Silver Cross Circle King’s Daughters
There were 22 members and two guests present for the April 21 meeting of Silver Cross Circle.
Hostesses Ginny Barnes, Joyce Stearns and Judy Wilbarger served refreshments
Mary Shurts, a member of The Cocoon Shelter board, spoke to the group about that facility. In 2005, the
doors of The Cocoon Shelter were opened and at any one time, 10-12 children and women can be
accommodated. Length of stay averages two months and it is a place of healing and safety from domestic
abuse during that period. Counseling is available for those in need during times of domestic crises.
Members brought items from the Cocoon "wish list" for her to take back to the shelter.
Teresa Milbrodt, recently returned from a six-month stay in Thailand, told of living there and teaching
36 kindergarten children. She lived with a Thai family and helped the wife to learn English. Her little
students were learning both Thai and English and enjoyed having a teacher who had celebrations of
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Buddhism is the primary religion. It is a communal culture
emphasizing family and generational togetherness.
Emmy Hann, president, presided. Treasurer Joyce Stearns reported that Silver Cross will no longer be
receiving United Way funds; they will instead go to Wood Area Ministries.
Donna Schmidt reported for the nominating committee and new officers will be Lyn Long, president; Maxine
Hagemeyer, treasurer; Sue Potter, recording secretary; and Marge Miller, corresponding secretary. Bobbie
Lane will continue as vice president/program chair and Jane Milbrodt as financial secretary.
Jo Vernon set May 15 at 9:30 a.m. as the next day to cut quilt squares.
Concern for several members was expressed and cards signed to send them. Two members are attending the
Spring Conference in Bucyrus on April 26.
It was voted to send $100 to a Navajo mission.
The May meeting will be a luncheon at the Bowling Green Country Club at 11:45 and reservations should be
sent to Bobbie Lane by May 13. Kelly Elton, Community Living director of Bittersweet Farms in
Whitehouse, will be the speaker.
Alva N. Sidle Auxiliary Unit 232
The meeting held May 1 was opened according to ritual by 1st Vice President Linda Donald with eight
members present. Anna Tanner gave the opening prayer.
Judy Donald reported that $1,643 was received from the Poppies letters
Barbara Thomas gave the County Council report from April. A Thank You was read from the Otsego Food Bank.
The new president of the unit will be Linda Donald; Karen Dress, Judy Donald and Judy Thomas will keep
their same chairs. They will be sworn in at the June meeting.
Delegates to Department and District are Mae Schlotz, Judy Thomas, Mrs. Tanner and Linda Donald.
Alternates are Julie Taylor, Judy Donald, Mrs. Dress and Lucy Hillsberry.
The next meeting will be held June 5.