The yearly membership dues for the HHCC is $18, covering the months from January to December. Dues are collected every January. If you decide to join the HHCC after the month of January, your dues are prorated at $1.50 per month, based upon the month you officially join.
Once an official HHCC member, you will receive access to the private online HHCC group, and receive discounts on various workshops and such planned for the year.
If you are a member of the Crochet Guild of America, then your local dues are only $9 instead of $18, also prorated depending upon the month you join. If you join the CGOA after joining the HHCC, with proof of CGOA membership, you will receive a rebate.
Read this Testimony of what it's like to be an HHCC member: Our Crochet Club, by Dotty Buick
If you are not ready to join the HHCC, you may visit us for one meeting, free of charge. Attending meetings afterwards (without joining) is $5 per meeting.
The HHCC sponsors two online groups:
and the "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" sessions, held at Panara's Bread located on Federal Road in Brookfield, CT. There are two sessions:
These groups are open to the public intersted in Crochet.
Children under the age of 18 are welcomed to be HHCC members also. Children are not charged membership dues, but are required to be the child/grandchild of an HHCC member in good standing. The child must be well mannered and interested in learning about crochet. Child members MUST BE accompanied by their HHCC Guardian AT ALL TIMES. Due to workshop space being limited, approval for children attending/participating must be pre-approved with HHCC board members.
The Ruth Arbitelle Memorial Membership
Ruth Arbitelle was one of the HHCC founders, loved by all who knew her. She was an adventurous crocheter, always wanting to learn more, and always willing to share. She was proud of our CGOA Chapter she helped found, and in 2004 wrote the following to LionBrand:
"I belong to the Ct chapter of the Crochet Guild of America and for the last 3 years we have crocheted for several charities using all kinds of yarn. We have made premi blankets and hats for our local hospital, and hat scarf and mitten sets for the Salvation army. We have also made items for our local womens center and a group who help families with children with cancer.
While we have been busy doing this we have also been busy promoting the art of crochet thru demonstrations at our local yarn stores and a big country fair in our area.It would be impossible to mention all the kinds of yarn we used but I know we just finished two large afghans for the staff at the yarn store where we did have our meetings and they were made from Homespun."
Sadly in 2007 Ruth passed away. In 2008 the HHCC donated one of Ruth's favorite books, Creative Crocheted Dolls: 50 Whimsical Designs, by Noreen Crone-Findlay, to the New Fairfield Library during National Crochet Month in her memory. In 2009, the HHCC began the Ruth Arbitelle Memorial Membership.
The Ruth Arbitelle Memorial Membership is open to all HHCC members with their membership dues paid in full by the end of the March meeting. In April, the month Ruth was born in, a drawing is held with only one name drawn. The winner of that drawing receives reimbursement for that year's HHCC dues, and only applies for that year.
RF: Ruth enjoying a "Coffee, Crochet & Chat" session at Borders bookstore, 2006.
Recipients of the Ruth Arbitelle Memorial Membership:
2009 : Linda Maroney
2010 : Diane Gilbert
2011: Dee Stanziano
2012: Irene Iannelli
2013: Jody Lambrech
2014: Deb Seda
2015: M. Dianna Osselman
2016: It Could Be You!