Monthly Newsletter - June

posted Jun 21, 2014, 2:25 PM by Maryann Stradczuk
I thought I had this e-mailed and posted, but apparently I didn’t.  Sorry!!
What a full house for our meeting this month!  Thanks to everyone for coming out!  Welcome Beatrice Denomme, Leona Minski, Tara Ingraham, and Allison Turcotte who made their First Degree on Sunday. Please add them to your e-mail distribution list, if you have one.  Tara’s correct e-mail address  Bea is in need of adoption, if you would like to volunteer to phone her when notices come out.  Let me know.  New members will need Travelling Cards to prove membership as Columbiettes.  Kathy Kral is your girl for that, and she issues those when you have paid your annual dues. For new members, the fee is $15.
As most of you heard, our very own Trish Kamionka is moving down south to be near her family and has a brand new job.  We will miss you, Trish!!    
Preparations are well underway for this year’s Golf Tournament.  If you know anyone who golfs, please print the attached form and give it to them – even if they’re not very good at it!  This tournament is more fun than competition.   Perhaps your company has some swag they would like to donate as a prize?  Or sponsor a hole? Golfers can sign up in a foursome, or not and be teamed up with other great people.  The Golf Committee is doing a lot of hard work putting this together, and they need the support of all of us to make it an amazing success.  Consider donating a gift basket or gift card for raffle.  If you are a Core Plus Credit Union member, you can use some of your points to grab some golf balls.  Ceil Roberge did such a fabulous job putting together the framed lottery tickets and chocolate basket we donated for the Columbiettes State Convention Basket Raffle that the Golf Committee would like to do something similar.  Members could donate raffle tickets or cash for Rosie Payne to purchase them.  Janice Steinhagen has volunteered to advertise the Golf Tournament on Griswold Public Access.  We are not sure how many volunteers are needed the day of the tournament, but the more the merrier!  Kristi, Surratt, Tara Ingraham, Dorla Barres, Renee, Kathy Luty, Kathy Brophy, and I have volunteered to help out.
The date has been set for the Christmas Bazaar – November 22nd.  By starting early, we can sign up vendors. There is a sign up form for vendors on our website.  
Becky Jusseaume has refurbished the Rosary Boxes in the Church Main Entrance - formerly taken care of by the Legion of Mary.  We are accepting donations of rosaries you may have hanging around the house.  Don’t give us that special pair that you love, but most of us have several others tucked away at home.  Donate them! We also discussed working with the CCD students and their moms to make rosaries for the box as needed.  It’s a crafty plan to involve our youth!  This will be something we will be discussing with our new DRE.  This will be an ongoing project for Columbiettes and we’re off to a good start!  I have created a brochure on How to Pray the Rosary that will be displayed for the taking next to the rosary boxes.  Of course, I took the opportunity to shamelessly advertise for the Columbiettes!  Thanks to Fr. Steve for checking to make sure I got the religious content right.
It’s time to audit our books.  Kathy Brophy is heading up our Board of Audit Jackie Goddard, Kristi Surratt, and Suzy Kenney have volunteered to be on the committee for this important job.  Thanks, ladies! They will meet this month and report back at the July meeting. 
Jo Ann Rowley is putting in an order for badges soon.  If you would like to order a badge, Columbiettes pin, or Travelling Card holder, please contact Jo Ann. 
Last month, someone suggested that the Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest that Is run each year by ourKnights of Columbus should be held earlier in the year.  This would allow us to display the winning entries at our Christmas Bazaar and they could also be displayed throughout Advent in the Church Main Entrance.  I contacted Rich Brophy, Grand Knight, and he liked the idea. 
Check out the website for a form for Social Welfare and Thank You Notes.  Both are important, but sometimes we don’t know the details.  The forms are on the Members Page.
On a personal note, I have completed the bulk of my cancer treatment and will now go every eight weeks for two years.  I could be cancer-free right now!  My doctor plans to do testing in a couple of months, but all seems good.  I feel great, and am going about a normal life.  Thank God!  And thanks to all of you for your continued prayers.     
Thanks for all you do!  It is my pleasure to be President of this fine group and to call you my friends.  If you are unable to make it to the meetings, feel free to jump in on any of our ongoing projects.  The more the merrier!  Our next meeting is July 7th.  See you then, or hopefully sooner!

-  Maryann