PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Christ Child Society Member,

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF TOLEDO
P.O. BOX 352254
Toledo, Ohio 43635
www.christchildsocietyoftoledo.org.
JANUARY 2014
CHAPTER NEWS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dear Christ Child Society Member,
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT
CECILE BENNETT
PRESIDENT-ELECT
CHARLENE KUHN
TREASURER
ANNE MARIE BLANK
RECORDING SECRETARY
TERI GIACCI
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
KAREN RIDENOUR
STANDING COMMITTEES
MEMBERSHIP
JANE LARSEN
SPIRITUALITY
JAN PURINTON
PUBLIC RELATIONS
KATHY PANCONE
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
TERRI MOHLER
May all of you enjoy a wonderful New Year! We won’t denounce 2014 because it
started out with a flurry of snow, but would have liked a bit more heat!
At this time, we can ask Jesus to help us accomplish our goals and say a prayer that
Celebrity Wait Night will be successful, so we can cover our projects. Mary Ellen Bernardo
and Candy Sturtz have been hard at work and need all of us to assist with our support!
An elegant and fun Christmas
party at the Toledo Country Club
was hosted by Karen David and
Carol Morava in December,
with record attendance. Thanks,
also, to Dee Dillon & Kathy Pancone,
our baking elves, who produced the
fabulous desserts, and the new
members who decorated fantastic
boxes to collect books for the
Let’s Read Program.
CCS MEMBERS AND GUESTS AT CHRISTMAS PARTY
There were six members of CCS who attended a December event to benefit the Padua
Center……enabling us to learn more about the center and program, since we are bringing our
own project there this year, helping these children learn a variety of different things, ranging
from nutrition to manners. This is another volunteer opportunity for ladies interested!
Our second General Meeting is January 23, at Lourdes Franciscan Hall, starting at
9:30, social, and 10 meeting. Any Chairman who would like to address the chapter, please
give me a call to put you on the agenda. We welcome your input.
Christ Child Society of Toledo
Is a Member Chapter of the
National Christ Child Society
6110 Executive Blvd.
Suite 504
Rockville, MD 20852
1-800-814-2149/301-881-2490
Fax: 301-881-2493
[email protected]
BEFORE YOU THROW OUT 2013’S CALENDAR, go back and look at the dates,
checking to see what you did for the Christ Child Society. Your hours help us and National.
From December party, hours there and all travel time to all meetings, Clothe-A-Child, layettes,
collecting books, computer work, phone calls to get everyone together - every and anything
you do as a volunteer should be tallied and saved until April, to turn in to Jane Larsen.
Marking the hours in the corner of the date on your calendar and circling it, will make it easy
to remember later! Even better is tallying each month and putting the amount at the top,
circled in red. If you can only get in 10 hours, it’s 10 hours of good work for God’s children!
Sustaining members – your party hours and meeting times count, and I know some of you still
tutor. Thank you for your help!
It has been a busy and productive year-and-a-half for me as your President. Come
April, I will pass the gavel on to Charlene Kuhn. We have many places to fill. Check out
Nomination Sheet in newsletter – please consider your talents and love for the Christ Child by
considering running for one of the positions. Your blackbook has descriptions of each Board
job. Ask any of the Board members for further info. We have had such fun!
“The coming year, oh my God, I give to thee. I welcome all that it holds,
and I am glad, oh glad, to think that Thou holdest the future in Thy hand.”
…………Mary Virginia Merrick, January 1
May God bless us all and all that we do,
Cecile Bennett, President
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
“Challenging Poverty One Child at a Time”
Terri Mohler, (419-841-5376), [email protected]
Following article illuminates the “rules among classes” that I’ve
reviewed in last newsletters………….
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, by Heidi Schlumpf
….referring to a blog written by Linda Tirado, a mother of two with
two jobs, permeated by depression, utter lack of hope & exhaustion .
