Wednesday, November 27, 2013

If you didn't make it to the November meeting, here's what you missed!

We're a little late getting to this, but thank you to all who came out to our November general membership meeting at Milanos Monday evening. It was a disappointingly low number turnout, but certainly understandable for a holiday week and the bitterly cold weather. The food, once again was excellent! Betsy Winget, Executive Director of the Senior Center Services gave us so much great information about what the Center has to offer. Today's "seniors" are younger than ever, and if you're 50 yrs or older, there is something there for you. Several CIAO members are enjoying their services. Thank you, Betsy!

The CIAO Family Christmas Party planners have been very busy making sure this will be a great event for all members and their children and grandchildren. The party will be this coming Sunday, December 1!!! 11am-3pm at the Old Barn Out Back in the banquet room. Cost is $12 for adults and CIAO is paying for all children 12 years and younger. If you have not yet made your reservation, please call Von McMichael 419-647-4766 or Ann Bonito at 419-302-8900 asap so they can make sure Santa has enough gifts for all of the children. Please join us!

In other business, we have TWO openings on our Board of Directors. If you would be interested in joining the Board, please contact any officer or Board member or send a private message here or to our Facebook page. The term would be for one year until our next election when all of our board members will be up for re-election. Please consider stepping up; our organization's continued success and growth depends upon different opinions and perspectives. We are a diverse group of people, men and women, wide ranges of age, education and careers. No experience necessary! 

Ladies!!!! Next Thursday, December 5, 6pm at Tamarac golf course restaurant. Please join us as we treat ourselves to dinner. We'll be tossing around ideas for more things we would like to do together, both for fun and to help where we can. We are currently putting together our Final Exam week/Christmas care packages for our 15 2013 Scholarship Recipients. We've received a couple donations and continue to need much more. We would like to send homebaked cookies, homemade or store bought candies, hot chocolate/cider/tea packets, stocking stuffer type small gifts, or anything else you think college students would enjoy (does not have to be food!). Please bring donations with you to dinner at Tamarac or send us a message here and we can pick it up from you. These kids are doing great halfway into their first year in college, knowing that their CIAO family is thinking of them will be a great surprise. Thank you!

Our Pasta Dinner Planning committee needs YOU! Palm Sunday will get here sooner than we think and there is so much to be done to prepare for our biggest event of the year. This committee's next meeting will be at Tamarac at 6:30 January 8, all are welcome! If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact pasta dinner chairman Bill Sarno ( or any officer or board member. 

There will be NO general membership meeting for the month of December. Meetings will resume in January with our annual mixer Jan 27, place to be announced. 

And finally, we have a winner!!!!! Congratulations to Roger Doty whose name was drawn at our general meeting Monday evening. Roger was present and went home with $300! The pot is back to $100 for our next drawing, it could be you!

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