Game Highlights: Two great teams with very developedskills. We will see several of these girls on future area high school teams. All Saints had the edge with their height and depth. Valley Catholic however, kept them on the ropes the entire game. Great job to both teams!
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.
We were blessed to have several members of the past Camp Howard Staff and a few new members of the staff for 2018, all of whom will be on staff this summer, come and join us for an afternoon of sharing ideas and a walk through the new “Mary’s Lodge” at Camp Howard. It was a wonderful few hours which included lunch and great conversation.
I know that no matter what we do at the camp, new bikes, zip line, buildings, etc., the single most important element to the campers is the staff members! Thank you staff for taking time from your Spring vacation to come spend time with us at the camp! It was greatly appreciated! It’s going to be a GREAT summer of 2018!
There were thirty-three entries in the SSMO Singles Bocce Tournament August 14th during a barbecue picnic on the eve of Final Vows for Sr. Alison Green and Temporary Vows for Sr. Anna Nguyen! Rain threatened but did not dampen the SSMO patio barbecue where hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken skewers were the main attraction prior to “The Event.”
It is obvious that the Sisters have been practicing and the game was taken to another level Friday evening as the Sisters invited relatives and friends of Sister Alison and Sister Anna. Archbishop Vlazny was among those vying for the honor of first singles winner on the new court AND the first singles tournament played. The annual tournament has always been a doubles tournament so this was a game changer! BUT…did he win? NO…read on…
Archbishop Vlazny joins the SSMO singles bocce tournament 2015
What about the Contractor from PC Construction? Did he win? NO…read on…
The contest came down to two people…Sr. Michael Francine and Lee Green, father of Sr. Alison. It was one of the best contests of the tournament with each ball thrown taking the lead. Sister Michael Francine threw a ball that nestled right up to the jack and the question was…would Lee be able to knock her ball out and win?
Nope…The SSMO tournament was won by Sr. Michael Francine and it was a great contest to participate in and watch.
Lee Green throws his final ball.
Sister Michael Francine and Lee Green congratulate one another for a great contest and tournament.
Lee and Sr. Michael Francine ham it up!
Sister Michael Francine is the big winner with bragging rights!
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon joyfully dedicated the new patio and bocce courts Wednesday August 12, 2015 with the opening of Community Days on campus. The court and patio is located on the East side of the Motherhouse building designed to give the Sisters some area for outdoor recreation and gathering. Bocce was at one time, the most popular sport in the world. The Sisters have enjoyed playing the game the past several years including annual championships and contests.
Opening of the new SSMO Bocce courts located not he East side of the Motherhouse.
Sr. Josephine, Sr. Charlene, Sr. Juanita and Sr. Adele Marie lead prayer and song as the patio and bocce court are dedicated.
Sr. Theresa Lan, Sr. Delores and Sr. Catherine are first up in the competition!
Sr. Michael Francine is often called upon to “measure” and determine who is closest to the “jack”
Sr. Theresa Lan, a formidable competitor, take aim!
Sr. Colleen and partner take a turn as their names come up in the bracket.
Sister Ina Marie takes her turn at trying to get her bocce ball closest to the “Jack”
Beautiful decorations were made to celebrate the new area.
Sisters enjoy the chairs, tables and environment as they engage in the dedication service for the dedication of the new patio and bocce court.
Sr. Marie Bernadette and Sr. Marianne enjoy the activities!
Sr. Thuy and Sr. Josephine win the first SSMO bocce tournament! Congratulations!
All good things must come to an end they say and so it goes with the Camp Howard summer sessions! The busses will pull out today at around 4:00 and arrive at the Madeleine at 5:00 God Willing. This will signal the end of another great time honored summer camping season for youth in the Greater Portland area!
Who knows what life altering events took place this summer, a friendship made that will result in some wonderful experience later in life. One thing for sure, camp does a child a world of good and they are better for it. Special thanks to all of the parents who trusted us with their loved ones this summer. We are grateful!
Campers love their counselors and it is important to Summer Program Director, Bill Fogarty, to find young people to work at the camp who will make great memories for the kids. Bill did another great job of assembling a group of young people to lead the camp through the summer sessions, make great memories for the kids and keep them in safe and fun environments!
Camp Counselors are a special group of people who make a lasting contribution to youth while making great memories for themselves as well. We are grateful to all of these young men and women for the great job they have done this summer on behalf of CYO and Camp Howard! THANK YOU!
Health and Safety Director, Leila Blakely and her very helpful assistant, Eddy Reyes have contributed greatly to the cleanliness of camp, safety in food service, hydration stations around camp and pool safety. Their daily routines include making sure all of the camp is recycling and composting which includes all of the food at the dining hall. They gather all of the garbage bins and reline them. They clean all of the mops in camp keeping them ready for use. They are in charge of health and safety for food service outside of the dining hall including barbecues and groups that eat outside on the lawn or under the barbecue tents. This means they deliver the food to the service area and make sure everyone helping with food service is doing it properly all the way down to wearing food service gloves.
They take pool readings and make sure the pool is safe and that it has been cleaned properly. They make sure groups are showering before getting into the pool!
These positions were added two years ago to ensure that the health and safety of the children at camp was a priority. The success of these individuals greatly contributed to the outstanding marks received from the Health Inspector last week!
Thanks Leila and Eddy for the great job you have done all summer making great memories for kids!