Bill Niswonger - A Gentleman

Bill Niswonger left the GMC world in mid January after succumbing to the effects of prostate cancer. Those of us who came to know Bill cannot express how much we will miss him. He had a wicked sense of humor as anyone who experienced it can testify, but beneath that ready humor was a true gentleman. Marilyn and I first met Bill at the first Casa de Fruta roundup when we were parked next to Millie and him. Maybe because we saw "eye-to-eye" with both of us being above average height, Bill took it upon himself to explain just how Western States should operate. His dedication to Western States both then and subsequently was unmistakable.

Later on we all benefited from his interest and talent when he served as Northern California State Representative. He worked diligently to recruit and maintain northern and central Californians interest in Western States even though he was starting down the grim road.

At Petaluma in 1998 he and Millie ably assisted Bob and Vi Deal with the Sonoma Stomp roundup. Again his sense of humor prevailed. He took particular delight in upstaging whomever was attempting to be the master of ceremony. And with his presence he could do it without the microphone.

Unfortunately that was the last time we saw Bill. At the second Casa de Fruta last spring, he was unable to attend due to medical considerations. However he still maintained his interest and worked with Russ Ellis as California State Reps right along through the year.

When we get to Ukiah in April, let's all take a minute to remember Bill and his dedication to Western States. He may be gone, but we won't forget him.

Bill Harvey

 Redwood Millennium Roundup - April 24-29, 2000

From Nancy Pettit we hear: Ready or not … here we come! Plans are now complete for our roundup in Mendocino County. Thanks to our roundup masters, Ellamae and Roy Platz, we have a very busy schedule. In addition to several catered dinners and breakfasts, a winery tour, Sun House Museum tour (including a basketry demonstration), music, and a trip through the rhododendron gardens and redwoods, Beverly Lopez has graciously consented to present a "snippets" wall hanging seminar. We will need to limit participation to 25 people. (A sign up sheet will be available early on). Participants will need to bring small or large sharp scissors, a tweezer, a favorite fabric (if you wish), and enthusiasm to learn to be an artist with fabric. Kits (including fabric) will be assembled by Beverly and will cost around $10.

Also included will be a fashion show aimed at wearable weekend clothes that we can sandwich into our very limited GMC spaces. Models, please note: you will need to have neutral-colored hose and bone shoes if possible.

Billie Simmons has kindly agreed to present a short program for "first timers". We will have our usual show and tell (bring and blab) and question and answer session at this time, so bring your pointers so we can all benefit from one another's experiences … good or bad.

Don't forget your books for the exchange. Russ Ellis and Phyllis Richmond will once again run this at the swap meet.
The roundup is more than 5 weeks away, so you still have plenty of time to send your application. Roy tells us that he needs the registrations in by the 6th of April for those of you who want to go on the coast trip. This is because of the lead time needed for the scheduling of the buses out of Santa Rosa. A later registration date would be acceptable if you are not planning to take the coast trip. Please call Miki Singleton at (408)269-0638 or
Application, maps and schedule are included in this mailing.

 From Our Treasurer

Summary Report
12/13/99 through 02/17/00



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Miki Singleton, Treasurer

** Pending transfer of $900.00 in membership from the Albuquerque rally. That amount will be transferred to "Membership" when new members send back their applications.

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