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SCFS News: Fall 2019

SCFS News: Fall 2019

President’s Corner

Fall Greetings to So Cal Flame Surfers!

As I am bombarded with the ever-increasing onslaught of holiday marketing, I try to look past the ads and remember all that we should be thankful for. My thanks to you Flame Surfers for the support you have shown to our chapter and Beads of Courage over the last year. We had many memorable events in 2019 that would not have been possible without your participation and support.

We had two great events in September at Pacific Art Glass. First, our general meeting featured demos by Judy Carlson on making a coral cage bead and coral branch bead. Thanks, Judy, for sharing your skill and creativity with us!

We also had a successful Open Studio for the Beads of Courage Bead Challenge on September 28. We were thrilled to have visitors from two Beads of Courage families, CHOC staff, as well as volunteers from Wells Fargo Bank. Everyone had a great time making polymer clay beads and glass beads. Special thanks to BOC Board member Chrissy Peterson for helping organize this event and coordinating the volunteers and fund raising.

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SCFS members made 45 glass Courage Beads at the torch (see photo), and even gave some of our visitors a chance to make their own glass beads. Dolly Libby added some spice to the event (as usual) by making some “poop” beads to complement a dog she made for our visitors. Just goes to show that you can make anything cute by putting eyes on it! Our Bead Challenge donated over 1,130 glass and 350 polymer beads to Beads of Courage, along with $615 from fundraising activities during the event. Over 700 beads were donated by Charlie Warner; her presence and contributions for our family of artists will be greatly missed.

We will honor Charlie and celebrate our past and future during our final event of the year, our holiday meeting on December 7. We will have a special raffle, gift exchange, and opportunities to play with fire. See below for details.




December 7 Holiday Bash

  • Saturday, December 7, 11 am – 3pm
  • Wendy Leys’ House, 1372 Cameo Dr., Tustin, CA

Our 2019 Holiday Bash will be held at Wendy Leys’ home in Tustin. Please note the extended the meeting time to allow everyone plenty of time to eat and enjoy each other’s company. Bring a side dish or dessert to share; we will provide a hot main dish and drinks.

Raffle. We will have a holiday raffle featuring this beautiful sea turtle sculpture made for us by Beau Tsai. Open only to current or new members. There will be additional raffle prizes as well, including tools, and a necklace by Charlie Warner.

Photo Tribute for Charlie. Please send Wendy Leys your favorite photos of Charlie to share at the meeting. We will put together a slide show for all to see and remember the many ways Charlie enriched our lives. Wendy’s email: firesinger1@gmail.com

Demo/Open Torch. We will have several torches set up for members to make Courage Beads and demo their favorite bead for others to learn. Come by and play with fire!

Expanded Holiday Gift Exchange. We will have an expanded and more “interactive” gift exchange for this meeting. Please bring in a wrapped glass item of your creation, or a surplus tool, book or other item of interest to a glass artist. When it is your turn, you can either select a wrapped gift item, or “steal” a gift from one of the others.

Pot Luck. Please bring a warm or cold food item to share while you socialize during the event. We will provide drinks and utensils.

Beads of Courage Donation. Please remember to bring your Courage beads for donation at the meeting. Courage beads are always in short supply. Get a jump on spring cleaning by cleaning out your stash of old beads and donate them to BOC. Courage beads are those with a special theme, size, texture, or sculptural element (without exposed reactive glass). Your orphan beads make perfect Courage beads, so clean out your inventory and give encouragement to a child.

See you on December 7,

Steve Bay

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