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From left: Denise Hodges, director of Community Maternity Services; Barbara Kress, CMS caseworker; and Court Regent Marlene Nalli along with the “Baby Shower” collection donated by court members and parishioners of Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain. 


Catholic Daughters donate baby items to CMS program

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Updated: 4:27 AM

FORT PLAIN — After a two-month hiatus, the local Catholic Daughters organization resumed its regular schedule of meetings. Court Catherine Esther #1264 met Monday, March 4, at Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain with Regent Marlene Nalli presiding. The meeting opened with a Lenten prayer service led by Catherine Smith, followed by the salute to the Flag,  

Nalli then introduced the speakers for the evening; Denise Hodges, program director of Community Maternity Services in Fulton, Herkimer and Montgomery counties and Caseworker Barbara Kress. They spoke to members about the program, which is a home-based case management program funded through a grant from the NY State Maternal and Early Childhood Foundation and an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.  

Hodges spoke about how the program meets the needs of young mothers, such as helping them through their pregnancies, teaching them basic parenting skills, providing them with emotional support and advocating for them to finish schooling. She added that approximately 80 girls from this area are presently served by this program. 

As the Court’s Lenten charitable project, members were asked to bring baby items to the meeting for a CMS Baby Shower. All collected items were donated to the CMS program, to be distributed to area mothers in need of basic clothing and supplies for their babies.  

Items that were donated included diapers and wipes, bathing supplies, bottles and diaper bags, baby clothing and swaddling blankets. Nalli thanked Hodges and Kres for attending, and presented them with a monetary donation from the court.

The regent then introduced another guest, Susan Yuhacz. She noted that Yuhacz was a former Catholic Daughter and would be renewing her membership that evening. After the regent led her in the recitation of the pledge of membership, she was presented with a CDA pin and decal and welcomed as a new member.

Doris Dutcher spoke about the parish’s newest ministry, “Hands of Hope”, which she and several of the members are involved in. She said that Rebecca Carter, a new court member, is in charge of the card making project, which consists of making greeting cards to send to shut-ins, the sick, nursing home residents, college students and the military. 

She added that another of the new court members, Sue Anne Wheadon, was involved with knitting helmet hats for the military and baby blankets for Catholic Charities. Another project she mentioned was the “Dress A Girl Around the World” program, which is spearheaded by Sue Beaver. Regent Nalli said that this would be a good project for the court to become involved in and stated that she would contact Beaver to speak about the project at the next meeting.

The Regent thanked members for their participation in the annual Tea Party fundraiser held in February and noted that the drawing for the winners would be held at the next meeting. She said that because of the Easter holiday, this meeting would be held on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the classroom of Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain. The meeting closed with prayers for sick and deceased court members and their families.


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