2005 The 9th state convention—“A Decade of Memories, Friends, and Baskets”— was held at the Convention Center in Corbin on July 14-16.
New Officers: Kay Ragland, President Elsbeth Kramer, President-Elect Sharon Toadvine, Secretary Patti Feather, Western Region Representative Karen Henderson/Pam Mitchell, Newsletter Editors Sheri Yanero, Historian/Librarian
2004 The 8th state convention—“Twillin’ ‘n’ Toten’”—was held at the Hurstbourne Lane Holiday Inn in Louisville on July 29-31.
Altruistic Activity: Many KBA members wove Pink Ribbon Twill Baskets following a pattern written by Laura Lee Zanger; the baskets were used as centerpieces for the Cure Survival (for Breast Cancer) Kickoff Dinner in Louisville on October 5, 2004.
New officers: Becky Josvai, President Jo Ann Chaffins, Newsletter Editor
2003 KBA joined the National Basket Association.
With its new responsibility of coordinating state conventions, the Board decided to no longer host November Weave sessions.
The 7th state convention—“Weaving Through A Thankful Heart”—was held in Frankfort at the Capital Plaza Holiday Inn on November 13-15.
New Officers for 2003-2004: Julie Peoples/Becky Josvai, President Jan Treesch, Western Region Representative Jo West, Western Region Representative Martha Newby, Central Region Representative Delores Mudd, Central Region Representative Karen Galloway, Eastern Region Representative Charlotte Haney, Eastern Region Representative Peggy McAllister, Newsletter Editor
2002 KBA’s website was established at www. geocities.com/Kentuckybaskets
The KBA Board took over the responsibility of coordinating the state convention each year.
The by-laws were amended to combine the offices of Treasurer and Vice-President—Membership. The 6th state convention—“Woven in the USA”—was held at Midway College on August 1-3.
The November weave was held at General Butler State Park, Carrollton on November 7-8.
New Officers for 2001-2003: Martha Ross, President Mary McAllister, Past-President Julie Peoples, President-Elect Kay Ragland, Vice-President—Programs Ginni Howard/Barbara Morris, Vice-President—Membership Doris Meador, Secretary Vickie Goodman, Western Region Representative Peggy Alderson, Western Region Representative Karen Higdon, Central Region Representative Delores Mudd, Central Region Representative Yvonne Summers, Eastern Region Representative Sharon Toadvine, Eastern Region Representative Martha Newby, Newsletter Editor
2001 Plans were made to develop a website for KBA.
The 5th annual state convention was held at Midway College—“Camp Wannaweave”—on August 2-4.
The November Weave was held on November 2-3 at Natural Bridge State Park.
2000 The 4th state convention—“Simple Pleasures…Tomorrow’s Treasures”—was held at Midway College on August 3-5. Ruth Thompson coordinated the event.
The November Weave was held at General Butler State Park at Carrollton on November 3-4.
New officers for 2000-2002: Martha Ross, Vice-President—Membership Ruth Thompson, Vice-President—Programs Karen Higdon, Treasurer Karen Wilson, Central Region Representative Sharon Blankenship, Central Region Representative Nancy Inman, Newsletter Editor
1999 KBA worked with the Kentucky State Fair from the organization’s inception; in 1999, as a result of their efforts, new classifications were added to the Baskets category and the Kentucky guilds each sponsored one of the categories and paid for the prizes.
The state convention—“Basket Bee Mania”—was held on August 5-7 at the Executive Inn, Rivermont, in Owensboro. Eighty-nine members attended and took classes from 18 teachers.
The 4th November Weave was held on November 5-6 at Rough River Dam State Park
New officers for 1999-2001: Mary McAllister, President Sharon Toadvine, Secretary Donna Stout, Historian/Librarian Sally Law, Western Region Representative
1998 The Big Sandy Basket Guild was formed in Pikeville. (Pike, Magoffin, Lawrence, Floyd Counties).
The second KBA convention—“Friendships Intertwined”—was held at the Kentucky Leadership Center on Lake Cumberland at Jabez. Bessie Bain and Martha Newby were site coordinators for the event, held on July 30-31, August 1.
The November Weave was held at the Holiday Inn—Capital Plaza in Frankfort on November 6-7. The weave followed a Christmas theme and was coordinated by Linda Finney.
1997 In 1997, a new weaving guild was formed in Louisville—The Derby Guild.
KBA members participated in The Kentucky Craft Market Event in January and sponsored a November Weave at General Butler State Park in Carrolton on October 3l-November 1. At the November Weave, everyone wove the same basket, taught by Rosemary Graves and Kay Ragland.
“Basket Treasures for 1997” (our first convention) was held July 31, August 1-2 at The Louisville Holiday Inn on Gardiner Lane. Coordinators for the event were Delores Mudd and Kathy Stonestreet-Seaton.
Officers elected in 1997 were: Martha Newby, President Bessie Bain, Vice-President—Programs Rosemary Graves, Vice-President—Membership Delores Mudd, Treasurer Vicki Poteat, Western Region Representative Jan Treesch, Western Region Representative Ruth Thompson, Central Region Representative Ardia Herndon, Central Region Representative Dr. Mary Wiss, Eastern Region Representative Kay Ragland, designated Past President for 1st term Linda Finney, Secretary Paula Gron, Historian/Librarian
1996 In 1996, KBA began to take shape. Paula Gron’s design won the KBA logo contest and our identity was born.
The newly-formed group organized a one-day open weave and picnic held at the Perryville Battlefield StatePark on June 1, 1996.
The 30 weavers in attendance enjoyed an open weave session, a dye party, a pot-luck picnic and the Blue-Gray Basket Design Challenge. Weavers who entered the contest were Janice Parker, Ardia Herndon, Delores Mudd, Paula Scott, and Jan Treesch. Jan’s design—the Civil War Victory Basket—took honors as Viewer’s Choice. On November 9, 1996, the first KBA November Weave was held at the Hampton Inn in Bardstown. Sixty-nine KBA members attended the one-day weaving session where they signed up to take classes before-hand.
At year’s end, KBA had 194 paid members.
1995 Thirty-eight charter members met at the County Extension Office in Versailles on September 30, 1995 to form the Kentucky Basket Association. Jennifer Klee, Woodford County Extension Agent for Home Economics, was instrumental in the process.
Officers elected were: Martha Newby, President Rosemary Graves, Vice-President—Membership Linda Finney, Secretary Delores Mudd, Treasurer Kay Ragland, Member-at-Large M.D. Hill, Central Membership Rep Ardia Herndon, Central Member-at-Large Frances Whitaker, Eastern Membership Rep Vicki Poteat and Jan Treesch,Western Members-at Large Paula Scott, Newsletter Editor Paula Gron, Historian/Librarian
With the chartering of The Kentucky Basket Association came the formation of three weaving guilds: Kentucky River Dreamweavers, Versailles Bluegrass Basket Guild, Taylorsville Anne’s Rib Basket Guild, Harrodsburg
*Woven Together in Western Kentucky Guild was formed before KBA was chartered.