Meeting Minutes of Ladies of Blessed Sacrament (LBS) – Tuesday, March 7th

In the absence of our president Eileen Foster, Anne Boyd opened the afternoon meeting by welcoming the 27 people in attendance. The total included newcomers Barb Wahn, Louise Fazio, Joanne Rajewski, Sue D’Alessandro, Wendy Shields, and Janet Yoder. Other guests were Tom Messinger and John Kawiecki. 

A Hail Mary was said. Prayer requests were offered by various ladies.

Today’s refreshments were provided by Connie Latuszek, Dorothy Kociba, Chris Sharp, Elaine White, Tana Zemanek, and Naomi Granum.

Secretary Elaine White read the minutes from our February 7th meeting. Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported a current balance of $6007.71.  

Terri Stevenson will be the speaker at our April 11th meeting at 7 pm. No afternoon meeting that day. Tana Z and Ramona Lalka will coordinate a charcuterie board for our refreshment table at this evening meeting.  

Rummage sale week will be June 4th through 10th. Watch the bulletin for more information and for a full list of items most desired and items that won’t be accepted. Tana Z and Ramona L are co-chairwomen. We will use Perfect Potluck for the first time to solicit volunteers to work various shifts and to provide food for the workers.

Maureen Pillepich introduced our speaker, Kelli Jankens, Injury Prevention Manager from MyMichigan Health. Her topic was “Think First to Prevent Falls”. Kelli said that 70-80% of trauma hospital admissions are from falls and that 80% of falls happen at home. Forty percent of traumatic brain injuries are due to falls. We can lower our risk of falling by removing tripping hazards from our homes, eliminating clutter and cords in our paths, removing slippery throw rugs, wearing closed back slippers, walking with our hands out of our pockets, and using adequate lighting. And if we should fall, it’s important to carry a phone at all times. We thank Kelli Jankens for her informative presentation.

Sue D’Alessandro and JoAnn Rajewski, MyMichigan gift shop volunteers, encouraged us to become a hospital volunteer. MyMichigan has over 220 volunteers at this time but more are always needed.   MyMichigan gift shop will present a fashion show at our May meeting.

Please join us at our Tuesday, April 11th meeting at 7 pm. All are welcome.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White

Meeting Minutes – 02/07/2023

In the absence of our president Eileen Foster, Anne Boyd opened the meeting by welcoming the 21 members present including newcomer Christine Sharp. A Hail Mary was said for the prayer requests offered by various ladies.

Thank you to Connie Latuszek and Dorothy Kociba for the February Valentine themed refreshment table and to Anne Boyd, Karen Adamcik, and Dorothy Kociba for the refreshments. Chris Sharp, Elaine White, Naomi Granum, and Connie Latuszek volunteered to bring refreshments to our March 7th meeting.

Secretary Elaine White read the 11/08/22 minutes of our last regular meeting.  

Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported a current balance of $5667.71. In December 2022 we gifted a total of $10,000 to ten different non-profit agencies. We have already purchased the fleece for our 2023 blanket making because fleece was 70% off in January.

Thank you notes were circulated from Father Robb and many of the non-profits to which we gifted $1,000 each in 2022.  

Anne Boyd encouraged everyone to come to our evening meeting on April 11th with special guest speaker Terri Stevenson. Terri’s topic will be “Coping Skills for Emotional Management”.  There will be no afternoon meeting in April.

We wished a happy February birthday to Carol Landis, Diana Kosal, and Jan Natonski.  

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly Luncheon Series for Women at the Midland Country Club. This is sponsored by Midland Christian Women’s Connection Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. The next lunch is Wednesday, March 8th at 12 pm and the cost is $17. For more information, contact Carol Sweebe 989-631-4849 or

Indira Oskvarek will be hosting a benefit dinner for Global Compassion on Saturday, March 4th at Blessed Sacrament. She needs help prepping food on Friday, March 3rd and serving and cleaning up on Saturday, March 4th.  If you can help, please call Indira at 989-854-8584.

