Beads, Baubles &Bling of the BSOEPA

October 2015

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Message from the BSOEPA President

Dear Members,

I'm so excited for our new year to start !! It was so good to see everyone again and catch up at our September meeting.

We have some exciting things going on at our October meeting. We will be having a book sale this month to shed some older bead books, so bring your money and see if there is anything you need to get for your library. We will be accepting book donations from your personal stash to sell as well. All of the money that we make will go directly into the book fund so that we can purchase some new books for our members to borrow.

Our retreat this year with Liisa Turunen is all filled up! I want to thank Della, our retreat coordinator this year, for a great job getting a new teacher in such a short time span.

I was blown away when I was looking through all of the entries for our summer challenge. We have so much talent in our bead society! Bev and I will be taking all the entries to be judged and I'm looking forward to announcing the winners and showing you all of the entries submitted.

We are looking forward to providing you with some great programs at our meetings this year. We have already had a handful of members come forward volunteering to lead some upcoming programs, including Holly and Elizabeth who will guide us through this month's program: Bead Party Necklace.

All of you have a different vision of what we can do with beads so please think about sharing that with our members. Our society is nothing without you, so think about what you can do to help us grow as beaders.

To get a better idea of what types of programs, workshops and retreats you'd like to participate in, please take a moment to take our member survey. With your input, we can provide the events you want.

Coming up in November, if the stars align, we will be reviewing the by laws with the membership, so we encourage you to attend that meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

Kat Weisz

BSOEPA President

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October Member Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 7-9pm

St. Luke's Hospital, 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown, PA 18951

We will be meeting in the Ray Taylor Conference Room.

During our meeting this month:

-The winners of our 2015 Summer Bead Challenge are revealed--see all submitted entries

- Bring two of your handmade creations to talk about during Show & Tell

-Make this month's project: Bead Party Necklace (details below)

-Enjoy sips, snacks and socialization

October Program

Bead Party Necklace

Taught by Elizabeth Battjes and Holly Leifer

Any and all beads from your stash are invited to this party!


  • 1 spool non-tarnish wire, 26 gauge, in finish of choice
  • 40-60 assorted beads in all shapes and sizes. (The larger the bead sizes, the more chunkier the necklace. The more beads, the fuller the necklace.)
  • Clasp of choice in finish of choice (ie. lobster clasp)
  • Findings needed to attach clasp (ie. jumprings, etc
  • 10-20” chain of choice in finish of choice (Amount of chain needed is based on finished length preference.)
  • Wire cutters
  • 1-2 pliers to open and close jumprings if clasp requires
  • Beading mat or work surface
  • Magnification and/or task lamp

October Sips & Snacks Sign Up

Sips: Karen Sekella & Bernadette Sordini.

Snacks: Donna Quelly, Mary Jo Scott, & Judy Bollinger

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Donate Beads for a Good Cause

The ALS Association is having a Caregivers Day on November 15. They have asked us for bead donations for the jewelry making table (memory wire bracelets.) They do not have to be bead sets, orphans are okay, but no seed beads or plastic beads. If you are interested in helping at the event, which will be at Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, please contact Kathleen Edwards. Kathleen will collect beads at the October meeting.
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Put Your Beadwork on Display

Marty has reserved a display case to showcase our bead work during the month of November at the Whitehall Library in Allentown, PA. Each BSOEPA member can display 1-2 pieces of their work. If you are interested in participating, please bring your work to the October meeting in a clearly marked box/bag with a display stand if you have one. All pieces will be returned at the January Holiday Party and February Member Meeting. Please include the following details for each submitted piece:

  • Member Name
  • Identify if it's original work or reference the designer's name
  • Title of piece (your own title or reference designer's title)

Buck a Book

We will be selling old books from our BSOEPA Library. Each book will be sold for a buck. Bring old books from your stash to donate and sell too. All proceeds from the book sale will go back to the BSOEPA Library to buy new books for our members to borrow,

Kim Stathis Workshop

The Kim Stathis Workshop on October 3 and 4 was a success. Bead society members learned how to bead Kim's Minuet Bracelet and Eye of the Storm Necklace.

Retreat Update

The 2016 Bead Retreat was filled at our September 15, 2015 meeting. The current policy for filling our bead retreat is that members who are in attendance at the September meeting are registered first. We had 34 members in attendance and all 26 spaces for the retreat were filled at the meeting. Please do not send in a registration form and deposit check if you haven't already. If you are interested, we can add you to the cancellation list and notify you if anything changes. As you are probably aware, the bead retreat is a very popular event for our bead society members and due to the instructor's maximum participant capacity, the retreat can not accommodate all interested members. Our instructor was even kind enough to extend the maximum capacity and we still did not have enough spaces to accommodate our members' interest in the retreat. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Receiving Thanks from our 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Each year the BSOEPA donates a $500 scholarship to a student graduating Quakertown High School and pursuing a degree in the arts. Last year's recipient, Annika Lana, extends her thanks:
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Upcoming Sit N' Beads

Held in the Ray Taylor Room of St. Luke's Hospital from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Bring an unfinished project or a new one you're excited to start, along with a bead board or work surface, task lamp, magnification and brown bag lunch.

Saturday, December 5- Work on your Name Tag or other bead project

General Meeting Minutes from September 15, 2015

Attending: 34 members.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00p by Kat Weisz.

