Posted by Beth Drain


Dear Members,
Well, it’s almost here – Independence Day and we have a float this year thanks to Karen Hanna and her husband. Joyce Price is heading up the 4th of July Parade project this year and asked me to include this message: Community Assistance League (CAL) will have a float in the parade this year, and we need decorators, riders, banner holders and marchers. Come join in the fun as we proudly represent our organization and celebrate our country’s birthday. The Lion’s Club theme this year is “One Nation Together”. The float will be decorated on Sunday, July 3rd. Stay tuned for more details!
The Healing Garden Open House was held on May 28th in spite of the inclement weather. I was unable to attend because of Grandmother responsibilities. I have it on good authority that it was a success and that all the painted cutouts were sold. Look for the “painted rocks” in the garden next time you visit. Linda Zinn hosted the rock painting booth for the children. We will have a complete report for you next time.
As my tenure as Vice President is coming to an end, I am looking forward to the next phase in my CAL career as your President. Thank you for your vote of confidence. The Board positions are mostly filled, but the Membership Committee Chair is still open. Stephanie Novotny has filled that role admirably, but now has a full-time job and has asked to be replaced. Please search your soul and find it in your heart to contribute some of your time to help perpetuate CAL’s mission. You can contact me directly to let me know you are interested:
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our June 20th “Celebration of Giving” where we highlight the recipients of the – wait for it – over $200,000 in grants and scholarships! Heather Hellier and Jan Harrison have put together an amazing program for you. I’m sure you won’t want to miss it, especially since it will be the last general meeting until September.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful summer. However, please remember that Bizarre Bazaar is still open during the summer and is in need of more floor volunteers at the store for all shifts. Our afternoons seem to be where the need is the greatest. Our department heads are doing an amazing job in their areas and the store is looking better than ever. Donations continue from open to close almost every day, thus the need for sorters, pricers, ironers, cashiers, and friendly support. There’s always something that needs to be done. Please find time in your busy schedules this summer and beyond to fulfill your CAL commitment of at least one shift a month. We have temporarily lost some of our Team Leaders and sorely need to recruit new Team Leaders and to fill the Team Leader spots that have been vacated. You can contact me, Cherie Warber, Donna Hutter, or Bobbie Franklin to advise of your availability for these vital roles.
Beth Drain