1 Kansas City Young Matrons Volume 74 Number 8 January 2017 Celebrating our 100th year of service! President s Letter Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that I am more than half way through my year as your President. This year seems to have flown by. I find myself looking at my calendar and wishing for more days in the week. There are so many wonderful functions and activities to attend or help with, but there is not enough time or days in the week to do all of them. While many of us enjoyed a hiatus from work, our Community Service volunteers were hard at work. Boys Hope/Girls Hope received meals, Ozanam Girls Time met, Marillac Library ladies read books and did crafts twice, and we sang carols at Gordon Parks Elementary School and decorated cookies at Children s Place, always a fun event. January sees us delivering Meals on Wheels (organized by Becky Quinn) doing Needlework (led by Juliette Singer, Jo Anne Dondlinger and Mary Katz), and doing activities with the residents of Brookdale State Line Memory Care. Our biggest project this year is our Magic Ball led by Edie Downing and Gigi Rose. January 14 th will be the culmination of many months of hard work by the entire membership. Our benefit recipient this year, Healing House, is an extremely deserving organization. We still need help with the event. The Chairs need extra help setting up for the event, helping with check-in and also helping breaking down after the event is finished. You do not need to have a ticket to come and help. Please contact Edie or Gigi if you can be of assistance that night. February starts with a program must for everyone. Christy Jennings has planned a Fireside Chat with some of our members who remember the flood, The Children s Theatre Troupe and much more of our history. This is going to be a wonderful program. The newer members of the club will hear of our past and some of the more seasoned members will remember living through it. As usual, Young Matrons are busy helping the community. You are all the most amazing women.
2 KCYM UPCOMING PROGRAM Come reminice with us... MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017 FIRESIDE CHAT Kansas City Young Matrons Club House 5211 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO :30 a.m. Social 10:00 a.m. Program 11:30 Lunch Lunch $20.00 (Your Check is your reservation) The Club House at the corner of 51st and Oak was part of the landscape of Kansas City since It wasn t simply the Kansas City Young Matrons Club House for over eighty years. This building housed and created many memories for the hundreds of members who walked through that iconic blue door. Join us at the Fireside Chat and hear about some of these memories with the women who lived them. Their stories will bring history alive for all of us - listen to memories of The Community Children s Theatre Troupe (CCT), the beginnings of what is now known as the Magic Ball, accounts of a fire, and the effects of the Plaza Flood on our lovely home. Not only is this a way to appreciate our history, it s a way for us to honor it. Club Courtesy We need volunteers for the February 27th Business meeting. Please contact us if you can help. Connie Murphy Kathy Macfarlane PROGRAMS REMINDER! Members are required to register for programs with cash or a check by the Wednesday preceding the event. Luncheon Reservations Co-Chairs Connie Schenke (c) Please send checks to: Cathy Lawless Catalina Street, Leawood, KS (c) YOUR CHECK IS YOUR RESERVATION! 2
3 KCYM AFFILIATE ACTIVITIES CCVI Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration We will be helping CCVI celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 28, Orientation is at 9:15 and the celebration will be from 10:00-11:00. Activities include mask making and helping with the parade! Thanks to everyone who has helped out at Ozanam Girl Time parties this year. Pictured are some of the Holiday party volunteers: Christy Jennings, Debbie Papa, Debi Trempy, Melinda Frenzen, Shelly McVay, Deb Gill, and Elizabeth Wilson. We welcome members to sign up to volunteer for the fun at our next party on April 2 contact co-chairs Melinda Frenzen or Debbie Papa Need Hours? Think Needlework. Our January Needlework/Craftwork session will be held on Thursday, January 19th from 10am to 1pm at the home of Elizabeth Wilson, Pawnee Lane, Leawood. The following members have signed up to help: Connie Murphy Nina Hollabaugh Karin Morgan Susie Womack Christy Jennings We would welcome three additional volunteers! Please contact