The first part of the meeting will be our Annual General Meeting. We will use the Zoom platform that many of us are now familiar with. It has the option of allowing people to join by phone only, like a conference call. On December 2 we will send out the Zoom invitation, an agenda, the minutes of the 2019-2020 meeting, and the committee’s reports for you to peruse. If you would like to join the Executive, or to nominate someone else, now would be a great time to let us know! At the AGM the Chair will give a brief report and the Treasurer will present a budget for 2020-2021. Questions will be invited. Last-minutes nominations of volunteers to serve on the Executive will be accepted, and a slate of candidates will be proposed. The membership will be invited to vote on the following:
Approval of 2019-2020 minutes
Ratification of the Executive’s actions over the past year
Approval of the 2020-2021 budget
The Executive for 2020-2021
If you are unable to attend, you may assign your vote to a proxy: any named member of the Guild who will be in attendance. We’ll send out a proxy form also. Any questions about the AGM can be sent to the Chair (Julia) or Secretary (Anne).
The second half of our meeting involves snacks and working with your hands! Please submit recipes for favourite festive treats. It would be great if you could photograph and send old family recipe cards. Then we can all prepare snacks at home to have ready to nibble on or sip during the second part of the meeting. Guild member Peter Lakin will present a short video demonstrating the traditional Japanese art of kumihimo (braid weaving) and then lead a hands-on kumihimo workshop. No expensive equipment is required! See photo for what you will need.
MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS – CURRENTLY HELD ELECTRONICALLY DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
If you are interested in spinning or weaving, you are welcome to join us at one of our monthly meetings! We do a variety of things together, mostly on the Zoom platform. When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm Where: In the cloud! Invitations are sent to Guild members a week before each meeting.
SPINNING AND KNITTING DROP IN– CURRENTLY ON HOLD An open session for spinners and knitters to socialise and work on their own projects. Feel free to join us anytime – it’s totally free to come along! When: Thursdays, 1pm – 3pm (please check the calendar for current dates) Where: Simpson House at Riverdale Farm. Entry is via the patio off Winchester Street.
IN THE COMMUNITY
The Guild generally participates in the following events each year where we demonstrate fibre processing, spinning and weaving to the public. We look forward to resuming these events when restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.
FALL FESTIVALS See the Guild in action on the second weekend in September at the Riverdale Farm Fall Festival, and at the Cabbagetown Festival too! Also cancelled for 2020.
Riverdale Farm is a great place to spend Family Day, with lots of fun activities taking place, including weaving and spinning that the whole family can enjoy.
Riverdale Farm opens its doors with the farm’s popular spring festival where Guild members use the fleece shorn from the farm sheep to demonstrate the old skills needed to make yarn, dye it and weave it into cloth. Come and see sheep shearing, basic wool preparation, spinning and weaving in action!