Michele and Sue hosted a wonderful gathering at Michele's home on Friday past - thank you Michele and Sue...everything was delightful and we missed everyone that could not participate!
As promised, those in attendance at Michele's - Donna, Melissa [Donna's daughter and newest member to our little group], Maura, Miriam, Sue, Michele and me - discussed the upcoming new year and where did we want this group to go….I had input from Lori, Mary, Janice and Peggy that I shared.
One recommendation we had was to have a "purpose" for our group, along with the social part, to maybe participate Art Abandonment 2015 or the 1000 Cranes for Hope and Healing project. Another idea was for each gathering someone would host (providing some snacks) and someone different would teache/lead a project (and provide the supplies). There would be a fee for the "class" based on the project. It would be a way to keep us meeting on a regular basis and keep the art new and fresh, as we would always be learning something different. The projects can be as simple or complex as the teacher/leader wants. Another idea was to hold a gathering and everyone bring their own project to do - similar to a crop. This way there is no pressure on anyone come up with a project. All these are great ideas and we can do all of them - and so much more!
What we [everyone at Michele's that is] all thought was, foremost, we wanted to keep the group moving forward. Yes, it is social; yes it is a learning experience at times; at other times it can be a time to get together and share friendship while doing your own thing; yes there will be food or snacks either provided or bring your own - or not; yes you can hold a gathering at Michael's or in your home, or wherever you like. With all that being said, we also decided that we do not need a moderator. Every time there is a gathering someone from the group will pick a time and place to host the next gathering - or one in the future. If you would like to do a holiday or summer, just say that's the one I want. If you only want to host, that's fine, someone else can choose to show a project to do, or repeat an old one….or, again, we can just have a gathering and bring your own project to do. We felt that if we keep it simple and not have to many guidelines it may just work out. However, everyone should step up to the plate and host a gathering or project….there are many of us in the group who would be willing to help if someone is unsure of a project, theme, or whatever. There is a wealth of talent among us and all are willing to share.
Miriam and I will be hosting the next gathering in honor of Valentine's Day….date, time and place will be announced soon. If there is a fee, we will also let you know. At this gathering will we again discuss our group's new plan for the upcoming year - any input will be greatly appreciated by all. We even discussed hosting our own, small, intimate, crop and may even have a place to hold it….we were all excited for the coming year and hope you will be, too!
As Maura's previous post said, we will not be using Facebook, Yahoo or the Blog any longer. We ask you to send either Maura or I an email so we can compile a list of active members with their email address. We will then share this information with the group. When we need to contact each other, it will be strictly through emails….as soon as we can get the list up and running. So please, if you want to be an active member, send one of us your email address.
Any questions contact anyone of us who was at Michele's - wishing everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving . . .