Newsletter - June 2017

posted Jun 21, 2017, 3:17 AM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!


It is time to plan our day with Camp Ahimsa in Voluntown.  You will recall that Catholic Worker runs this program to bring inner city kids out to the country.  I was very impressed hearing their story last year and how life changing this can be for the campers.  Janice Steinhagen is putting together a team for this.  She is planning to bring food and supplies for the day.  Would you like to help out?  Let her or me know.  We will appropriate money at the meeting, but we need to get a team together now.


Debbie Shaffer, Vicki Rosich, and I have been working hard to price and organize the items we have for the Yard Sale.  Things are going really well!  In fact, we have a good portion of the first floor storage room emptied.  Sorted items are being moved to another room.  We are taking donations, if you have anything you would like to part with.  Please put them in the storage room and we will sort them from there.  Also, we need help the day of the sale.  There are basically three sections of time that we are looking for help – Set up (7:00-9:00am) / Sale (9:00am-3:00pm / Clean up (3:00-5:00pm).  Take your pick!  We have new lawn signs for the Yard/Book Sale as well.  Like the Christmas Bazaar signs, they say “this Saturday”.  We will be distributing them at the July meeting to be put out on July 16th and picked up after the sale.  This was a very successful marketing idea for the Christmas Bazaar so please consider taking a few signs to put about the area.


Would someone be interested in crocheting a set of golf club covers for the golf tournament raffle or the Christmas bazaar craft table?  If you plan to do this, please be sure to have the cover be longish down the shaft.  If you have a pattern for one, please share. 


We’re rounding the corner on our upcoming Golf Tournament (8/11)!  Do you know anyone who golfs?  Ask them to golf with us!  Do you have connections with a business who would like to promote themselves?  Ask them if they would like to sponsor a hole!  This is our fifth year of golfing, and we have an excellent tournament that is a pleasure to host and everyone has a great time.  The committee works very hard and need all of our help.  This is a large undertaking and we all need to do our part. 


This year we have split the raffles off from the main golf committee and formed a smaller committee for this purpose.  This raffle committee is responsible for gathering items for the raffle and displaying them.  At the State Convention a group brought gift cards displayed on a stick in a small living plant.  What a great idea!  The raffle committee so far is:  Kathy Coletti, Sue Haulotte, Linda Pucel, Kathy Brophy, Allison Turcotte, and Renee Asmar.  Please get together to have a strategy.  Also speak with the main committee (Rosie Payne, Paula Nowakowski, Madeline Illinger, Dorla Barres, Kathy Kral, Karen Aubin, or Kathy Luty) about what they want as they have been running this raffle for four years and know how they want it. 


We also need more workers the day of the golf tournament.  The more the merrier!  You don’t have to golf to work the tournament.  Helpers register the golfers, sell raffle tickets, run games at some of the golf holes, assist with the raffle, and generally make sure everyone has a good time.  Let me know if you are available.  Already signed up are:   Dorla Barres, Linda Champagne Bea Denomme, Lois Slonski, Linda Pucel, Kathy Coletti, Cheryl Morin (inside only), and  Maryann Stradczuk (2:00pm on).


We need a volunteer to assist with the semi-annual audit of our financial records.  You don’t need to be an accountant; just a reasonable person.  Kathy Brophy serves as the chairperson on this.  I volunteer myself and need one more.  Are you interested?  Please let me know.  Thanks for considering this very important job.


Our sister Columbiette, Karen Sedgwick, had breast cancer surgery on June 1st with great success!  Apparently she will not need any chemo or radiation.  Thanks be to God!  Please keep Karen in your prayers and offer help, if you can.


Our next meeting will be Monday, July 10th at 7:00pm in the Parish Center Dining Room.  Social Hour will be at 6:00.  Divine Mercy Chaplet will be at 5:30 in the Parish Center Chapel.


Thanks for all you do!


  •  Maryann