Ramona Lalka and Tana Zemanek are co-chairwomen of our June rummage sale. New this year is that items can be dropped off on Sunday, June 4th 1-4 pm. Donations accepted through Tuesday at 5 pm. Wednesday no donations, sort and price. Sale opens on Thursday, June 8th at 9 am.  Saturday will be $3.00 bag day and 50% off all items that don’t fit in the bag.

Judy Kawiecki introduced our speaker, Patrick Regier, Business Manager of Blessed Sacrament. Patrick retired from Dow in 2015 and was hired by Blessed Sacrament the same year.  Patrick shared with the ladies the mission of our parish and how we work in our community putting our faith into action. Currently Blessed Sacrament earmarks 10% of each weekend’s collection for Christian Service Ministry which includes Christian Service Funding, Emergency Assistance, and Special Assistance. Patrick explained these three ministries. Each year the Christian Service Committee receives 45 to 55 grant applications. Our church pays out annual grants totally $125,000 with grants ranging from $800 to $5,000. Requests for Emergency Assistance come to our parish through 211, Social Service agencies, and from people in our community. We are only able to help each client once per year with a maximum grant of $125. Payment is never made directly to the client but to the person/entity to which money is owed. Most requests are for rent assistance. Blessed Sacrament also provides $25,000 per year in assistance for rent, utilities, and car repairs. Requests are handled by dedicated volunteers who after follow up with the client, determine the need and send claim payment requests to the parish bookkeeper. Ladies of Blessed Sacrament contributed $1,000 to Blessed Sacrament Emergency Assistance in 2022.

We are grateful to Patrick Regier for his financial expertise and for taking time to talk to our group.

Judy Kawiecki closed our meeting with an inspirational reading encouraging us to fill our lives with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, and love for others.  

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 7th. Please join us and bring a friend to hear our speaker from My Michigan on “Think First to Prevent Falls”. 

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White  

Meeting Minutes – November 8th 2022

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament (LBS) – Meeting Minutes – November 8th 2022

President Eileen Foster called the meeting to order at 1:30 and welcomed 23 women which included newcomer Fran Davis. Fran moved to Midland from Macomb County over a year ago. Welcome Fran! Our president read a prayer for our country on this mid-term Election Day.

Special thanks to Dorothy Kociba and Connie Latuszek for setting up a beautiful refreshment table and to Joanne Tanner, Isabel Viges, Sharon Capriccioso, and Deb Rey for providing snacks.  Susie Rademacher, Karen Adamcik, and Dorothy Kociba signed up to bring refreshments to our next regular meeting in February 2023.

Secretary Elaine White read the minutes of our October 4th meeting. Minutes were previously posted on the Blessed Sacrament website and on the LBS FaceBook page.

Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported that our cider and donut fundraiser on October 16th was very successful. A second cider and donut fundraiser will be on Sunday, November 13th. Money raised from these two fundraisers will be used to cover the cost of the fleece for the blankets that we are making for the homeless and disadvantaged in our community.

Anne Boyd reported that our second blanket making session will be on Wednesday, November 9th from 9-2. We hope to complete the making of 50 blankets. All are welcome to come for all or part of the time.

Anne Boyd asked us to “Save the Date: Advent Time of Reflection” to be held on Saturday, December 3rd from 9-2 at Assumption Church in Larkin Township. This event, co-sponsored by Blessed Sacrament, will be led by Sr. Nancy Murray.  Also “The Chosen”, which depicts the lives of the followers of Jesus, will be at shown at the AMC Theater in Saginaw November 18th-20th at 3 and 7 pm. Anne highly recommends both events.

Treasurer Tana reported a treasury balance of $14,754.11. At our last general meeting, we decided to gift $10,000 ($1,000 each) to ten non-profit agencies. Before our speaker and before a brief break for refreshments, each meeting attendee was given 10 tickets to use in voting for the organizations of their choice. We thank Judy Kawiecki, Tana Zemanek, and Ramona Lalka for coordinating the voting process. Votes were tabulated and announced at the end of the meeting.

