Book collection in the cloud

Visit the Library page and click on the link to visit our new book collection online. You now can sort the collection by author, title, and subject.  If you select genre, you can see the new 2014 acquisitions. It’s pretty user-friendly, but if you’re having difficulty or need to ask me a question, please contact me. I welcome any and all suggestions.

Susan Ahearn

Library book sale

As new librarian, it was one of my duties to weed out the old books, and with help from Paula Dunn, this has been accomplished. I will have several books on the freebie table and others for sale near the library at the November meeting. Books will be priced in the $1-$2 range. All proceeds from this sale will go towards buying new books (suggestions welcome). We also plan on building a special rulers collection (donations welcome), and maybe even start a DVD collection. So, stop by and take a look — changes, they are a-coming!

Susan Ahearn

2nd Vice President(s) needed

They say life is what happens while you’re making plans. That’s exactly what’s happened and our current 2nd VPs have had to step aside. We thank them for volunteering to help the guild and we realize those plans can sometimes change.

That opens up a great opportunity for someone or a couple of people to take over the reins of planning programs for next year. This is an important and rewarding job. You have the opportunity to bring the speakers you’d like to hear to the guild and take any workshops they offer for free.

The job entails contracting with a variety of speakers for the 2015-16 guild year. During that year, you provide local transportation (if needed) and dining arrangements while the speaker is in town.  You arrange and help set up space for workshops. You would attend board meetings to discuss plans and needs.

To find out more about this position, please contact Ann Pastore or any current or past president/vice president. Don’t delay as the planning for next year needs to be done NOW before speakers get booked up!

Thank you from Maplewood Manor

Maplewood Manor sent the following thank-you note after the guild recently gave a donation of quilts and wheelchair caddies:
Dear ladies,
We are overwhelmed by your kindness & generosity. I’ve started handing out the quilts to some of our new admits, especially those that don’t have much. They have all been so grateful. You have all brought a lot of smiles to Maplewood.  The physical therapy department was overjoyed with the walker/wheelchair bags.
Again, thank you all so very much!
Laura Vigneau, activity director

Happy birthday, Ruth Riddle!

Long-time member Ruth Riddle celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 10 at her home, with family and friends from all over the country. Happy birthday, Ruth!

A note on membership renewals…

Please note that membership renewal forms will now only be accepted at the front tables during monthly meetings. Thank you!

Annual Holiday Party Dec. 1

The QUILT North annual holiday party will take place Monday, Dec. 1, at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Once again, we will have a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share, according to the first letter of your last name:

  • G-L — Main dish
  • M-R — Side dish or salad
  • S-Z — Dessert
  • A-F — Appetizer

Please bring a serving utensil with your dish, labeled with your name.

Also, back by popular demand, we will be playing QUILT BINGO with $1 cards, with donations going to charity. The program will also include fun icebreakers and quilty games for everyone’s enjoyment.

Again this year, we will collect gift items for residents of Maplewood Manor.  This is Saratoga County’s nursing home, located in Ballston Spa. Suggestions of items you may want to collect and put aside are lotions, powder, shampoo, soaps, large-print books, magazines, crossword puzzles, word search books, decks of cards, men’s socks and nail clippers. Also, we’re collecting calendars for the residents; please bring any calendars you receive and don’t plan on using and these, too, will be distributed.

Looking forward to a festive evening! Hope to see you there!

Charity update

It’s been a busy month for Charity. We donated quilts to Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Saratoga Springs, Captain, Best Buddies, Maplewood Manor and Quest for Grace.

We received more beautiful summer challenge blocks and tops last month. Pat Stata’s mini group made 25 caddies to give to Maplewood Manor.  Special thanks to Pat, Renate Wrafter, Ann Gheres, Diane Anuszewski, and Gladys Faulkner.

Thanks also to Sue Ahearn, who has helped me tremendously by cutting a huge fabric donation we received into tumblers and squares.

Thanks to Denise Danish, who came by and helped layer and pin lap quilts so members can just run them through their machines to quilt.

Please stop by the Charity table and pick up lap and wheelchair quilt kits for Christmas at Maplewood Manor. We will also need twin-size quilts for veterans, Camp Erin next year, CAPTAIN and Guardian House.

I also need someone to help us at the table during meetings. Please consider volunteering. Without your participation, there are no charity quilts!

Helping Hands Food Pantry Collection

We will be collecting nonperishable food donations and monetary contributions for Helping Hands Food Pantry at our November meeting. This annual tradition helps those less fortunate get through these trying times this Thanksgiving season.

The pantry is mainly in need of paper products (paper towels and facial tissues), meals in a can (ravioli, etc.),  ramen noodles, and boxed gelatin/pudding mixes.

Monetary support of the pantry allows it to purchase food from the Regional Food Bank of NENY (fresh and frozen meats, dairy products and produce) to supplement the canned and packaged food the pantry collects during food drives. Every dollar purchases ten times more food at the Food Bank, compared with retail prices.

Thank you in advance!