I have worked at several charitable organizations. Perhaps the one I have genuinely enjoyed the most is being faculty advisor to Stitches, the student craft and crochet club at Moravian College. One of my students asked if I would be the advisor at the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year. I knew extraordinarily little about crocheting, so I was surprised when I was asked.
Not knowing what to expect, I showed up at the first meeting. I was surprised with what I found. The club members meet once a week to crochet articles for a hobby. The students crocheted many hats and scarves for residents of a local women’s shelter. This is a wonderful thing in itself, but there is another significant benefit of being a member of Stitches.
After a little time to chat at the beginning of the meeting, the students get down to work. A restful quiet set in, rarely punctuated with conversation. Watching the students create beautiful garments of vibrant color, I was reminded how much the world misses and needs such periods of quiet. We are constantly bombarded with noise and outside stimuli. Having time like this is a healthy break from the busy routine of our lives.
The Moravian Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society nominated Stitches for the Quiet Commitment Award this year. This was particularly apropos for Stitches. Congratulations to the officers and members of Stitches! I am proud to work with you, and I look forward to next year.
I want to give a special thanks to Susan Hornak, who donated crocheted blankets and yarn throughout the year to the club. A special thanks goes to Shelby Lawson of Lawson Accessories, who provided an internship to one of the students and took an interest in the club. You both made a difference.