As I discussed in my last blog post, I just found out there is a National Crochet Month and there is a Crochet Guild of America. I am not surprised that I just learned this, I have only this last year committed to joining the larger crochet community. I have been enjoying every day since I decided to take that leap. It has lead to me to learn so many things I didn’t even know that I wanted to learn. One of the 25 things, from the Red Heart- Heart Strings Blog, to do during National Crochet Month, is join the Crochet Guild of America.
So, I thought I would look into it. According to the website, www.crochet.org, “As is the only national organization dedicated to the craft of crochet, CGOA provides the opportunity for members to learn more about crochet, be inspired by innovative designs, and connect with other passionate crocheters.”
Good first pitch. But how did the CGOA come to be? Gwen Blakley Kinsler wanted to attend a crochet only conference, there was not one in existence, so she decided to create one. From 1991 to 1994, Gwen worked diligently, to bring about the The Chain Link crochet conference, “Ancient Roots, New Beginnings,” which took place in Chicago, Illinois in August of 1994. At the second conference, in 1995, attendees voted to establish the CGOA. The CGOA was earned its 501(c)(3) status in October of 1995. CGOA was “run and managed by volunteers during its first 10 years”, and received day-to-day business support from the Craft Yarn Council “(1997-2002); Reach Unlimited (2002-2003); Offinger Management Company (2003-2017); and now Celtic Chicago (2017). Today, CGOA is still the ONLY organization exclusively for crocheters.”
What a great way to start an organization, a conference. So, when is the conference this year? July 25-28 in Portland, Oregon. Registration will open Mid-April. This is really close to home, only a nine-hour drive. I couldn’t seem to find the price to attend the conference online, maybe that won’t be up until Mid-April.
But I probably will receive a discount on the conference ticket price if I become a member of CGOA. Membership. Member ship for an individual is $35.00 for individuals in the U.S. and the benefits of membership are many.
There are also CGOA chapters that CGOA members can join, but, of course, there is not one in Reno. And, I don’t have the capacity to start one right now, so, I will stick with the online crochet community for now.
I am really excited by the CGOA, I am absolutely going to become a member.
Are you a member of the CGOA? Have you attended the Chain Link Crochet Conference? Are you a member of an organization for your hobby or business? What has your experience been with membership? Have you attended an industry conference? Let’s talk!