Holiday Party 2017

December brought our annual holiday party and the mild temperatures brought a great turn-out. Some members came dressed for the season. Membership renewals continued as well as registrations for the March Retreat. This year, there was a treat bag for everyone, snacks, a game and a bevy of fabulous donated door prizes. (Thanks Program Committee for all your behind-the-scenes work.) Everyone got to choose which prize they were interested in prior to the drawing.

Directions for the February ‘Lightbox Challenge’ were ready for pick-up and members who didn’t have the directions for the January snowflake could still get a copy. 


Membership Meeting November 20, 2017 – Slab to Cab

November is always a busy month for Loose Bead members and this year was no exception: Annual renewals are due for 2018, the retreat is unveiled and of course, we have a presentation. On top of all that, Deb Dunn has been generously organizing door prizes for every meeting and members and guests get a ticket for the drawing as they enter the room. Dan volunteered to hand them out to members.

Geri and Maureen had samples of all thirteen of the retreat classes on display. It’s surprising to see them up close and personal and members took advantage of the chance to do just that as they select classes they want to take in March.

Meanwhile, across the room, Jill Erickson, the evening’s presenter and two partners from McGovern Park Senior Center had their own tables of samples to set-up and share. Barb Peterson is a participant in Jill’s lapidary class for the past three years and LBS member Denise Hohenfeldt assists in the metals class at the Center. They brought along cabs and finished pieces of jewelry.

Jill Erickson gave an animated presentation which included some audience call-and-response as she took those in attendance through the cabochon making process – step-by-step using a slide presentation prepared just for the evening. After the meeting members continued browsing the samples brought by Jill and her partners.

2017-10- 16 Annual Business Meeting

 Annual Business Meeting October 16, 2017

The annual business meeting included voting for the winners of this year’s ‘Festivals’ Challenge entries, voting for the changes to the by-laws and voting to fill vacant Board positions.

Susie Ragland introduced each of the candidates. They took a few minutes to explain their qualifications before the unanimous vote was held. 

Tris Withington will move into the President role.
Cindy Sporleder will act as President-elect in 2018.
Maureen Bartz will begin a second term as VP-Special Events.
Deb Dunn will begin her second year as VP-Programs.
Kathy Willmering will begin as Treasurer and
Julie Miller will begin as Secretary.

After the Board was voted on, changes to the By-laws were presented by Tris Withington and other members of her committee. The changes were also voted on unanimously.

Allyn Steffen, Treasurer presented the status of the Budget.

Challenge 2017 – Festival

While the number of Challenge entries was a bit sparse, the creativity used in the design and the skills used in execution was extremely high – as usual however, this year there were several 3D and animated entrees. Choosing winners was difficult.

Here are the beginner pieces.

Here are the intermediate pieces.

Here are the Advanced pieces.

And the winners:

Anne Gaska – First place Beginner (no photo available)
Laurie Sapienza – Second place Beginner 
Sue Grimyser – First place Intermediate
Toni Fohey – Second place Intermediate
Carol Surges – Third place Intermediate
Karen Domine and Kathy Willmering – tie First place Advanced
Traci Otte – Third place Advanced