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Florida Sewing Sew-ciety State Officers

Jan Squires, 
Executive Director

Jan resides in Beverly Hills, Florida with her husband Jim of 52 years and their two Yorkie mix rescue dogs Willie and Gracie. 
Jan is a licensed Martha Pullen Instructor for heirloom and serger sewing.  She is also a licensed Louise Cutting instructor as well as an accredited Jenny Haskins instructor.  She enjoys teaching all types of sewing.
Jan is a former regional representative of the American Sewing Guild and is  Director of the Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety.
She  also serves on the Citrus County Retired Senior Volunteer Program Board as well as the Friends of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center Board.

Sandra Plumadore, Secretary

As State Secretary, Sandy is the liaison between the FSS Board of Directors and its members, providing contact information to potential and new members as well as directing current members to the appropriate FSS officer/chair to  answer questions about our organization. 

Sandy lives in Citrus County.  

Marta Mitchell, Treasurer

Martha resides in Quincy, FL with her husband of 29 years and a darling miniature dachshund, named Bitzy.  She has two daughters, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Martha is the President of the Greater Capital Area Chapter of FSS.  She has served as the Vice-president of Membership for the Tallahassee quilt guild, Quilters Unlimited for 4 years and Treasurer of the guild another 4 years.  She was president of the Tallahassee Chapter of ASG.  

Martha has been sewing from a very young age, taught by her Mother and Grandmother. She is looking forward to retirement in the near future and devoting more time to her sewing and quilting. 

Margaret Haglund,

Margaret has been around sewing for all of her life.  She is a fourth generation (probably more!) sewer and quilters.  Margaret is a Registered Nurse in Tallahassee and the mother of two children, John Hunter and Elizabeth.  She is looking forward to serving on the Board as Membership Chairman.

Elizabeth Carpenter, Newsletter Editor

Elizabeth lives in northern Florida with her husband, Jason. She didn't start sewing until she got married in 2005, and she got introduced to the incredible world of creating things by her mother-in-law. Since then she has made some incredible friends and developed skills in sewing, quilting, and crocheting. She currently serves on the board as Newsletter Editor and welcomes feedback and suggestions from all members.

Patti Van Matre, President

Being a member of FSS brings you not only access to learning new sewing techniques, but a whole raft of new sewing friends who will become sisters. We have the best time and we focus on sewing--- every meeting! Imagine that!   I am honored to be the State Director/Retail Liaison. This year I look forward to leaning about your local sewing shops so that we can help them and they can advertise in our newsletter. Please talk to the owners of your local sewing shops and tell them about FSS. Then drop me an e-mail with the store manager and information so that I can follow up with them and see how we can work together. As we all know, if we do not support these local stores they cannot stay in business and it will be our loss. Let's see how we can help them and they us!  

Sewing is my passion. Garment sewing has really become my greatest interest in the last several years, and I enjoy making my clothes. I am a certified educator for Louise Cutting and Martha Pullen. Teaching is great fun for me, and I often travel with Jan and we teach together. What fun!   I am very proud to be a member of the FSS state committee as I see our far- reaching impact now and in the future.

Carole Antis, Historian

As a retired high school business/computer teacher and yearbook advisor, I am now able to devote my time doing what I love:  sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking.  Since I am a “Snowbird," I get to do this with my sewing friends in both places.  I am a charter member of FSS and honored to be the FSS Historian.  I am also the President of Citrus County Cracker Quilters and organize quilting retreats for the group and serve as the Historian of the Nature Coast Chapter of ASG.  I enjoy teaching beginning and intermediate quilting.

I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful group of women who have similar interests.  I am honored to be able to use my skills to help others.  Volunteering is something I feel very strongly about. 

Marcia Anderson, FSS Yahoo Group &
Web site Manager

Pat Conkle, Community Service Chair

Sherry Shipman, Neighborhood Groups Coordinator

Sue Spinicelli,  Member-at-Large

Edie Townsend,  Member-at-Large

Nettie Faye Williams, Sunshine Coordinator

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