Sunday, February 19, 2023

February 2023 Meeting Recap


        Hello, guildies!  Welcome to the first meeting recap of the new officers and programming.  This meeting was packed with information, and some of it warranted its own blog post.  Links to those topics will be provided. Show & Tell is sprinkled throughout.  Let's jump in!

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Tote Bags for WC&S

Lovely case workers at WC&S

Member Judy Irvin spoke at the February meeting about work she has been part of at the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.  Here is their mission from their own site:

"Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh is a source of hope for survivors of domestic abuse. By offering a holistic approach to healing, our programs and services provide the safety and support survivors deserve. We welcome survivors of domestic violence at different stages in their journey and work with them to meet their personal, individual needs."

As part of their program, WC&S often provide physical resources.  The need for a sturdy tote bag to carry groceries or personal items is frequently there.  Donations of such bags are always welcome, said Judy.    

Other donation opportunities can be found here.

Totes should be anywhere from 15"x17" to 19"x22", with the larger size being very popular.  They don't need to be overly complicated, but should be finished cleanly and have strong seams.  Below are some of the links suggested by Judy.  Response to the survey sent out by Mary following the Feb meeting indicated that many members would be open to making totes at the May retreat.  

Please bring any finished totes to the guild meetings.  We will be accepting them through the June 2023 meeting.

Free Martha Market Bag pattern

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of DV, help is available.

Hotline (24/7) | 412-687-8005

Text Support (9a–5p, M-F) | 412-744-8445

New Raffle Opportunities!


There have been some nice changes to the retreat raffle!

Now, when you participate in a variety of activities with the guild, you can earn tickets towards the retreat raffle.  In addition, taking part in the quarterly challenges now earns you 5 tickets!

● Completing Quarterly challenges - 5 tickets
● Bonus for completing all quarterly challenges - 10 tickets
● Presenting the Program for a meeting - 5 tickets
● Serving on a committee or event - 5 tickets
● Posting on social media must use #pghmqg- 1 ticket
● Participating in Show n' Tell - 1 ticket

Here's the dreaded fine print : When it comes to social media, you are on your own with remembering to use the hashtag.  Totals for the week will be tabulated on Sunday mornings.  This is not retroactive, so posts from 02/05/23-evening of 02/12/23 have already been counted.