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Community Outreach

Christine Kampmeyer
(Habitat Samplers & Library Displays)
Norma Tetrault
(Labels for Education)
Andrea Eufrazio
(Teaching Children)
Barbara Gill
(Ronald McDonald House)
Doreen Snyder
(Toiletries for Daily Bread))
Emily Swihura
(Military Outreach - Kissing Pillows)
Lee Ferguson
(Military Outreach - Stitching Kits)

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Special Events and Ongoing Projects

Toiletries for the Homeless

As of July 17, 2018 the chapter has donated 1,684 toiletries for the homeless, which is 67% of our goal of 2500. Thatís an increase of 412 items over my last report. Do you have friends or family traveling in the next few months? Ask them to bring back their hotel- provided toiletries. Five here and five there will add up. Letís keep them coming. Remember that Daily Bread will take partially used items also. Please bring your items to the monthly meeting.


Stitching in Public Day February 2018

The Indian River Chapter of the EGA participated in the Stitching in Public Day, February 2018. Various members volunteered their time to stitch across Brevard County to share our knowledge and enjoyment of needlework.

Fun was had by all. I appreciate member participation in this event!
Andrea, Aline, and Pam are pictured on the left (not shown is Adrienne taking the picture). Jineen, Jean Marie, and Bernadette are in the TOP picture.

Kissing Pillows

Our Kissing Pillows are stitched for Patrick AFB. Thanks to all the members who jumped in and sewed, trimmed, turned. stuffed, and stitched well over 30 Kissing Pillows at the July meeting to help us toward reaching our goal! Our goal for 2018 is 150 finished Kissing Pillows. What is so nice is that it is fast, easy and small enough of a project to take with you to stitch where ever you go. I have kits available ready to be stitched. You can give the finished stitched Aida cloths to me for completion into a pillow. It is in giving that we show our soldiers, both men and women, that someone back home cares.

I appreciate members putting their names on hearts when turning them in. Helps to keep track so each member who stitches five gets her name in the drawing for a free chapter membership. Call Emily to ask for a kit today.

Military Outreach

All supplies for cross stitching kits are needed for our soldiers and veterans at the Viera Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic or the new VA Hospital in Orlando. Some of the kits are taken to the James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa where they are distributed to patients and their families. We are also collecting colored pencils, coloring books, and puzzle books for the same groups.

IRC EGA members have started another lunchtime day group called the Patrick Stitchers. Members teach needlecraft at Patrick AFB. Generally there are 9-12 ladies, with an average of 4 until the snowbirds return November focus: hardanger ornament on larger count red linen or green linen learning Kloster Blocks, cutting threads, weaving and beads and using their knowledge of the blanket stitch, Doves Eye, and lazy daisy. People who have Patrick AFB access should contact the Patrick AFB Library about meeting times and dates. Thanks go out to all our members who have given me donations to pass along.

Library Exhibits

There will be two exhibits in September! On at the Pt Malabar Library and one at the Martin Author King Library! The IRC has a chance to invite stitchers to our program at the Port Malabar and the Martin Luther King libraries. I will need some beginner and intermediate pieces for these displays. The cabinet at Port Malabar is a double large and I can install a few 12x16 (3) pieces. At the MLK exhibit Please --I need some beginner pieces. Thank you for your continued interest and supply of Needle Art for this community project. We will also be displaying at the MLK Library recent children's stitching from a class taught by Christine.

Plan ahead for the displays in 2018..

Habitat for Humanity

The Indian River Chapter, EGA supports South Brevard Habitat for Humanity. The chapter members began stitching Samplers for Habitat of Brevard County in the 1980's. To date, members have embroidered over 280 samplers for Habitat of Brevard County.

Brevard County branch has launched a building project to include 11 new homes in the Booker T. Washington area so samplers are needed.There are 3 houses almost ready for dedication. Please -- I need all samplers finished and turned in by the end of August. I do have an inventory but I know that after these three house are dedicated that I will have only 3 left and there are at least 6 houses in the pipeline. Thank you in advance for your steadfast donation of time and love for this community project. There are 2 dedications on Saturday 4 August in the same neighborhood: 0830 and 0900. Please attend if you can!

On May 21, 2016 Indian River Chapter presented its first sampler to St. Lucie Habitat in Fort Pierce, Florida. The Home Dedication Celebration was for Shumeika Ragland. Eileen Hoffman presented the sampler to Shumeika Ragland and her two little girls. The embroidered sampler is Indian River Chapterís housewarming gift to Shumeika Ragland.

We need your support and we need some samplers stitched. New Sampler packages will be available at the chapter meeting.

The mission of the Embroiderersí Guild of America is to inspire a passion for the needle arts through education and a celebration of its heritage. To develop an awareness of needle arts and embroidery, local chapters reach out into their communities with Outreach activities such as stitching samplers for Habitat for Humanity, stitching keepsakes for our military being deployed overseas, and teaching children how to embroider.

Find out more about Habitat for Humanity.

Stitching Series for Children

Teaching Embroidery to ChildrenWe had to cancel our planned event as the Satellite Beach Library could not offer us the room this June. We will attempt to reserve the room in January of 2019 for June 2019. We are also looking at two other locations for future teaching opportunities. .

We normally teach about 25 students each summer introducing children to the fun of needlepoint and cross stitch.

Christine has been teaching children at the Masterís Workshop on Lipscomb Street and has 8 students in the last class. Most of the children attend Stone Middle School. Cross stitch tended to be too difficult for the children to grasp, so more modern designs using a string art technique were selected. Christine punches each ground material to prepare it for class. As a reward for finishing, Christine provides a small frame for the stitched project. Christine received Board permission to add the studentsí framed work into the MLK Library Exhibit. Christine checked with the MLK Library program coordinator to see if we could teach a childrenís embroidery program at the Library. Spring 2019 could be available.


Stitching Series for Adults

IRC EGA held three Teaching for Adults sessions in February and March 2018 at three different libraries on different days. Several people signed up for this free event and greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn how to embroider a small sampler. Thanks for all who led, taught, setup kits, and designed/generated charts necessary for making this project it's big success. Thanks to Doreen Snyder for brainstorming the project through to completion!

Let's get prepared for next year! We are researching various locations..

School Supplies Programs

  We continue to collect stamps (to Adrienne Meyer) and pop tops. The Einstein Montessori Charter School benefits from our coupons and box tops and uses them to purchase supplies and computer equipment. It is a school dedicated to children with reading problems, especially with dyslexia, and who are reading below their grade level. These are children that usually fall between the cracks and eventually drop out of school. They use a lot of computer programs and the LIPs program is used extensively. Please bring what you can to a general meeting or pass them along to Lyle at any Satellite Meeting.

The Haven

Christmas in July is our annual collection of gifts to benefit The Haven. Two representatives from the Haven will visit our meeting to pick up our monetary donations and gifts. They will speak briefly about the children's shelter and answer members' questions. We also expect that representatives from Habit for Humanity, Daily Bread, and the local VA clinic will be at the meeting also to talk about their programs and how our aid is needed to help them succeed Check out the IRC-EGA June Newsletter to see the list of items that the Haven has requested.


IRC officers present cash donations to Haven representative in 2015.

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Updated 8/1/2018