March Newsletter

posted Mar 28, 2014, 5:19 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

There was some interesting discussion at this month’s meeting.  I appreciate everyone who expressed their views on a given topic.  Thanks!

Planning for the Ladies Tea Social is underway for Saturday, May 3rd.  The committee consists of Kristi Surratt, Traci Edwards, Kathy Kral, Jo Ann Rowley, and Alex Kral.  If you are interested in helping out, or have any ideas, please speak up!  The Knights are planning the Gentlemen’s BBQ on June 14th and we need Columbiette volunteers to serve and clean up so all of the Knights can enjoy the event.  

Just a reminder, Lenten Dinners are being held every Friday during Lent.  The start time is 6:00pm to encourage diners to stay for Stations of the Cross.  As always, there is no charge but a donation is encouraged.

Vicki Rosich is still looking for oatmeal canisters for her CCD class.

Fourth Friday Movie Night is being abandoned due to lack of interest.

The Spring Fling Bazaar is being cancelled as well.  At our Officers Meeting on Monday, we hatched up another fundraising idea that sounds really good.  Our new idea will be brought up at the April meeting.

Planning is in full swing for this year’s Golf Tournament on Friday, August 8th.  Flyers will be available as soon as the pricing is nailed down - which should be soon.  Volunteers are needed to run games and sell raffle tickets on the day of the tournament.  I had such a good time last year, I plan to be there again this year.  Join me!  The committee is also looking for donations of prizes for the raffle.  Maybe your company would like to donate some swag or sponsor a hole?  We are happy to be sure they get a donation letter for their taxes.

Next Thursday, March 20th Bishop Cote is coming to St. Mary’s to celebrate the Holy Hour for Vocations - 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The Knights are cutting their monthly meeting short to be able to attend and I would be very pleased if there were many Columbiettes in attendance as well.  It’s not every day the Bishop celebrates at our church, and it would be nice to make him feel welcome.

Don’t forget to pay your annual dues ($10 - $15 for new members) and pick up your Travel Card from Kathy Kral.

Fr. Ted has asked the Columbiettes to run a Gift Card Raffle to benefit the parish general fund.  The membership agreed at the last meeting.  Why gift cards, you ask?  The State frowns on cash raffles, but people equate gift cards with cash.  We are looking for donations of gift cards from “Big Box” and national chain stores to use as prizes.  Once we have the gift cards, we can get a permit from the State and start selling tickets.  I have put a notice on this in next week’s church bulletin.  Hopefully we are able to get a good response!

Happy Birthday to our Sister Columbiettes born in March:

Donna Coombs - 3/2

Terri Craig - 3/11

Sue Haulotte - 3/1

The Columbiettes State Convention is June 14th.  All Major Degree members can be considered to be appointed as delegates to Convention.   All auxiliaries have been asked to bring two baskets for raffle.  Our members chose Chocolate and Scratch Lottery TicketsCeil Roberge has agreed to put our baskets together.  She did such a beautiful job last year!  Please bring your donation of chocolate, cash, or scratch lottery tickets to the April, May, or June meeting.  The basket raffle is a major fundraiser for the Campership Fund.  I will also have basket raffle tickets available at the meetings and will be happy to bring your winning basket home to you when you win!

This year’s Major Degree Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 26th in Fairfield.  Our members who joined on Installation Day are already Major Degree members.  All who came in after that date are First Degree Members and I am asking you to consider becoming a Major Degree member.  Major Degree members can serve on certain committees or as auxiliary or State officers.  You must be a Major Degree member to be a convention delegate or assist with the Major Degree Ceremony.  I highly recommend all members make their Major Degree.  Plus, it’s a nice faith-affirming ceremony and a delightful Ladies’ Day Out.  What more could you want?  I am going (with my robe and white shoes!!) and can take four in my car.  

All of these events and more are listed in the calendar section of our website -  I hope you’re having a sparkly day!  And thanks for all you do to make our Columbiettes auxiliary the best around and a group we can be very proud of.