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Our Board of Directors extends an invitation to members to attend our Board meetings. We are grateful to the Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW  for the spacious room which they have provided.  Public parking is free within a block; note the times of parking on the street.  Please let us know if you’d like to attend, through We look forward to hearing from you.

WHAT: Ujamaa Grandmas Board Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 3:45 PM (private residence)
Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Marda Loop ATB at 2140 34th Avenue SW


Welcome to 2019. Sew Days continue at Along Came Quilting.
On January 23rd we will be doing smaller projects, including “Hidden Hanger Holders” and jewelry rolls. Kits and instructions will be available, but you might have some great fabric that you want to bring and contribute as well. It’s a good day to come and learn about new projects and to visit with other members. You will receive an email about a week before to confirm your attendance and give you a list of supplies needed. Visitors to the store are welcome to come in and see what we are making.
Any questions? Please email That email is checked twice a week.
And DON’T FORGET YOUR LUNCH and a water bottle if you need one.

WHAT: Sew Day
WHEN: January 23, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Along Came Quilting at 6432 1A St. SW



Happy New Year to you all. May the coming year enable us to continue to share experiences with each other while raising awareness of, and funds for, the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

I’ve chosen two quotes that I’d like to share with you from the delightful The Little Book of African Wisdom given to me by a friend. I feel they relate to our G2G efforts.

‘Hope is the pillar of the world’ (from Chad, Niger and Nigeria), and

‘Happiness requires something to do, something to love and something to hope for’ (from East Africa).

We read about all the hope expressed in the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s (SLF) Grassroots publications. The Fall 2018 issue highlighted evidence presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference held this summer in Amsterdam that strongly supports the effectiveness of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) interventions. The approach of CBOs funded by the SLF includes holistic programming, peer support for teens, economic empowerment for caregivers and community outreach/dialogue/education. And we provide the funds and hope to SLF so that their efforts continue to minimize the HIV and AIDS pandemic. The key focus in this issue is ‘living positively’. It features how one young woman (HIV-positive) who is a youth peer counsellor and leader with a Ugandan CBO has positively influenced countless youth. She has helped them understand the need to continue their medications through an adolescent clinic established by the CBO. She stated that she ‘is happy to say that viral loads amongst youth …. are much lower now’. It is an inspiring report. You can read more of this issue on the Stephen Lewis Foundation website.

The UG Board continues to be hard at work. At our next meeting on January 5th, we will be discussing draft Financial Policies as well as the draft Functional Organizational Chart. The final recovery for the BB&B funds is $6,601.35. Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to tell others of our loss. The Root Cause Review committee has completed their interviews and will present their report at a later Board meeting. We will be hosting the combined South and North Gathering on Thursday, January 24th at 1:00 PM, to be held at the Foothills Lutheran Church. We will welcome Mary Baker as she presents her SLF trip to Uganda and Tanzania in the spring of 2018. Also, the UG AGM is scheduled for Sunday, April 7th at Christ Church. Plan to attend as much has happened in 2018, and we’ll be celebrating our many successes!

In the coming year, my ‘hope’ is that we continue with the HOPE of providing funds so that the SLF CBOs can continue their efforts to support and educate those with HIV as well as experiencing the HAPPINESS of working together to achieve this. Our collective involvement as volunteers is phenomenal! We’d love to hear of ideas for more non-crafting fundraisers.
Thank you all.

Jan Geggie, President