“You have to understand that we will never not feel
tired. We0will never feel hopeful. We will never get
a vacation. Ever. We know that the very act of being
poor guarantees that we will never not be poor.”
Linda’s replies to other questions……………..
Why so much convenience food:
“It’s cheap and cooking attracts roaches.”
Why junk food?
“It’s a cheap pleasure, why would she give it up?”
Why smoke?
“It works as a stimulant to ward off exhaustion, it’s
a form of relaxation, and the only she’s allowed.”
The gap between the poor and middle class in the U.S. is widening,
but it’s not all about income. The article asserts that most of
America’s educated and wealthier folks are never exposed to broader
American culture, 
especially lower class culture. It is referred to as
“living in a bubble”.
As members of the Christ Child Society, we are reaching out to
people in poverty, trying to understand why entrenched, persistent
poverty is all about surviving the day, and supporting families who
are attempting to pull themselves out of it.
In other words, we are trying to “pop” the bubble!
Angel Layettes – Chair: Pat Burroughs (419-878-4952)
[email protected]
In 2001, a program was developed to provide bereavement layettes for
the hospitals in our area. These layettes are sewn by our members and
are given to families of infants who die at birth or are stillborn.
Our volunteers are busy sewing and knitting the garments and caps
provided in the layettes, which will be distributed this spring to the
hospitals.
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Layettes - Chairmen: Marsha Cyranowski (419-349-5228)
Nancy Helminski (419-309-0112)
It’s hard to believe that the New Year is here, and we are looking
forward to spring to do the next handout of Christ Child Society
Layette Bags to the agencies.
Mark your calendars for the Spring Layette April 1, for the unpacking
April 8, for distribution.
This will be Marsha and Nancy’s last year as chairmen for the
Layettes. It has been a great pleasure in helping to organize
everything for the program, and we will be handing this responsibility
over to Joanie Nicholson and Camille Jankowski next term.
We know they will do a fantastic job, and
please continue to volunteer your services in
this great project!
Parenting Today’s Kids –Chairmen:
Sue Kertz (419-841-6855), [email protected];
Mary Lindquist (419-243-7255), [email protected]
“Changing children’s lives, one parent at a time”
Christ Child Society volunteers were welcomed back
January 15 for the Winter/Spring series. Attending were 12
enthusiastic moms and dads who will make for a great series!
This series will, again, include some of the topics of the ACT
curriculum, which focuses on violence and the effect on children and
families. At this time, we have 3 volunteers who have attended the
workshop for ACT along with Mary Lindquist.
If you are interested, it is not too late to
become a volunteer for Parenting Today’s Kids.
For info or to volunteer for PTK –
contact Sue or Mary.
We’d love to have you part of our program!
Child Enrichment Program - Chairmen
Sue Kertz (419-841-6855), [email protected];
Mary Lindquist 419-243-7255 [email protected]
We’d love to have you on board! just call or email me.
Clothe-a-Child –
Chairs:
Judy Keller (419-868-1151); [email protected]
Sheila Nicholson (419-829-3444) [email protected];
Darlene Johnson (419-843-6962); [email protected]
CCS volunteers, along with Catholic Club staff, help care for
the children of parents attending Parenting Today’s Kids. Volunteers
read to children and help with coloring and craft projects. Books,
materials and activities are provided as are the toys and climbing
equipment in the Toddler Gym.
Barb Biggs (419-882-8651); [email protected]
Again, many thanks to all those who participated in
Clothe-A-Child 2013!
All of the coats, hats and mittens were given to Toledo-area
needy children as of the last Saturday of distribution
THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED BECAUSE OF
YOUR SELFLESS DEDICATION……………
OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!
We always welcome any new volunteers.
It is not required to attend every week –
even once or twice during the year would be
greatly appreciated.
Please contact Mary or Sue if you wish to
volunteer or have questions!
