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December 2017

Minutes for December 9, 2017

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Minutes recorded by Penni Jo Couch

Welcome All to the Christmas Party!!

Number of attending 12 to begin & maybe 14 at the end

Show and Tell

Many of the gifts brought for the “Dirty Santa” part of our party were shown with much oohing and aahing.

Lots of food was brought and laid out on the three big tables. Everyone brought their own favorite drink and a bottle of homemade wine was donated and opened. (It was wonderful!)

The Program was first dining and visiting whilst Tom secreted the gifts into bags.

Business Meeting

Officers / Volunteers Reports:


Approval of Meeting Notes for Minutes are on line.

Vice President –   Jane Linn

Month: January – Wirework with Lee Ann
Month: February – Caning
Month: March – Caning

Treasurer – Angela Mabray

Members: 34 (renewed members Carla and Rosella)

Bottles of Hope Coordinator – Connie Farrell


Librarian – Jane Linn


Webmaster – Myra Cleveland

Myra will serve next year again and will get the retreat info up early January

Photographer – Tom Gibson

Tom took pics of all the show and tell, gifts and BoH’s.

Party Planner – Connie Farrell

Connie brought plates, napkins, and plastic ware.

Mail Support & Comfort – Connie Farrell

Old Business

Election of officers next month. Will need President, Vice President, and Treasurer. First two are elected, Treasurer is appointed. If you are interested, please contact Penni Jo. PJ to contact missing members.

** Retreat: Tom Gibson – a brief discussion of Classes and need for canes. Penni Jo suggested that we provide small sketchbooks with pencils for retreat attendees. Some members will be researching this. Also, Myra and Tom, with other members discussed some of the finishing details for the registration. Myra would like to get it online early January.

We would like ideas for classes.

New Business

The State Fair came up and the category was suggested “Bottles Of Hope” Jane moved we add this category, Betty seconded, vote carried.

Speaking of the State Fair, these questions came up again:

  • Can our entries be displayed together?
  • Can we bring in a judge with polymer clay skills?
  • Can some of our members volunteers help to set up the judged items?

Some of the ideas suggested for classes this coming year are:

  • Making cookie cutters – Sue?
  • Jungle print cane – Myra
  • A “demo day” with many demonstrators
  • Cluster pendant with sugar veil background – Betty
  • Findings challenge, one month after drawing a finding, member to bring finished item
  • Colored pencil illustrations on clay – Penni Jo

No Announcements

BiMonthly Drawing / Inchie Swap to be held in January, with a theme of Winter. Also, a drawing will be held in January.

Inchie themes:

  • January – Winter
  • April – Spring
  • July – Summer
  • October – Fall

December 2017 Meeting: Party Time!

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Our next guild meeting will be Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center at the fairgrounds.

It’s December, and as usual we will not have a lesson this month – instead, we will have a pot-luck and a fun social time, as well as playing Dirty Santa (so much fun!).

About Dirty Santa: REMEMBER the items in the Dirty Santa game are NOT gag gifts but should be something you’d like to receive. Everyone playing the game brings a hand-crafted polymer item. An item using a technique learned this past year or one you just enjoyed making and sharing. Playing Dirty Santa is optional – but please, please do bring an item. It is so much more fun with many participants, we had such a good time last year.

I’m reposting the rules that Tom has adapted for our Dirty Santa game:

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 placed 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 take 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.