Sew What Club


Sew What Programs & Forums

2016 - 2017

PROGRAMS - Open To Members

The Public Is Invited To Attend All Presentations Held In The Portal Rescue Classroom

All meetings begin at 11:00 am sharp AZ time, followed by lunch, unless otherwise noted.  We will conduct our business after lunch and the departure of guests and other participants who do not wish to stay.

September 21, 2016

Location: Southwestern Research Station 

Co-hostesses:  Linda Pretty and Karen Beckenbach

Program committee representative:  Bonnie Bowen

Portal to the Galápagos: Travelers' Tales

October 26, 2016

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom 

Co-hostesses:  Mary Winkler and Tamara Winkler

Program committee representative:  Bonnie Bowen

Hunger Relief in Southern Arizona by Nell Worden, from the Willcox Food Bank

Nov 17, 2016

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Co-hostesses:  Alice Newton & Marsha Rodrigues

Program committee representative:  Debb Johnson

Harris' Hawks by Debb Johnson

January 25, 2017

Location: Home Of Pat Espenak

Co-hostesses:  Pat Espenak and Marge Cooley

Program committee representative:  Jeanne Williams

Tokyo: 1956 and 2016 by Delane Blondeau and Sharon Richins

February 15, 2017

Location: Outing to the Amerind Museum, Dragoon, AZ 

Co-hostesses:  Susanne Apitz and Bonnie Bowen

Program committee representative and outing organizer:  Marsha Rodrigues

Amerind Museum

March 22, 2017

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Co-hostesses:  Marge Cooley and Gerry Hernbrode

Program committee representative:  Debb Johnson 

A Durable Fire: Three true life-long love stories of these mountains by Jeanne Williams and Deborah Galloway

April 26, 2017

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Co-hostesses:  Vicki Beno & Gerry Hernbrode

Program committee representative:  Debb Johnson

Rafting through the Grand Canyon by Karen Beckenbach

May 24, 2017

Location: Joy Mendez's home

Co-hostesses:  Joy Mendez and Linda Jakse

Program committee representative:  Bonnie Bowen

The story of rescuing horses and Harmony and Hope Horse Haven by Ruth Plenty



2016 - 2017

7 October 2016
Wynne Brown 
Botanizing Amid the “Wild Beasts and Savages”: Sara and John Lemmon in the  Chiricahuas, 1881-1882
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

21 October 2016
Dr Julian Lee 
Why Birds are Reptiles
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

18 November 2016
Dr. Peter Waser 
The Isle of Serendip
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

6 January 2017
Dr. Philip Hedrick
Yellowstone, Isle Royale, and Mexican Wolves: Genetics and Conservation
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

20 January 2017
Judith Fortney 
World War II in the Indian Ocean
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

27 January 2017
Dr. Howard Topoff
Laugh Night
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

10 February 2017
Dr. Nick Waser
Polygamy and Divorce in Plant-Pollinator Relationships--What the Last 40 years of Research Tells Us
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

3 March
Dr. Mary Price 
The Cache-and-Carry Economy of Seed-Eating Desert Rodents
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

17 March
Elaine Moisan & Ron Kaczor
Where East Meets West: A Journey Exploring the Rich History and Unique Cultures of Turkey
Portal Rescue Classroom

7 April 2017
Bob Rodrigues 
Madagascar Travels
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.

5 May 2017
Fred Espenak 
The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017
Portal Rescue Classroom
7:00 p.m.


SewWhat Group 10-28-09

Officers (2014 - 2015)

Presidents:   Karen Beckenbach 
                     Ann Morris                     

Vice Presidents:  Teri Denison
                            Marge Cooley

Secretary:           Ying Gravel

Treasurer & Membership: Donna Meenach

Mailing Address: PO Box 16154
                              Portal, AZ 85632

Articles Of Association

Article 1.       Name

The name of this association shall be Sew What?

Article II.      Purpose.

This association shall provide for members to pool their ideas, judgment and expertise for the progressive improvement of community and personal life. It snail offer community forums,which are programs of local, state, national and international interest and importance. The dub shall offer such activities as it may deem appropriate to educate and entertain its members. Itshall support charitable programs such as the Sew What? Scholarship Fund, the Christmas Charities Nursing Home Project, Portal Rescue, the Portal Library, the Rodeo Community Center, and the San Simon and other schools.

Article III.     This association is organized for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Article IV.     Legislative or Political Activities.

No substantial part of the activities of the association shall be distributing propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The association shall not participate in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Article V.      Limitations.

Any property, moneys or other items of value belonging to this association or hereafter acquired is and shall be irrevocably dedicated to the herein described purposes, and no individual shall be entitled at any time, including at dissolution, to receive any benefits from the properly or accounts of the association. No part of the net earnings of the association shall be distributed fruits members, directors, officers or other private persons, except that the -""association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable reimbursement for services rendered. In the event of dissolution or the impossibility of performing the purposes herein described, the assets shall be distributed to a charitable organization which is exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The first choice would be local charitable organizations that we have supported in the past.

Article VI.     Membership and Dues.

Section 1. Membership in this association shall be open to all interested women.

Section 2. The annual dues shall be determined by vote of the members at any meeting.

Section 3. Each individual member shall be entitled to one vote in the business of the association.

Section 4. The fiscal year shall start September 1 and end on August 31.

Article VII.     Officers and Duties,

Section I. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers. The officers shall be President, Vice President. Secretary and Treasurer. They shall be elected by the general membership at the Ma\ meeting. The terms of office shall be one year.

Part a. The President shall preside at meetings. She shall appoint such standing and  special committees as may be necessary and shall perform other duties that usually pertain to the office of president.

Part b. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall preside at all meetings. In case of vacancy of the office of President, the Vice President shall assume the title and duties of President.

Part c. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings. She shall be the custodian of-all official papers and records. She shall keep a current list of officers and members of the club.

Part d. The Treasurer shall collect all moneys belonging to the dub and shall disburse such funds on request of the President or appointed members so designated A bank account shall be maintained for deposit and distribution.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall serve a term of one year and will be nominated by a Nominating Committee and offered for approval at the annual membership meeting.

Article VIII.    Meetings.

Section 1. The association shall hold monthly meetings from September to May. Notice shall be given to the membership at least one week prior to all meetings.

Section 2 The club shall establish committees to meet at intervals allowing them to meet their objectives. Committees shall include, but are not limited to. Programs and Forums, Forum Setup. Scholarships, Nursing Home, Nominating. Christmas Program, Ways and Means, Publicity. Membership Booklet, E-mail and Telephone Contact, Facility Reservations, and Historian.

Section 3. A quorum shall be the number of members present at a regularly scheduled meeting. A vote of fifty-one percent of the quorum shall be required to pass any motion. All meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order Revised.

Article IX.     Amendments

Amendments shall be added or changed as needed by a majority vote of members present at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Proposed amendments to the bylaws shall be communicated to the members one week before the meeting.

© Howard Topoff 2011