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Partners in Learning
Le Let’s Read
Chairs: Lucy Abu-Absi, (419-841-5341; [email protected]
Mary Tonjes, (419-491-0593); [email protected]
We plan to conduct another week-long reading incentive program
for the 4th year at Rosary Cathedral School in May of 2014! Even
though it’s a busy time of year, with our many CCS hands working
together, we can do it!
Your contributions of new and gently-used books for the Let’s
Read Program will be greatly appreciated. Bring the books to the
General Meeting on the 23rd or call me to arrange for dropoff.
Call to volunteer or if you’d like more info!

Theatre Vision
 (419-280-1894) [email protected]
Chair: Susan Croci,
Our planning meeting on January 6 was cancelled because of
snow, but was held January 14.
Our school classroom presentation will be held on January 21 at
Raymer school for 90 students. We will be taking 90 first-graders from
Raymer School to see Stories from Eric Carle, at the Valentine Theatre
on January 23 at the 10am performance.
Pray for good weather!
Would love to have you join us! Call Sue at info above.
Tutoring at Rosary Cathedral
Chairs: Barb Geha (419-471-0408); [email protected]
Nancy Bingle (419-843-2324); [email protected]
Consider joining us……..no experience is required! Tutors are
provided for Grades K-8 along with music, art, technology and Spanish.
Times are flexible – weekly or bi-weekly – or we can match you with
another member to share a classroom.
The teachers and students greatly appreciate us!
CALL TO VOLUNTEER OR TO GET MORE INFO!
Tutoring at Hope Learning Academy
4234 Monroe St. (Hampton Park Christian Church)
(419-297-6313; [email protected]
Chair: Teri Giacci (419-283-1744); [email protected]
The New Year has finally begun at Hope Academy, and our team of eight
Christ Child Society volunteers are asking you to think about joining the
team. Our tutoring schedules are flexible, as are the teachers. The
students welcome our assistance, and often ask about us if we are unable
to attend.
This is a “heart string” kind of volunteer position that does not need any
prior teaching experience, just a patient soul. The kids love the
one-on-one attention….....or when working with a few students, just the
change of pace.
Won’t you consider joining us? Ask questions of any of our team
members: Marlene Heringhaus, Pam Herschel, Mary Beth Maloney,
Grace Moore, Diane Pacella, Karen Ridenour, Sue Savage and Teri
Giacci.
To volunteer or for more info, just contact Teri!
Sharing Gifts and Talents
Chair: Terri Mohler (419-841-5376), [email protected]
This new program is off to a good start! The members began
by giving a shower of gifts to the Padua Center, that included
cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, office supplies,
printer paper, etc. This was followed by a tour and the sharing
of ideas.
Since that day, members have collaborated to give
healthy snack programs, made bagels with the children, tutored
after school, given a Christmas party with games, prizes and
home-made cookies, and more!
We are in the process of planning peace education
sessions for the Padua Possibilities Program, after school
activities, and other ventures that fit into the agenda of this
Christian, community-based presence, that strives to encourage
the members of their community to reach their maximum
potential.
CALL TO VOLUNTEER OR FOR MORE INFO!
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PRAYER FOR THE CANONIZATION
OF
MARY VIRGINIA MERRICK
Lord God, in your special love for children,
you chose to raise up Mary Virginia Merrick to be
the servant of the poor children.
In laboring to serve the young and those
without hope because of the crushing weight of
poverty, she proclaimed the love of your Son.
She made her life’s work a demonstration that
“Nothing is ever too much to do for a child”.
Grant that her example of selfless charity
and courageous virtue in the face of her own
suffering will inspire us to be as generous in the
service of others.
We humbly ask that your servant, Mary
Virginia Merrick, be numbered among the
Church’s canonized saints for the edification of
your holy people, in accord with your most holy
will. Through her intercession, please hear and
answer my request…
(state intention)
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Published with ecclesiastical approval
Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
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IN MEMORIAM……………WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS AND DEEpEST SYMPATHY TO………………….
