Club members learn about quilts to honor veterans
MARION — At the August meeting of the 102-year-old Twentieth Century Club held in the community room of the Marion Public Library, more than a dozen members were moved as the guest speaker spoke about a group she founded four years ago to honor American servicemen and women.
Kathy Silva from Harrison is the founder and president of Some Anonymous Mothers, referred to as SAM. The group gathers to assemble and sew appreciation quilts with a patriotic design for patients at veterans hospitals.
They also undertake the more solemn task of creating memory quilts for the families of veterans who die while serving their country.
The quilt covers are fashioned from patches and squares cut from t-shirts and other apparel items with a military or patriotic theme. Five shirts are needed to produce one 60-inch by 45-inch quilt.
For the memory quilts, the name of the deceased, the branch of service and year of death are embroidered in gold thread.
The group’s goal is to finish at least one quilt per month, and to date 75 quilts have been produced and presented to veterans or their families.
The name of the group, Some Anonymous Mothers, reflects the wishes of the quilters to quietly and privately honor those who serve. The members’ names are not revealed to the recipients of the quilts.
According to Carl Lounbsbury, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1075 which supports SAM, the VFW is very pleased to be associated with the group.
“We really appreciate what the SAM members are doing,” he said. “We’re glad to support them as they in turn help our veterans.”
The group meets regularly at the VFW hall in Harrison for business meetings and work sessions to assemble the quilts.
“We welcome new members, both men and women,” said Silva. “The club doesn’t have dues and you don’t have to know how to quilt. There are lots of things to do like iron and cutting the patterns, and if you want to be part of the quilting, we’ll teach you.”
The group relies on donations and fundraising events to acquire the shirts and other material for the quilts.
“If someone wants to help us out, they can send a check or make donations of shirts and quilt materials,” said Silva.
Send checks payable to SAM to Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 321, Harrison, MI 48625.
To learn more about SAM, contact Silva at (989) 539-3214. Donations of material can be dropped off at the VFW hall, 3190 North Clare Ave., in Harrison or call Silva to arrange for pick-up.
The Twentieth Century Club also welcomes new members. In addition to a social function, the group has a tradition of service to the community. Members look forward to a speaker or other type of program at each meeting and dessert is served by club hostesses. For more information, call Sharon Cutler, (231) 743-2225.