me if you can join us. CCVI is located at 3301 Main Street, KCMO. Thank you all! Corliss Miller We will work on fleece blankets and pillows, which will be donated to Gillis, Ozanam and Marillac among other affiliates. There is plenty of work available and anyone can do this. We need three cooks. Cooks earn civic hours for time spent shopping and preparing lunch and get reimbursed for their food costs from the money collected for lunch. If you are interested in cooking for the January session, please contact Jo Anne Dondlinger. Lunch will be available for $5. New members and potential members are welcome at Needlework. No reservations or RSVPs are needed. Please consider stopping by for a few hours or the entire time. Drinks and snacks are provided and there is always lots of lively conversation as we work. Hope to see you there! Jo Anne Dondlinger Juliette Singer Spinks Mary Katz January 10, Tuesday Jennie Newman, Karen Peters, Marilyn Tampke February 2, Thursday Debbie Papa, Debi Trempy, Elizabeth Wilson February 7, Tuesday Debbie Douville, Jennie Newman, Helene Nelson Thank you, Judy Bolton 3
4 KCYM 2017 MAGIC BALL-All That Jazz 2017 Magic Ball Update Cyber January Okay. The holidays are over. The decorations have been taken down and stored. You ve cleaned out your closets and joined a health club or started your diet. What on earth could be left to do? Shop for Silent Auction items and Raffle Tickets to support the 2017 Magic Ball! Yes, it s Cyber January. Just when you thought you had finished shopping for a while, it s time to go online and shop for deals or a chance to win our fabulous raffle items. And every dollar you spend will benefit Healing House, our 2017 gala beneficiary. Whether you plan to attend the gala or not, we would love to have you contribute to Healing House, bid on items, and/or purchase raffle tickets. The easiest way to do this is to go to -- or you can go to the KCYM website, access the Magic Ball page and follow the link you will find there. Just enter your address or mobile phone number, set up your own password, enter your credit card information and go for it! Kitchen Kash is our gala Fund a Need option. These funds will be used to purchase kitchen equipment for the catering company and restaurant Healing House plans to establish as part of their expansion. These businesses will provide employment opportunities for the Healing House clients. They will also provide them with job skills, references, and an employment history they can use when they leave Healing House and go out on their own. The website has photographs of all of the Raffle Items and silent auction items. The Raffle Items include three stunning jewelry selections, a trip, and a mink jacket with chinchilla trim. The silent auction items include everything from auto window tinting, to a week in a Florida condo, shopping excursions, and dining options. You can even go to the movies, the ballet, or Top Golf, if you d like. Sports enthusiasts will find T-Bone tickets and baseball and football memorabilia. DIY enthusiasts can get a great deal on tile, a gardening package, or a commercial counter top or under the counter refrigerator. And did we mention a pet portrait, artwork, fine wines and more jewelry for those who like the finer things in life? Yes, there is something for everyone. All silent auction items have a buy-it-now price, so be sure to snap up an item if you have your heart set on it. If you are coming to the gala January 14 at the Kansas City Marriot Downtown be sure to bring your fully charged smart phone or tablet. Why not take a minute right now to go online and register your credit card information and purchase some raffle tickets? You do not have to be present to win a raffle item or be the successful bidder on silent auction items. The silent auction will close at 9 pm on the night of the gala. Raffle tickets can be prepurchased until January 11, or they can be purchased at the gala until 8:45 pm. Good luck and happy bidding! 4