……Pam Herschel, on the death of her husband, Henry…………………………
……Kathy & Dennis Kraynak, on the death of their son…………………………
……Mary Lou Bollin, on the death of her husband, Fred………………………..
……Terri Mohler, on the death of her brother-in-law, Glen Rittner…………...
……Corinne Welch, on the death of her Aunt, Eleanor Carr…………………….
………………..May TheY rest in peace, Amen.
CHRIST CHILD MEMORIALS AND TRIBUTES…. Mary Bell – 419-841-6642
Your generosity clothes and educates Toledo Children
MEMORIALS
DONATED BY
Peg Smith, Long-time CCS Member
Darlene Johnson, Gary & Tricia Yunker, Lance Tyo, Bill & Marlene Heringhaus,
John & Ann Meier, Mary Hartnett, Joe & Sheila Jordan, Mary Ann Kline,
Maxwell & Andrea Evans, Mary Lou Bollin, John & Amelia Walkins,
Joe & Kay Ivcevich, Mr. & Mrs. Ted Uritas, Denise Winston, Mike Hicks,
Nancy Smythe, Alan & Midge Robertson, Mimi Konicke, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Roger,
Terry & Jill Harris, Holly Metzger, Bill & Mimi Stites, Marsha Cyranowski,
Mary Konecki, Susan Croci, Angie & Tara Agosti, Bob & Diana Gabel
Charles Louis Cromly
Jean Areddy
Henry Herschel, Husband of Pam, CCS Member Robert & Mary Kay Solt, Jim & Kitsie Valiton,
Ed Rutherford, Brother-in-law of Cece
George & Carol Koury
Fr. Kieran Kay, OFM
Jean Areddy
Diane Holmes
George & Carol Koury, Claude & Tootie Morrette
Glen Rittner, Brother-in-law of Terri Mohler
Charlene Kuhn
Fred Bollin, Husband of Mary Lou Bollin
Tony & Gay Deiger, George & Carol Koury
Marge Malinowski
Ron & Sistie Gabel, Bill & Teri Giacci
Judy Vischer
Claude & Tootie Morrette
TRIBUTES
Jean Areddy & Carol Hanrahan
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Mahoney
Kateri Walsh
Jean Areddy
THESE ABOVE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE FROM November 15, 2013 – Januaty 15, 2014
Assisting Toledo’s Children is our Goal – Thank you for your support!
Please send any donation directly to:
Mary Bell, 3641 Chesterton Dr., Toledo, OH 43615
[email protected]
419-841-6642
We now have Memorial envelopes available for wakes and funerals. If anyone wishes to list Christ Child Society of Toledo as one of their chosen
charities, please call or email Karen Ridenour and she will handle placement of envelopes at mortuary…………
[email protected]; 419-885-4769
These memorials would be listed above, the same as the ones you send directly to CCS.
Year-Round Fundraising….
Kroger’s Plus Card – go online at krogercommunityrewards.com
Or call Terri Mohler for help, 419-841-5376
GoodSearch & GoodShop – Searching or shopping, CCS makes $..............They’ve revised the system and easier tracking of profit –
if you had trouble before, please try again!
Call Mary Lindquist for help, 419-902-4287
Christ Child Society – Memorials/Tributes
For deaths, births, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations. Thanksgiving, Christmas
Call Mary Bell for help, 419-841-6642
Christ Child Society – Boutique
Custom Charms, Tote Bag, T-Shirts, Aprons
Call Candy Sturtz for help, 419-885-2198
Sylvania Advantage Newspaper –
Sign up for a subscription, and we make $
www.sylvaniaadvantage.com....or call 419-725-2695
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SPIRITUALITY TEAM – Jan Purinton, 419-885-7371; [email protected]
Monday Morning Prayer Gathering
Monday, February 10, 9:30am, at Jan Purinton’s home, 5335 Farmington Road (off Corey Rd.)