Meghan Dahl, Behavioral Health Therapist from My Michigan Medical Center in Midland, was our speaker. Meghan is offering a five week series focusing on loneliness and social connection called “Bridge to Belonging”. This series is in collaboration with Midland Senior Services.

This free virtual Zoom series will be on Tuesdays, November 15th to December 13th from 1-2:30. Registration closes Thursday November 10th. Register by calling 989-837-9090 or at Meghan gave us strategies to use to decrease our feeling of being alone and to help us feel more connected and positive about our lives. We thank Meghan for sharing her expertise with us.

Instead of a business meeting in December, we will hold our annual Christmas potluck on December 6th at 6 pm. The Meistersingers from Midland High will provide the entertainment. Watch the bulletin for more details. All are invited to bring a guest of your choice.

Tana Z and Ramona L announced the results of our voting. These ten charities will receive $1,000 each from Ladies of Blessed Sacrament:

  1. Global Compassion
  2. Blessed Sacrament Emergency Fund
  3. Shelterhouse of Women and Children
  4. Toni & Trish House
  5. Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  6. Emmaus House
  7. Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehab (MCFOAR)
  8. Home to Stay
  9. Wings of Mercy
  10. Guatemalan Stove Project


Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White, Secretary

Meeting Minutes – 10/04/2022

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament (LBS)  – Meeting Minutes – 10/04/2022

President Eileen Foster called the meeting to order at 1:30 and welcomed all present. An opening prayer was said.

Eileen announced that our April 11th 2023 meeting will be an evening meeting to enable more ladies to attend as 1:30 in the afternoon may not be a good meeting time for many women.

Eileen thanked Joanne Tanner for making autumn floral arrangements for the tables in our social hall.

Elaine White, Alex Braley, and Aimee Kopiwoda provided snacks for the 24 ladies in attendance. Connie Latuszek and Dorothy Kociba provided the table arrangements. Joanne Tanner, Deb Rey, Isabel Viges, and Sharon Capriccioso signed up to bring snacks to our November meeting.

Secretary Elaine White read the minutes of our last meeting. Minutes were previously posted on parish website and on LBS FaceBook page.

Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported a treasury balance of $15,071.43. It was decided at our September meeting that we’ll gift $10,000 to various charities with emphasis on charities that provide help with basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. The board previously compiled a list of 23 charities.  The board then pared this list down to 15 charities. All those in attendance at our November meeting will vote on which of those 10 charities will get $1,000 each. Each person at the November meeting will get ten tickets. There will be 15 bags labeled with the name of each charity. Members can spread their votes around or place all tickets in the same bag. The charities selected are:

Blessed Sacrament Emergency Funds, Camp Fish Tales, Caregiving Network, East Side Soup Kitchen of Saginaw, Emmaus House of Saginaw, Global Compassion, Guatemalan Stove Project, Home to Stay (formally Midland Area Homes), Midland County Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehab (MCFOAR), Midland County Food Pantry Network (EFPN), Shelterhouse for Women & Children, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Tall in the Saddle, Toni & Trish House, and Wings of Mercy.

The LBS will have a cider and donuts fundraiser after both Sunday Masses on October 16th and on November 13th.  Money raised will be used to buy fleece for the blankets that we’ll be making for the homeless and disadvantaged in our community. Everyone is invited to our blanket making day on Wednesday, October 19th from 8 am to 3 pm. You can come for the entire time period or just part of the time. A pizza lunch will be provided or you’re welcome to bring your own lunch. Additional workers are needed. Please contact Anne Boyd (989-415-4243) to sign up.

