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. 
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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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Time Out for the Nuns Convention!


As you may know, my day job is at CYO/Camp Howard.  This organization is a Catholic Charities Agency in the Archdiocese of Portland.  I am a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, employed by CYO/Camp Howard.  My blog covers mostly my work at CYO/CH but from time to time I give you a glimpse of my religious life.  This is one of those times!

My night job is Archivist for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and this weekend I am in Louisville, KY attending a conference with the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR).

I am meeting with 150 women who do the same sort of archival work that I do.  We are the “keepers of the stories” for our religious congregations.  It is extremely interesting work and the stories are powerful.  Archivists know the stories!  Maybe that should be a bumper sticker!

We are attending classes on various topics and today (Friday) we had a choice of three tours to attend including a tour of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.  Of course that was my choice and you might be surprised since one of the choices was Churchill Downs Archives.  I was a bit torn because I would have loved to have gone to Churchill Downs but I really wanted to see how other communities solved similar issues we deal with such as how they file their photos of Sisters.  Seems like a simple question but it can be complex.

Below: One third of the convention visits the Archives of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, KY

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Below: A clever way to organize Sisters’ scrapbooks!

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Below: More Scrapbooks!  We have several at Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon too!  I like this idea!

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Below: The Archives of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are in the basement of their Motherhouse and have a wonderful brick surface to work around.  It is cool, clean and organized!

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Below: Information is kept in files pertaining to living and deceased sisters and women who once belonged but left.

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Below: My friend, Sr. Caritas Strodthoff OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, WI checks out how they file photographs and slides.

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Camp Smores During State Fire Ban


Smores are a staple and expectation of the camping experience.  What does one do when fires are banned during the camping season?  You get creative!  Here’s how we do it at Camp Howard.

Below: Shawna King and Melanie Smith ( two of the fantastic cooks at Camp Howard) put half a graham cracker on a sheet pan then put a marshmallow on top of each cracker.

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Below: They popped them into the oven and heated them for about 10 minutes at 350.

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Below: When they came out of the oven, they were gooey on the inside but had a very thin membrane on the outside giving the marshmallow its shape.  A piece of Hershey chocolate is place on top of each Marshmallow.

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Below: Finally, the other half of the graham cracker is pressed down onto the chocolate, forcing it into the melted marshmallow, creating a sandwich and melting the chocolate into the white hot sweet goo which attaches itself to the top and bottom cracker

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The Lakeridge Marching Band was waiting patiently for the evening treat which made for a perfect end of the day!

Fall Sports Ramping up for CYO


CYO SPORTS PORTLAND, OR SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

The CYO program is ramping up for fall sports 2018 as youth from across the greater Portland area and Clark county, Washington practice and prep.  Schedules will be handed out soon and the officials are brushing up on their rules at officials training workshops.  The kids are excited about upcoming contests!  If you haven’s signed up, see your local Catholic School Athletic Director today!  CYO is open to school and parish kids!

Fall CYO Sports include: Cheerleading, Football, Hot Shot Basketball, Volleyball and swimming.  For more information, check out the CYO/Camp Howard website at:

http://www.cyocamphoward.org

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