Sew What Club

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Sew What Programs & Forums

2017 - 2018



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 20, 2017

Location: Southwestern Research Station

Cooperative Recovery - The Chiricahua Leopard Frog by Geoff Bender


October 18, 2017

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Living safely in wildfire prone areas – Firewise presentation by Mayra Moreno, AZ Forestry


November 29, 2017

Location: Pat Espenak’s home

Great American Total Eclipse of 2017: Personal Stories by Sew What Club members and Fred Espenak


January 24, 2018

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Who did this? A game to get to know Sew What Club members


February 28, 2018

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Memorizing Shadows along the Arizona Trail by Heidi Blankenship


March 21, 2018

Location: Outing to Silver City, NM

Exploring Silver City. Trails, galleries, fine dining, and more to come......


April 25, 2018

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Coping with Hearing Loss: How to Help your Healthcare Provider to Hear you and Vice Versa by Deborah Herzog


May 23, 2018

Location: Debb Johnson’s home

Circuit Writers – readings by members of the writing group


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Sew What Forums

2017 - 2018



FORUMS - Open To The Community


October 6, 2017

Nathan Newcomer

Protecting More Wilderness & Rivers in the Gila National Forest

Southwestern Research Station

7:00 p.m.


October 27, 2017

Drs. Carol Simon and Howard Topoff

Southern Africa Safari: Animals and Apartheid

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


November 10, 2017

Dr. Paul Hirt

How Innovations in Solar Energy, Electric Cars, and Battery Storage Are TransformingOur World

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


January 19, 2018

Dr. Pi Irwin, Dr. Barbara Ellis-Quinn, Dr. Ron Quinn and Zsombor Zoltan

Pilgrims, Not Vampires, in Transylvania

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


February 2, 2018

Sharon Minchak

Geology of Turkey Creek and the Chihuahuas

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


February 3, 2018

Sharon Minchak

Geology Field Trip to East Turkey Creek

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Portal Library to car pool to the East Turkey Creekdrainage.


February 9, 2018

Richard Winkler

The Malpai Borderlands Group: History, Mission and Succession

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


March 9, 2018

Adelheid Fischer

In the Footsteps of Mystery and Wonder: Three Decades of Trailing Scientists in theField

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


March 23, 2018

Ron Kaczor

Gobekli Tepe: Possibly the World’s First Temple, Located in SE Turkey, Challenges theConventional View of the Rise of Civilization.

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


April 6, 2018

Keith Stanford

That Native Flute: The History of How it is Made and How it is Played

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


April 13, 2018

Dr. Michele Lanan

The Inside Scoop on Local Ants

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


May 4, 2018

Ray Mendez

Work as Play: Images and Conversations About Designing Exhibits that Teach and Look at the World Through the Lens of a Naturalist

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.



SewWhat Group 10-28-09

Officers (2017 - 2018)


Co-President: Anne Morris


Co-Vice Presidents: Teri Denison
Marge Cooley

Co-Secretaries: Carolyn Dearing
Christina Hanish

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 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