The Red Rose Quilters Guild of Lancaster County celebrated its first 25 years on Oct. 11 at the Country Table banquet room in Manheim.It was a festive occasion featuring a mini-workshop, a reminiscence from the first president, Donna Lucidi, videos of the first Red Rose quilt show, and a challenge quilt contest won by Julie Brodersen.

The first official meeting of the guild was held in January of 1983 with 28 women in attendance. Those charter members had several goals: to promote the art of quilting through an active program of education and study, to maintain the quilting tradition which is an important part of Lancaster County history, and to provide a venue for work and fellowship with other quilters. The guild has since grown to 175 members who represent all age groups and levels of quilting skill.

For many years, the guild has been active in charity work.

Two hundred quilts and over two hundred tote bags filled with toiletries are made each year and donated to Domestic Violence Services, Transitional Living, and Milagro House. Special quilts are also given to AseraCare Hospice for Alzheimer patients. During the past two years, the guild has been making red, white, and blue quilts for the Quilts of Valor program which donates quilts to wounded veterans at VA hospitals in the state of Pennsylvania. More than one hundred of these quilts were given to wounded and disabled soldiers each year.

The Red Rose Quilters Guild meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Landis Homes West Community Room, 1001 E. Oregon Road in Lititz. Membership is open to residents of Lancaster County and surrounding areas. Programs feature national and local speakers, workshops on new techniques, and "show and tell" of projects made by individuals.

The Nov. 11 meeting will feature Anne Holte who will discuss "Antique-Looking Machine Quilting."

For more information, readers may contact Kim Loar at 299-4040 or visit our website at www.redrosequiltersguild.com.

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