Portal, AZ - Rodeo, NM

Serving The Communities Of Portal and Rodeo  (www.portal-rodeo.com)

Sew What Club

Officers (2022)

President:  Marjorie Murphey                    

Vice President: Susanne Apitz

Secretary:    Christina Hanisch

Treasurer & Membership: Donna Meenach

Mailing Address: PO Box 16154       

Portal, AZ 85632

For information about membership, contact the Treasurer (Donna) at:


Sew What Forums & Programs

Forums occur once each month, usually on Friday evenings. They are held in the Portal Rescue Classroom and are always open to the community. Programs are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. They typically occur at a members home, and are followed by a business meeting. These are open to members only. However, some Programs are also held in the Portal Rescue Classroom and these Programs are also open to the community. Check the portal-rodeo.com Community Calendar, which lists all the Forums and Programs and includes who is invited to attend.


Sew What Forums

Winston Lewis

The Heydays of Paradise - 1902 through 1912 (and a little beyond)

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

October 13, 2023

Scott Huber

Yellowstone Wolves: Facts and a Historical Fiction Novel

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

November 10, 2023

Dr. Eskild Petersen

Infectious Diseases  Made Us Who We Are and Determine Our Future

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

December 1, 2023

Diana Hadley 

Five Millennia History of Agriculture in the Tucson Basin

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

January 12, 2024

Fred Espenak

The Great Total Solar Eclipse of 2024

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

January 26, 2024

Chris Cunningham

Stalking the Hunters: Photographing Birds and Their Prey

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

February 16, 2024

Drs. Barbara Ellis-Quinn and Ron Quinn

The Wonders of Uganda

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

March 1, 2024

Connie Zweifel

Rock Art and Prehistoric Land Use on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

March 15, 2024

Marianne Smith

Imagery in Mimbres Pottery, Plainware To Classic

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

April 19, 2024

Craig McEwan

Sgt. Frank Vejar, His Soldier Friends of Douglas, and the Korean War

Portal Rescue Classroom, 7 p.m.

May 3, 2024


Sew What Programs

September 18, 2023  Monday

"Birds of AZ: An Origins Story”, birds of this area and based on habitat, but goes on to explore the most recent species in AZ from a perspective of climate change.  Presented by Rick Taylor.  We will start the 2023-2024 season at SWRS Conference Room,11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.  Community is invited to program.

October 16, 2023  Monday

Cybersecurity tips every homeowner and business owner needs to know by Carvin Wilson, President, CarvinSoftware. Portal Rescue Classroom, 11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.  Community is invited to program. Oktoberfest planning.


November 20, 2023  Monday

An Experiment in Progress, by Amie Esteves, Program Director of the Bisbee Science Lab.  Portal Rescue Classroom, 11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.  Community is invited to program.

January 17, 2024  Wednesday

Bill Cavaliere will share his research on the Kiowa-Apaches, the least well-known of the seven Athabascan speaking peoples who migrated to this area from Asia. Portal Rescue Classroom, 11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.  Community is invited to program.

February 21, 2024  Wednesday

Senior Brain Boosters: Tips For Maintaining Brain Health; Memory and More by Sew What member, Sandy Amy, whose work involved diagnosing & treatment of speech and language issues on hospital Neuro units & Rehab hospitals.  We will meet at home of Susanne Apitz at 11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.  

March 20, 2024  Wednesday

John Barthelme, anthropologist, shares his Sahara Desert camel caravan experience, the tragedy and rescue of the libraries in Timbuktu, and the current political situation in Mali.  Portal Rescue Classroom, 11:00, potluck and meeting to follow.  Community is invited.

April 17, 2024  Wednesday

The State of Portal Real Estate by Penni Parrish, Alternative Housing Styles in Portal/Rodeo by Penni and Marilyn Forestell.  Portal Rescue Classroom, 11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.

Community is invited.

May 15, 2024  Wednesday

“A Camel named Jasper” by Frances and Peter Grill.  Joy & Ray Mendez’ home/patio, 11:00, potluck & meeting to follow.


Articles Of Association

Article 1.       Name

The name of this association shall be Sew What?

Article II.      Purpose.

This association shall provide for members to pool their ideas, judgment and expertise for the progressive improvement of community and personal life. It snail offer community forums,which are programs of local, state, national and international interest and importance. The dub shall offer such activities as it may deem appropriate to educate and entertain its members. Itshall support charitable programs such as the Sew What? Scholarship Fund, the Christmas Charities Nursing Home Project, Portal Rescue, the Portal Library, the Rodeo Community Center, and the San Simon and other schools.

Article III.     This association is organized for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Article IV.     Legislative or Political Activities.

No substantial part of the activities of the association shall be distributing propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. The association shall not participate in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Article V.      Limitations.

Any property, moneys or other items of value belonging to this association or hereafter acquired is and shall be irrevocably dedicated to the herein described purposes, and no individual shall be entitled at any time, including at dissolution, to receive any benefits from the properly or accounts of the association. No part of the net earnings of the association shall be distributed fruits members, directors, officers or other private persons, except that the -""association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable reimbursement for services rendered. In the event of dissolution or the impossibility of performing the purposes herein described, the assets shall be distributed to a charitable organization which is exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The first choice would be local charitable organizations that we have supported in the past.

Article VI.     Membership and Dues.

Section 1. Membership in this association shall be open to all interested women.

Section 2. The annual dues shall be determined by vote of the members at any meeting.

Section 3. Each individual member shall be entitled to one vote in the business of the association.

Section 4. The fiscal year shall start September 1 and end on August 31.

Article VII.     Officers and Duties,

Section I. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers. The officers shall be President, Vice President. Secretary and Treasurer. They shall be elected by the general membership at the Ma\ meeting. The terms of office shall be one year.

Part a. The President shall preside at meetings. She shall appoint such standing and  special committees as may be necessary and shall perform other duties that usually pertain to the office of president.

Part b. In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall preside at all meetings. In case of vacancy of the office of President, the Vice President shall assume the title and duties of President.

Part c. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings. She shall be the custodian of-all official papers and records. She shall keep a current list of officers and members of the club.

Part d. The Treasurer shall collect all moneys belonging to the dub and shall disburse such funds on request of the President or appointed members so designated A bank account shall be maintained for deposit and distribution.

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall serve a term of one year and will be nominated by a Nominating Committee and offered for approval at the annual membership meeting.

Article VIII.    Meetings.

Section 1. The association shall hold monthly meetings from September to May. Notice shall be given to the membership at least one week prior to all meetings.

Section 2 The club shall establish committees to meet at intervals allowing them to meet their objectives. Committees shall include, but are not limited to. Programs and Forums, Forum Setup. Scholarships, Nursing Home, Nominating. Christmas Program, Ways and Means, Publicity. Membership Booklet, E-mail and Telephone Contact, Facility Reservations, and Historian.

Section 3. A quorum shall be the number of members present at a regularly scheduled meeting. A vote of fifty-one percent of the quorum shall be required to pass any motion. All meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order Revised.

Article IX.     Amendments

Amendments shall be added or changed as needed by a majority vote of members present at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Proposed amendments to the bylaws shall be communicated to the members one week before the meeting.