The Prayer Gathering is an opportunity to turn our thoughts to God while quieting our minds, relaxing our bodies, and ridding
ourselves of stress. RSVP appreciated, but not obligatory
Prayer Gathering is changing its venue…March 10, 9:30am, We will meet at Our Lady of Peace Chapel on the Lourdes Campus.
“Warning! A harried lifestyle may be hazardous to spiritual health. A daily routine which is overly stressful
And frenzied can easily stifle the spirit, distort priorities, dull moral sensibilities, diminish intellectual curiosity,
Eclipse the mysterious dimension of life and reduce God to a weekend fix. The Christian practice of regular prayer
And meditation is a valuable resource for coping better with the demands of everyday life.”
Reflections…..Vol. 27, no. 05, Spiritual Health……Rev. James J. Bacik
We, the members of CCS, would all benefit from taking Fr. Bacik’s advice, to put aside time each day for quiet reflection
Prayer Link – Dee Dillon – 1-734-847-4565; [email protected]
Dee continues to chair the Prayer Link for the Spirituality team. Her devotion to this position is extremely appreciated! To
request prayers, email or telephone Dee. Please have the permission of family or person for whom we pray, and keep Dee
updated on their progress. Any members who would like to be added to this list, please send an email with your email address
and phone number to Dee.
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A MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR CHAPTER OF
CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF TOLEDO
The Toledo Chapter of the Christ Child Society began when Lynne Deal moved to
Toledo from Columbus in 1989. Looking for a way to contribute to her new home city,
she met with several prominent Toledoans, including Fr. Martin Donnelly. Lynne had
been active in numerous civic organizations in Columbus, including its Christ Child Society
Chapter. Fr. Donnelly immediately liked the Christ Child Society idea, but Lynne had
reservations because, as she said, “I’m not even Catholic”!
Lynne was more enthusiastic regarding implementing a program in which her
husband had very been very involved called Adopt-A-School, with various businesses
adopting specific schools to support both financially and with volunteers. Fr. Donnelly,
who was also involved with several inner-city schools, shared her enthusiasm for the
possibilities that this program seemed to offer.
In the end, with strong encouragement from Fr. Donnelly, both programs were
initiated. Early in 1990, Lynne hosted a coffee at her home with a number of local
women, to introduce the Christ Child Society concept. Two women from the Columbus
chapter spoke of its programs and objectives, to about forty local women………….and
thus was born the Toledo Chapter of the Christ Child Society! Subsequently, the
Adopt-A-School program was assumed by the Toledo Chamber of Commerce.
Excerpt taken from: “A recollection of the early years of the
Christ Child Society of Toledo”
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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:
Chair: Jane Larsen, 419-517-3736; [email protected]
Chair
“THANK YOU” to all our members who donated books for our
Let’s Read Program, at our Christmas party. Plus, a special “Thank You”
to our new members, Patty Cabanski, Jill Kelly, and Cathy Nelson, for the
artistic and creative collection boxes! A big thanks to Meg Sears, who
braved the cold entryway to collect the books. In the event you still want
to donate a book, please consider bringing it along to our next General
Meeting, on January 23.
CCS committee work is back in full swing this month. Please remember
to log all of your volunteer hours, on the volunteer tracking form in your
CCS black book. As we begin to pursue grants, our volunteer hours are a
key piece of information. So, let’s all resolve to track our CCS volunteer hours!
Please save the date for the 2014 Red Wagon Luncheon, October 7, 2014, at Inverness Club.
The Class of 2013, and its co-chairs, Meg Sears and Jenny Trojan, are in the early planning
phase of making this year another great event. Congratulations to the Class of 2012 for their notes,
suggestions and great ideas. If you received any large baskets or containers during the holidays that you
are interested in donating to the Red Wagon committee for our raffle, please give me a call.
If you have a friend who might be interested in joining the Christ Child Society of Toledo, please email me
their contact information, or give me a call. We have received a number of membership inquiries and will
be inviting those interested in CCS membership to our Spring Luncheon in May.
