BINGO Night at Grace Village


SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 WINONA LAKE, INDIANA

As my week of vacation with my Aunt comes to an end, we enter a high stakes game of BINGO where there are several winners per game and the payout is a mini candy bar!  Fifteen minutes before the games begin, a talented woman plays the piano as part of the group sings along.  It is a community building activity and provides entertainment for several of the residents.

Just for the record, I won 2 candy bars! 🙂

BELOW: Barbara and Aunt Nancy are ready to play BINGO!

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BELOW: I will win the “picture frame game” with the call of “B3”

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BELOW: Nancy (not Aunt Nancy) wins 2 cards of “Blackout” with one number called!!!!

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I sat at the winners table for sure!

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Champions of Faith Stories


The Catholic Sentinel provides a perfect platform for CYO/CH to get out some great stories about what is going on with us.  The insert (attached here) will run in the upcoming copy of the Sentinel as well as be made available to all guests at the Champions of Faith event October 9th.  You can get a sneak peak by clicking on the attachment! 

Sentimental Journey


SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 WINONA LAKE, INDIANA

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Every year I make my annual vacation to Indiana to visit my Aunt Nancy (Mom’s sister) and her family.  It is always very special to me because these are really some very special people to me.  One of the things we ALWAYS do is take our sentimental journey to visit the places that were important in our family history on that side of the family.

Highlights on the trip include a visit to Sidney, Indiana where my Grandfather and Grandmother met.  Grandpa lived on the street that Grandma’s sister lived on.  She would come to visit and Grandpa must have had a keen eye!  The sad part of the story is that she died when my Mom was 4 and Aunt Nancy was 3.  We visit her gravesite every year along with other family members who are buried there in Collamer near South Whitley, IN.

Next we go to North Manchester, IN to visit Benders Funeral Home where Grandpa was an embalmer.  After his wife died he quit the business.

We have such a good time retelling the stories that my cousins are now interested in taking the tour with us.  My cousin Dan Hoeppner asked to join us this year and of course we were thrilled to have his company.  We have a place on the trip where we always take pictures in front of the Indiana Street sign.  It on the street my grandparents met.

Keeping Up With My Aunt Nancy


WINONA LAKE, IN SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
I’m on vacation this week in Indiana visiting my Aunt Nancy (Mom’s sister) and her family.  It is an annual event I look forward to in order to keep the family connection strong. 
This year, she enrolled in art classes at the retirement center.  She had been a very skilled oil painter and her work was sought after by many family members and others.  It has been a while since she painted but she got into it and it is all coming back.  She had to switch to acrylic which she finds challenging but I think she is doing very well. 
Below: My Aunt, the artist with her Art Coach, Michael. img_9404 Below: Art Show of my Aunt’s work:

CYO Volleyball up to the Challenge!


The annual CYO Volleyball “Challenge” tournament kicks off regular season volleyball as the teams gather to get some pre season scrimmages under their belts and work out the bugs.  Teams from all over the Greater Portland area including Clark County, WA were on deck for a great weekend of volleyball.

CHAMPIONS OF FAITH – Join Me!


I am pretty excited about our upcoming Champions of Faith event at the Oregon Convention Center!  We expect 700 to 800 of our friends to join us for the evening and listen to Terry Porter (our former Trailblazer hero and current coach of the University of Portland Men’s Basketball Team) share his story with us.

I hope you will consider joining me for the evening which is our annual CYO/Camp Howard benefit dinner.  There is an ask at the end of the evening.  The event has absolutely TRANSFORMED CYO/Camp Howard!

OCTOBER 9, 2018 @ THE OREGON CONVENTION CENTER 6:00 PM SIGN UP WWW.CYOCAMPHOWARD.ORG

The New Face of CYO Youth Football


Youth participation is up by nearly 150 participants for the first time in 10 years as CYO moves to implement a new design for youth football replacing Tackle with flag while dressed in full uniform.

This new formula is nothing new to CYO as the third and fourth grade program operated the same way for many years.  Today 1st grade through 6th graders in the CYO program play a modified “no tackle” game with variations at each grade level.

Scott Kneefel is the CYO Director of youth football http://www.cyocamphoward.org

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