Judy Kawiecki introduced Anne Canvasser, volunteer coordinator for the Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA).  Anne talked about the role of ushers at MCFTA. Training is provided. If you wish to volunteer, contact or fill out an application on the MCFTA website at

Our next speaker was Pesi Kennett, outreach coordinator for Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN). EFPN distributes over 17,000 items (food, cleaning supplies, personal care items) per month through their eight food pantries. Pesi explained the various programs of EFPN, one of which is the Backpack Buddies program which distributes a weekend supply of food to elementary children in Midland County who qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. Anyone who needs help with food can call 989-486-9393 and press “1”.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 8th at 1:30. All are welcome!

Minutes of 09/06/2022

The LBS Meeting was held at 1:30 with 18 attendees. 

A Thank You was given Connie Latuszek and Dorothy Kociba for table arrangements and paper products, as well as a thank you to Connie and Judy for bringing goodies.  A list was sent around for the October meeting refreshments, Emails, and birthdays.

We talked about the Roll Bakes and what was all involved in making them.  A vote was taken as to whether we should continue them.  The vote was 17 No, 0 Yes and 1 Abstain.

A special thank you was given to:

  • Shirley Mikols as her role as past leader of our Rummage sales
  • Mary Anne Tessin for her new role in certifying for ServeSafe for our kitchen
  • Tana Zemanek & Ramona Lalka as Parish Picnic organizers
  • Linda Graf for her work with Perfect Potluck and Flock Notes
  • And…our Funeral Luncheon callers for all their hard work.

The dates were shared for Cider & Donuts:

October 16

November 13

Fleece Blankets:

October 19 (tentative date of Oct. 20 was mentioned at the meeting)

Tana’s Treasurers report:

$4,928.63    Beg. Balance for fiscal year July 2021- June 2022

$12,088.04  Revenue  (not including Seed Money for rummage sale of + $372.00)

  $3,877.53  Expenses  (not including Seed Money for rummage sale of – $372.00

$13,139.14   Beg. Balance for fiscal year July 2022 – June 2023

July 2022

$1,200.00        Revenue

$80.72        Expenses

August 2022

$700.00        Revenue

       $24.00        Expenses

$14,934.42      Current Cumulative Balance 

Guest Speaker

Lastly, we had the speaker from Wings of Mercy,  who gave us some very interesting information about their organization.

Judy let us know that next month’s speaker is from the Midland County Emergency Food Network.  And our special Interest Speaker would be from MCFTA regarding volunteer opportunities.

Meeting Minutes – April 5th 2022

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament – Meeting Minutes – April 5th 2022

President Eileen Foster called the meeting to order at 1:39 p.m. The 28 ladies in attendance presented prayer intentions and prayed the Hail Mary.  Joanne Tanner, Elaine Warakomski, and Rita Wernette provided refreshments with Dorothy Kociba and Connie Latuszek supplying the table decorations.

Eileen Foster thanked Joanne Tanner for making colorful spring table centerpieces to be used on the tables at funeral lunches. Also, a huge thank you to all the ladies who brought new twin sheets, pillows, pillowcases, comforters, and mattress pads for the non-profit Sleep In Heavenly Peace.

Elaine White read the minutes of the March 1st 2022 meeting.

Tana Zemanek reported that the balance in our treasury is $5057.55.

Our spring potluck lunch will be on Tuesday, May 3rd at noon. Please bring a dish to pass, your own table service, and your friends. Our speaker for this special event will be Mary Anne Stone who will share tips on how to spring clean and declutter.  Tana Zemanek will be the chairperson for this event with assistance from Ramona Lalka, Anne Boyd, Agnew Brewer, Connie Latuszek, and Anne Southworth.

Our rummage sale with be held the week of June 6th. Donations will be accepted starting Monday, June 6th at 9 a.m. Set up and pricing will take place through Wednesday. Sale opens on Thursday, Friday is half price day, and Saturday is bag day. All proceeds go to local charities. More volunteers are still needed.

