The following message was sent via email earlier this evening. Apologies if you get it twice.
COVID-19 AND CANBERRA QUILTERS
In view of the most recent announcement of the Prime Minister, the Committee and I have sadly decided that all Canberra Quilters’ activities at Cook will be suspended for the time being. Regretfully the increasing risk to our members has now reached a point where this action needs to be taken.
This suspension will take effect from today and relates to all Special Interest Groups, drop-ins, sew-ins and friendship group meetings. This also includes all night and day meetings, and includes the AGM which was scheduled for 2 April. Janice Nangle our Workshop Coordinator will be in touch with members booked to undertake workshops.
For members who are not aware, our Exhibition dates have moved to 10-13 September 2020 which coincides with Floriade. Further information will be circulated by the Exhibition Coordinator regarding any date changes for entries.
The length of this suspension of activities is uncertain at this time. Once the Committee has had an opportunity to consider the impact of the directive on the closure of non-essential activities, a further Bulletin will be circulated.
I encourage members to stay in contact with each other either by email or by phone or by virtual means. This may be an opportunity to use Messenger to chat to each other or to use one of the other platforms such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Discord etc. to keep in touch.
I would like to thank Canberra Quilters members for cooperating with, and implementing changes, as they have been put in place.
In the last newsletter there was an offer from the Aerie Retirement Village at Narrabundah. Dates have now changed.
Change of dates due to COVID-19
Please note that this visit has now been postponed to Thursday 10 September – 10:30am to 12:00 noon.
Is Anyone Interested In Finding Out What An Over 55 Independent Living Retirement Village Is? – And Fund Raising For CQ At The Same Time!
The managers of the Aerie Retirement Village in Narrabundah are offering us the opportunity to have a look at the Village (no big sell just a morning tea and a chance to have a look around the facilities). As part of their Community Connect Program they are offering a $500 Visa gift voucher donation to Canberra Quilters if we have at least 15 people come along. We think we should be able to get a big enough crowd to obtain the donation for CQ.
Date: postponed from Wednesday 25 March TO Thursday 10 September
Address: Aerie Retirement Village, 265 Goyder St Narrabundah
Meet at Villa 21, the Display Villa at for a 10:15 for a 10:30 start (car parking spaces are a bit limited so if you park at Red Hill shops I will meet you there at 10am and drive you the short distance to the Aerie).
RSVP by Wednesday 18 March: Thursday 3 September (evening meeting) Please let me know if you are planning on coming along just so we can give them an idea of how many to cater for the morning tea (and so I know if we need extra people to come along).
The following was delivered by email to members yesterday. Apologies if you get the message twice.
14 March 2020
COVID-19 – CORONAVIRUS
On Friday, 13 March, several members of the Committee and I met with Ms Kathy Ragless, AM, Director of Companion House and some key members of her staff. Members from HAGSOC were also present.
Ms Ragless advised that Companion House had activated its pandemic plan which could have a flow-on impact to other tenants of Block “C” at Cook. She advised that among its many services, Companion House is a functioning medical facility and has set up a room for its clients who may be experiencing respiratory issues. Where possible, these clients are met in the carpark and escorted to the room, however some clients may attend Companion House in the usual manner by coming in through the front door.
While the number of clients currently being assessed by Companion House for possible symptoms of COVID-19 are low, should there be an increase, Companion House or the ACT Government may seek to utilise the Hall. Canberra Quilters will be provided with ample notice should this occur.
There are some actions that Canberra Quilters members should be undertaking now – not only for their own health, but in consideration of other members.
If any member has recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with anyone who has travelled overseas, the Committee would ask that member not to attend any meetings for a minimum of 14 days on their return to Australia. While the Committee accepts the member may not be unwell, we do need to ensure that all members remain healthy.
The Committee is aware that many institutions are also cancelling domestic travel. We do not wish to restrict members who may have travelled within Australia, but please be aware of anyone you come into contact with and any impact on your health. If you do not feel well on return to Canberra, please do not attend any meetings.
Members who undertake the role of primary carer should give consideration as to whether they continue coming to meetings. The Committee does not wish to ask these members to not attend, but we do ask them to give close consideration to any possible risk to the individual for whom they are caring and make an informed decision as to whether they should continue attending Canberra Quilters’ meetings. We appreciate this may be a difficult decision but we encourage all members to monitor all health warnings as they are issued.
Again, if any member feels unwell generally, the Committee would ask that member not to attend any meetings at Canberra Quilters until they have recovered. The illness may not be related to COVID-19 but in the interests of all members, it is preferable that unwell members remain at home.
Hall – at this time, the hall is available for use and Wonderful Wednesday and evening meetings will continue. As the situation may change at short notice, please keep an eye on messages from our Bulletin or blog. Our social media sites will also be updated. Please share all messages – including this one – as widely as possible, particularly with those members who do not have access to the electronic messages.
