Sew What Club


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


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Sew What Programs & Forums

2017 - 2018



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 19, 2018

Location: Southwestern Research Station 

Open to the community

The Honeymoon from Hell: India and Sri Lanka on a Tiny Budget

or  You Can Get a Hotel Room for $2 if You Don’t Mind Snakes

or  That Really is an Elephant Outside the Window 

Presented by Harold and Nancy Farmer


October 17, 2018

Location: Linda Jakse’s home 

Open to members and guests

Three topics: Chiricahua Leopard Frogs – close-up look at frogs in the pond; Getting to know members; Oktoberfest planning 


November 28, 2018 

Location: Portal Rescue classroom

Open to the community

What happens when you call 911 in Portal and Rodeo? 

Presented by Susanne Apitz and other Portal Rescue members


January 23, 2019

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Open to the community

The Wildlife of Cave Creek Canyon

Presented by Maya Decker


February 27, 2019

Location: Portal Rescue Classroom

Open to the community

The Secret Lives of Turkeys

Presented by Patty Reed & Fred Fox 


March 27, 2019 

Outing to Slaughter Ranch

From Texas Cattle Drives to the Geronimo Trail - The Legend & Legacy of John Horton Slaughter

Organized by Linda Pretty and Christina Hanisch


April 24, 2019 

Location: Jeanne Williams’s home 

Open to members and guests

Women of Sierra Linda Ranch

Presented by Jeanne Williams


May 22, 2019 

Location: Joy Mendez’s home

Open to members and guests

Cultural Appropriation and the Writing of Tortilla Moon

Presented by Gayle Jandrey 



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Sew What Forums

2017 - 2018

FORUMS - Open To The Community


October 5, 2018

Dr. Gordon Schuett

Rattlesnakes — New Discoveries

Portal Rescue Classroom 

7:00 p.m.


November 9, 2018

Dave Manning

The Old Man and the Vultures

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


November 16, 2018

Debb Johnson

Surviving Wildfire Through Community Firewise Practice

Portal Rescue Classroom 

7:00 p.m.


January 4, 2018

Tracy Hruska

Changing Land Use Trajectories of the Madrean Borderlands

Portal Rescue Classroom 

7:00 p.m.


January 18, 2019

Dr. Deni Seymour

Why Shouldn't I Pick Up That Arrowhead? (Stories of incredible finds and rare insights because someone did not pick up that arrowhead.)

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


February 8, 2019

Dr. Paul Hirt

Water in Arizona: Past, Present, Future

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


March 22, 2019

Dr. Peter Waser

How to Know Your Rodent Neighbors

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


April 5, 2019

Dr. Carmina Gutiérrez Gonzalez and Miguel Gomez  

Life at the Northern Jaguar Reserve

Portal Rescue Classroom

7:00 p.m.


April 12, 2019

Dr. Lyn Loveless

Nature and the Environment in Amish Life

Portal Rescue Classroom 

7:00 p.m.


May 10, 2019

Dr. Howard Topoff

Your Eyes, Your Brain, Your Gut: Which Should You Believe

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 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