Wednesday, we had our first Wandering Foot Quilt Guild General Membership meeting on Zoom.  We had 28 members who joined.  Updates were reported from our Board members, but the hi-light of the meeting was the Show-N-Tell.  We had nine individuals who shared their project(s) since this pandemic started in March.

We would like to have more Board Members join the Board meeting(s) and more membership to get out information that is beneficial to our members.  Membership Zoom meeting will be sent out on June 22, 2020 (Monday) for June 24, 2020 (Wednesday meeting).

Closing Statement for this month: “When the Going Get Tough, the Tough Get’s Sewing… Cherry Berry Quilts

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE MAY 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE MAY 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

“Happy Zooming…

Wandering Foot Quilt Guild had it first Zoom Conference activity with 14 members; we had a quorum as indicated by our Parliamentarian.  This gave us an opportunity to discuss, review and vote on activities that were scheduled in April, May and June.  It was great to see that our Board members were working on their projects, making masks and looking to provide additional classes using the zoom application.  The next Board meeting for the May 6, 2020, has been created and will be sent out a week before with an agenda.  I encourage all guild members to join our Boarding meeting going forward.  At this time, we’re limited to 30 individuals on the free zoom application.  An additional 15 individuals will be allowed to participate.  Please provide me with your e-mail address if you wish to join at your earliest convenience.  

Our Newsletter will continued to be published in order to keep our membership informed what is happening under the current pandemic crises.  I ask our members to submit photos of what they have been working on and to share among our members.  “So, let’s get sewing…

Regina Danner, our Challenged Chair presented our first Zoom Jelly-Row class, which was scheduled for April 25, 2020. What I understand is that there were eleven guild members who participated.  In addition, Regina created a YouTube video which was used to prepare our members prior to the class.

There are some changes coming to our Guild going forward as a result of this pandemic.  These recommendations will be discussed at our upcoming Board Meeting(s).  I will also keep the Arcadia Community Church in the loop.

Closing Statement for this month: “When the Going Get Tough, the Tough Get’s Sewing… Cherry Berry Quilts

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE, April 2020

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE, April 2020

President’s Message

Manny Caldera, President

Happy April Showers & Easter Family!

“Cat’s Quilting Corner…

I would like to take this time to condiment for the e-mail that was sent out by Cat’s Quilting Corner that her business would “stay” open and how she would handle your quilts for long-arm quilting and the additional cleaning of her operation, and providing curb-side deliveries.  As of this writing, she is the only quilting operation that is open within 30 miles of Monrovia.

CoronaVirus-19: The virus has spread into the San Gabriel Valley.  Here are some of the community numbers as reported by the Pasadena Star News on March 25, 2020, Page 4.  Arcadia (4), Boyle Heights (5), Covina (3), Diamond Bar (2), Eagle Rock (2), East Los Angeles (3), Glendora (1), Glendale (10), Monterey Park (3), Pasadena (10), San Dimas (1), South El Monte (1), South Pasadena (3), Temple City (1).

I have called several of our members over the weekend to do a health check, and checked if everything was “ok” and if they needed anything.  It was great to hear our members are doing well.

I would like to thank some of our members (Regina Danner, Jane Crane, Alison Dingeldein) for e-mailing concerning making face masks for several of our hospital who are in “Need” of these masks.  What I understand from El Monte Community, Montebello, and Hunting Memorial hospital is that they go through between 20 – 70 face masks a day

Here is the latest information concerning our Guild going forward:

1. The Board Meetings for the Month of April & May are “Cancel”

2. Our April & May General Meeting are “Cancel”

3. Our Annual Challenge will be moved to July, Regina will contact the Judge to re-scheduled

4. Our Annual Yard-Sale schedule for April 25, 2020, will be re-scheduled for the Summer

5. Our Sprint Retreat for May is “Cancel” and Robin/Jackie has obtained a “Full-Refund”; they will provide additional information going forward (Great Job)

Note:

I have call the Arcadia Community Church and spoke with Erin concerning our cancellations.

I also spoke to Linda Rasmussen (1st Vice President; Programming), and she concur

Closing Statement for this month: “When the Going Get Tough, the Tough Get’s Sewing… Cherry Berry Quilts