Newsletter - June 2016

posted Aug 2, 2016, 2:59 AM by Maryann Stradczuk
Hello Ladies!
Our Yard Sale last weekend was a real success!  Thanks to everyone who worked the event and donated items.  We had a nice selection of donated items, so I know many of you have less cluttered basements.  I think that the Yard Sale is a good bookend for the Christmas Bazaar.  
Allison Turcotte, Jo Ann Rowley, Kristi Surratt and I are heading to Stamford this Saturday for our annual Connecticut State Convention.  We are bringing 100 Shoeboxes for the Homeless with us!  Pretty much all of us have been collecting items all year and we have done a really great job!  Special thanks to Patty Martinell, Ceil Roberge, Jackie Connelly, and Jackie Franco for putting the boxes together.  They look really great!  Stan and I went and put them in boxes to load on our trailer to bring with us to Convention.  These will be combined with all the other Columbiettes in Connecticut and distributed through Catholic Charities in Norwich, Hartford, and Bridgeport.  They are immensely popular and people are so grateful to receive them.  We are also bringing the scratch ticket frame and chocolate basket for the basket raffle.   Thank you , Ceil Roberge, for making them look great!
We had a work night for trying out making Sleeping Mats for Homeless People.  Several of us came and learned one or more of the steps to make these 3’x6’ mats, which are crocheted or knitted  from  plastic shopping bags.  The next work night for this project will be Thursday, June 16th at 6:30pm in the Church Hall.  You don’t need amazing skill to participate, and we had lots of fun!
Preparations for our Annual Golf Tournament (8/12) are in full swing!  We are currently putting together baskets and prizes for the raffle.  Please bring a cleaning supply or scratch lottery ticket  to next month’s meeting.  If you work at or trade with a business that would consider making a donation, please ask them.  Or they may want to sponsor a hole for $100.  If you know anyone who golfs, please give them a brochure and ask them if they would consider golfing with us.  Most of our golfers are pretty average and everyone has a great time!  We are treated very well by all of the staff at River Ridge, and the course has been in great shape every year for the tournament.  Our Golf Committee works hard year round to put on a great event.  Each of us must do our part to help make it a success.  I don’t golf but have attended each year.  I am very proud of the way our tournament is conducted and recommend it to everyone I know.  So far working the day of the tournament are Linda Champagne, Vicki Rosich, Renee, Patty Martinell, Yolande Tice, and myself.  There’s room for you, too, and you don’t have to be a golfer to work this.  We oversee the games and raffles and generally make sure everyone has a great time.  It’s loads of fun!
Donna Coombs had a brilliant idea on how we can bring handicapped accessibility to our Church Hall.  Paul Morin, our architect, is drawing up plans now for the new entry.  We are making huge headway on this project that we voted on when we first became Columbiettes.  Yes, it has taken a long time to raise a proper amount of money, but I think that the resulting improvement to our church will be amazing and a benefit to all.
The next meeting of the Christmas Bazaar committee will be June 14th at 6:30 at my house.
Our dishwasher has been entered in the online auction for a week or two.  Please pray that we receive a good price for the sale.
Kathy Kral has procured a commercial convection oven for our Church Hall kitchen!  This is going to be wonderful for church dinners!
I gave Joan Carlson (our District Deputy) more Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald House when she was here for our meeting on Monday.  Thanks, Joan, for conducting our Installation of Officers!  
Our next meeting will be Monday, July 11th, due to the Independence Day holiday.  We will hold our meeting in the Parish Center dining room.  Social Hour begins at 6:00pm.  Our meeting begins at 7:00pm.  See you then!
Thanks so much for all you do!
  •  Maryann