August 1 and 2 we had the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of MN (GFWC) meeting here. This is their third time meeting here at St. Francis. “This organization is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.” There were about 40 ladies: 28 stayed at St. Francis Center overnight. They came from Park Rapids, Grand Rapid, Sleepy Eye, Crookston, Warren, Golden Valley, Fertile, Henderson, Waubun, Fosston, Hawley, Delano, Plymouth, Hancock, Morris, Starbuck, Silver Lake, Hutchinson, International Falls.
Saturday was the Morrison County Paint-A-Thon. Eight houses were painted. The Franciscan Sisters furnished the caramel and cinnamon rolls for the breakfast. Home owners are so proud of how their home looks with a fresh coat of paint. We had about 100 painters. The slogan on the green t-shirts said, “Building Community by Working Together.” So true, isn’t it?
The County Fair starts on Thursday. I need to figure out when I can go for a few hours. I like seeing the exhibits and the 4-H projects.
The flowers near the west entrance are so full and fragrant. Thanks, Steve, for taking such good care of them.
Sunday, August 10, is a special day as we celebrate Jubilees for Sisters Bea Eichten, Carol Virnig, Mary Dumonceaux, and Sharon Fitzpatrick who have been Franciscan Sisters for 50 years. Sister Mary Hroscikoski celebrates her 25th anniversary. Congratulations, Sisters…and Thank You for all the good works you’ve done these 225 years.
Have a great week.
Peace and blessings,
Sr. Mary Lou Eltgroth