Connecticut State Convention

posted Jun 11, 2017, 8:41 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!


Jo Ann Rowley and I attended the Connecticut State Columbiettes 55th Annual Convention this past Saturday.  This was the best one I’ve been to yet!  And that’s not because I was elected as State Secretary, even though I was.  It was a very good day.  In no particular order, here’s some info: 


At the beginning of 2017, there were 731 Columbiettes in Connecticut.  This is down from (I believe) 786 last year.  That is a pretty significant drop and we did have one auxiliary disband last year.  As a result, we have four delegates to Supreme Convention this year instead of five.  The good news is that we have a new auxiliary in Hamden – St. Rita’s.  These vibrant ladies are poised to do great things and a couple of them were at their first Convention.  So we still have 16 Columbiette auxiliaries in Connecticut. 


Jo Ann presented our $500 donation to Campership.  Almost $10,000 was collected for Campership just at the convention.   Columbiettes helped send 49 campers to camp this year.  Donations were down, but the committee did their best.


The final 30 Week Club annual drawings were done and Kathy Kral won $30!  This is a major fundraiser for Campership and State Columbiettes.  Thanks to all who participate.


This year’s State Officers are as follows:

  • President – Loretta Spataro

  • Vice President – Grace Gambino

  • Secretary – Maryann Stradczuk

  • Financial Secretary – Sue Berry

  • Treasurer – Joan Carlson

  • Advocate – Jackie Ryan

  • Sentinel – Vilma Vega


    Shoeboxes for the Homeless – we reported 81 shoeboxes which will be delivered to Catholic Charities in Norwich in the very near future.  Joan Carlson’s Fr. Hussion Auxiliary is delivering 177 boxes!!!   These donations are greatly appreciated by our local homeless people.  Thanks to Patty Martinell, Ceil Roberge, and Jackie Connelly who put together our boxes with such love and caring. 


    The Supreme Convention will be in August and I will be a delegate representing Connecticut.  Our resolution proposing that family members be able to join Columbiettes at age 16 passed at the Connecticut convention and will be voted on at the Supreme convention.  I am prepared to speak in favor of our resolution.  I hope it passes! 


    Jo Ann distributed our Golf Tournament flyer to everyone at the Convention.  I spoke with our new State President, Loretta Spataro, today and she plans to take up golfing to she can join us! 


    We received a new Caring & Sharing book.  This is produced by Supreme Columbiettes and is a treasure trove of helpful information.  I look forward to digging into these wonderful ideas and sharing them.  Everyone at the convention receives a packet with many reports.  State officers, committee chairs, and Auxiliary presidents all submit reports.  I read them all and really enjoy hearing about what our Sister Columbiettes around the state are doing.  I even re-read my own report!


    Next year’s Convention will be on June 2nd, and may very well be in New London!  This year’s Regional Meeting will be November 4th at St. Rita’s Church in Hamden.  Please plan to join me!


    I will produce our regular newsletter soon!


  •  Maryann