Circle 391 of the Union Daughters of Isabella held its regular monthly meeting at the Union Knights of Columbus Hall Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Vice Regent Virginia Bell called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Chancellor Miriam Sieve led the members in prayer followed by all pledging their allegiance to the flag. Musician Ginny Elliott led everyone in opening song.

Bell, with the help of Sieve led the draping of the charter and prayer for deceased member Sandy Conley.

The group also installed a new treasurer, Jo Arand. Sieve presented the spiritual activities for the month. Recording Secretary Brooke Bradley read the roll call of officers and the minutes from last month’s meeting. The minutes were approved as read.

Arand read the bills and gave her report. Bradley also read the communications received in the last month. There were no new member applications. Scribe Gina Peters reported that 103 newsletters were emailed and 54 mailed. The reports of standing and special committees began with Virginia Bell reporting the several birthday, get well, sympathy, and thank-you cards she had sent on behalf of the organization and lit a candle in prayer. She also reported on the condition of several members who have been in everyone’s prayers.

Jean Marquart who is the chairperson for the respect for life committee was not there so there was no report given. The November hostess group led by Ginny Elliott was thanked, as well as Theresa Graham‘s January group reminded.

During the report on recent funeral luncheons, the Pinnell and Conley luncheons were discussed. Both families were very appreciative and especially the respect shown to Conley with the number of honor guard members present and the dishes brought. Sieve, Eva Jankowski and Joyce Mullen are in charge of the November funeral luncheons.

During old business, there were several items for discussion. Any additions or changes to the member handbook need to be turned in so they can be included in the newsletter for all to correct.

Jan Van Leer, Jane Van Leer and Jessica Haynes are once again in charge of the cookie bake. The cookie bake is a big fundraiser so every member is asked to participate in some way. Pre-mix is on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria. Workers were asked to come out in full force for Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, to help. Cookies will be ready for pickup Sunday, Dec. 4, by noon.

This year’s anniversary cookbook was discussed with pre-orders ready for pickup at the cookie bake.

This year’s memorial Mass was done a little differently, with a combination of all the organizations. It was very nicely done with family able to bring in a candle to have it blessed. Also very nicely done with deceased members from the last year in each organization recognized.

Christmas parties were discussed. The Knights of Columbus/Daughters of Isabella party is Dec. 11. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and Santa comes after 6 p.m. Members are invited to bring the whole family. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share and officers are asked to bring an appetizer.

The Daughters of Isabella Christmas Party is Dec. 13. Members should bring an ornament for the ornament game. Also they should bring a dish to share.

The carts and stove for the kitchen were discussed. They had been previously discussed and approved at last month’s meeting.

During new business, the organization was challenged to support one or more endeavors with some of the funds in the treasury instead of it being saved in the treasury. Everyone was asked to consider causes that some of the organization’s money can go to support.

Good of the order was shared. Treasurer Jessica Haynes reported on receipts of the meeting and auditors took action on approving the bills. Everyone stood as Musician Ginny Elliott led the group in song. The group recited the obligation, and the meeting was adjourned. Jo Arand won the month’s attendance prize.