We anticipate the AGM in April will go ahead but if the Hall becomes unavailable, we may need to hold it in our room or in the corridor of Block “C”. For the ongoing running of Canberra Quilters, it is legally required that the adjourned AGM go ahead and we urge members to attend so that a quorum can be established.
- If a room coordinator needs to step back due to their caring responsibilities, own health issues or for any other reason, please let Cornelia, Room Bookings Coordinator know so that opening/closing arrangements can be maintained. Contact details for the Room Bookings Coordinator are firstname.lastname@example.org or 62956214 where a message can be left.
- Hand sanitiser has been placed in the room – please use this on arrival at the room, and after going to the toilet upon re-entering the room.Companion House will ensure the shared toilets are cleaned regularly to avoid any contamination, and members may wish to use the disabled toilet adjacent to the room.
- Please do not overcrowd the room.It is important to ensure the room is well ventilated and that members have sufficient space between each other. Again, if you do not feel well please do not attend the meeting at all. If you become unwell during a meeting, please let the room coordinator know and leave as quickly as possible.
- Should you use any of Canberra Quilters sewing machines, please ensure they are wiped down after use using a wipe or a damp disposable paper towel.
- At the end of the session, the last person out (usually the room coordinator) should wipe down the door handles to the room (inside and outside). If wipes are not available, warm water with detergent and a disposable paper towel should be used.
The Committee realises that these steps may sound tedious but it is in the interests of the health and wellbeing of all members that we need to introduce these requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic to minimise any cross infection of members.
Noting the Prime Minister’s comments made late Friday afternoon that it is recommended that gatherings with more than 500 participants be not held, Canberra Quilters intends to liaise with the organisers of Craft Alive and be guided by their intentions. There is still some time before the event is due to be held, but in view of the lead time needed to advise stall holders, sponsors, and the public, the event may not go ahead. Once confirmation is received the Committee will formally advise members whether the display will or will not proceed.
I have just received advice from Expertise Events that AQC will be postponed to later in the year – with proposed dates of 20-23 August which follows closely on the scheduled dates for our Exhibition. It is too early to assess any potential impact on our Exhibition at this stage but the Committee will closely monitor developments and liaise with Expertise Events as appropriate. In the interim we encourage members to continue to complete their quilts and items for the Exhibition and Sales Room.
Should the ACT Government decide to close the building members and groups may wish to consider how they intend to keep in touch. Do they wish to meet elsewhere (a member’s home), communicate by email or use virtual technology. The Committee recognises that social interaction is a key reason members belong to Canberra Quilters and we would like this to continue in some form or other. Should the building be closed, we hope it will only be for a short time. The Committee, through the Room Bookings Coordinator, will keep you informed.
The Committee and I encourage you all to take care, look after your own health and be conscious of the impact that any cross infection may have on other Canberra Quilters members.
Congratulations to CQ founding member Wendy Saclier, for being awarded a medal in the Order of Australia, announced today.
Details of the bio:
Ms Wendy Anne SACLIER, Curtin ACT 2605
For service to the creative arts, and to women.
* Canberra Quilters Founding Member, 1976.
* National Council of Women Australia Member, since 2002.
* Member, Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre, since 1994.
* Volunteer, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since 2007.
Quilters Companion magazine has just announced the results of the Quilters Companion and Brother Hall of Fame. The pool of quilts to choose from was drawn from the first 100 issues of Quilters Companion magazine and voted on by readers.
Member Janelle Noack was successful in securing the 2nd runner up position in the Medallion category, for her quilt Pinchgut Valley.
You can see all the results here.
(Quilt in banner is also by Janelle.)
Congratulations go to members Jenny Bowker and Beth Miller who have been awarded category prizes at the World of Beauty exhibition, part of the International Quilt Festival currently being held in Houston, USA.
Jenny was awarded second place in the People, Portraits and Figures category for her quilt After the Last Sky.
Beth was awarded Third Place in the Fantasy/ Whimsy category for her quilt Bird Talk.
A number of other Australian quilters also exhibited and were awarded prizes at this show.
Further details and images of the award winning quilts can be seen here.
(Image in banner is another quilt by Jenny Bowker – Christmas Night Shining Bright. Image by Janet Cruise)
One of Canberra Quilters members, Fiona Hammond, is part of this exhibition, coming up at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
Member Dianne Firth is part of an exhibition opening this Friday-
Member Dianne Firth is having a solo exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre.
‘Poetry and Place’ by Dianne Firth opens at Belconnen Arts Centre on Friday 25 August at 5.30 and runs until Sunday 17 September. Dianne has created artworks from poems especially written by poets visiting Canberra last year for the ‘Poetry on the Move’ festival. They were asked to write about their experience of landscape and nature in Canberra for Dianne to interpret.
Congratulations to member Dianne Firth, who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honour list with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division. The award recognises Dianne’s service to landscape architecture and to education.
See the Canberra Times article.