Newsletter - March 2015

posted Mar 13, 2015, 12:49 AM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies:

This month at the Officers Meeting we discussed using the Newsletter to give out information that need not be presented at meetings – usually informational items.  Good idea!  Please read this carefully as this may be the only place you hear of something.  If you have any questions, however, please feel free to e-mail me or ask at the next meeting.  

I am looking forward to attending the Beat the Winter Blues Party which is an annual social event sponsored by our own Knights of Columbus .  This year’s party is next Sunday, March 15th at 2:00pm.  This is a fun and free event to just have a nice get together.  You are welcome to bring your spouse or a guest.  There will be wine, finger foods, prizes, and bingo.  Please let me know if you are planning on attending, so they can get a head count.  

If you haven’t signed up for the Cape Cod Trip, what are you waiting for??  September 18-20thCeil Roberge has all of the information on this.  The trip includes three nights at the Cape Cod Irish Village in West Yarmouth, two dinners, and two breakfasts.  The hotel is mid-Cape and has excellent food, great service, nice rooms with a sitting area, indoor pool and hot tub, and a fitness room.  The total for double occupancy is $290.  Stan and I are already signed up and look forward to this trip year after year.  

The aprons are in!!  Many of you have paid me already ($15 each).  I need to collect from Cheryl Morin, Jackie Connelly, Ceil Roberge, Kathy Brophy, Suzy Kenny, Jackie Goddard, Janice Steinhagen (2), Becky Jusseaume, Paula Nowakowski, Karen Aubin, Kathy Kral, Vicki Rosich, and Kathy Luty.  They look fantastic!

We have many, many shoe boxes ready to be filled to bring to Convention.  We are still looking for items to fill them.  Appropriate items can be small bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, shave cream, deodorant, disposable razors, soap, powder, socks, hand wipes, sanitizer, a small toy or coloring book, diapers, children’s reading books (1st or 2nd grade books for the refugees from Russia), men’s suits, and old bath towels.  When Patty Martinell returns from the land of the warm, she and Ceil Roberge will be taking stock of what we have for this project.  

The Ladies Tea is rapidly approaching – April 11th at 1:00pm.  Table set up and decoration will be the night before.  Conveniently, this is also opening day of fishing season.  Kristi Surratt, Kathy Kral, Yolande Tice, Traci Edwards, Jo Ann Rowley, and I are on the committee.  All Columbiettes are asked to bring just one dish to this event.  Think “pinky up in the air” type foods – sandwiches without crusts, small and cute pastries, sherbet punch bowl – all nicely displayed.  Kristi is coordinating the food.  Bust out those dishes that you never get to use and try that fancy recipe in miniature!  The Ladies Tea page is up on the website (www.columbiettes and there is a sign up form on it.  Please sign up in advance and encourage other parishioners as well!  There will be a special drawing for everyone who signs up ahead.  Kristi really wants a fairly good head count.  We’re also having a hat competition for those who are interested.  It may not be Kentucky Derby Day, but who says you can’t sport a great hat like Audrey Hepburn?  All ladies are welcome to attend and there is no charge to attend this event that was so very popular last year!  Interested in sponsoring a table?  This entails bringing the table cloth, centerpiece and tableware.  Be creative!  We have a few teams signed up already.  Give it a whirl!!  Can you outdo the Saturday Choir team and take the top spot?

This year’s Major Degree will be in Fairfield on Saturday, April 18thJo Ann Rowley and I will be on the Major Degree Team and will be there to support you.  If you are a First Degree member, please consider making your Major Degree.  Lunch is served afterward.  It’s a nice way to get to know some of your Sister Columbiettes better and have a nice day out.  All officers and committee chairs must be Major Degree members.  Please join us and other Columbiettes from around the State for this lovely ceremony.  Last year I chatted with a woman from Stamford I hadn’t seen since high school!  Jo Ann and I have to be there by 10:00am and we will be leaving St. Mary’s at 8:00 (with white shoes and robes!)  Candidates should arrive by 11:00, but we would be delighted if you would join us for the drive.  We should be back by 4:00pm.

The Day of Recollection is on Saturday, March 21st in Wolcott.  This is another ladies day out that doubles as a nice addition to Lenten preparation for Easter.  Fr.  Kevin Donovan is an engaging speaker and last year answered questions that some of the ladies had.  The Stations of the Cross was very nicely done.  So far, Kristi Surratt, Vicki Rosich, Debbie Shaffer, and I are going.  The more the merrier!  We will leave St. Mary’s at 8:00am and should be back by 4:00pm.  The cost (includes continental breakfast and buffet luncheon) is $23.

