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CGOA Celebrates 20 Years ~ Part 4: Logo Evolution

Saturday, May 3, 2014

From the very early days of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), I depended on willing volunteers to give of their time and talents. For me, it was also so exciting to findvolunteers with artistic talents willing to work on such things as our first organization logo, the newsletter masthead and crochet-themed notecards!

This is our first logo, designed by Brian Muecke, a budding graphic designer and high school friend of my daughter's. It was presented at our Chain Link Conference in 1995 in Somerset, NJ. 

Also that year, another volunteer designed a new masthead for the Chain Link newsletter. It has had many incarnations, especially when Carol Moore was the editor and added color. It has, though, essentially remained the same for all these years.

During the first conference in 1994, participants were invited to design afghan squares that depicted their inspirations from that first amazing experience. By 1995 at our 2nd Chain Link Conference, we had a completed afghan put together by the members of the Northern IL Chapter. Notecards were also available with artwork from the afghan, divided into 3 designs from thirds of the afghan. Shown here is one of the set that shows the "Chicago" square where it all began.

Notecard: 1/3 of the "memory" afghan

Time flew by and our organization grew and grew to the point that we were able to hire a management companyto take the day-to-day burden off of the volunteers. Offinger Management Company updated our logo in 2003.

Members were also provided with a logo they could use on their blogs or signature lines.

For our 10th Anniversary celebration between 1993-1994, we designed yet another special logo.

Celebrating a Decade of Crochet
During our conference that year, 1993, we held a special "Learn to Crochet" program for Girl Scouts and thanks to Annie's and John Boggs, board member, we gifted each scout a patch.

In 2009, we reached our 15th Anniversary and modernized our logo.

As our 20th Anniversary approached, the CGOA tagline is "When You Think of Crochet, Think CGOA." The Past Presidents' Celebration Committee held a logo design contest for this very important milestone. Member Donna Wolfe from Scranton, PA entered the winning design and Crochetville sponsored her prize of $250.00!

Our celebration theme is "Proud Past, Brilliant Future." How will you volunteer your skills to ensure CGOA endures for another twenty years?


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