Newsletter - September

posted Oct 17, 2014, 10:52 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

We had our first meeting in the Church Hall, and it was really nice to have the room to move around.  Also, the noise level was so much better!  I know this is not convenient for some, but isn’t that why we’re working on handicapped accessibility?!

Hats off to the Golf Tournament Committee and all those who donated prizes or volunteered the day of the tournament.  What a lovely event!  This year we increased to 53 golfers.  We just get better and better!  Thanks again to everyone for your contribution to this profitable event!

Today (9/20), we are having a Creative Obsessions Jewelry Party with our very own Lisa Lavado.  20% of the proceeds will be donated to Columbiettes.  The Jewelry Party will be held in the Church Hall 2:00-4:00pm.  Lisa’s jewelry is mostly available at boutiques and craft shows.  If you haven’t seen Lisa’s work, you’re in for a treat!  If you can’t make it, she is also donating 20% of internet sales this weekend –  

Plans for the Wine and Beer Tasting on October 18th at the Griswold Fish & Game Club are coming along.  Tickets are available from Sue Haulotte ($25/person - $40/couple).  Volunteers are needed for setup (4:00-5:00pm), kitchen help and servers, clean up (9:00-10:00pm).  We expect to have 20 wines and 12 beers available for tasting.  This should be great!

The Cash Raffle to benefit the church general fund is also in full swing.  Donna Coombs and Cheryl Morin have books of 10 tickets available.  Please take it upon yourself to sell tickets at any mass you attend.  Donna or Cheryl could also connect you with time slots outside local businesses to sell tickets.  There are 15,000 tickets available, and Fr. Ted is counting on us to make this a success to help the general fund of our parish.  Renee has found Facebook a good place to promote ticket sales as well.  If you would like to mail tickets, only the tickets themselves are permitted to be mailed – not the stubs.  The drawing will be November 1st at 7:00pm.  This coordinates with our Turkey Dinner.  For the paltry sum of $10, you get turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, squash, roll, stuffing, apple cider, water, coffee or tea, dessert.  Renee will also be conducting a Bake Sale, and will be looking for donations of baked goods.  Tickets have been printed and are ready to go.  Is someone interested in taking on the responsibility of the Turkey Dinner tickets?  Your help with this one piece of the puzzle would be greatly appreciated!

Plans are underway for our Annual Christmas Bazaar.  We already have 10 vendors signed up but there’s plenty of room, if you know someone who may be interested.  This year, Alex Kral has volunteered to run Games of Skill – how fun!!  Grace Haulotte and Jackie Kral have volunteered to help out.  Renee will conduct our Bake SaleKathy Kral will need help with the Kitchen as we will have food available all day.  Vicki Rosich has taken over the Silent Auction chair.  Please let her know if you would like to donate an item for auction.  Would anyone be interested in running a Basket RaffleTraci Edwards has volunteered to run a Christmas Decorations table.  What a great idea!  We will be looking for donations of Christmas decorations to sell.  Sue Haulotte will also have a table of books for sale.  Paula Nowakowski is taking on the promotions for the Christmas Bazaar.  This is really shaping up!!

Thanks to everyone who helped the Knights hand out Tootsie Rolls to raise money for local intellectually disabled people.  Patty Martinell was very busy helping schedule people to fill 40 available time slots, and I hear this year’s efforts were very successful.  

I am pleased and proud to say that our Columbiettes Auxiliary has been awarded the Margaret Mary J. Magnan Award in our first eligible year.  To qualify, we increased our membership, worked with our Knights, supported our youth and community, and met several other criteria.  This award is a credit to all of you who do so much throughout the year for our group, church, Knights, and community.  I’m so proud of the organization we have created together.

  • Maryann