We have started this new calendar year's PADS just like we left off from 2011 - with great volunteers to make our job easy, as we are still trying to learn.
Each month starts with names magically signing up for/purchasing everything on our food request list, entered by Nora Hipskind on our PerfectPotluck website. Thank you. Joann Spaeth led a group from ICRE, 15 in all, that helped pick up the food from the rectory and bring to St. Alexis. Sean Laughlin was busy at the site setting up tables and pads. The same ICRE group, along with the Matsas family, Sara Remy, Tatyana Schieri, Lynne Healy and George helped put together our dinner. Thank you to Steph and Vince Hansen who donated the hams, brought warm and ready to go, which the guests ate every bit. Thank you to our home-cooks who made their favorite sweet potatoe dishes - June Sletten, Marlene Snyder and Vicki Julian. To round out our cozy meal, our workers put together mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple slices, fresh cranberries, salad, rye bread and butter. The best part was the dessert brought by our ICRE group: homemade brownie sundaes along with all the toppings.
Extra sweets were prepared by Bernadette Lowum; thank you.
The first of our overnight shifts were handled by Regina and Eva Hughes, and David Maki. Thank you for staying awake to chaperone.
The early Sunday shift, 1a-5a, was taken care of by Charlie Paape and newcomer Christian Steahly. Again, not sure why people like this shift, but thank you. Both men made lunches to go, (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars, cheez-its, cookies) for our guests along with getting coffee ready before the arrival of the breakfast crew. You are both awesome.
The breakfast crew of Georgiana Ryan, Patrick Savage, Maureen Lang, Field family, Bill and Margaret Maher, Jim Lawshe and myself - prepares scrambled eggs, oatmeal with toppings, bacon, hash browns, toast, fruit. Right on cue, Julie and Mike Kopp, and Brian Hayes appear to help clean-up. Our morning is done by 7:30a Laundry is delivered to the Boggess and Pakenas households - thank you.
As you can see, from beginning to end, many volunteers help cover various parts of what our weekend entails. We thank each of you, for each part you play. Our 3rd Saturday/Sunday could not be done without you.