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A Memorable Quilts of Valor Presentation

On Tuesday, September 13th, the Forest Acres Quilting Club was excited to award our first Quilt of Valor to Melvin Gottula at the Gold Crest Retirement Center in Adams, Nebraska. Mel served in the Navy during World War II and turned 100- years-old on April 1st of this year. The presentation was held in the reception area at the back of the chapel at Gold Crest. Family members in attendance were Mel's son-in-law, Dan Vanderbeek, and his granddaughter, Jaycie Vanderbeek. To start the presentation, two of our club members told the audience about the mission of the Quilts of Valor organization which is "to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Va

The Undeniable Power of a Group Project

Since retiring from teaching, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my quilting business -- how to get started, what I can do to attract customers, what services I can offer to my customers, what I can do to expand my quilting experiences, and what can I do to add some volunteer activities to my time. I was already familiar with the Quilts of Valor program and always thought that would be something that I would like to do. As I thought about getting involved with QOV, I realized that it would be fun to make quilts with a group of people rather than just doing it alone. While I am just fine spending my day quilting in my sewing room all by myself, I also realized that in retirement I wou



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