Some of you may recall the Nokomis helped a charity called Hats and Mittens last year. This is a charity started by Rebecca Jorgenson Sundquist who is on my board at the National Lutheran Choir. Several other NLC members help out with this event and Karen and I attend each year. Hats and Mittens was started by Rebecca when she noticed kids at the bus stop without hats or mittens. People attending the gala bring a set of hats and mittens as a part of the admission. It doesn't stop there. Hats and Mittens also sponsors a youth-oriented organization each year. One year it was cookie cart which employs young people to give them purpose, structure, a place to go, and keep them off the street. A different group receives the donations of the gala each year. There are many worthy applications and the decision about what group to honor is a tough one. This is a worthwhile charity.
This is where you come in. Last year the Nokomis donated 40 sets of hats and mittens, up from 31 the year before. We did GREAT! The demand exceeds the supply and requests come from unexpected places such as Edina. Teen sizes are also needed. You can often find hats and mittens (or gloves as mittens are hard to find) on sale somewhere or on clearance. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Karen and I have a good start with 10 sets. Let’s see if we can break last year’s record. You can bring your contribution to the November meeting or the December Christmas party.
Thanks you for your kind contributions last year and for considering helping again this year.
Mark and Karen Uecker
Celebrate Halloween without the Fright
All proceeds support the plants and animals of the Como Zoo and Conservatory. The Nokomis has been helping out with this event since 1994 (this is our 23rd year). We really want to help keep one of America's last free-admission zoos free.
Como Zoo will be transformed for Zoo Boo October 21st, 22nd and October 28th, 29th. Gates Open: 4:30-7:30 p.m. We're just four nights this year, so let's make them count.
Como Friends are starting to gear up for our annual Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo event and hope that you can join us again! Even returning volunteers need to fill out the Zoo's signup online - it just takes a minute. You can find it here. Sign up to let the Nokomis know you're coming - all of the dates are on one online signup sheet.
The week before the event we have a workday set to break down product and kick off the event. Consider taking on a station leader's role and join us October 14th.
On the morning of the first event night, Saturday October 21st, we'll be in full-on work to complete setups before the event. We start at 9AM and hopefully we'll be done before the gates open.
Our folks will be heading up the new Halloween station, just inside the front gate. We need to get there early (3PM), but we get done first. Be sure to sign in up on the second floor of the Big Zoo Building - there are goodies for you there, and perhaps a surprise coupon.
Be sure to check with our folks at the first station, we'll get details there about the night's repast! Hope to see you all there, all the time!
Chuck Wagon Dinner
USS NOKOMIS STAR TREK CLUB
APRIL 22nd, 2017
Dan Patch American Legion – Savage
12375 Princeton Ave
Savage, MN 55378
(Note the new location)
Cost is $12.00 per person
|Social Time and Auction Viewing
||5:00PM to 6:00PM
|Chuck Wagon Chili Dinner Served, plus Fun and Games
||6:00PM to 6:45 PM
|Silent Auction Closes
||6:00PM to 7:00PM
We are keeping our Chili menu this year as it was such a success last year!! Come try mild to spicy and white Chili’s certain one will be your “hearts” desire!! Along with our auction items the “claw” machine will be back filled with toys and gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants and stores. Grab your cowboy hats, boots, and your horse (if you have one), spouse, family, friends, quarters for the claw machine and come enjoy lots of fun with us!
Please reserve your spots by APRIL 10th so we can make sure there is plenty of Chili and fixings for everyone!
** Our 2017 benefit will be for the Hospice and Palliative Care at the MN VA Hospital in honor of one of our member’s losing her battle to cancer.
Emma, Shannon and Harrison just keep getting better and better every year! The Valentine Dinner was enjoyed by twelve lucky attendees on February 20th. The menu included:
- First Course: Love Bite Martini, Queen of Tomato Tarts, Sesame-Chipotle Beef-Wrapped Asparagus Spears and Red Grapes
- Second Course: Cold Tomato Soup with Ham & Boiled Eggs
- Main Course: Chimichurri Chicken on Pearl Couscous with Swiss Chard Bundles
- Dessert Coures: Magic Horta Egg, Coffee and Liqueur
The dessert stole the show, as it was a presentation dish in which a globe of white chocolate was melted by hot fudge to reveal triple chocolate cake within. It was really awe-inspiring!
