Who knows where the time has gone this year? It seems like we just began the club year, which so far has been eventful. The club has donated school supplies to SOS, items for Guardian Angel, gifts for area children as well as food baskets (a big thank you to Carol Coverdill and Jane Vescovi) and laid wreaths at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. We continue our ongoing projects collecting books for veterans and recycling for brain cancer. Some accomplishments to be proud of!
We also know how to enjoy ourselves as evidenced by the wonderful Christmas party put together by Diane DeCero. Thanks Diane! It was a lovely evening with good food and drink, music and dancing, as well as a chance to socialize. Even Santa came!
Another thank you goes to Karen Custer who got us organized to participate in our ﬁrst Wreaths Across America event. Barb Steffes, Tina Baker, Kim Bell, Sue Drake, Lynn Doyle, Pam Aspel, Karen, and I all went to the cemetery. The ceremony there was very moving. We all helped place wreaths at the gravesites. Quite a day!
The Christmas Crossroads committee again did a wonderful job putting together a great show. It’s been a learning year for the new committee who now takes over for the 2018 show. I know Pam Aspel, Sarah Aspel, Kathy McDermott, Karen Custer, Barb Mullin, and Toni Blaeser will do us proud and they have Cathy Brewer remaining on the committee with years of experience to draw on.
Going forward, I hope to see many members at the January Prayer Breakfast put together by Jane Passaglia and Joan Lesnik. Remember that it will be on a Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 at Cross Point Church, and guests are welcome. We will be collecting items for children to take with them when they are placed in a foster home. Here are some ideas:
- Age 0-5: underwear, socks, coloring books, crayons, craft kits
- Age 6-12: above items plus blank journal, pens, books
- Age 12-18: above plus perfume, cologne, lip gloss, feel good books.
- Maybe pajamas, stuffed animals, toothbrushes…Shop those sales after Christmas
The Northern Illinois Food Bank has invited up to four members to a Lunch and Learn event on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 11:30 – 1:00. There will be a speaker on engaging millennials in organizations. There is also an opportunity to work in their warehouse and see how they operate. If interested, contact me.
The next 11th District meeting date has been changed to accommodate our meeting schedule since it was going to be held the same day as our Prayer Breakfast. The meeting will now be on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:30 at the Manhattan United Methodist Church. The cost is $20.00 and due by Friday, January 5, 2018. Donna Sample, Kim Bell, and I are going. Contact me if anyone else in interested.
The February meeting should also be very interesting. Our speaker will talk about tracing your family tree which is a fascinating topic. Lunch will include homemade soups from some of the great cooks in the club.
January will ﬁnd me working on reports. If you worked on any projects, I will be asking for info to complete the paperwork.
Lastly, I want to send wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year!