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Meeting Highlights

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Trisha Casa Santa and Marianne Alhgren pose politely. Here's the secret...it was Trisha's birthday. She's our Hospitality Chair who keeps track and sends lovely card to us!

              It’s a celebration when we can gather and enjoy each other’s company. As harsh as COVID was, and is, the experience has given us new appreciation of access to people.

                February took us to Fr. Ryan High School (www.fatherryan.org) to visit with Isabella Mathew, a sophomore, her (proud!) mother, Rachel who is a Pre-K teacher at Christ the King, Principal Paul Davis, Director of Advancement Brooke Reusch and several additional staff persons. “Bella” loves all animals and expects to become a zoologist. Not a veterinarian? Not good with needles! Who is?

                Her other interests include theatre and lacrosse. She is the third child, and last, child in the Mathew household.

                Congratulations on outreach efforts – we had several guests…potential members (!) and a new member, Tammy Varallo. Tammy was ready and able to cite her relative’s name and the name of our scholarship – Aurelia Varallo Mariani!  Our great programs and mutual support are tremendous reasons to attract more members and spark more frequent attendance by our existing members. What St. Cecilia alumna can you invite for the March dinner and Pope Prep alums for April’s lunch?

                We will see Shauna Druffner again. She gave us the inside scoop on St. Michael’s Academy. She returns in May in her new role as Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. Be sure that invitation gets in your parish bulletin.               

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Patty Eichberger, left, and Jennie Guinn chat before the meeting.

Rachel Hester, whose senior son plays hockey with Fr. Ryan, was on site to collect and thank us for donations for Room in the Inn. Rachel worked with Fr. Charles Strobel in the ministry for 35 years and has served 18 years as executive director. The shelter serves people in the cold weather (November through March) both on site and through community partners. Year-round Room in the Inn offers education, workforce development, recuperative care and many other services. Consider how your talents could serve. www.RoomintheInn.org. Thank you for the books, gifts cards and personal care items donated at the meeting.

                A luscious dinner of Parmesan chicken breasts with creamy potatoes, green beans, fruited green salad and brownies was served by Laurel’s Superior Catering. Her email – laurel.williamz@gmail.com, number – 615-336-5674. She’ll be back in March and April, yum!

                The core of the meeting was a tantalizing presentation from Spiritual Chair Jennie Guinn on her teaching on how we can “Magnify Christ” through our lives. Her inspiration to leave her enjoyable career of teaching and administration at St. Edward School came from prayer in front of the altar. She heard God say, “You have to let go of what you are holding so I can place something else in your hands.”

                She works with women to encounter God the Father, to more fully recognize we are daughters of the King. She guides women in self-image and inner, transformative healing. She reminded us to protect our spirit because that is God living within us. Hear more from Jennie through her podcast, Catholic Moms in the Middle, available through Nashville Catholic Radio. www.jennieguinnlifecoach.com

Recognizing our focus on “business”, Claudia invited comments about members’ work.

  • Megan Prange noted she founded a cut and sew manufacturing company, www.prangeapparel.com. She is offering sewing workshops!  There are two ready for registration now. Everything is provided: machine, fabric, thread, instructions. You take home the pattern and instructions after class. More classes to come in March. Located next to Holy Rosary Academy. See her site, www.prangeapparel.com.

  • Anne Sawasky, our March speaker, announced a two-day, free workshop, American Dream Experience, organized by Paul Winkler (www.paulwinkler.com) to help couples relax about money. Contact Anne for details on the April event: anne@paulwinler.com.

  • On March 2 there will be a retreat at St. Philip named Adored & Restored: www.stphilipfranklin.com/portfolio-items/adored-restored/

  • Lisa Link reminded us she is skilled and ready in taking Senior portraits and all kinds of family photography. See KPLPhotography.com

  • Teachers! Friends of Teachers! Janet Wardlaw announced St. Michael’s Academy is hiring! See stmichaeltn.org.

 

        Not announced Wednesday, but important to know…The Ladies of Charity Sale starts March 22 at 10 a.m.

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