Each year, Delmar Progress Club’s Knitting Group displays a Giving Tree in the lobby of the Bethlehem Public Library adorned with winter ware they made by hand throughout the year.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
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Although the group is service-based and works to give back to the community, it also has a social function. Knitters meet once a month to work as a group, but also chat and catch up on each other’s lives. They attend a workshop a few times each year to learn new patterns and go out to lunch afterward.
The club as a whole puts on about two events or group meetings each week.
“It’s a wonderful way to meet other women, especially if you just retired,” said Mary DeGroff, who developed many new friendships since joining the Progress Club in 1990.
Wilma DeLucco, the club’s president, said the Progress Club has 260 members but membership is down from years past. There use to be a waiting list. In fact, Joan Barron said when she first joined in 1966, a spot only opened up when a member passed away. That’s not the case today.
“We are always looking for new members,” DeLucco said, especially since at each meeting collections are taken for the Bethlehem Food Pantry, local domestic violence shelters and the Home Energy Assistance Program for seniors. Prospective club members need two current members to sponsor them, but some activities are open to the public.
DeLucco and Brown said any women who wish to learn how to knit or crochet can attend the Knitting Group meetings on the last Friday of each month at the Bethlehem Public Library. Residents can also donate items they have knitted to the group to be given to local charities or can also donate extra yarn, knitting or crochet equipment to be put to good use.
The group’s Giving Tree will be standing at the Bethlehem Public Library from Saturday, Dec. 15, until Christmas. None of the pieces on the tree are for sale, but members said they would help teach anyone who sees a pattern they would like to learn to knit.