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This is my first time to this group. I found it when I looked at the web site. I take Threads, but I must have missed this one.
I live in Monroe, a little east of Seattle. I am retired, which means that I am busier than when I was working. Part of my time is spent volunteering as a CTA (Clothing and Textile Advisor with the state Coop. Extention Service). It is fun to help others find a way to use their sewing for purpose and self expression.
Except for a few issues. I have Threads from the beginning. Just got out the issue on pin weaving for a class demo.
Looking forward to sharing with others.
Welcome to Gatherings, Pat. I am excited about the experiences you are bringing to our forum. Galey
I am curious about your Clothing and Textile Advisor with the Extension Service there. I am a Master Clothing Volunteer with the Extension Service in Mississippi. Would be interested in what you do, your training, etc. We are always looking for new ideas for our classes for both the public and our own continuing education.
I imagine that your Master program is very similiar to the CTA program. It was modeled after the Master Gardener program. It starts out with 50 hours of training once a year and then 50 hours of service is expected in about a year or so.
Once one has enough hours in, she can volunteer at the Sew Expo. and attend without paying. For some, that is the big draw. I would just as soon not bother, but our time volunteering earns money that helps to pay the Coordinator. Of late that job has been covered by a number of people, so it isn't the best of leadership.
I enjoy helping another gal who teachs sewing in the school system.
We must exchange more as time goes on,
Thanks for writing!
Sorry I couldn't get back right away. Our program sounds very much like yours and it was modeled on the Master Gardner program also. We have 30 hours of training and they are trying to shorten it, which I don't agree with. I was able to google and find a CTA website for Kitsap County, which was very interesting. We need to set up a good one too. I would like to hear what the training covers. How big is the group there? The website said you meet monthly. Is that just for CTA's or classes for the public? If for CTA's what do you do? Does each county decide their own program? Our county does a program for the public on the first Monday of the month. We are the most active county right now. The hurricane disrupted several of the other counties. Do you still have sewing in the schools? Ours were cut years ago. Sorry for all the questions but I'm really interested in finding ideas for our program.
I know there are programs in other states and would love to hear about them also if anyone else is out there.
This too will be short, I am trying to learn to use ebay!!
Our county is Snohomish and we have about 40 members. About half are really active, (like most groups, I think) Pierce County is the largest group (south of the Seattle area). King County is our largest area, but it has no CTA group. So people who live there go to other counties.
I was trained but the group that did all the training in 2000. Now we ddo our own trining. There have been many changes. First they tried to get everyone trained to a set of general methods. People thought that we were talking down to them. The aim now is to teach the CTAs how to set their teaching for others to learn. It is still a work in progress!!
I have kept the library together for a few years. It seems that most want it to store their own books! The time available to brouse is limited, so I am not sure of the answer!
More Later, Pat
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