ECW meeting minutes 6/26/2022
Opening prayer – Sandy Cope
Members Present: Sandy Cope, Gert Boyles, Karen Kubal, Sara Sudbeck, Jane Hawk, LaVonne
Lorenzen, Anita Bebout, Jane Kopecky, Fr. Mike
President’s report:  Thanks were given to LaVonne Lorenzen and Karen Michels for contributing deserts for the banquet on May 12th when Church Women United hosted. Thanks to Gert, Jane H. and Karen K. for assisting in hosting the Yankton Ministerial Association luncheon here on June 1st. Thanks to Kathy W. for taking over UTO and to Liz for being our UTO coordinator for so many years.  Our spring UTO in-gathering was for $210.Thanks to Somer, Janelle, Jane K., Gert and Kathy W. for staying after church June 6th to cut out stocking blanks and to all those who will assist with completing the ECW Christmas stockings.  We have 20 stockings on order. The Rada cutlery has been inventoried. Our bean soup supply may need to be replenished before fall.  Gert has found three different sets of supply lists and Sara has provided another. Gert suggests that Kathy W. provide input on which list we use.  Sara has volunteered to do bulk shopping for ingredients in Sioux Falls.
Treasurer’s report as of 6/23/2022:  
Opening balance 4/1/2022                                          $4,556.17
Income Product Sales                $496.50
   UTO Ingathering             $206.44
Total income                                                               $  702.94
             Children’s Int.                 $66.00
   UTO                     $210.00
Total expenses                                                           $  276.00
Balance on hand 6/23/2022                                        $4,983.11
State ECW report:
The state organization is looking at how to move forward after having been pretty much at a standstill for the past 2 years due to COVID-19. They are planning to focus on improving communications about ECW. The Diocese gives the state ECW $500.00 quarterly for a total of $2,000 a year. $1,500 of this goes to the ECW scholarship fund. The state ECW offers two, one-time scholarships of $750 each that are not tied to grades or number of hours taken. (The deadline for applications is July 31.) The theme for UTO grants for this year was “Care of Creation”.  South Dakota received a grant of $99,541 for an indoor riding arena at the Cheyenne camp. The theme for next year is “Serving those who society has left out and left behind”.  Grant applications are on the web site and are due 12/1.  One grant chosen by the Bishop and UTC chairperson is submitted per state. The Church Periodical Club is looking for a person to serve in our province.  The club raises funds for Sunday school materials and books for seminarians. The Altar Guild chair reported that no information had been requested regarding vestments or linens. There is an ECW quilt and history book in Pierre that can be requested for display. The offices of treasurer and vice present will come open in the fall.  They are accepting nominations to fill these positions for a two-year term. The focus of this year’s state annual special mission project national. Suggestions for the project were Thistle Farms – which helps victims of human trafficking, Period Poverty which provided feminine hygiene products to the poor and Awareness of missing Indigenous Women and Children.  The last suggested could involve providing support to the national office or a more “boots on the ground” approach by providing meals for the indigenous riders who ride to the capital annually on horseback to raise awareness.  The ECW Triennial (national convention) for this year has been cancelled. A Committee was formed to update the bylaws and procedures. In the fall they hope to organize a committee to plan an ECW retreat. The vote for the state’s Honored Woman was held at several sites with those of who joined via zoom being mailed ballots.
Gert Boyles, Christ Episcopal Church, Yankton (nominated by Kathy Wright)
I would like to respectfully and enthusiastically nominate Gert Boyles for ECW 2022 Honored Woman. Gert has been a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Yankton for 7 decades and during that time she has held numerous positions on the church Vestry, altar guild, search committee, and ECW. During the past 4 years, before we received a priest, she was a driving force that sustained our congregation. Gert made it her mission to keep the congregation and ECW members connected through phone calls, fundraising activities and prayer chains. She looked out for both the physical and spiritual maintenance of the church. Gert’s constant love for and dedication to the Episcopal church and the Christ Church family is nothing short of inspiring. She took it upon herself to compile a history of Christ Church that is being posted on the church website. Gert also initiated and maintained our ECW sponsorship of a child through Childrens International for several years. She personally corresponds with the child several times a year. Gert does not confine her activities and philanthropy to the church. She is an active member in several community organizations. In particular, she coordinates the Girls State nomination and interview process for the American Legion Auxiliary. She is also active in DAR and had recently worked on organizing and distributing recognition certificates. In the past she was very active with the Girl Scouts. Gert is truly a most deserving nominee for this award.
Old Business:
Meals on Wheels:  Karen M. reached out to the Center. Their greatest need is drivers on Thursdays. If you are interested please contact Karen Michels at 605-661-7108 or email mkcm@ Both regular drivers and substitute drivers are needed.
New Business:
Vote on sending funds to State ECW:  We did not sent funds to the State ECW last year. The suggested donation is $4.00 per member. It was determined that we have about 30 or so members in ECW at this time.  Jane Hawk moved to send $125.00 to the State ECW.  Jane K. provided the second.  The motion carried.
The State ECW asked for a list of deceased ECW members as well as active and retired military members. Pat Christensen was the only one from this parish. 
Fundraiser:  Sandy contacted Erica at Willa B’s Bistro and Emporium.  She would be willing to open her restaurant for an ECW dinner and “bake-less bake sale” fundraiser in Sept on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening.  As our parish hosts the banquet the first week of September, Wednesday, Sept 14th at 6:00 was the consensus for the preferred date, along with a request for 2 meal options, with one possibly being vegetarian.  This even would be open to guests.  There will be a set price for the meal withthe gratuity included.  Sandy will follow up with Erica. 
Future plans: Several options were discussed with the decision to focus on cleaning out the cupboards in the undercroft, the bake-less bake sale fundraiser and serving the banquet in September and hosting a potluck the 3rd Sunday of each month following our church service, starting in October.  Ideas of future consideration included card or bunco parties with spouses included and a church picnic in the spring. Somer is making bookmarks and seasonal crafts with her embroidery machine which she is willing to donate to ECW.  They will be available for sale on the back table of the undercroft, along with our other ECW products.  If anyone else has any crafting projects they would like to donate, please contact Sandy.
Other:  Deacon John would like to donate a sign board to the church to set up along Douglas. Two books of quotes for these types of signs were available for review.  This will need to go before the Vestry but the response was generally positive.
The Center is having a Wine and Dine Fundraiser July 8th to benefit Meals on Wheels, Center activities and equipment needs. ($35.00 per person.) The Church has updated it’s website.  There is currently no information regarding ECW on the site.  It was suggested that we post the minutes of our meeting and a calendar of upcoming events.
Closing prayer was the ECW prayer offered by Sandy Cope. The meeting was adjourned with many members staying to cut out more Christmas stocking blanks.  (Special thanks to Jane K, Sara, LaVonne and Jane H.)
Submitted by: Sandy Cope, ECW president