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CGOA's 20th Anniversary
CGOA's 20th Anniversary
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(by Gwen Blakley Kinsler, 20th Anniversary Committee Member)

As the Founder, I find it hard to believe that in a flash, of threads, stitches, and most of all friends, so many years have passed! Where did the time go? There is no time like the present to begin planning a fabulous celebration for 2014 to honor all our members past and present who have contributed so much to our beloved organization.

A committee made up of Past Presidents, Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Pam Oddi, Karen Klemp, Tosca Mark, Marty Miller and Amy Shelton (Committee Chair), is in place and we’ve already been meeting to plan for  this important occasion. We decided to use the official colors for a 20th anniversary: green, white and platinum. Our theme will be Proud Past, Brilliant Future. And our 20th Anniversary Logo Design Contest has resulted in the logo you see here, created by CGOA Member Donna Wolfe. Donna received a $250 award from contest sponsor Crochetville. You will be seeing it on pins and many other things that will help spread the word far and near that CGOA is alive and well after 20 years! 

Stay tuned - we, the committee, have many more ideas and surprises in store for you...

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(by Gwen Blakley Kinsler, 20th Anniversary Committee Member)

The 20th Anniversary Celebration Committee has planned a sensational event chock-full of crochet-pride which will kick off the celebration at our annual conference in Manchester, NH, July 23-27 with a Cake and Champagne Reception on Thursday evening. Our new logo will be displayed on a delicious cake for all to enjoy.

Each Past President has taken on responsibility for various celebration activities. Pam Oddi came up with our wonderful tag line, Proud Past, Brilliant Future! Amy Shelton, Chair of the committee has stressed, “The celebration will reach out to all members whether they are able to attend the conference or not. Special incentives and surprises are in store for all!” The CGOA Cyber Chapter will host a Crochet-Along with a project designed by Renee Rogers. Amy has also designed a post card with the new logo that will be available for local yarn stores to print as a way to get the word out about the anniversary of CGOA with suggestions as to how the store might also celebrate!

Gwen Blakley Kinsler created the Logo Design Contest and has taken care of PR. Articles about our 20th anniversary will soon be appearing in Talking Crochet eNews, Interweave Crochet, Crochet Savvy Magazine, Vogue Crochet, and Yarn Market News. Be watching and show these CGOA highlights to your chapter friends. She has also worked with Design Contest Chair, Doris Chan, to add a special category this year: designs that interpret the proud history of CGOA.

Marty Miller is organizing some of the Past Presidents and other designers to offer free “make it-take it” projects during the conference.

Karen Klemp is promoting a contest in which the local CGOA chapters get involved to design a crocheted birthday cake! There will be prizes for the winning design, but all the cakes will be on display in the Marketplace and will be used as centerpieces at our Banquet/Fashion Show. Look for details in the Chapter newsletter.

The Commemorative Hook Committee is especially excited by this year’s choice of hook from Sharky’s Crochet Hooks because the official 20th Anniversary color, emerald green, has been incorporated into it along with a bonus charm that hangs from the head. Registered participants will be able to order this special hook. Commemorative pins and logo wear will also be available to purchase both at the conference and in a CGOA store at Café press.