5 KCYM AFFILIATE ACTIVITIES Gillis Christmas Store 2016 The Gillis Christmas Store was a wonderful success this year thanks to the generosity of KCYM members! We did something a bit different this year. Rather than give a specific gift to all of the residents, KCYM provided complete bedding sets (blankets, pillows, and sheets) for each resident. The children were very grateful to receive this, especially given that some of them had never had their own bedding. The children also chose their own special gift from the store for themselves, which was also very appreciated. This was in addition to the gifts they chose from their list for family and others. Speaking of the gift assortment, KCYM members outdid themselves this year. We asked for members to clean out their jewelry boxes and boy did they! We had so many beautiful jewelry items to offer, all displayed to look as though the kids were shopping in a jewelry store. We also want to thank the Needlework crew for providing so many fleece blankets and pillows. Another thank you goes to all the ladies who spent 5-6 hours knitting each beautiful scarf (Jan Merrill, Beth Merrill Vollmer, Michelle Nemmers, and many more). Thanks to Beth Parker who donated her gorgeous ceramic works, and to Anne Keil who went to buy more toys and watches to keep our store stocked to the end. In total, 53 KCYM members donated more than 400 hours to plan, shop, organize, wrap, transport, set up, work, and tear down the store. The kids left with a small treat box filled with sweets. They also decorated an ornament to hang on the tree which was left for Gillis residents to enjoy. Eliana Harvey provided darling stuffed I Am Loved bears from Helzberg Diamonds for each child. She also helped us chairs with shopping, organizing, moving product, and setting up. All in all, Gillis was a huge success. We received several heartfelt handwritten and drawn thank you notes from the children and staff, all expressing their gratitude for serving them this way. Thank you KCYM members for spending your time, money, and talents to make an impact on a child s life this Christmas. Desiree Beil, Chandra Spencer, and Shelly McVay MEALS ON WHEELS Delivery Schedule Thanks to the following volunteers who signed up for deliveries for the next three months. Meal pickup is around 11am; delivery by your group lasts roughly1.5 hours. Monday, January 16 Monday, March 20 Peggy Beal Peggy Beal Becky Quinn Barbara Isaacson Linda Peaks Mary Rottgers Monday, February 20 Monday, April 17 Peggy Beal NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! Becky Quinn NEED VOLUNTEER!!! Instructions are ed to you about 2 weeks prior to your date. Becky Quinn Save the Date for Rosie s Closet February 7, 2017 KCYM will be working at Rosie s Closet on Tuesday, February 7 th from 9AM - 12Noon. Volunteers may bring gently used clothing donations for women and children to the center that same day. They appreciate our donations of time and clothing! Thanks in advance for those who are working that day. Directions to the center will be ed the week before we volunteer. Volunteer List: Giana Miniace Karin Morgan Mary Jennifer Amato Beth Parker Kathi Ruegsegger Mary Buechler and Juliette Singer Spinks, Co-Chairs 5
6 KCYM CLUB HOUSE NEWS Nominating News It is with great pleasure that the Nominating Committee presents the Standing Committee Chairmen Slate for the Club Year: Assistant Treasurer - Julie Maggart Admissions - Joni Siplon Club Courtesy - Becky McCormack and Elizabeth Weiler Club House Management - Coleen Flathman Club House Set-up Sherry Magee Commissariat - Lee Harizanoff & Mary Rottgers Contact - Terry McGhie Current Projects - Maria Genaris Electronic Records - Daleen Spradlin Future Projects - Lundy Joyce Long Range Planning - Mary Beth Hershey Luncheon Reservations - Tracey Bochert & Elizabeth Wilson Mailing - Kristal Thompson New Members - Debbie Westlund Newsletter - Mary Katz Service Hours - Karen McNellis Social - Karen Leimer Ushers & Doorkeepers - Beth Parker & Karen Travers Ways & Means - Dawn Evans Website - Leslie Lundquist Yearbook - Edie Downing Election of the Standing Committee Chairmen will be at the February Business Meeting on Monday, February 27, Please show your support for the proposed Standing Committee Chairmen by attending this important meeting. Thank you to the members who accepted leadership positions for the upcoming year and another thank you to my committee for their time and consideration in selecting the slate. Barbara Eiszner Director of Nominating PR-Request for Social Media Assistance Today s publicity involves social media. We would like to keep up with the times in the coming year(s), but may need a little help from those of you with finesse. Most of us can post on Facebook, but there are other options as well. Please contact me if you have even a little knowledge to pass on and add to our current knowledge in the KCYM PR department! Thank you in advance for your assistance! Susie Womack BYLAW NEWS If you or your committee feels that a change needs to be made to either our Bylaws or our Standing Rules, the proposed change must be submitted in writing to the President-Elect. The Bylaws Committee will review the proposal and, if approved, submit the requested change to the Board of Directors for its approval. The proposal must then be voted on by the membership. Please submit your proposals as soon as possible, via , to Thank you! Diana Cusser, President-Elect 6
