(See verse at bottom of newsletter sent from Diana to be included.)


JUNE 4, 2000

The names squares are in!!! Diana will begin sewing any day now. If you still have squares that have not been sent to Diana, please do so now. There will also be an auction quilt, a friends quilt and a memory quilt so there is room for more squares if you did not get your other one in to her on time. The Friends Quilt will also be shown in Washington, DC so your square can be represented. Deadline for the Friends Quilt is June 30 and deadline for the Auction quilt is July 31.

The Trip: If you think you can make the trip and have not already done so, please send an e-mail to either Elaine (button) or myself. (addresses are in the contact list below.) Elaine is trying to find and tentatively make arrangements for a place for all to stay. If you plan to go but want to make your own arrangements, let her know so we can possibly plan a meal with the entire group …not a banquet but a "getting to know one another" breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Publicity: Lala and some others also are still writing letters. Below is a portion of the letter which Cindy received from Alice J. Pushkar , Director of Correspondence for the First Lady

"Thank you for your recent letter to Mrs. Clinton requesting to commemorate National Breast Cancer Month with a display of quilts made by the Yahoo Breast Cancer Support Group. There is no public display area in the White House. However, I have forwarded your letter to the appropiate office for consideration of a display in the office building adjacent to the White House."

Receiving this letter was exciting news for all of us. It let us know at someone is reading our letters even if we are not getting answers to all of them.

The "letter writing link" was deleted at the quilt site and had not been saved by Lala. I have sent her as many of the links as I had in my files. If any of you have any addresses that may have been on the site, please let her know.

Research: We have received several responses to our inquiries about groups that are doing breast cancer research and using little or no money for administrative costs. Below is an exerpt from a note from one of our founders, Dr. Lee as to his recommendations.

" After talking to a few oncologists, the conclusion I
have to offer you is the Susan G. Komen foundation.
They are focused on funding breast cancer research and
I feel that they would meet your/our objectives. That's my recommendation, and it's only a recommendation. This foundation is well respected by doctors and they do not spend the money on administration or advertisements, etc.
Candy received a message from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Here is a portion of that message ..

"Thanks very much for your e-mail--it is wonderful to read about your exciting quilt project. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated solely to raising money for clinical and/or genetic research in breast cancer.
Eighty five percent of all the money we raise goes directly to the research projects we fund. The remaining 15% goes for our administrative costs in maintaining our office in New York City. If you haven't already done so, please visit our web site for more information, at
www.bcrfcure.org http://www.bcrfcure.org. "

Jodi met with Stephanie Spielman at her local Race For the Cure and discussed our quilt. Here is the information from Jodi. "Stephanie raises money and awareness for Breast cancer in Ohio, she is doing an outstanding job. The money she raises is given 100% to breast cancer research. This is her site: http://www.jamesline.com/output/spielmanfm.htm"

Please check out these organizations, we will be making a decision about who gets our money and need to be able to make a decision based on facts.

Washington display plans:

I corresponded with Selma Q’s daughter about helping us with gaining knowledge about how to go about displaying our quilt in DC. Here is her response to my message:
It would be my pleasure to help you get this project off the ground. My mom has spoken so highly of you guys and your wish to show the quilt and is very disappointed that it might not happen. I understand completely about not knowing what "the mall" is here. It is a large grassy area in DC surrounded by the various Smithsonian museums. There are other such areas in DC where events take place. Every area would require a permit." As you all know, Selma is undergoing some medical procedures on Tuesday so her daughter had to delay getting any information to us until afterwards.

Our very own personal quilts:

If you are making a quilt for your own use, you might want to see if you can display it at your local Race for the Cure, Relay for Cancer or any other activity that might be taking place where it could be shown.

A final note from Doris:

I realize that some of you are not going to be able to make the DC trip and some of you were not able to make squares for the quilt but I think that all of you are supporting this project either through actions or prayers. Now is the time for you to let others know that we are doing this. If you have friends or relatives who might want to go to DC in support of this endeavor, let them know so they can go. We can use all the support we can get and the more people to go will mean that we will be more visible. AND we do want to be visible and we want to be heard…perhaps not our voices but our "heart" messages that are on the quilt.


Diana (calico) calicocanyon@uswest.net

Dianna Kay Dianna_kay@yahoo.com

Doris (mkayla) mkfandal@colla.com or mkayla38@yahoo.com

Lala (lalacharly) Lalacharly@aol.com

Candy (the breadlady) thebreadlady@yahoo.com

Shirley (pugowned) wideglide@hartcom.net

Elaine button49@hotmail.com

Jodi (heidi) vonheidibrink@yahoo.com

A Friend....

(A)ccepts you as you are

(B)elieves in "you"

(C)alls you just to say "HI"

(D)oesn't give up on you

(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the
unfinished parts)

(F)orgives your mistakes

(G)ives unconditionally

(H)elps you

(I)nvites you over

(J)ust "be" with you

(K)eeps you close at heart

(L)oves you for who you are

(M)akes a difference in your life

(N)ever Judges

(O)ffers support

(P)icks you up

(Q)uiets your fears (and Quilts with you!)

(R)aises your spirits

(S)ays nice things about you

(T)ells you the truth when you need
hear it

(U)nderstands you

(V)alues you

(W)alks beside you

(X)-plains things you don't understand

(Y)ells when you won't listen and

(Z)aps you back to reality