The club’s officers were introduced by Kat, our new President. Other new officers are Bev Kaelin, VP; Sue Nagele, Secretary; Elizabeth Battjes, Treasurer; Linda Horn and Marla Salezze, Program Coordinators; Marla Salezze, Membership Coordinator; Della Steward, Workshop and Retreat Coordinator; and Della Steward, Librarian. Kathleen Edwards continues as our webmistress.

Kat said a few words about the need for everyone to be involved in club activities in some fashion in order for the club to be successful.

Marla introduced the new Code of Conduct, which requires a signature and which will be posted on our membership form and workshop and retreat forms. By having it available on every form, our awareness of the need to behave civilly is reinforced. If you prefer not to sign multiple times, just indicate (after the first time) that you’ve already signed the code of conduct.

Elizabeth Battjes presented the Treasurer’s Report.

The minutes of the June meeting were not available tonight. Both June and September’s minutes will be presented for acceptance at October’s meeting.

Name Tags: Kat noted how many of our members don’t have name tags. Get your bead on, ladies! The October and December Sit‘n’Beads will be devoted to name-tag making.

Bead Fest: There was a discussion about what the Bead Fest organizers expect from people who sit at the BSOEPA table during the show. These expectations will be clarified and presented to the membership as soon as they are available.

Workshop: Our instructor is Kim Stathis. Dates are October 3 and 4. October 3 will be at St. Maria Goretti’s, and the project is the Minuet bracelet. October 4 will be in the Ray Taylor Conference Room at St. Luke’s hospital, and the project is the Eye of the Storm necklace. There are still openings for both classes. See our website for photos and the registration form. Supply lists will be sent as registrations are received. Please let me (Sue Nagele) know if you have registered and have not received the supply list yet. Kits will be available from Kim the day of the workshop.

2016 Retreat: Instructor is Liisa Turunen. Dates are March 18, 19 and 20, 2016; venue is Kirkridge in Bangor, PA; cost is $350. On Friday 3/18 Liisa will teach the Whiskers bracelet and earrings; on Saturday 3/19 she will teach the Prima Donna necklace; and on Sunday 3/20 we will learn the Lycoi bracelet. Skill level is intermediate. Liisa will have kits and a trunk show, with members receiving a 15% discount. Photos and registration form are available on the web site.

Newsletter: Marla Salezze has developed a newsletter for the club, which will be sent to our general membership two weeks before every next month’s meeting. It will contain messages from our President, Kat Weisz, as well as news on our programs, Sit n’Bead meetings, and other updates as available. The meeting minutes will be sent at the same time.

Facebook: Marla has also developed a FB page for our club. The opening page will contain general information, and there will be a group page, to which all members will receive an invitation. Look for that in your email.

Programs: At the October meeting Elizabeth Battjes and Holly Heifer will teach the “Party Time” necklace. Two samples of the necklace were available at September’s meeting. A photo and supply list will be available in the October newsletter.

Survey: Marla will be sending an internet survey to our members, asking for preferences and suggestions as to stitches you’re interested in learning, etc. Look for that in your email.

Greeters/bead buddies: Marla is asking for members to let her know if you’d be interested in sitting at the sign-in desk at our regular meetings (a one-meeting commitment) to say hello and to answer questions. Also, we’d like to have ‘bead buddies’ available to sit with guests, as needed, or to help members who need assistance, eg, with a particular stitch.

Whitehall Public Library: We have signed up with the library to display our work during the month of November. All pieces will be under lock and key throughout that time. If you’re interested in having one or more of your pieces included, please bring to the October meeting and give to Marty Beaton. Please identify all pieces with your name, the name of the piece, and the designer if appropriate.

Holiday Party: The church property we were scheduled to use does not permit alcohol. Linda Horn will investigate the possibility of using John’s Plain and Fancy Restaurant on 309 in Qtown instead.

Bylaws: A committee has been formed (Bev Kaelin, Elizabeth Battjes, Jeanette Jahn and Nan Burch) to update the club’s Bylaws to reflect actual practice, following ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’. The suggested changes will be distributed to the membership for vote as soon as the document is ready. The vote will be a simple ‘yay or nay’ to accept the changes or not.

The snack sign-up sheet was passed around.

Cindy Dami circulated a thank you received from the recipient of the club’s 2015 Quakertown High School Scholarship.

Bev will send a sympathy card, on behalf of the club, to Kathy Ramirez to acknowledge her husband’s recent death.

2015 Bead Challenge: All entries were submitted this evening, and winners will be announced at the October meeting.

Toot someone else’s horn: Elizabeth Battjes announced that Marla Salezze has three (3!) entries in the recently released ‘Creative Beading’ Volume 10. Way to go, Marla!

Sit’n’Bead meetings: Will be held during even months only (eg, October, December, February, April, etc.). The October and December meetings will be devoted to name-tag making.

Request for bead donations: The ALS Society has asked for donations of stringing-type beads (no seed or plastic beads). Please bring donations to the October meeting; Kathleen Edwards is making the collection.

Book Sale: Della Steward will cull the club’s library for old and no longer interesting books, and will present these for sale at the October meeting. Member-donated books will also be accepted for sale. All proceeds will go toward buying new books for the club library. Unsold books will be donated to a local public library.

There being no further business to discuss, this portion of the meeting adjourned at 7:55p. The business meeting was followed by a full show and tell session.

Respectfully submitted,

Sue Nagele, Substitute Secretary

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Treasurer's Report

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New & Noteworthy

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