Newsletter - October

posted Oct 18, 2014, 3:53 AM by Maryann Stradczuk
Today is our first Wine and Beer Tasting!  I’m sure this will be a fabulous time for all who attend.  
We have only two more weeks to support the cash raffle to benefit St. Mary’s.  Thanks to everyone who is working really hard to make this a success for our parish!  If you are able to sell more tickets, please contact Donna Coombs or Cheryl Morin.  Even if you’ve sold a bunch, people can always use cash!  And as Jo Ann Rowley points out, you’ll have your winnings in plenty of time for Black Friday shopping!
Columbiettes are sponsoring a Turkey Dinner the night of the raffle drawing – Saturday, November 1st – 5:00pm-7:00pm.  The menu is amazing – turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, squash, roll, stuffing, apple cider, water, coffee, or tea, and dessert.  Tickets are just $10, and Jo Ann Rowley has them.  We are trying something new and asking for food donations to defray the cost of food.  We are also asking for bakers as we will not only have the dinner desserts, we will be having a Bake Sale.  Renee has volunteered to run the Bake Sale!
Forms are available for our Poinsettia Sale.  Jewett City Greenhouse is busy growing our beautiful 18” poinsettias in pink, red, or white.  Once again, we are charging $15 each.  They are beautiful!  Please bring your orders to the next meeting.  The plants can be picked up in the Church Hall on Saturday, November 29th from 10:00am-noon.  Last year they came with a brown paper cover for easy transport.  Kathy Kral is in charge of this sale.  
Our Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, November 22nd – 10:00am-4:00pm.  Here’s the breakdown:
  • Games of Skill – we’re trying something new this year and will use the stage area for Games of Skill.  This should be fun!  Alex Kralhas volunteered to chair this.  Grace Haulotte and Jackie Kral will help her out.
  • Bake Sale – Renee will be running our Bake Sale.  All are asked to bake for this.  All will be offered for a donation.
  • Estate Sale – Kathy Luty is chairing this table.  Please contact her if you have anything to donate.
  • Books – Sue Haulotte will have a table of books available.  
  • Craft Table – Patty Martinell and Jackie Connelly are taking donations for this table.
  • Food – It wouldn’t be a Bazaar without food!  Food will be available all day for a fee.  Kathy Kral is in charge.
  • Christmas Decorations – This is also new.  We are asking for donations of Christmas decorations to sell at the Bazaar.  Traci Edwards is in charge.  Maybe we could all pull out our decorations early this year and see if there are any we just aren’t using.  One man’s junk…..
  • Promotions – Paula Nowakowski is working on promoting this event.  After all, you can have the best event ever, but it doesn’t work if nobody shows up!  
Our two year anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday, December 7th.  We will begin with the 11:00 mass.  Details aren’t firm yet, but we will do some sort of tribute to Elaine Durham.  We will follow mass with a lunch and First Degree.  It amazes me that we have only been in existence for two years!!   If you have any ideas on how to make this event special, or would like to help out, please let me know.  At the very least, please mark your calendar.   
Kristi Surratt and I had a really nice time at the Columbiettes Regional Meeting, which was held in Waterbury.  It’s always nice to get together with our Sister Columbiettes from around the State and share ideas.
State Columbiettes are once again running their 30 Week Club to benefit the Campership Program.  Campership, you will recall, is a program that helps fund handicapped children and adults going to summer camp.  Not only to the campers have a great time, their families get a refreshing break.  If you want to join 30 Week Club, the cost for the year is just $30!  This puts you in a weekly drawing for $30, $20, or $10.  There is also a 30 week drawing for $1000 total prize money at the Columbiettes State Convention in June.  It was a nice surprise when I won one of the weekly drawings this year!
The beautiful, blue leather Columbiette wallets are still available for $10.  There is a limited number and then they’re gone, so let me know and I will contact Joan Carlson, our District Deputy.
You may have noticed the new Columbiettes brochures are stationed in their own holders by the Church Bulletin holders.  The brochures should be helpful to explain what we do.  If you have any suggestions on changes, please let me know.  Also, let me know if you notice that we need more.  
If you’re working on something and would like to contact all of our members, I’m happy to help!  Please send me the e-mail you would like to forward to the members.  You have no idea how much easier this is for me, and I really appreciate it.
Thanks so much for all you do!  We would never be able to do all this without so many wonderful members and supporters!  I am grateful to all of you.
  •  Maryann