The evening began at 6:30 pm with a recitation of the rosary led by Joanne Cunningham followed by a birthday celebration for Father Jeff. Members were treated to cake and ice cream as well as musical entertainment by Pat Pineo.
President Rosann Bost called the meeting to order with 37 members in attendance. The minutes from the previous meeting were distributed to the members. With no additional changes or corrections, Sis Lane made a motion to approve the minutes which was seconded by Rita Valentine and the minutes were approved.
Linda Joyce presented a treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $4,000.43. Mary Anne Shay made a motion to approve the report which was seconded by Florence Marsh and approved.
Rosann introduced Barbara Mulligan who previously belonged to the ARS at St. Brigid’s and has recently joined our group.
Brochures are still available for the Called and Gifted Workshop to be held on May 16 and 17 and ARS members are encouraged to attend.
A reception for life members of ARS will be held at the August meeting. A committee of volunteers is needed to organize this event.
The Rosaries and boxes to be given to families after the Rosary recitation at funerals have arrived. The men’s rosaries are on back order. A sample was passed around f0r members to view.
Members are encouraged to take extra copies of the ARS newsletter to shut-ins.
The Mother’s Day carnation sale will be held after all masses on May 10 & 11. Pat Kaider is chairwoman for this project and will be responsible for volunteers to sell carnations after the 5:00 mass on May 10. Sue Treacy and Sue Drexler will sell after the 8:00 mass with Barbara Mulligan covering the 10:30 mass on May 11.
Our annual Card Party will be held on May 13. Nancy August will provide decorations and favors. Pam Humes and Ruth Jezak have organized the kitchen volunteers. JoAnne Cunningham reminded members who are donating baskets for the Chinese Auction to have them at the church by 5:00. Pat Kaider has taken care of advertising for the event. A paper will be placed on each table to record the names and e-mail addresses of those in attendance for future reference.
The Memorial Day Pie Sale will be held on Saturday, May 24 from 9:00 to 12:00. A group will be baking pies at the church at 4:00 pm on May 22 and everyone is welcome to join them. Pies may be dropped off at the church kitchen on Friday, May 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm or before 8:00 am on Saturday.
A bake sale to benefit the Parish Youth Mission Trip will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 9:00-12:00. Sue Saulsbery reminded members to label their baked goods and drop them off at the church by 8:00 am on Saturday.
The May Altar arrangement is provided by the Altar Rosary Society.
Any members who are interested in joining the Garden Club are encouraged to call the church office. It is open to all church members.
Leslie Conlin reported that 11 students received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Saturday, April 12 and were treated to a luncheon after. Invitations had been sent home with the students and approximately 40 people were in attendance.
Linda Joyce reported that 10 students were given First Communion gifts from the ARS.
Seven seniors were sent applications for the ARS Graduation Award on April 9 and completed forms are due back on May 30. The award will be presented at the Baccalaureate Mass to be held on June 15.
Fr. Jeff Lucas thanked the ARS for the May altar flowers and also encouraged members to attend the Called and Gifted workshop to be held on May 16 and 17. He will be vacationing in England from May 30 to June 8.
Sandy Ragozine reminded members that there will be no meeting in June, but we will gather for a meeting/event in July.
Mary Anne Shay reminded members that she can always use volunteers to assist with the scrapbook. Marlene Gross and Bab Daube have volunteered to help with this project.
Sue Drexler won the 50/50 for $13.50 and donated it back to ARS. Thank you, Sue, for your generosity. Rosann thanked our hostesses, Ann Koscelek, Bunny Duncan and Jane Harmon. Joanne Cunningham read a closing prayer. Sis Lane made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Nancy August.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 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.