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Catholic Daughters make plans for the coming months

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Updated: 9:27 PM

FORT PLAIN -- Members of Catholic Daughters’ Court Catherine Esther #1264 met Monday, May 5, at Our Lady of Hope Church in Fort Plain. The meeting opened with a ceremonial crowning of Mary, Mother of God. The members processed in, singing a Marian Hymn and carrying flowers and candles to be placed in front of her statue.  Spiritual Chairman Cathy Smith crowned Mary and conducted a devotional service. The service ended with members singing the hymn “Gentle Woman”. Following the ceremony, members gathered for refreshments served by Judy Montanye and Susan Yuhasz.  The regular business meeting followed, with Regent Marlene Nalli presiding. 

Quality of Life Chairman Kathy Walsh reported that once again she, along with her husband John and granddaughters Amiah Valdez and Nataleigh Van Heusen,  would be participating in the American Cancer’s Society’s “Relay for Life”, to be held on Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17 at the Dreams Park in Cooperstown.  She stated that any members interested in sponsoring her could sign her sponsor sheet at that time. The court moved to sponsor her and her husband again this year and contribute to the cause.

Regent Nalli noted that information about the court’s annual graduation award has been included in the OLH church bulletin until the June 1 deadline. She added that applications and additional information were available at the church office and from her. The $200 award is open to any current graduating high school Senior student who is a registered member of Our Lady of Hope parish. 

Regent Nalli reported that the ad welcoming Bishop Scharfenburger to the Albany Diocese, which she arranged for all of the CDA Courts in the diocese to purchase, was published in the special April 17 issue edition of the Albany Diocesan newspaper “The Evangelist”.  She added that she had received donations towards the ad from all courts except one. 

Smith gave a report on the semi-annual financial review, which was held after the meeting in April. She stated that District Deputy Mary Morse and the audit committee consisting of her, Doris Dutcher and Rebecca Carter had reviewed the court’s books and found them to be in order. She added that in the past six months the court had paid out over $1,100 for religious, charitable and educational purposes. 

Walsh reported on plans for the Court Fund Raiser Night at McDonald’s Restaurant in Palatine Bridge, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. She asked the committee working that evening to be there 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the event. Regent Nalli added that she would make informational flyers to be placed in area stores and send publicity for the event to local newspapers. 

Yuhasz, who served on the Nominating committee, presented the proposed slate of officers for the 2014- 16 term to the court. The slate was approved by the membership and elected to serve were Nalli as regent, Walsh as vice regent, Cheryl Benninger as recording secretary, Barbara Hislop as financial secretary and Debra DiVisconti as treasurer.

They will be installed at a ceremonial installation of officers in June along with two other area courts. 

The regent announced that Sunday, June 1 is CDA Priest Appreciation day and courts are asked to honor their clergy on that day. After a short discussion, it was decided to honor Reverend Dennis Murphy, who is Pastor of OLH parish and Chaplain of the court, by treating him to the Sunday Brunch on June 1 at Dome49  in Fort Plain. It was decided to invite OLH parishioners to attend. All court members will be contacted with this information and urged to attend. 

The Regent reminded members that the next meeting would be held on Monday June 2, in the OLH classrooms, and that the new officers would assume their duties at that time.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., and Courtney Quackenbush will speak to the court about her trip to Haiti as a medical volunteer for MediShare.


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