ARS Minutes: 11/7/17

November 15th, 2017 by Megan McCoy

Altar Rosary Minutes: 11-7-17

  • The evening began at 6:30 p.m. with the recitation of the rosary in the church, led by JoAnn Elwell, Prelate.
  • President Amanda Darke called the business meeting to order at at 7:00 p.m. with 24 members in attendance.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting of October 3, 2017 were provided to the members previously via email and posting on the OLQA webpage. The minutes were approved with a motion by Bonnie Smith and seconded by Joanne Cunningham.
  • There was no Treasurer’s Report due to Linda Helch’s absence. It was noted that there were no checks or deposits for the month. The new ARS Officer’s and Father David needed to sign documents at Marquette (done). Father David also noted that the Finance Committee of the Diocese wants all parishes to have one checking account for the entire church. This will be discussed with officers at a later date.

Old Business

  • ARS Retreat – Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Saturday 10/7 – Sandy Ragozine, Claire Waldron
    • Sandy reported that 14 people were in attendance. Marlene Gross made rosaries for each.
    • Claire Waldron would like to discuss Sorrowful Mysteries at a retreat in March during Lent.
    • All in attendance loved the retreat.
  • Barbara J Cruise with the OLQA Choir – Sunday, November 26 at 7 p.m. only if you signed up.

New Business

  • Father David Requests
    • He would like to see better dressed altar servers. He wants to order cassocks in different colors for boys and girls.
  • Christmas Party
    • Options were discussed for the cost of dinner at the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club.
    • Rosann Boast made a motion for ARS to split the cost of dinner ($10/member). JoAnn Elwell seconded. The motion carried.
    • The original date of December 3 does not work for Father David. Other dates proposed were December 10 or December 17. Members were asked to check the bulletin for updated information. Plan to arrive at 1 p.m. to eat at 1:30 p.m.

  • Parish Feast Day – Saturday, December 9
    • ARS members are asked to donate cookies for flans.
    • The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Sandy asked that desserts be delivered to church by the 7th or 8th at the latest.
    • Sandy needs help to set-up and decorate at 10 a.m. on December 7.
    • A sign-up sheet was passed around for desserts and set-up help.

  • Gifts for Kids
    • Distribution day will be Thursday, December 14 at 9 a.m.
    • Pat Kaider asked for volunteers to help on Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th to sort.
    • Donated socks can be dropped off in the baskets/boxes at the church entrances rather than bringing to the Christmas party.

  • Shut-In Gifts – Joanne Cunningham
    • Joanne found angels at Kohls on sale for $5. Other option is recording of Bible for $40.
    • She will get the names of the shut-ins from Rosann.
    • Motion to purchase the angels from Kohls (with a 30% off coupon) was made by Ann Koscelak and seconded by Sandy Ragozine. The motion was carried and the purchase was approved.


  • Handbook
    • Updates will be made during Winter Break. We will include photos of everyone to help match names and faces for reference. It will be a “yearbook” format.
    • Check the bulletin for updated information.
  • Gift cards for college students
    • We will purchase mailing envelopes to send prayer card, rosary, and gift card.
    • Father Carter will include a note as well.
    • Pat Saeger made a motion to purchase $25 gift cards for each to WalMart. Joanne Cunningham seconded and the motion carried.
    • Joanne will pack envelopes to mail. Marlene Gross will make rosaries. Rosann Boast will print labels. They will be mailed out the week after Thanksgiving.

Father David Carter’s Remarks

  • Father David commended everyone for all the work that we do for our parish.


  • Claire Waldron expressed discomfort that adults have to pay $10 for the upcoming Unlocking the Bible faith formation program. Amanda noted that $10 is a commitment incentive to encourage people to attend the class. The class actually costs $20 for the materials. It is suggested that the announcements for this class will be reworded to say that the $10 is a “registration fee.”
  • Diane Fritz was the winner of the 50/50 for $8.50.
  • Amanda thanked the hostesses for the evening, Linda Joyce, Ruth Jezak, and Denise Thomas.
  • JoAnn Elwell led a closing prayer. Father David offered a final prayer.
  • Rosann Bost made a motion to adjourn. Sandy Ragozine seconded the motion. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
  • The next business meeting is March 6, 2018 with mass at 6 p.m. – check the bulletin.

Respectfully submitted,

Megan McCoy, Secretary, with gratitude to Sue Tracey for taking minutes during the meeting.

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