Welcome to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild (MANG) Website.
MANG MISSION STATEMENT
The object of this Guild is for educational and cultural development through participation in, and encouragement of, interest in the art of needlepoint.
Here we are in another almost snow less winter. While I know most of you are happy about this I'm hoping for at least one good winter storm! * Glad I'm safe at home so I can't get pummeled. Anyway onto more important items. This newsletter includes necessary information about policy and procedures as well as fun and exciting information about the rest of this year's programs and the spring luncheon.
Nancy K., as chair of the Policy and Procedures committee, brought to the last board meeting two new policies. What are they, just read further :) As you will see this includes our ongoing effort to keep all beverages off the tables while we are stitching. During lunch put away the stitching and drink on!!!
The Christmas tree we decorated for the Festival of Trees with the Mass. Horticultural Society was a success. We heard many positive comments but have yet to see this transfer to new members. Here's hoping..... If you are stitching in public and anyone shows interest please have your new ANG business cards available to share. Let's spread the word of our guild with an emphasis that novice stitchers are very welcome.
Later in this newsletter the nominating committee will present their slate of officers. Following this nominations will be taken from the floor. While it is uncommon for floor nominations to be offered, I do want people to feel comfortable doing so. All names under consideration are offered again in March, then elections take place in April and the new board is installed in May.
Seems impossible that the end of our year is rapidly approaching but just keep on stitching. I continue to be amazed by the beautiful pieces our guild produces. Good going ladies!
- (Since this was written, there have been four substantial snowstorms. I hope you are happy, Lois. Editor)
Outreach Program Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is almost here.I would like to thank everyone that stitched and donated ornaments. We have over 60 pieces to adorn our tree.
I hope everyone will come see the tree at the festival that runs from November 25-December 11 at the Mass. Horticultural Society at the Garden at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St.,Wellesley.
Betsy Young, Outreach Program Chairperson
Have you been a lifelong stitcher? Has your interest in needlepoint waned a bit?
Or are you just wondering what to do with a needle, thread and some canvas?
Are you a friend of a needle pointer and curious as to what needle pointers do? Then you have come to the right website! We welcome all levels of stitchers to our chapter, and we have plenty of interesting activities planned for our members throughout the year.
Needlepoint is easy, fun and affordable. You can create wonderful designs to make for yourself, or to give as presents to friends and family, which will be treasured for many years. Whether it is a painted design or a charted counted canvas piece to more varied Needlepoint Design, all are of tremendous interest to see in progress or completed.
Programs at the regular monthly meetings range from stitching projects (usually taught by a chapter member) to lectures and social events. All of these are described in our chapter newsletter Needle Points, which is distributed to our members four times a year. A Special event luncheon and dinner is also planned for the winter holidays in December as well as a year-end celebration in May. We also encourage Stitch-ins at members’ homes and in public spaces to spread the joy of our craft.
In addition, the Chapter sponsors at least one multi-day workshop annually, taught by a nationally-known teacher, and offering a more complex project than is suitable for the shorter monthly meetings.
I invite you to come to our next meeting, and bring a friend, too. The MANG Chapter meets twice a month from September through May. Our day meetings are held on the third Thursday at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills, MA. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. The evening meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday at the Marriott Courtyard hotel at 270 Concord Road, Billerica, MA. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are open to potential members.
Please do join us!
The American Needlepoint Guild is an educational organization dedicated to promoting all forms of needlework on a readily counted ground fabric.
Stitch-ins are a time to get together with a small group to work on any project you have been wanting to start, complete or just share ideas on threads and stitches. Sometimes we just work along with some others who may been working on a similar project. Your hostess will provide coffee and tea, and often a breakfast item and or a dessert. Please notify the Hostess 24-49 hours in advance so she can plan on seating and other requirements. Attendees will need to bring their lunch and their project, along with any stitching tools they might require. Stitch-ins normally start between 9:30-10:00 AM. HOWEVER there is no reason that a Stitch-in could not be held in the evening or a weekend for those working gals who are unable to get away during the day. We would love to see an evening Stitch-in and we would be pleased to announce it in the Newsletter, and send out reminders. If you plan on attending a Stitch-in, please notify the hostess 48 hours in advance. Come and enjoy a fun day with friends who enjoy the same hobby. If you are new to the group, this is a great way to get to know everyone. If you would like to hold a Stitch-in please contact Karen McCafferty, stitch-in coordinator.
The bylaws are in the process of being updated. The current copy is available here bylaws.
Policies and Procedures
April 16 2016
The current policies and procedures of the Massachusetts Chapter are available here.
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