It has been said that April showers bring May flowers. May also brings the annual Our Lady Queen of the Americas Altar Rosary Society’s card party. For those who attend, the card party is as welcome an event as the blooming of the May flowers. This year the event will take place on Tuesday, May 12th. Everyone who comes will have a great dinner and the chance to won a sizable amount in the 50/50 raffle (the last several years, over $500 was won in the drawing). There will also be many lovely theme baskets in our Chinese auction. Tickets are $8.00 which includes dinner and one Chinese Auction ticket. Doors open at 5:00 with dinner to follow at 6:15. We hope to see you there.
The evening began at 6:30 pm with a recitation of the Rosary in the church led by our Prelate, Joanne Cunningham. The meeting which followed was called to order with 26 members in attendance. The minutes from the previous meeting were distributed to the members. A correction to the minutes was noted with the Parish Feast Day being held on Saturday, December 13. Joanne Cunningham made a motion to approve the minutes and Pat Taylor seconded the motion. With no additional changes or corrections, the minutes were approved. Linda Joyce presented a treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $5,968.09. Jane Harmon made a motion to approve the report which was seconded by Irene Frey and approved.
Members were reminded that dues can be placed in the collection baskets.
Sue Treacy reported that we currently have 10 shut-in parishioners and plans are being made to provide them with a holiday floral arrangement for Christmas. Carol Saulsbery made a motion to spend $300 for these gifts for shut-ins. Veronica Valentine seconded the motion which was passed.
Members were thanked for bringing dish towels and oven mitts for the church kitchen. The purchase of a food processor for the kitchen has not yet been done. Sue Saulsbery is currently checking prices.
Joanne Cunningham made a motion to purchase cloths for the Altar which was seconded by Pat Saeger and passed. A discussion followed and Sandy Ragozine made a motion to spend $1,500 to purchase an Altar cloth. The motion was seconded by Pat Kaider and passed.
The Samaritans will be collecting nonperishable breakfast food for their food pantry on November 8 and 9. Donations may be dropped off in the hall kitchen area.
Sandy Ragozine is planning an outing to Kraynak’s Christmas Store in Hermitage on Wednesday, November 5 with lunch to follow at the Hickory Grille. Interested members should meet in the church parking lot at 10 am that morning.
The ARS Christmas Party will be held on December 7 at the Iroquois Club beginning at 1:00 pm. The cost is $20 which includes a buffet luncheon. Reservations and money are due by December 1 and can be placed in a clearly marked envelope in the collection basket. Contact Nancy August or Pat Gilfoyle if additional information is needed.
Rosann Bost thanked Nancy August and the volunteers who helped to make the recent Rummage Sale a success.
Leslie Conlin reminded members to donate items for the college student goodie boxes which will be sent out in early December. She invited volunteers to help pack these boxes in the church kitchen on Tuesday, December 2 at 3;00 pm.
Leslie Conlin reminded members that Pat Pineo is the chairperson for the Antorcha Guadalupana 5K Run/Walk to be held on December 13. The run begins around 2:30 pm at Firemen’s Beach and will be followed by a special mass at 5:00 pm and a Parish Feast Day Celebration after in the church hall. Additional information will follow.
Joanne Cunningham reported that two Rosaries were recently given to families of deceased parishioners after recitation of the Rosary by ARS members. Both families were very pleased with these gifts. Florence March discussed how grateful Marge Murphy’s son was to receive the Rosary from ARS.
Pat Kaider reminded members of the upcoming Morning of Reflection for Parish Ministries to be held at the church on Saturday, November 8 from 8:30-12:00. Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman will be the featured speaker.
Sandy Ragozine reported that Kristin Byers from the Erie Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a program entitled ‘Memory Loss-Dementia and Alzheimer’s’ in the parish hall on November 6 at 6:30 pm.
Father Jeff told members that Barb Daube is moving from the area and he is in need of a volunteer to help count the offerings. Pat Gilfoyle volunteered to fill this position beginning in January.
Ruth Jezak won the 50/50 for $12.00 and donated it back to ARS. Thank you Ruth for your generosity.
Rosann thanked our hostesses, Linda Joyce, Ruth Jezak, and Pat Taylor.
JoAnne Cunningham read a closing prayer. Carol Saulsbery made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Veronica Valentine. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Sue Treacy
The Altar Rosary Society is creating a scrapbook that will include the past to the present. If you have any ARS pictures, memorabila, and memories, plus unneeded scrapbooking materials and/or time you would be willing to donate to this project, contact Mary Anne Shay at 382-8402. Anything regarding OLQA’s ARS would be appreciated.