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


Catholic Daughters donate to Community Maternity Services

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Updated: 9:13 PM

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 3 at Our Lady of Hope Church in with Regent Marlene Nalli presiding. 

Nalli introduced Barbara Kress, Montgomery County caseworker for Community Maternity Services, who spoke to the members about CMS, 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 in the Albany Diocese. 

She spoke about how the program meets the needs of young mothers, such as helping them through their pregnancies, teaching them basic parenting skills, providing emotional support and advocating for them to finish schooling.

She stated that the program operates on a shoestring budget because of the government’s funding cuts and asked the members to help by sending letters to their constituents asking for funding restoration.

She added that approximately 80 girls from this area are presently served by the program.

As the Court’s Lenten charitable project, members were asked to bring baby items to the meeting for a CMS Baby Shower. Collection bins were placed in the church lobbies for all parishioners. Items that were donated included diapers and wipes, bathing supplies, baby clothing and swaddling blankets.

Nalli presented Kress with a monetary donation from the court.  

As stated in the organization's by-laws, the regent noted that all courts are directed to elect a Nominating Committee. She called for nominations from the floor. Nominated and elected to serve were Doris Dutcher, Sue Anne Wheadon and Susan Yuhasz. Dutcher will serve as chairman of the committee, which will meet in the next two months to prepare a slate of court officers for the 2014-16 term. The election of officers will be held at the May meeting.  

Regent Nalli reported to the members that she had been in contact with Courtney Quackenbush, daughter of member Sue Quackenbush, inviting her to speak at the April meeting about her upcoming trip to Haiti to serve as a medical volunteer for Project MediShare.

Courtney is a LPN at St Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam and will travel to Port-au-Prince in April where she will spend a week working with local medical staff.  

Nalli reminded members that the next meeting would be held on Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the classroom of Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain. The meeting closed with prayers for sick members Helen Iacobucci and Gloria Seligman, along with deceased court members and their families.


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