Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Upcoming September We CAN! meeting

"A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum -- of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold." Henry Miller

 Our We CAN meeting will be Monday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Barbara Eliason's home at 430 N. Loafer Drive in Elk Ridge.  We will be working on ornaments for our Festival of Trees tree.  
 We will also be collecting books for  Reading Tree. Books can be children's adults, paperback or hardback.  Children's books will be donated to schools, family literacy programs and International libraries.  Approximately 1.6 million books per year are donated to charity.  Some books are sold to pay for programs.  (Don't go buy new books, just donate books you don't need or want.)

We will have a potluck lunch. Come and bring a friend!

"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you." - Mortimer Adler

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Whatever We Learn To Do

"Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave." - Aristotle
Rae Lee and Ardis cutting out ties
 We met at Kristin's home for our August We CAN meeting.   We have found some successful items that consistently do well at the boutique.  We made 18 Missionary Christmas Stockings that will be sold at the Festival of Trees Gift Boutique at the end of November.  .
Kristin, Carolyn and Lynn assemble the stockings after they are sewn together.
 After the stockings are assembled with collars and ties, Lynn adds a black Missionary name tag to each one
The money that is raised at the Festival of Trees goes to help children at Primary Childrens Medical Center, who otherwise could not afford to get medical treatment, get the services they need.  We enjoy helping with this Festival every year because not only is it a worthy cause, but also because 100% of the money raised goes to help the children.  This year Festival of Trees will be November 28 through  December 1, 2012 at South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.
"One out of nine children who walk in the doors of Primary Children’s Medical Center cannot afford to pay for their medical costs.  Primary Children’s charity care program ensures that every child receives the best medical care possible, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.  Last year, more than $14.3 million charity care dollars were used to cover over 14,057 hospital visits at Primary Children's Medical Center. In addition to charity care, Festival of Trees supports programs at the hospital such as music therapy.  A licensed music therapist works full-time at Primary Children’s using music for pain management, physical therapy, and emotional release.  Festival of Trees also supports research programs at the hospital for children suffering from cancer, heart disease, prematurity, and other illnesses and injuries." ~from Festival of, 2012
Rae Lee, Krstin, Carolyn, Lynn and Ardis ~ and Sandy behind the camera
We always have a delicious potluck lunch, with a lovely variety of food to enjoy~ these ladies are great cooks!

"It is never too late to be who you might have been." ~ George Eliot