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Welcome ATHA's new chapter




Pocatello, Idaho

 Meetings every fourth Saturday, 9 am - 12:30 pm, Bru House Gaililei, 502 N Main, Pocatello, ID. Contact Catherine Buttrick at [email protected] 

Photo: Standing, left to right: Patti Timm, Treasurer; Catherine Buttrick, Vice-President; Jana Fouladpour, Secretary. Seated: Lea McGinnis, President.


Your June/July 2024 ATHA Magazine is now online



ATHA Launches A MeetUp Project

The ATHA Tin Pedlar Chapter of Maine is the first participant in a pilot program designed to help ATHA chapters use MeetUp, an online calendar and meeting-announcement tool that helps organizations create and build communities centered on shared interests. For this program, ATHA is paying for a one-year subscription to MeetUp for two ATHA chapters selected to participate in the pilot.

ATHA may be expanding this program and would like to hear from other chapters interested in participating in the project.

MeetUp enables organizations, such as ATHA chapters, to promote upcoming meetings and their organization in an online setting in several ways: via email, in an online calendar and in an app accessible by all MeetUp members interested in meetings in particular geographical and subject areas. The meetings would not be held on MeetUp itself. Your chapter meetings would be held in the normal manner--in person, on Zoom, in Microsoft Teams or in any other manner you choose. To encourage new attendees, chapters should provide a program with an interesting topic for meetings listed on MeetUp.

The ATHA chapters selected for this program should (1) be interested in expanding their membership and meeting attendance and (2) should have a chapter member identified who will be able to handle the administrative details, meeting postings and incoming questions on MeetUp. Chapters that do not have a member who currently feels that they could handle MeetUp are welcome to apply to participate. ATHA will be providing some volunteer support to help make the most of the pilot program. This support could include training a chapter member to handle the MeetUp duties.

To be selected for this program, please send an email request to [email protected] with the following information:

  • The name of your chapter
  • The number of chapter members
  • The average number of people attending chapter meetings
  • Information about recent increases or decreases in chapter membership and meeting attendance
  • The name of the chapter member who would handle the MeetUp program for your chapter
  • The reason/s your chapter would be a good fit to participate in this first-ever meeting-support program.
Members of the ATHA board of directors will review the applications for the program and select two chapters for participation in the one-year program, based on the information provided in the applications. The second chapter selected for the MeetUp program will be notified by May 1, 2024.

ATTENTION:  Announcing the Chapter Grant Program

Do you want to increase your membership and promote rug hooking in your community? 

 ATHA can help!

ATHA is offering grants up to $300 to chapters interested in teaching beginning rug hookers. Whether your chapter is planning a hooking demonstration in the community or teaching a beginner’s class, ATHA can help you purchase the supplies. For more information, contact Gail Dufresne, Education Chair, [email protected] (609) 397-4885.


 ATHA Has a YouTube Channel!

New to traditional hooking? Have experience, but need some inspiration for your next project? The ATHA YouTube channel can help, whatever your skill level. ATHA education chair Gail Dufresne hosted a series of how-to videos on YouTube, most of them close to an hour in length. Topics include: Proddy, Getting Started With Traditional Rug Hooking, The Value of Values, and Floral Bouquets. Take a look--and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below each video. You'll find ATHA on YouTube as @atharugs.