7 KCYM CLUB HOUSE NEWS If you want to be reimbursed for your expenses PLEASE REMEMBER Tis the season for shopping and with that you collect many receipts. Please remember that when you turn in a reimbursement check request it must have: 1. Your Director s signature 2. All the receipts that you are requesting to be reimbursed for. 3. When you have both of these, then the request goes to the Treasurer. It will shorten the process if the Treasurer has these together and does not have to return the request for receipts or your Director's signature. Brownyn McNeese, Mary Hylton If you think you may be over budget, you must get Board of Directors approval first. You will not be reimbursed over budget without prior approval. Centennial Corner 2017 is here! How exciting to be at the mid-point of our Centennial Celebration! Bobbie Messick, Sherry Magee, Cyndi James Kathy Kane, Mary Hylton, Jill Hartman, Maureen Lillard The Ornament Exchange was held at our beautiful Club House. Fun was had by all!!! Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Fireside Chat program on Monday, February 6th. When we heard some of the personal accounts being recorded for the 100 Year Video, we knew then that members and prospective new members would enjoy hearing first hand about some of the most exciting highlights of recent decades - straight from those who experienced the moments! To hear of the flood from someone in the clubhouse while it was happening.that is just one such true tale you will hear! Be sure to sign up and bring a friend along! As you start to think about your spring cleaning be sure to set aside any photo frames you might be getting rid of. We are collecting 5x7 and 8x10 frames to use in our upcoming events. We are seeking gold-toned in particular, but we can paint anything you might send our way. Bring to the clubhouse or contact Anne Keil at or about donating your photo frames! Thank you in advance! As always, we remain honored to serve as your Centennial Co-Chairs! Sue von Geyso and Susie Womack 7
8 KCYM CLUB HOUSE NEWS Concerns and Celebrations It is with much sadness that I report that Lynn & Jay Reardon lost their first grandchild. Quinn Joseph Kimminau was born on December 11, 2016 to Kristyn and John Kimminau. We also send our sincere condolences to Sandy Pummill on the loss of her sister, Debbie. Supportive thoughts of healing go out to Joyce Ihnow and Laura Reedy as they support their husbands battles with serious illnesses. Congratulaions go to Teri Clark on the birth of her grand baby, Brooklyn Nicole Clark. She was born December 7, 2016 in Carlsbad, California and weighs 6 lbs. 7 oz.,18 inches. Birthday card wishes are being sent to the following January birthday Life Members: Janet Grassi, Class of 1976; Judy Jackson, Class of 1975; Judy Knight, Class of 1976; Patricia Allen, Class of 1947 Please remember to let me know if you hear of any remembrances, injuries to members, or celebrations! I am just an away. Kathy Kane, Director of Associate Sustaining The Information Highway Throughout the club year, please continue to keep us updated with any changes you have regarding your personal information, including changes to your home or cell phone numbers, house address, or address. Remember, the faster you update us, the faster we can update the membership database and keep you informed with newsletter mailings and correspondence. Changes can be sent to Janet Bjerke, Director of Communications at Please try to check your frequently as this is the easiest and quickest way to communicate. Remember to send any information on upcoming KCYM events you want placed in the Newsletter to Mary Katz, Newsletter Chair. For website information please go to Kansascityyoungmatrons.com Please note Janice Fischer has a new address: Thank you in advance for all your help. Janet Bjerke, Director of Communications 8 Thanks to Linda, MaryJennifer (and daughter Reagan), Karen, Michelle, Brownyn, Alison, Sherry, Cathy, Joni, Julie, Sue (and daughter Laura), Lundy, and Jill for braving the weather to support Girls on the Run on Sunday, November 19th. You re the best!!!
