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Judy’s Corner: A Letter From Our Guild President – April 2017

Judys CornerSpring greetings to all,

For “thinking spring” in my last letter, March really took us by surprise with a nor’easter right before our past meeting. Now, I believe spring is here to stay. No more shoveling. The day of our meeting was cold but had some sunshine and no more snow. We contemplated canceling, but our weatherman said the snow would be on its way out before our meeting. Roads were cleared by then and we carried on. We enjoyed a great lunch and program.

Thank you to the staff at GreenField Manor for an awesome lunch, and thank you to the ladies from Crossroads Lutheran and our volunteers from the Guild for the super desserts. We continued on with Rev. Adam Miller-Stubbendick for devotions. He spoke of being comfortable with people we don’t know, as Jesus was. To Him, all people are welcome, just as the Guild welcomes all.

David McMullen and Chantal White then spoke about three new proposals they have for the Guild. They are the following: 1) The Reflections program, which records residents telling their life stories to be shared with their loved ones. The Guild will be purchasing the necessary AV equipment. 2) The purchase of silverware, water goblets, and wine/punch glasses for 180 people. The Manor has been renting these items in the past for larger gatherings and events. 3) The upgrade of the daily continental breakfast area, which will be moved to the atrium. The tables, chairs, display cases, etc. will be funded by the Guild. This area will be used by both the Manor and Court for various interactions, such as coffee hours, meetings, and more. We are pleased to accept and fund these projects. We then enjoyed hearing all about Millard Fillmore from speaker Rachelle Francis. It was a fantastic presentation, telling of his life, home, presidency, and his wives and children. Most remarked that they could have listened longer. I know I’m planning a trip to Vidler’s in East Aurora, as that was his original law office. They also have a museum across the street and do tours.

They next meeting will be our birthday card workshop, and we will be making 160 cards for the GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center residents. Even if you aren’t creative, we welcome you to lunch, fellowship, and you can sign cards with “best wishes from the Guild”. Our board members, Carol Iannello and Pauline Newhouse, take care of the birthday cards for the Terrace and the Court. Pauline also provides welcome gifts to the Court, and Carol sends out various correspondence, like thank you notes. These ladies, along with Norman Horton who supplies the facilities with seasonal napkins, should be applauded. We welcome reimbursement, but they have chosen to donate. That is their gift over and above offerings, and we thank them for their generosity.

On Saturday, April 29th from 9AM – 3 PM The GreenFields will be holding their Spring Bazaar at the Manor. The Guild will have a baked goods table like last year. At the next meeting we will have sign-up sheets for those willing to bake or help at the table the day of the bazaar. We can pick-up baked goods if need be, or we will have drop off points. Come and visit us that day, as they will have many exciting vendors.

Our Kentucky Derby Luncheon is coming soon. This is a major fundraiser for us. We are looking for people to create baskets for our raffle. If you or a group wish to donate one, please sign the sheet at the next meeting or call Sue Rojek at 634-0263. For the Kentucky Derby we are hoping for many different kinds of hats to show off, as that is one of the highlights of the derby. We encourage originality! Everything from a $1 store bought hat to a hand me down something you found in your attic. Any hat will do, along with your own little twist. It is sure to be a fun day!

– Peace and God’s Blessings to all!  – Judy

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