A message from the CQ President: COVID19

March 15, 2020 | Posted in Member News | By

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.

Travel
Members with Caring Responsibilities
Feeling Unwell
Canberra Quilters’ Meetings and the AGM
The Room
Local Events
Closure of the Building

Travel 

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 with Caring Responsibilities

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.

Feeling Unwell

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.

Canberra Quilters’ Meetings

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.

The Room – while the building is open, Canberra Quilters plans to operate as normal but we do require a few additional processes.

  •  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 bookings@canberraquilters.org.au 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.

Local Events

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.

Closure of the Building

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.

Raylee Bielenberg
President

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting: 16 October

October 14, 2019 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 16 October, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

It is the bring and buy meeting, so bring sewing related supplies to sell, or bring your money.

Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

MEMEBERSHIP REMINDER. Membership fees are due on 1 January. You can join online or at the meeting. You need to be a member to borrow from the library, use the room and its facilities regularly, stand for the committee or exhibit and sell in the exhibition.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

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Wonderful Wednesday Meeting – 20 March

March 18, 2019 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 20 March, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

It is the bring and buy meeting, so bring sewing related supplies to sell, or bring your money.

Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

MEMEBERSHIP REMINDER. Membership fees were due on 1 January. You can join online or at the meeting. You need to be a member to borrow from the library, use the room and its facilities regularly, stand for the committee or exhibit and sell in the exhibition (by 31 March).

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

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Wonderful Wednesday Meeting – 20 February

February 18, 2019 | Posted in Meetings, membership | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 20 February, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

MEMEBERSHIP REMINDER. Membership fees were due on 1 January. You can join online or at the meeting. You need to be a member to borrow from the library, use the room and its facilities regularly, stand for the committee or exhibit and sell in the exhibition. 

The special themed show & tell this month is appliqué items – anything appliqué. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

At the February evening meeting the library held its annual fund raising sale. There were some bargains left over and these will be for sale at this meeting.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 16 January

January 14, 2019 | Posted in Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 16 January, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room. The library is open for the first half of the drop-in.

MEMEBERSHIP REMINDER. Membership fees were due on 1 January. You can join online or at the meeting. You need to be a member to borrow from the library, use the room and its facilities regularly, stand for the committee or exhibit and sell in the exhibition (by 31 March).

This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. The Appliqué Group is for members who like to do appliqué – learning from each other, getting help or working on a current project. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

This is the first meeting of the year. The ROWmakers design group are bringing their quilts/tops etc from previous years for special show and tell. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell.

At the February evening meeting the library is holding its annual fund raising sale. If you would like to donate books and patterns for the sale there is a box in the room. (Magazine donations are not wanted.)

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

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Evening Meeting – 6 December

December 6, 2018 | Posted in Meetings, membership | By

The evening meeting is tonight – Thursday, 6 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub. The meeting starts with formal committee (and other) reports and news, followed by an activity. This time it is Christmas.

Something to share with the Toy and Gift Drive, something for us with the Fat Quarter Swap, special Show and Tell with a Christmas theme, and Christmas supper – please bring a plate if you can!

Membership Renewal- Don’t forget membership fee is due on 1 January. Renew at the meeting. You need to be a member to stand for the AGM in March. You also need to be a member by 31 March in order to exhibit or sell at the Annual Exhibition in August.

Please bring something along for regular show & tell. We all like to see what everyone is working on.

All the usual meeting fun – lucky door prize, badge draw, raffle and regular show and tell. Don’t forget to stay and chat over a cuppa and check out the show and tell.

Library will be open at this meeting. This is the last evening meeting until February. Borrowing restrictions are relaxed for the summer holiday period.

(Image in banner is this year’s Best of Show, Blurring the Edges, by Beth and Trevor Reid. Image by Janet Cruise.)

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Sponsor News- Addicted to Fabric

November 30, 2018 | Posted in sponsor news | By

One of Canberra Quilters sponsors has introduced a new rewards program. With the introduction of the new sales system the old rewards cards are obsolete. As before, Canberra Quilters members will still receive a 10% on fabric purchases (excluding pre-cuts), but you need to be registered in the new system. You will need to show a current Canberra Quilters membership card when you register.

This is another advantage of being a member of Canberra Quilters – so don’t forget to renew your membership!

 

 

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Renew Membership now

March 26, 2018 | Posted in membership | By

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at a meeting or download the form and renew.

You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

Plus you will miss out on the other benefits of membership…use of the library, coming to drop ins, special interest groups and meetings, newsletter and shop discounts.

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Renew membership NOW!

March 19, 2018 | Posted in membership | By

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at a meeting or download the form and renew.

You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

Plus you will miss out on the other benefits of membership…use of the library, coming to drop ins, special interest groups and meetings, newsletter and shop discounts.

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Wonderful Wednesday meeting – 21 February

February 19, 2018 | Posted in Drop-in, Meetings | By

The next meeting is this Wednesday, 21 February, in the Hall at the Cook Community Hub, from 9.30am until 12.30pm. It is followed by a drop-in at the Canberra Quilters room, where the library will be open. This drop-in is also when the Appliqué Group meets. You don’t have to be part of this group to come to the drop-in.

For the themed show and tell this month, members are asked to bring floral/ garden quilts. Don’t forget to bring something for regular show & tell – perhaps your summer holiday projects.

There is also a library fund raising sale. Books excess to the library, donated books and other media, will be for sale in the Hall, for reasonable prices.

Membership renewals were due on 1 January – renew at the meeting!

The AGM is in March and you need to be a financial member to stand for the committee or vote at the meeting. You need to join by 31 March to exhibit or sell at the annual exhibition and sales room in August.

For new members, Wonderful Wednesday is held on the third Wednesday of each month except December, normally in the Hub Hall from 9.30am till 12.30pm. It is a good opportunity to do some handwork and meet for a chat. We have Raffles, Lucky Door Prize, and Name Badge Draw, some of the most wonderful morning tea fare and a themed Show and Tell plus the regular Show and Tell.

If you are a newcomer or you haven’t been for a while PLEASE come and sit at Christine’s table (WW convener) where ever that may be, until you get better acquainted with the other members.

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