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
Opening balance 4/1/2022 $4,556.17Income Product Sales $496.50
UTO Ingathering $206.44
Total income $ 702.94
Children’s Int. $66.00
UTO $210.00Total 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)
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@ iw.net. Both regular drivers and substitute drivers are needed.
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.
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