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President's letter, May, 2017

posted May 11, 2017, 8:10 PM by Gary Urbatis

Spring has sprung.  Time to do more activities outside, enjoy the warm temperatures and the beauty of Mother Nature.  I enjoy looking at the vibrant flowers that I planted in my yard, and the labors of love by other people with their colorful yards.  For those that we haven’t seen in a while, spread your wings and join us for some laughs, good conversation, and make some new friends.  Since we implemented the Meetup site, I have gotten to know several people pretty well.

I also enjoy spending time outdoors with my CAC family.  We’ll be hiking on April 30th, and in May we’ll be playing softball, tennis, mini golf, biking and our annual Memorial Day canoe trip.  If you love the outdoors as much as I do, you won’t miss these wonderful events.

If you are still in the Lenten mindset, we would love to see you at the Emmaus House event.  We’ll be playing bingo with people that are less fortunate than ourselves.  The residents will have 2 cards and we’ll help them to put the chips on the called numbers.  They really enjoy this event.  Especially winning the small prizes that we bring.  This is a spectacular community service event, rain or shine.

We have received some suggestions for event locations from our members and have scheduled them.  If you have more suggestions, we’re willing to consider them.  Your board members can’t think of everything, nor can we read your minds.  We value your membership, attendance and input.

I hope to see you soon!

Gary Urbatis

President's Letter, April, 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:41 PM by Gary Urbatis

April showers bring May flowers.  April also is the start of our Tennis and Softball leagues.  If you haven’t submitted your application, you can be placed on the replacement list.  Easter is this month and we have two opportunities to enrich your spirituality.  Living stations and regular Stations of the Cross.  We also offer a wonderful community service event with seniors in a nursing home. 

Since we created a Meetup page, we now have 116 Catholic Singles following our club’s events.  We’ve had several people attend multiple events.  And some of them have become club members and attend on a regular basis.  If you have suggestions for a location or type of event, we’re willing to listen to what you have to say.

There are a couple of people interested in the CACI New Orleans convention July 9-15.  Let me know if you are interested and I’ll connect you with the others.  It’s always more fun to travel with someone you know.

We invited Pope Francis to join us for dinner.  We are renting the convention center and using the whole 2nd floor.  We are charging $150 for dinner and $2000 to have your picture taken with him.  Half of the money will go towards the Pope’s vacation in the Caribbean and the other half will go to a worthy recipient (me). Reservations are due by March 17th.  Don’t wait too long to send your money.  We’re sure this will be a sellout.  Hint:  putting a $50 bill in the envelope will ensure a place for you.

I hope to see you soon!

Gary

President's Letter, March, 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:40 PM by Gary Urbatis

Lent begins March 1st with Ash Wednesday.  It’s the time of year for Christians to remember that Jesus died and rose from the dead for us.  We have several events this month to help us prepare for Easter.  We will be attending a Fish Fry and Stations of the Cross.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support a church and have dinner with your CAC friends.  You can join us for both dinner and stations or just one.  We would love to share our faith with you.  Some churches have programs that are more meaningful for me than others.  It gives us something to reflect upon that could have a personal meaning or message.

We are also encouraged to do penance.  It doesn’t always mean giving up a particular food or drink.  We can resolve to help the less fortunate.  We can use our time, talents and/or treasure.  Ray is hosting a BOLD (Blind Outdoor Leisure Development) event at his house.  We’ll play games, have some good conversations, and be thankful for the good fortunes that God has given us.

We still have a few vacant board positions.  You can use this opportunity to give back to your club and help to welcome our new members.  Let one of the board members know if you have suggestions for events.  I hope to see you at an event soon.

Gary Urbatis 

President's Letter, February, 2017

posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:26 PM by Gary Urbatis

February is the month for the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and National Margarita Day, amongst others.  How many will you watch or partake in?  I know that some people gather to watch the Super Bowl, will wonder if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, to wear red on Valentine’s Day, or have an adult beverage.  I’m sure that some of you are meeting with friends this month that you have made through CAC.

We have plenty of events to get to meet new people in a relaxed setting.  Will you make it your New Year’s resolution to get out of the house more and use CAC events as a reason to do so?  We’d love to see you more often.  This is YOUR club.  You get out of it what you put into it.  Is there an event that you would like to see us schedule?  Would you like to help organize it? 

Many years ago, when I was “elected” to get people’s attention at picnics, dances, and other gatherings, I had to have my topics written down and I needed a few minutes to prepare and calm my nerves.  After many events and repetition, I really don’t need to have my topics written down, nor minutes to prepare.  I want to thank the attendees of our events for your help in my personal development. 

We still need a few board positions to be filled.  Are you willing to help your club?  In last month’s President’s letter, I thanked previous board members for organizing events when I was new to the club.  It’s been my pleasure to pay it forward for the past 16 years.  Ask any board member for more information if you are interested in helping on a committee.

Have a wonderful month and I hope to see you soon.

Gary Urbatis

President's letter January, 2017

posted Dec 30, 2016, 1:17 PM by Gary Urbatis   [ updated Dec 30, 2016, 1:17 PM by John Hredzak ]

Happy New Year!

This is my first President’s letter since I was president in 2001.  I don’t quite know what to write about.  I’ll start with a story.  I joined CAC in June, 1997.  My first event was a picnic at South Park.  I met many nice people and had a great time.  A member named Brian recognized that this was my first event and welcomed me.  He encouraged me to attend future events and introduced me to the club president, Mike Kernan.  And if you know Mike, you know that he had to tease me about something.  What surprised him is that I had a pretty good retort.  We’ve been friends ever since and some people are entertained at our good hearted bantering.

Over the years I have met many wonderful people who I call friends.  If you’ve attended several events, I’m sure that you’ve made some new friends too.  I have heard many compliments that our members are very nice and friendly.  I want to thank you for that.  Many club members have organized events that I have attended over the years.  I want to thank them for the experiences and great times that I have had.

In 2001, we had 440 members.  Now we’re down to 88 wonderful people.  I want to increase our membership in 2017 and I know that you want that as well.  We have so many people to welcome and share new experiences with.  Do you have any friends, co-workers, or relatives who are single and at least 21 years old?  I encourage you to invite them to attend an event, or two, or three with you.  It’s always easier to attend on the buddy system.  This is YOUR club.  We have a good club.  Let’s make it great again!

I hope that everyone has a healthy, prosperous 2017 with plenty of wonderful experiences.

Gary Urbatis

CAC’s 2017 president

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