Portal, AZ - Rodeo, NM

Serving The Communities Of Portal and Rodeo  (www.portal-rodeo.com)

Sew What Club

Officers (2022)

President:  JJ Pooley                    

Vice President: Susanne Apitz

Secretary:    Christina Hanisch

Treasurer & Membership: Donna Meenach

Mailing Address: PO Box 16154       

Portal, AZ 85632

For information about membership, contact the Treasurer (Donna) at:


Sew What Forums & Programs

Forums occur once each month, usually on Friday evenings. They are held in the Portal Rescue Classroom and are always open to the community. Programs are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. They typically occur at a members home, and are followed by a business meeting. These are open to members only. However, some Programs are also held in the Portal Rescue Classroom and these Programs are also open to the community. Check the portal-rodeo.com Community Calendar, which lists all the Forums and Programs and includes who is invited to attend.



Flashes of Brilliance: The Science and Wonder of Arizona Lightning 

Ron Holle, meteorologist                               rholle@earthlink.net

October 4, 2024                                            7:00 pm

Portal Rescue Classroom                             


Sonoran Desert: View from Aravaipa Canyon

Phil Hedrick                                                   philip.hedrick@asu.edu

October 18, 2024                                          7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                            

Social Ecology — Living Sustainably With the Earth 

Rod Rylander                                                rylander@yandex.com

November 15, 2024                                      7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                             

Beasts of the Border, Jaguars, Human Predators and the Wall

Scott Huber                                                   wmscotthuber@gmail.com

January 17, 2025                                          7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                             

Through Trilobite Eyes: A Natural History of the Paleozoic Era 

Dr. Chris Cunningham                                   arctinurus@icloud.com                            

February 7, 2025                                          7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                             

Thirty Years With the Ngogo Chimpanzees 

Dr. John Mitani                                              mitani@umich.edu

February 28, 2025                                        7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                             

Rock Art and Prehistoric Land Use on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon 

Connie Zweifel                                               conniezweifel@gmail.com

March 14, 2025                                             7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                            

A Camel Caravan in the Deep Sahara Desert from Taoudenni to Timbuktu: Geology, Archaeology and Natural History

Dr. John Barthelme                                       jbarthelme@stlawu.edu

April 4, 2025                                                 7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                             

A Brief History of Haiku: Seasons of Beauty, Insight and Wit

Dr. Deborah Bowman                                   dbowmanphd@gmail.com

May 2, 2025                                                  7:00 p.m.

Portal Rescue Classroom                             


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.