The Women’s Guild was organized in the 1930s to promote the spiritual and social life of the St. James the Apostle parish and to respond to requests from the pastor. This remains its main purpose. The Guild, open to all women of the parish, also participates in charitable activities in Trumansburg, in Tompkins County and its surrounding area, as well as in charities throughout the world.
Minutes from Women’s Guild Meeting on November 6, 2016
Marina Delaney; Sharon Greaves; Gloria Hubble; Carol Kuklo; Nancy Olszewski; Linda Sherer; Mary Szymanski; and Camille Taranto
The meeting was called to order by the vice president, Mary Szymanski, and began with an opening prayer at 12:15 p.m.
- General discussion of present balance and financial results of last year’s garage sale
- Garage Sale: In the past the garage sale was tied to our Bazaar. Discussion of what to do in the future. Youth Group is so small, it’s difficult to get them involved. Camille and Linda agreed to co-chair for 2017. Also, Camille suggested that we think about doing something more family oriented.
- Communion Breakfast. We had agreed to supplement the cost in order to keep prices down. We charged $10/person; and $85 was spent on supplementing with approximately 32 participants.
- Eileen provided Mary with a list of donations we made in 2015/16 (since last bazaar) and discussion followed regarding giving for this year.
- We won’t continue to donate to Common Hope since the student we were sponsoring has left the program and our budget is too tight to take on a new student. Motion made to transfer the money from previous Common Hope budget to the Christmas Family donation. The Youth Group will make the purchases including wrapping paper; ribbons; tape, etc. and WG will pay for a pizza lunch for the shoppers. Motion passed.
- The amount we contributed to the Food Pantry seemed too low. We will ask Eileen to recheck the numbers and we will make a donation in the spring, when there is matching funds. Note: We usually give a low amount before Christmas and a larger amount in the spring.
- Sponsored Seminarian in India: We committed to paying a certain amount annually for his training. We need to confirm number of years left in our commitment.
Other Expenses/Projects coming up:
- Christmas Hat/Mitten/Scarf Tree is usually placed near the altar with items donated to Catholic Charities in Ithaca. Items needed are for all ages from babies to adults; both sexes. We will ask Fr. Bernard if we may place the tree around 11/19-20; have an announcement made about asking for donations to the tree. WG will pick up and deliver to CCTT on 12/19.
- Christmas Angel Tags. We were asked if our church plans to do it. We will not specifically set up for tags, but can have a box available, along with the box we have for Birthright for gifts.
- Holy Communion Sets: Carol said she would continue to purchase them for our First Communicants for 2017. We will let the other churches know; see if they want to do the same. Get back to Carol with numbers of boys and girls.
- Women’s Communion Breakfast: This is something we would like to do with the other churches in our parish. Need to get contact person(s) name. Need speaker suggestions.
- Timeframe: April/May.
- Food Pantry: Keep it a priority with a gift at Christmas; amount to be determined.
- Catholic Charities of Tompkins Co. Mary will contact them for their needs list. Marina volunteered Youth Group do the purchasing when they do the Christmas Bureau shopping.
- Joan Hogan baked 20+ pies for WG to sell. Currently they are frozen. Suggest we sell the frozen pies with baking instructions before Thanksgiving; in the Pine Room after the masses. Suggested pricing for the pies: $10 for 8-9’’ size and $12 for 11-12” size. Want to start 11/12 and 11/13 and 11/19 and 11/20 till all are sold. Need to check with Fr. B for announcements and use of Pine Room (OK’d after meeting). Carol will do the poster board and check with Joan on the specifics: fruit, pie size; and number of each. Suggested 100% donations go to Food Pantry in T’burg. Update: only 9” pies available; cost/pie $10. Order and pay 11/12-13; pick up 11/19-20.