You may recall that our Auxiliary took a membership in the State Columbiettes’ 30 Week Club, which benefits the Campership Program.  We won $20 in the 2/21 drawing!

Traci Edwards, Yolande Tice, Vicki Rosich, Janice Steinhagen, Debbie Shaffer and I are working on a new Stage Curtain in the Church Hall!  Already the old one is down, measurements have been taken, and the hardware has been oiled.  The fabric has been cut and there was even enough left over to make valances for the four windows in the Church Hall!  This is going to be a vast improvement!

You don’t need to cook dinner on Fridays in Lent!  The Krals and their squad are serving up fabulous meals every Friday night beginning at 5:30.  And the company is really enjoyable.  Sue Haulotte is running a Book Sale in the Church Hall on Fridays in March and beginning at 4:00pm.  And, of course, Stations of the Cross is in the Church proper at 6:30.  In this All Too Busy World, it’s good to step back and prepare for the Resurrection of Christ.  Did I mention that the food is great?

Columbiettes will be sponsoring a good old fashioned Yard Sale on June 27th.  Picture it – outdoors and spread on the lawns of the Rectory, Parish Center, School, and Church.  We have lots of items that have been donated that we can sell.  We will also be selling spots for people.  Several of us raised our hands to have a spot.  We’ll be discussing this more, but please save the date.  Since this is brilliantly the date of the Cash Raffle Drawing, we will be selling loads of tickets!

I have the information for this year’s Margaret Mary J. Mangan Award, which is an excellence award for Columbiette Auxiliaries.  I will be filling out our form to apply for this prestigious award which we were awarded last year.

We had a discussion at the meeting about visiting and Social Welfare (a.k.a. Sunshine).  The general sentiment was that we need to do an even better job of supporting our own.  I agree wholeheartedly!  Dorla Barres does a great job of sending out cards and notes on our behalf to let people know we are thinking of them.  Each of us should also consider taking the time to support our own.  Many of you do this already!  When Stan was sick recently, several of you texted, called, and e-mailed me.  I am always touched by how caring you all are and appreciate it more than you know!  Going forward, I will let you know who among us could use a little sunshine.  Consider a call, visit, or even a card for your Sister Columbiette.  Prayers are good, too!   With that in mind:

  • Jackie Goddard is suffering the after effects of a stroke and will not be able to drive for a few months.
  • Paula Nowakowski has been having a foot problem and dealing with her mom’s health problems.
  • Betty Nowakowski was recently hospitalized for an illness.  She is recovering at home.
  • Ann Leffler has not been well and her husband passed away.  Columbiettes has requested a mass for Tom Leffler on June 14th at 8:00am.

There was much discussion regarding our meeting time.  For the time being, we will alternate between 6:30 and 7:00 meetings.  Please keep a close eye on the newsletter and I will let you know.   Our next meeting is Monday, April 6th at 7:00pm.  Social Hour will begin at 6:00.  Be there or be square!!  The meeting time and all upcoming Columbiette events are on the calendar on our website.

I have received word from Supreme that they are doing away with the Salutation Table.  The Sentinel will still sit at the entrance of the meeting room to check Travel Cards of any member arriving late.  When her card is checked, the member will take her seat.  If a member is leaving during the meeting, she just quietly leaves.  

Our Nominating Committee (Kathy Brophy and Becky Jusseaume) will deliberate this month and bring back a slate of potential officers to the April meeting.  Candidates can also be nominated from the floor and elections are held in May.  The way Columbiettes is designed, there should be a regular rotation of officers – including President.  Please consider grooming for my job!  Don’t worry – the Immediate Past President has many official and not so official duties and I plan to assist in every way when it is my turn.  I know that many of you perceive the work of the being an officer, but in my opinion if you had any idea what a joy it is to be your President, you would all want my job!!  The fun we have at the Officers’ Meeting alone is worth the price of admission!

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 5th!  Last month we talked about doing a seminar on Women in Finance.  Don’t know the difference between a 401K Plan or a Roth?  Never read your insurance policies?  Most of us don’t understand finances nearly as well as we should.  And what we don’t know, or are too embarrassed to ask, can really cost us.  Lorna Burkart has been a financial advisor for many years.  I know her personally and trust her with my money.      

If your schedule doesn’t permit coming to the meetings, please consider any of our many projects or committees!  I form committees for everything so people feel free to jump in without having it take over their lives.  And it makes it more fun!

Lots of Love!

  • Maryann