Daughters of Isabella November meeting

The Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle #140 met for their monthly meeting on Monday, November 14, in Room 301, at St. Joseph Parish Center, Jasper. 

Regent Kathy Schneider called the meeting to order. Chancellor Bev Himsel led the opening prayer, and all members stood and recited the Pledge to the Flag. Draping of the Charter was held for long-time members and past officers Dorothy Merter and Margaret Eckerle.  Mrs. Merter had been a member since 1983, and Mrs. Eckerle since 1993.  A rosary will be said at the January meeting for Mrs. Merter due to the Circle not being able to lead a rosary at the funeral home. Regent Schneider informed the Circle that prayer aids to lead the praying of the rosary are located to the left at the downtown Becher Kluesner Funeral Home.

The Circle welcomed new member Sharon Schroering, and a short welcome ceremony was held to add her to the Circle.  The members joined her in giving the Obligation.

Vice Regent Marge Beckman read from the Spiritual Guide about the Chrism oils, anointing and the use of water by the church.

Members expressed special intentions, and prayers were said for these intentions.

Recording Secretary Pam Schneider read the Roll Call of Officers with Martha Matthews and Betty Mehringer marked as excused.  The minutes from the October meeting were read and approved.

Secretary Schneider read a thank you from the families of Earlene Hohler and Margaret Eckerle for the D of I contribution of masses and enrollment to Monte Cassino in their names 

Treasurer Rose Rasche gave the report of the Treasurer and Reading of Bills.  They were filed for audit.

Regent Schneider read a letter from International Regent Michelene Huard.  Regent Schneider is following the directives on submitting the Circle paperwork online. Regent Huard reminded chapters that Day for Youth is December 8 and to pray for them.

Quarterly reports followed.  Assistant Financial Secretary Chris Schuetter reported for Financial Secretary Betty Mehringer.  The Circle currently has 307 members.  Treasurer Rose Rasche gave her quarterly report and the Auditors Mary Jo Hart, Pam Howard and Sharon Gramelspacher found the books in order.  The next meeting of the Board will be on February 13, at 5:00 p.m., in Room 301, at the St. Joseph Parish Center.

Scribe Kathy Bachman read Resolutions on the Deaths of members Dorothy Merter and Margaret Eckerle, and they will be forwarded to the bereaved families and inscribed upon the records of the organization.

The October Committee for Visiting the Sick updated the list of members at the nursing homes after their visit.  The committee for October was Sue Seal, Marilyn Jahn, Ruth Rowekamp, Linda Erny, Marilyn Schnaus and Donna Welp.  Visiting in November will be Jane Schaeffer, Dorthea Wilz, Betty Hayes and Martha Matthews.

Regent Schneider thanked Scribe Bachman for her publicity for the dressing sale and pick-up reminder, meeting reminders and the press for the upcoming Christmas Dinner.

The traveling Nativity set from former state Regent Nelson has been forwarded to the Evansville Circle after a year in the Jasper Circle.

The Moose Bingo Fundraiser continues. The Daughters of Isabella will again assist the Jasper Moose Bingos on November 18 and December 23.

Under Unfinished Business, Regent Schneider reported that the 2022 Dressing sale went great and was a success.  She thanked the many members for their wonderful help with the preparing and distributing of the dressing from November 2nd to 4th. She also thanked the members that helped to decorate for the Priests and Religious Dinner sponsored by the Jasper Knights of Columbus on October 26.

Regent Schneider reported on the Fall Convention that was recently held in Batesville. She and Vice Regent Beckman attended. The Ferdinand and Jasper Circles traveled to the Convention together and shared the costs of gas.  It was learned at the convention that St. Elizabeth’s Home has sold its building and will be moving into a new facility soon. Since the 1930’s, the Daughters of Isabella Circles have supported the Home.  The Circles brought baby items and gift cards to the Fall Convention to benefit the Home’s program to aid mothers. The Home asked for gift cards this time due to their upcoming move and then could purchase baby items for their new home after the move is made. Upcoming Spring Fling in 2024 will be hosted by Circles from Tell City, Ferdinand and Jasper. The Spring Fling in 2023 will be at Nashville, IN and Archbishop Thompson is the guest speaker.

The D of I Christmas party was discussed.  Daughters of Isabella Jasper Circle #140 will host their Christmas Dinner for members on Monday, December 12, 2022, in the St. Joseph Parish Center Activity Room, in Jasper. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the catered meal being served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the meal will be $10.00. Call Regent Kathy Schneider at 812-309-9108 with your reservation before November 28, 2022. It is recommended that guests enter at the south door of the center and park in the new parking lot of the former 10th Street School. Dues for 2023 may also be paid at the dinner.  They are $20.  Regent Schneider asked members to help with decorating at 1:00 p.m. at the Parish Center and to man the tables that night.  A special collection that night will go to the Community Food Bank.

Under new business, the Circle will again be participating in making a family’s Christmas brighter while they are at St. Elizabeth Home.  A wish list was read and members can bring their donated items to the December 12 dinner for Regent Schneider to take to St. Elizabeth Home in Indianapolis.

For the Good of the Order, Vice Regent Beckman shared information from our Circle’s Articles and Responsibilities.

After the closing prayer and ode the meeting was adjourned. The meeting prize winner was Marge Beckman. The birthday prize winner was Mary Jo Hart. The next meeting of the Jasper Circle will be the Christmas Dinner on Monday, December 12, at St. Joseph Parish Center’s Activity Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the catered meal served at 6:30 p.m.