Newsletter - May 2017

posted Jun 11, 2017, 6:18 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!


The election results are in and you have chosen the following to be your officers for this year:


President – Maryann Stradczuk

Vice President – Jo Ann Rowley

Financial Secretary – Cheryl Morin

Treasurer – Kathy Kral

Secretary – Donna Coombs

Sentinel – Traci Edwards


Congratulations to all!  The Officers’ Meeting will be this Monday (5/8) at my house at 6:00pm.  Vicki Rosich has agreed to continue managing Vicki’s Bag.  Yay!! 


Thanks to everyone who has been praying for my eyesight!  I had a blood vessel bleed into my eye last Sunday and the doctor put me on eye rest (couldn’t open my eyes) for two days.  Sorry if I looked scary at the meeting!  The bleeding has stopped and I am back to work.  There is still a bunch of junk in my eye, but I am on the mend with nothing but a lifting restriction. 


There are a few spots left for the Knights of Columbus Cape Cod Trip (9/29-10/1).  Ceil & Bob Roberge run this trip and can give you all the details.  I can tell you how much fun Stan and I have had for the last several years.  The cost for double occupancy with 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts is $314. A $50 deposit is due now with the balance paid on arrival to the hotel – Cape Cod Irish Village in West Yarmouth.


Fr. Ted has signed the contract to give permission for Boundaries (John Faulise) to survey the Church for the New Church Hall Entry.  In fact, the work may have already been done.  John will work with Fr. Ted to make sure that the project is what Fr. Ted envisions for our church and also with the architect to have the plans be correctly taking the heights and other measurements into account when drafting the final plans.  Of particular concern is the water issue on that side of the church, so we are being especially careful.  We discussed at one point posting a large thermometer in the church to show the financial progress for this project.  Is anyone crafty enough to be able to create such a poster?  Let me know. 


Fr. Ted has approved our date change of the Christmas Bazaar to November 18th (9:00-3:00).  We can now book vendors, if you know of anyone who may be interested.  We will begin meetings after we are done with the Yard/Book Sale.  We will discuss the various committees to gauge interest at our June meeting.


The Columbiettes State Convention will be on Saturday, June 10th in Stamford.  The cost of going is $45, which covers the meal and swag.  The membership voted last month to cover the $10 registration fee.  Please let me know if you are planning on going.  I have room in the car and am happy to have company.  I love going to the convention because it is great to see what other auxiliaries are doing and how they do it.  And since I have been involved with them for a few years now, I have more friends.  Our delegates vote on important issues affecting the Columbiettes.  You will recall that we voted on a resolution at our April meeting to lower the Columbiettes joining age to 16 for family members.  If our resolution passes the State Convention, it will be voted on at the Supreme Convention in August.  Just goes to show that what we do really matters!




The Yard Sale/Book Sale will be Saturday, July 22nd (9:00-3:00).  I am planning on getting together with Vicki Rosich to go over the items we already have that we can sell.  Please keep the date in mind, if you are able to help the day of the sale.  We will need several people to help bring the items out of the Parish Center and work the sale.  We will also need help bringing the one or two items we have left back into the Parish Center and tidy up.  We are looking for some donations of saleable items, but don’t really have enough help or storage to advertise this.  Please keep it in mind if you have anything you would like to be rid of.  Thanks!  We also offer table space to members who wish to sell their own items the day of.  The cost is $25/table.


We voted at the meeting to purchase robes for our ceremonies.  These will be used for our First Degrees and Installation of Officers which will be held at the very beginning of our June meeting.  Officers:  please bring your jewels!


The Ladies Tea is being postponed and will be held in September or October.  I am working out the date with Sheila and will let you know.


Preparations are fully underway for this year’s Golf Tournament (8/11).  We are trying something different this year and have formed a Basket Raffle Committee to take some of the work off of the main committee.  Good idea!!  So far, the committee consists of Kathy Coletti, Sue Haulotte, Linda Pucel, Kathy Brophy, Allison Turcotte, and Renee Asmar.  Please consider having a meeting to decide how you will handle this new task.  If you have items you would like to donate for baskets, let the committee know and/or bring them to the next monthly meeting.  If you don’t want to bother, consider donating a few bucks and someone will do the shopping for you.   Easy peasy! 


Would you like to be on the main Golf Committee?  Most of the members have been on the committee for five years and have expressed a desire for new blood.  The Golf Tournament has been our top revenue producer every year and a fun social event that we are very proud to host.  Like the Christmas Bazaar, pretty much all of our members participate in one way or another.  Please do what you can to make this project a success.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask friends and family who golf to join the fun.

  • Ask businesses to sponsor a hole or donate for the basket raffle.

  • Gather items for raffle donations.

  • Work the day of the tournament.  Workers sell raffle tickets, run games at golf holes, sign in golfers, and generally make sure everyone has a good time.  You don’t need to know much about golf to be good at it.

  • Post brochures where you go – work, stores, gym, etc.


    If you are making items for the Craft Table at the Christmas Bazaar, please feel free to bring them to any monthly meeting.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Patty Martinell, Jackie Connelly, or Ceil Roberge.


    Our Sister Columbiette, Ann Olewnik, is moving at the end of the month back to St. Mary’s, PA.  She will still be a member, but we will not see her nearly as much.  We will miss you, Ann!!  Renee Asmar is putting together a bon voyage party for Ann on Sunday, May 21st at 2:00pm in the Church Hall.  Please let Renee know if you are going so she will know how many tables to set up.  If you can help set up or clean up, let Renee know.  If you are going to the party, please bring a plate of finger foods.


    The Dinner Committee will be meeting soon to discuss the upcoming dinner on October 7th.  That committee consists of Sue Haulotte, Linda DeManuel, Kathy Luty, Allison Turcotte, Kristi Surratt, Kathy Kral, and Renee Asmar.  This is also the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary and certainly deserves a good celebration! 


    Our monthly meeting will be Monday, June 5th at 7:00pm in the Church Hall.  Social Hour begins at 6:00pm.  Divine Mercy Chaplet will be said in the Parish Center Chapel at 5:30.


    I hope your day is fabulous!  Thanks so much for all you do to make our group great!


  •  Maryann