If you have not yet obtained your 2013 Roster, pick up at upcoming events, or contact Corinne (419-842-1604;
[email protected]) to let her know when you’ll be near her home, and she’ll put on her front porch for your
pickup.
Through your membership, we are able to continue our projects
and serve at-risk children within our community, as seen below.
I thank you for your time, talents and dedication! HAPPY 2014!
Additions/corrections to Black book:
Nancy Dargart:
[email protected]
Cece Rutherford:
3901 Deer Valley Lane
Maumee, OH 43537
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NOMINATIONS FOR 2014-2015
The Christ Child Nominating Committee is getting ready to prepare a list
nominees for the 2014-2015 year. Officers and Board Members
of
are appointed and voted on by the Chapter.
 are, also, in need of volunteers to chair different Projects and Programs.
We
We hope each of you looks at your talents and considers helping
Christ Child Society of Toledo by signing up in some capacity.
If you are interested in a certain job, please do not hesitate to call the
member in charge now, and ask questions, like
……..”How much time does it require?”
……..”How difficult is the job?”
……..”Were you able to get help readily?”
BOARD MEMBERS REQUIRED:
Elected Offices needed: President-Elect 2014-2015
Recording Secretary 2014-2015
Corresponding Secretary 2014-2015
Standing Committees: (Board Members)
Community Outreach (can be 2 chairs or one)
Spirituality
This is your Chapter, and to have it run well and serve the children
of Toledo who need us, we need you!
Please let us know if you would like to volunteer!
Cecile Bennett – 419-882-1532
Jane Larsen 419-517-3736
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CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY OF TOLEDO
19TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY WAIT NIGHT
REAL SEAFOOD and ZIA’S RESTAURANT
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014
This is the place to be!!
Join your fellow Christ Child Society of Toledo members,
and your friends, at this fun event!!
REMINDER:
As you know, this is CCS’s biggest fundraiser, so your
generous support is very important. Ask family and
friends to attend with you. We have 24 “awesome”
celebrity waiters who are looking forward to making
your evening memorable.
Also, make sure that other
members or friends have
transportation to this event.
If you need transportation,
please contact us and we will
make sure that you get a ride.
We surely know that Christmas is over ,
and all the Baking has been put away for another year, but……
Wait Night is looking for cookie bakers!!
There will be no valet service.
We are in need of 60 dozen cookies for the event.
If anyone is interested in baking a few dozen,
WATCH FOR YOUR
Please Call:
Camille Jankowski, 419-475-9616, or
Joanie Nicholson, 419-385-6076.
INVITATION IN THE
MAIL!
The cookies can be dropped off at Lady C
on Main Street In Sylvania…………
Mary Ellen Bernardo
419-472-9039
Candy Sturtz
419-450-2223
on Saturday, Feb. 1, 10am-5pm.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!
Camille and Joanie
Birthdays are in red
January 2014
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Joan Kaminski
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Teri Giacci
PTK Weekly Mtg.
Jane Schuessler
Janis Hunt
GENERAL MTG.
Theatre Vision
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Mary Anne Pikrone
PTK Weekly Mtg.
Mary Tonjes
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Phyllis Stephens
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Nancy Ligibel
Prayer Gathering
Deanna Harwell
Kathy Kraynak
Betty Pizza
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Marty Nordstrom
Mary Bell
Sue Savage
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Corinne Welch
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Mikki Micallef
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Chris Carroll
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Pat Weiss
Prayer Gathering
Jan Purinton
Marsha Cyranowski
Mary Ellen Bernardo
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Helen Kunz
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Karen David
PTKk Wkly Mtg.
Mary Hartnett
Peg Huffer
GENERAL MTG.
Marilyn Arbaugh
Elizabeth Spinazze
Candy Sturtz
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NEWSLETTER
Charlene Kuhn
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Ann Meier
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Peg O’Hearn
Christ Child Society of Toledo
P.O. Box 352254
Toledo, OH 43635
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