Our speaker for today’s meeting was Brian Rueger from “Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Auburn MI Chapter” (SHP). This national organization started in 2012. The Auburn MI chapter started in July 2020 serving the Great Lakes Bay region. Since inception, the Auburn Chapter has delivered 440 beds. This organization’s mission: We believe that no kid should sleep on the floor in our town, but we want to make everyone’s town our town. SHP is donation funded and volunteer driven. Each bed costs $250 from start to finish. This includes the cost of materials, mattresses, and bedding. Stay up to date with SHP’s latest news at   To sponsor a build day, contact

Our feature speakers were Kelly Osborn and Ann McLaughlin from Menu Manager. Kelly is the owner of the business and Anne is the chef. Menu Manager does corporate catering, space rentals, take & bake, private dining events, and sells homemade food wholesale and retail. Menu Manager is now located at 309 Dartmouth. Always call ahead. Phone 989-835-3663 or email them

No business meeting in May. Please join us on Tuesday, May 3rd for our spring potluck.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament – Meeting Minutes – March 1st 2022

President Eileen Foster called the meeting to order at 1:30. The ladies presented prayer intentions and a Hail Mary was said. Connie Latuszek, Dorothy Kociba, Agnes Brewer, Indira Oskvarek, Anne Boyd, and Elaine White provided refreshments for the 28 ladies in attendance. We welcomed these women attending for the first time: Mary Dorr, Stephanie Leibfritz, and Betsy O’Malley.

Elaine White read the secretary’s report from our February 1st meeting.

Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported our current balance is $5057.55. We normally donate money to different charities at our May luncheon but since our rummage sale won’t be held until June 6th-11th, we won’t decide amount of donations to what charities until fall 2022.

Anne Boyd said there are still openings for the Lenten Retreat at Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, March 5th from 9am – 2pm. You can register by calling the parish office at 989-835-6777.

Rummage Sale – June 6th-11th – We still need more volunteers. Invite your family and friends to help if even for an hour or two. Donations accepted starting Monday, June 06TH at 9 am. Set up and pricing will take place through Wednesday. Sale opens on Thursday, Friday is half price day, and Saturday until noon is bag day. All proceeds go to local charities. After our meeting, seven additional ladies signed up to help at the rummage sale.

Anne Boyd reported that the online tool, Perfect Potluck, is working great for recruiting food and workers for funeral lunches. At the last funeral lunch, we added four hot casserole dishes to our usual food requests. Casseroles were well received.

Indira Oskvarek from Global Compassion, Inc was our meeting’s speaker. Indira and her husband Ed founded Global Compassion, a non-profit, whose primary mission is to provide clean water to villages in India. Total donations received in 2021 were $335,409. A total of 71 bore wells were drilled in 2021 which provided water to 30,000 people. As many as 15,000 people in India benefitted from food packages delivered during the Covid Pandemic. For more information, visit to see what other assistance was provided with the $335,409 from the 2021 donations to Global Compassion. Only 2% of the amount raised went to administrative expenses. After Indira’s presentation, we presented her with an additional $161 for Global Compassion, Inc.

Our feature speaker was Betsy O’Malley, owner and instructor of Balanced Pilates & Wellness Boutique located at 810 & 818 E Ashman.  Betsy is a physical therapist and STOTT certified Pilate’s instructor.  There are many additional services offered at this business. For more information, go to  Betsy is a member of Blessed Sacrament.

Personal care items that many women brought to the meeting were delivered after the meeting to North Midland Family Center.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 5th at 1:30 pm. Please join us to hear Brian Rueger from “Sleep in Heavenly Peace” and Kelly Osborn from “Menu Manager”. If you are able, please bring twin bedding to donate to “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament – Meeting Minutes Tuesday, February 1st

President Eileen Foster called the meeting to order at 1:30. Ramona Lalka, Anne Southworth, Connie Latuszek, & Dorothy Kociba provided snacks for the 19 ladies present at our meeting.