9 KCYM CLUB HOUSE NEWS ADMISSIONS UPDATE The next Prospective New Member Coffee is February 10, Invitations to PNMs and their sponsors will be mailed early January. If you are sponsoring a PNM, please make sure she has completed the candidacy requirements and help her submit an application with letters of sponsorship and endorsement. The application deadline is February 15, Please see p. 130 of yearbook for membership details. Feel free to contact me or any member of the Admissions Committee with questions. Thanks! Terry McGhie, Admissions Chairman Attention all Directors, Standing Committee Chairmen, and Project Coordinators! Please remember to all Mid-Year reports and Final Reports to me for electronic filing. Thanks in advance! Daleen Spradlin Please remember KCYM PHILANTHROPIC FUND in your estate planning. All contributions are tax-deductible. Peggy Beal, President KCYM Philanthropic Fund Searching for Vintage Clothing for 100 Years of Fashion Program vintage clothing needed! Thank you to the members who have contacted us thus far with their vintage collection! We still need clothing and accessories from to be showcased in the KCYM Program, "100 Years of Fashion" (see wish list below). We promise to handle your items with loving care and return them to you in the condition in which we receive them. We would love to have any of the following: 1. Career/Business suits, uniforms 2. Cocktail attire 3. Evening gowns, wedding dress 4. Everyday wear 5. Shoes, boots, hats, purses, gloves 6. Jewelry 7. Coats, jackets, stoles, wraps 8. Mannequins or dress forms If you have any items (or know of someone who does), please send a photo attached to an to: Janice Fischer, Melinda Frenzen, 9
10 Birthday Celebrations January 2 Barb Estrada 8 Lundy Joyce 24 Mary Jo Holland 2 Judy Jackson 14 Margaret Seidel 24 Elizabeth Weiler 4 Ann Martin 14 MaryJennifer Amato 24 Kathy Kane 5 Darlene Beller 15 Bev Carlton 26 Lynn Clause 6 Kathy Anton 19 Janie DeGoler 26 Janet Grassi 6 Judi Knight 22 Deborah King 27 Alison Staniforth 7 Melinda Frenzen 22 Corliss Miller 28 Elin Murphy 7 Jane Willhoite 22 Kimberly Stevens February 2 Jan Pierson 10 Chris Rice 20 Debi Trempy 3 Carlene Smith 10 Joan Riffe 21 Kimberly Melton 4 Michelle Riesman 12 Marilyn Coberly 21 Elizabeth Wilson 4 Mary Rottgers 13 Nancy Ward 22 Patricia Steeble 5 Mary Cummings 14 Christine Fee 23 Catherine Bedora 5 Julie Wood 14 Julie Maggart 25 Catherine Janish 7 Yonnie Fuller 15 Pat Lock 26 Barbara Isaacson 7 Linda Hill 16 Janet Bjerke 27 Helene Nelson 7 Maryanne Roepke 16 Daleen Spradlin 28 Dixie Olson 7 Pamela Zschoche 18 Debbie Beeler 28 Clara Paris 8 Sandy Reigel 19 Fran Gerritz 28 Connie Schenke 8 Betty Walstrom 19 Beth Vaughan 29 Cynthia James 9 Nancie Wood 20 Tina Montgomery 10
11 January and February Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday January JOINT BOD MEETING Boys Hope/ Girls Hope Meal Prep 5 6 Mailing Meeting Boys Hope/ Girls Hope Meal Prep 11 MAGIC BALL- PATRON PARTY 12 Marillac Library Hour MAGIC BALL-ALL THAT JAZZ Meals on Wheels Needlework/ Craftwork Business Meeting Marillac Library Hour Newsletter Deadline February 1 BOD Meeting Boys Hope/ Girls Hope Meal Prep 2 3 Mailing Meeting PROGRAM: Fireside Chat BH/GH Meal Prep Rose Brooks Hope Faith Ministries Marillac Library Hour 10 Prospective New Member Coffee Happy Bottoms Book Club 15 New Member Application Deadline Needlework/ Craftwork Meals on Wheels Marillac Library Hour Newsletter Deadline Business Meeting CCVI Mardi Gras Parade 28 11
12 Kansas City Young Matrons Newsletter Celebrating our 100th year of service 5211 Cherry St. * Kansas City, MO * NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID KCMO #1478