December 2015

Minutes for December 2015 Meeting

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Minutes recorded by Angela and Almond

There were 14 members and 3 guests at our December 12, 2015 meeting. We began the meeting with a “Show and Tell” of the gifts that attendees brought for the Dirty Santa exchange. (Pics here.) Among the gifts were:

  • Penni Jo’s notes, leaf pin, and candy cane ornament
  • Tom’s candy tin and owl
  • Marsha’s fish
  • Deborah’s lightbulb penguin
  • Connie’s aroma necklace, Mr. and Mrs. Santa cheese knife and ladle
  • Cailin’s bowl with gingerbread people and holly
  • Elizabeth’s hatching dragon with nest
  • Wendy’s altoid tin nativity scene
  • Laura’s light-up tree
  • Almond’s cottage
  • Lee Ann’s bracelet and earrings
  • Jane’s angel pin with interchangeable beads
  • Angela’s clock and accordion book
  • Kay’s bracelet

We enjoyed opening (and stealing) gifts, and everyone went home with something special and handmade. We also feasted on snacks and desserts brought by members. Thank you, Tom, for helping coordinate the gift exchange, and thanks to all who shared food and gifts. (Find pictures of our December meeting in this Facebook album.)

In the business meeting Wendy moved and Laura seconded the motion to approve the 11/14/2015 minutes.

The officers gave their reports:

Vice President Connie went over the upcoming meetings:

  • January:  Light Up Pendant/Nametag with Lori (optional – bring $4 to purchase a light-up kit)
  • February:  Fix & Repair Clinic – bring clay items with problems / mistakes and the group will brain storm and offer ideas to repair or improve. Will also feature a BOH lid demo by Connie
  • March: Deb Hart demo (maybe)

Angela gave the treasurer’s report. We have 25 paid members.

Bottles of Hope: Connie got some bottles to decorate from Deaconess Hospital. Tom brought one decorated bottle. There was discussion of where to donate bottles going forward, and Deborah mentioned a friend with a connection at the Toby Keith Foundation. She will look into that.

Librarian Jane reported on the new Polymer CAFE and Polymer Arts magazines.

Old Business:

Tom has sent a contract to our retreat teacher. Treasurer Angela asked for a copy. Tom indicated the teacher preferred doing a 1-hour demo instead of a make-and-take, and the group seemed agreeable to that idea. Tom will have a list of donor requests at the January meeting.

New Business:

We will be electing 2016 officers at our January meeting. The nominees are:

  • Penni Jo: President
  • Jane: Vice President
  • Deborah: Secretary

The following volunteers are willing to remain in their positions:

  • Angela: Treasurer (with Lee Ann as Assistant Treasurer)
  • Jane: Librarian (with Lee Ann as Assistant Librarian)
  • Myra: Webmaster
  • Angel: Bottles of Hope Coordinator
  • Tom: Photographer

Dues for $24/year will be due in January 2016. Angela will send out a reminder before the next meeting.

January will be both an inchie swap and a raffle month. The inchie theme is winter. The winners from October’s raffle will bring January’s raffle prizes.

Our next regular meeting will be January 9th, 1:30 pm at Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center on the OKC Fairgrounds.

Minutes for November 2015 Meeting

Minutes recorded by Angel

We had 16 members and 2 guests attending the November 14, 2015 meeting.  Check out all 8 of the Show & Tell items brought to the meeting on the guild website.  Thank you Tom for taking photos and posting them!

Our program was titled “Clearly a Bowl” presented by Jane Linn & Penni Jo Couch.  The dynamic duo of PJ & J provided many samples and clear directions!  Thank you ladies!

In the business meeting Deborah moved to approve the 10/10/2015 minutes. Wendy seconded and the motion passed.

Moving on to the officers reports:

Vice President Connie gave an overview of the upcoming programs:

  • December: Dirty Santa & Snacks
  • January:  Light Up Pendant with Lori
  • February:  Repair Clinic – bring clay items with problems / mistakes and the group will brain storm and offer ideas to repair or improve!

Angela sent the treasurer’s report. We have 25 paid members.

Bottles of Hope: Nance sent bottles and the new coordinator Angel took them home to clean and prepare for use.  Connie is working on getting some bottles from Deaconess Hospital.  She is also working on a place where we could donate them.

Librarian Jane brought up a question about Polymer Cafe and if the guild subscription had been updated?  Jane will check on that with Angela.

Old Business:

The question of offering early registration for retreat & or retreat classes to guild members was discussed.  No decision was made.

Tom says that he is getting things prepared to go out to ask for donations.  And a contract out to our guest teacher.

New Business:

We have two open offices, Vice President and Secretary.

Our next regular meeting will be December 12th, 1:30 pm at Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center on the OKC Fairgrounds.

December Meeting: Fun, Food & Dirty Santa!

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Our next meeting will be Saturday, December 12, 2014 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center at the fairgrounds.

As we usually do for our December guild meeting, we will not have a lesson. Instead, we will bring items for show & tell, and then (optionally) swap our items in a Dirty Santa exchange. You don’t have to swap your item if you want to keep it, though! We’ll also bring goodies to snack on, and just generally have a good time of claymate fellowship.

Tom has adapted the rules of the Dirty Santa game to our purposes, so if anyone isn’t familiar with the rules, here they are:

How to Play Dirty Santa

Everyone playing the game brings a hand-crafted polymer item. Sometimes an item using a technique learned this past year or one you just enjoyed making and sharing. Please, please bring an item. It is so much more fun with many participants.

VARIATION: Since we will be showing off our gifts during Show & Tell, I will bring gift bags to mask the items for the game. Just to keep it in the spirit of Dirty Santa.

Numbers are written on pieces of paper for every gift and places them in a basket, bowl or hat.

Each person draws a number. Getting a higher number is actually better because you will have more chosen gifts to choose from.

The person with #1 picks a gift to open from the array of gift bags. The person with #2 can choose to another bag or steal the gift from #1. If a gift is stolen, the person who had it then steals from someone else or picks another gift to open. Gifts stolen cannot be directly stolen back. They must be in the pool of opened and unopened gifts for at least one turn.

The game continues like this until everyone takes a turn select an item or stealing an item. The last person to go can steal from anyone in the game or select the remaining item.

NOTICE: If the first person has not had their selection stolen during the game, they may steal a gift from anyone else. This may open a new round of stealing, but that’s the nature of Dirty Santa.

Once a gift is stolen three times, it is retired from the game.

So, let’s all come and have a great time!!!