We had 16 members and two guests at our Monday meeting back at the Retlaw Hotel. Joining us were our guest speakers Valerie Graczyk and Sr. Diane Bauknecht from the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA). “Happy Bucks” were offered up by Jackie King for her daughter’s wedding this past weekend plus her and Jerry’s anniversary on June 2nd, Vickie Goldapske for their Shoe Drive at work, John Cooper for being awarded the $1,000 Walleye Weekend Essay Prize and Charlene Pettit for surviving three days in the hospital and not missing a Monday meeting. Bonnie Baerwald was the 50/50 Raffle drawing winner and she drew the Ten of Hearts, a $10 winner. Next week’s drawing will have 37 cards, including six pay cards, and a pot of at least $179. Nice Job Bonnie.
Sr. Diane Bauknecht from CSA joined us on Monday morning to tell us about a new mission that they’ve undertaken.
Adelante Mujer provides scholarship assistance (tuition and supplies) for women who are studying to become medical doctors at URACCAN University n Bilwi /Puerto Cabezas on the North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua.
CSA’s support of this ministry allows them to finance the education and training of Nicaraguan women wishing to become doctors. These medical students attend the nationally certified School of Intercultural Medicine at URACCAN University which is located in their own country of Nicaragua. The average family income is less than $2,000 (US dollars) per year and approximately $1,600 is used for food. Because medical students have unique expenses for supplies and equipment, Adelante Mujer pays approximately $1,000 year per student per semester. Their first eight Adelante Mujer doctors graduated on December 12, 2014. Currently there are an additional 17 medical students receiving financial assistance.
Sr. Diane also told us about a book reception introducing Called to Serve-Ministry Stories of the Sisters of St. Agnes in Latin America and Russia on Wednesday, June 224th from 6:30-8:00PM at Marian University’s Stayer Center.