Donna St. John, director of Home to Stay (formerly Midland Area Homes) was our speaker. Donna told us that Blessed Sacrament was one of the original 10 churches that banded together in 1969 to address housing issues in our community. Home to Stay is the Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) for Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MISHDA). They help people connect with housing resources. MISHDA mandates eligibility criteria. MISHDA has federal funds available to help tenants facing hardships avoid eviction while also ensuring landlords can recoup owed rent through the Covid Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program. Home to stay received 800 applications for CERA grants. Home to Stay also has a home repair program where they assist homeowners with furnace and hot water repairs and with ramp builds. They have gotten out of the appliance repair business. Another agency, Pivot Point, will pick up used appliances. Home to Stay still picks up used furniture and redistributes to those in need. Donna said there is a housing shortage in Midland for all income brackets.

Eileen Foster thanked Linda Miles for making blankets from corners that we cut out from our blanket making sessions. These blankets are then donated to Care Giving Network.

Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported our current balance of $5729.57. Elaine White read the minutes from our November meeting.

Aimee Kopiwoda said Kathy & Dan Risch donated bins of yarn and crocheted items to the Assumption Stitch and Prayer group. We thank Kathy and Dan for their generosity.

Linda Graf reported on the Legacy Center’s second grade after school reading program where we provided snacks for 20 second grade students for two weeks in January.  Linda Graf and Anne Boyd are our current funeral lunch leaders. They have worked very hard to recruit new leaders. Women who have volunteered for funeral lunch leadership are Jill Kreusch, Cheryl Lane, Connie Messinger, and Stephanie Leibfritz. We have had 13 funeral lunches since July 26th when we resumed lunches after a Covid pause.

Indira and Ed Oskvarek are hosting a Valentine dinner  on Sunday, February 6th from 10 am to 2 pm at St. Brigid Church. Take outs will be available. The cost for the dinner is by donation to raise money for the residents of Mayfield KY who were affected by recent tornadoes. All are welcome.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1st at 1:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine White

Ladies of Blessed Sacrament Update 10/8

On October 5th, over 30 of our Ladies gathered for our October Meeting to enjoy each other’s smiles and positive energy.  Our Guest Speaker was Trisha Fenby, Community Engagement and Quality Assurance for The Arnold Center, accompanied by Camille Gerace Nitschky, Founder and Executive Director of Children’s Grief Center for the Greater Bay Region. Both Trisha and Camille are certified in The Science of Well Being and brought to us great, thought provoking information on well-being through positive psychology.  We realized that the information we allow our minds to take in effects our thoughts and our thoughts effect how we feel and that prayer effects everything positively. Trisha shared several personal- responsibility coping skills to creatively quell stress and frustration.  The information was priceless and presented in a very comfortable, absorbing way.
We thank Trisha and Camille!!  Trisha suggested that our monetary gift be sent to The Children’s Grief Center.

Susie Rademacher, Isabel Viges, Judy Greene, Sharon Capriccioso, Dorothy Kociba and Maria Quereizaeta brought delicious snacks laid out on the Autumn-themed tabled decorated by Dorothy Kociba and Connie Latuszek.

Thank you all for attending to make this event great.  Hope to see even more of our Ladies and friends on November 2nd.

Updates for September 26


Our “first time back” 9/14 LBS Meeting was GREAT!  We enjoyed 30 comfortably-distanced Ladies and discussed LOTS!

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, October 5th @ 1:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B of our Parish Center.  Trisha Fenby will be our Guest Speaker on “Emotional Wellness” PLUS you’ll leave introduced to “Sassy & Chic”.  We will be signing ladies up to help with the following upcoming events, too.
  • LBS Cider & Donuts following our Sunday Masses the weekends of Oct. 17th and Nov. 7th … yummy!  The proceeds from this will help pay for the fleece for the 50+ blankets we will be making on 11/17 for adults and children in need in our community.
  • Fleece Blanket Tying Day – November 17th (sharpen your scissors and join us for this socially fun and meaningful day)
  • LBS & Gents Christmas Potluck – December 8th featuring The Midland High School Minnesingers

All Ladies from our Parish are part of our Ladies of Blessed Sacrament Group.  Join us and Bring Your Friends so they can be ours, too.

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