Each year, our club makes a sizable donation from a portion of our Annual Show proceeds to a miniature-related charitable organization. Past recipients have included the Delaware Ronald McDonald house, (where the club maintained a dollhouse for children who stay there), The Delaware Art Museum, (host of past Masterpieces in Miniature exhibitions), and N.A.M.E. (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts), our club's parent organization. Some of our other outreach and charitable activities are shown below.
GIRL SCOUT BADGE MATERIAL AND WORKSHOPS FSMC worked with the Girl Scout Chesapeake Bay Council to develop miniaturist badges for Brownie, Junior and Teen girl scouts. More information can be found at the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council website. http://www.gscb.org/02_for_girls/awards_recog/councils_own_awards/council_awards.html These are now Council's Own badges which have been used by miniaturist clubs to interface with girls throughout the country. In addition, the club has organized several local workshops at which girls earned the badges.
DELAWARE HOSPICE FESTIVAL OF TREES
Each year, the Festival of Trees raises significant funds to support Delaware Hospice's programs and services in the community, thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses. FSMC members get together at our September meeting to share supplies, and decorate several miniature trees with varying themes to be donated to this annual event. Trees are brought back to the October meeting to be delivered to the Delaware Hospice for their event. Here, Susan and Katheryn are admiring some of the donated trees.
EXHIBIT CONSTRUCTION AT THE IRON HILL MUSEUM AND THE NEW SWEDEN CENTER
Marnie King has been busy constructing and renovating displays of Delaware history at these local Delaware history museums.
Many FSMC members have contributed to displays at local libraries for the enjoyment of library patrons and for spreading information about our hobby. Here is a recent one at the New Castle, De library.
RETIREMENT HOME VISITS
FSMC members along with local Girl Scouts have visited the Friend's Home in Kennett Square to decorate and maintain a Victorian half-scale house prior to Halloween and the winter holidays. The girls and residents make clay pumpkins, cloth ghosts or snowpeople for the house that is then left in the home for the residents to enjoy for several weeks. Here is the Winter Holiday version with lots of snow, snowpeople, and Christmas items as well.