Sew What Club


SewWhat Group 10-28-09

Officers (2018 - 2019)


Co-Presidents: Anne Morris
ClaudiaNelson

Vice President: Marge Cooley

Co-Secretary: Christina Hanish

Treasurer & Membership:Donna Meenach


Mailing Address: PO Box 16154
Portal, AZ 85632


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Sew What Programs & Forums

2019 - 2020


PROGRAMS - Open To Members

The Community 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 25, 2019

Location - SWRS - 11:00am (AZ)

Hostesses - Brenda Schmidt & Donna Meenach

Program topic: Celebrating 100 Years of Sew What!

Presented by Delane Blondeau

Open to community


October 23, 2019

Location - Portal Rescue Classroom 11:00am (AZ)

Hostesses -Sara Stumbo & Gail Haggee

Program topic: Travelling into Antarctica

Presented b Debb & Bud Johnson

Open to members & guests


October 26, 2019

O K T O B E R F E S T - OPEN TO COMMUNITY IN FRONT OF PORTAL LIBRARY


November 13, 2019

Location - Susanne Apitz’ home 11:00am (AZ)

Hostesses - Delane Blondeau & Susanne Apitz

Program topic: Women in the Military Way back when..

Presented by Zola Stoltz & Ana Mae Frank

Open to members & guests


January 22, 2020

Location - Portal Rescue Classroom 11:00am (AZ)

Program coordinator - Alicia Davidson

Hostesses - Mary Lacy & Barbara Ellis-Quinn

Program topic: Bees, Honey Making, Making mead from honey

Presented by Carvin Wilson

Open to community


February 26, 2020

Location - Portal Rescue Classroom 11:00am (AZ)

Program coordinator - Susanne Apitz

Hostesses - Pat Espenak & Karen Beckenback

Program topic: Naiche: Last Hereditary Chief of the Chiricahua Apaches

Presented by Bill Cavaliere

Open to community


March 25, 2020

Location - Outing to Deming Museum (Time to be determined)

Program coordinator - Alicia Davidson


April 22, 2020

Location - Patricia Esser’s home 11:00am (AZ)

Program coordinator - Susanne Apitz

Hostesses - Patricia Esser & Jenny Knapp

Program topic: Writers’ Circuit

Presented by local writers

Open to members & guests


May 27, 2020

Location - Joy Mendez’ home - if not windy 11:00am (AZ)

If windy, Portal Rescue Classroom

Program coordinator - Sara Stumbo

Hostesses - Joy Mendez & Debb Johnson

Program topic: Artsy-Craftsy Hands onand meeting new scholarship recipients

Presented by Sara Stumbo and local artist(s)

Open to members & guests




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Sew What Forums

Open To The Community


4 October 2019

Dr. Eric Kaldahl

Southeastern Arizona Archaeology

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



25 October 2019

Dr. John Barthelme

Neanderthals, Denisovans and Early Modern Humans: Recent Evidence and Interpretation

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



22 November 2019

Karin McQuillan

A Combat Photographer’s Personal Record of World War II

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



17 January 2020

Craig McEwan

Humanity's Obsession With Pepper: A Great Plant Dispersal Story of the Americas

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



7 February 2020

Ray Mendez

A 48 year adventure in the Trinidadian Rainforest or how one thing
leads to another.


Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



21 February

Erin Posthumus

Batty for blooms: How You Can Help Nectar-feeding Bats by Tracking Agave Flowering

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



6 March 2020

Dr. Lynn Haugen

Life Among Laughing Frogs in the Amazonian Rainforest

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



20 March 2020

Dr. Paul Hirt

Community Solar for Portal

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



17 April 2020

Dr. Michele Lanan

Evolution of a Marvelous Valve in the Gut of Ants

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



8 May 2020

Diana Hadley

Branding the Diamond A: Early Ranching in New Mexico’s Bootheel (1880-1950)

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.

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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 theprogressive improvement of community and personal life. It snail offer community forums,which are programs of local, state, national and international interest and importance. The dubshall 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 ChristmasCharities Nursing Home Project, Portal Rescue, the Portal Library, the Rodeo CommunityCenter, 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 orotherwise 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 acquiredis 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 accountsof 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 andempowered to pay reasonable reimbursement for services rendered. In the event of dissolution orthe impossibility of performing the purposes herein described, the assets shall be distributed to acharitable 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 bePresident, Vice President. Secretary and Treasurer. They shall be elected by the generalmembership 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 disbursesuch funds on request of the President or appointed members so designated A bankaccount shall be maintained for deposit and distribution.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall serve a term of one year and will be nominated by aNominating 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. Noticeshall 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 scheduledmeeting. A vote of fifty-one percent of the quorum shall be required to pass any motion. Allmeetings 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