Friends of Extension Quilt Day Camp

Twenty-three enthusiastic Friends of Extension met in Hamilton on June 30 for a quilting day camp. The night before the event, six attended the evening fun in Chillicothe, which featured good conversation and fat quarter games.

The event brought together Friends of Extension for an action-oriented day celebrating textile arts. The event was held in the Missouri Star Quilt Company retreat center in Hamilton, Mo. Hamilton is billed as Disneyland for Quilters, and several attendees mentioned they had the town on their wish list to visit so the extension day camp was the perfect time to make the trip.

The group consisted of MU Extension retirees, two from the state council, extension near-retirees, spouses, guests and active faculty and staff.
Director of Donor Education Cynthia Crawford coordinated the event. It is the first of its kind for Friends of Extension.

Kate King Decker called the day after the quilt camp to express how much she and Bob enjoyed the event and reconnecting with the organization and extension people. “As I expected, it was well-organized and interesting. I just couldn’t believe the development of Hamilton!”

Pat Buchanan beautifully expressed to the group why Tom and she chose to establish an endowment, and why she encourages others to consider what they can do for extension as donors.

Gene Scheider, of Camdenton, attended his first retiree event. His wife Margaret was very happy, as well to be part of the group. Bud Motsinger, retired agronomist, is now presiding commissioner in Caldwell County, and he made a point welcome the group and joined in the luncheon and program.

Mark your calendars!

June 1, 2016
Hamilton, Mo.
Friends of Extension Quilt Day Camp

About twenty minutes into the event, a group approached Crawford. “You’re going to do this again next year, aren’t you?”

She laughed, “We are now.”

photo: Cynthia Crawford shows part of a project to attendees at the quilt camp.
Quilt Day Camp was all about reconnecting and sharing ideas. Left to right: Annette Fitzgerald, Nellie Lamers, Amy Patillo and Cynthia Crawford

photo: Retired family financial education specialists catch up at a quilting table
In addition to sharing distinguished careers as family financial educators, Carole Bozworth and Annette Fitzgerald shared their enthusiasm for quilting in Hamilton.

photo: Patten holds up her quilt, which shows a farm scene and colorful patterns surrounding it
Retiree Mary Ann Patten started making this quilt to contribute to a raffle but, understandably, ended up keeping it for her own collection.
photo: Decker holds up fabric to illustrate something to fellow quilters
Kate King Decker is still creating with fabrics in Shelbina. Visiting Hamilton was on her wish list, so the retiree event was the perfect reason to make the trip.