Veterans Day JOY Luncheon Welcomed 70 Participants
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Veterans Day JOY Luncheon Welcomed 70 Participants

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On November 10, we celebrated a wonderful JOY Veterans Day Luncheon in Tierney Hall for about 70 people, including approximately 35 guests, 25 parishioners and 10 volunteers. These luncheons are open to St. Barnabas parishioners as well as the seniors who practice devotions with Deacon Dan Fowler and live in the various senior living communities around the island. A hearty thanks to Princie Falkenhagen, Barbara Bolles and Kathy Bolles for chairing this committee and leading a team of more than 40 St. Barnabas volunteers. For more information, email Princie Falkenhagen at princie@snet.net.

Here is a note from the event co-chairs thanking all those involved:

“Many hands make light work” … so thanks to all who helped make this event so successful. Please excuse us if we have forgotten anyone.

As usual, the meal catered by Theresia Brannon of East West Catering was delicious with the perfect menu for our seniors as well as the perfect size portions.  Elaine Percival, Liz Ellis and Chris Davis helped in the kitchen with prep.

The tables were beautifully set up and decorated by Peggy Vitale and her volunteers: Sal Vitale, Pat Tegtmeyer, Joan Collins, Linda & Randy Krause, and Patricia & George Robertson.

The invitations were sent out by Babe Kehres and RSVP’s for the parish were tallied by Honora Dunkak.  The names tags and check in was chaired by Peter DeMann with help from Paul Roy, Barbara Herrick and Kathy Lacey.

The Greeters who help get the guests off the bus and seated were headed up by Denton Kiehle with his volunteers: Neva & George Cole along with Brian Andvik.

The meal servers were headed up by Linda Heller, with Joanne & Ed Ellis and Lynn Whipple helping.

Caroline Smith Cox orchestrated table-talkers from the parish to sit at various tables and help keep the conversation lively. She had plenty of volunteers: Penny James, Honora Dunkak, Jan Heller, Kathy Bolles, Peggy & Sal Vitale and David Thorne as well as Kathleen & Stephen Jennings.

The Agate Passage, our local barbershop quartet with parishioner Ric Cederwall as one of the singers, performed a number of lively songs during dessert.

Meal clean-up was overseen by Beth Gudmundson and her crew consisting of Angie Bickerton, Steve Schmitz, Patty & Tom Krise, Chris Davis and Don Hanke.

The linens were donated by Wing Point Golf and Country Club,  thanks to Margaret Sterling.

We hope to do two more JOY Luncheons in 2018 as everyone seemed to have such a good time working on this event!