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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)
Fran Walker
(Military Outreach - Stitching Kits)

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Special Events and Ongoing Projects

Toiletries for the Homeless

We MET OUR GOAL! We collected 2,540 toiletry items and provided them to Daily Bread for the homeless. Thank you! We will keep the same goal of 2,500 items for 2018! Please bring your items to the monthly meeting.


Stitching in Public Day February 2017

The Indian River Chapter of the EGA participated in the Stitching in Public Day, February 2017. 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! For Stitching in Public Day on Feb 3, 2018 join us at Panera Bread at Wickham & Post in Melbourne or at Hammock Landing in West Melbourne!

Kissing Pillows

Our Kissing Pillows are stitched for Patrick AFB. Our current finished number is OVER 175!. Thank you to all the members who stitched the pillows. Our goal for 2017 of 150 finished "kissing pillows HAS BEEN MET! Get a head start of stitching pillow for 2018 as we will also be stitching the pillows to backing and stuffing them! 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 either me or Sheila Jennett 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

February 2018 exhibit at the Port Malabar library! Come see it!

Plan ahead for the displays in 2018. One more at Pt Malabar Library in September; one Bead exhibit at the Suntree Library; and one in May at the Melbourne Fee Ave Library. In addition, one at the Patrick Air Force Base Library.

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. Another dedication was held in January 2018!

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 Chapter’s 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 Embroiderers’ 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 successfully completed our June session of teaching children embroidery at the Satellite Beach library. I would like to acknowledge Ginny Gilbertson's preparation of kits and organization of materials each week. She was a major factor in making things run very smoothly for the students and teachers. We also appreciate the chapter members who donated materials and $35 cash to cover the cost of needles and quality needle threaders.

We had 23 students sign up, with very few absentees for all three sessions. Many of the children asked to take home additional kits to work on over the summer. I think this is a credit to all the teachers who worked so well with their students. We could not have succeeded without their commitment of these ladies. I hope you all had fun and that you will be on board for next year.


Stitching Series for Adults

Teaching for Adults organizing meetings are being held led by Doreen Snyder. Kits have been put together and a design has been generated. There will be a limit of six students per session of 4 weeks for a total of 18 possible students.

Leaders and Teachers are scheduled! Classes will be held on Tuesdays in February, on Thursdays in February, and on Saturdays starting late February and going into March. Thank you for being involved!.

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.


IRC officers present cash donations to Haven representative in 2015.

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Updated 1/31/2018