The event raised almost $125 for the club. It was a lovely evening of visiting and enjoying the company and the culinary creativity. Thanks to the chefs for another incredible evening!
Rebecca Sundquist Jorgenson is a friend and member of the National Lutheran
Choir Board. One of her passions is Hats and Mittens charity.
It started one day when she noticed kids at the bus stop without hats or
mittens. This eventually developed into a non profit fund raising
organization for providing those in need of "hats and mittens". Each year
at their gala, they sponsor an organization that helps disadvantaged, needy
youth, or any organization in the twin cities area that helps tomorrow's
generation realize their potential. The common thread is always supplying
hats and mittens to those in need. Believe it or not, even Edina has this
need. The need exceeds the supply.
Karen and I support this organization.You can help by bringing a hat and
mitten set (preferred to gloves) to any of the next two Nokomis meetings.
If you know of someone needing hats or mittens, they do take orders
952-221-3400 or www.hatsandmittens.org
Mark and Karen
Chuck Wagon Dinner
USS NOKOMIS SCI FI CLUB
111 South Concord Exchange
South St Paul
APRIL 19th, 2015
Cost is $12.00 per person
|Social Time and Auction Viewing
||5:00 to 5:30 PM
|Chuck Wagon Dinner Served
(Geronimo Joes, Yosemite Slaw, Cheyenne Bean Casserole, Lakota Punch, Crazy Horse Cake and Crockett Cake for dessert)
|5:30 to 6:30 PM
|Silent Auction Closes
||5:30 to 6:30 PM
Along with our auction items we will have a "claw" machine that you can try to pick up containers filled with gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants and stores (there might even be some toys to dive for). We will also have a cotton candy machine! We can even make some sugar free cotton candy. So grab your cowboy hats, boots, and your horse (if you have one), spouse, family, friends, quarters for the claw game and come enjoy the fun with us!
Please reserve your spot by APRIL 12th so we can make sure there is plenty to eat for everyone!
** Our 2015 benefit will be for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention due to losing one of our members to this disease. ***
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide—that’s over 38,000 Americans every year. They leave behind an estimated quarter-million people—spouses, parents, siblings, friends—who become suicide survivors.
For our Chuckwagon Dinner, the U.S.S. Nokomis is directing a portion of the proceeds to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), a Bloomington-based organization with a national reach in suicide prevention. SAVE’s mission is “to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.” We do this in memory of Nokomis member Bill Bredesen, who passed in August 2011.
SAVE’s prevention and education programs are designed to:
- Increase knowledge about depression, other brain illnesses and the need for assessment and treatment as suicide prevention.
- Increase knowledge about symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior.
- Increase understanding and the use of intervention skills that can help avoid the tragedy of suicide.
- Increase knowledge about community resources and how to access and use them.
SAVE also provides customized training programs for:
- Mental health professionals.
- Medical professionals and others in hospitals and healthcare settings.
- Law enforcement personnel.
- Social services professionals.
Issues such as risk assessment, community-based suicide prevention, environmental safety, gatekeeper training, intervention techniques, and documentation are some of the topics covered in SAVE’s professional education courses.
For every dollar raised, 92 cents goes directly toward programs. SAVE has earned the Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence, which is awarded to nonprofit charitable organizations that have been independently reviewed annually and certified to meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. Of the 1,000,000+ charities operating in the United States today, fewer than 2,500 have been awarded this Seal. For more information about this worthy organization, go to www.SAVE.org.
The Fall 2014 Pampered Chef Fundraiser is underway! Sales are catalog/website only. Enter your order on the Website page via the link below, for Representative Regina Ciaccio (in Chaska, MN). The Website Link to the Show is: Nokomis Pampered Chef Sale. Purchases MUST be made with the “Deliver to Your Home” option for your orders.
UPDATE FOR 20 OCT 2014: TO DELIVER TO YOUR PAMPERED CHEF ORDER TO YOUR HOME...
When you get to your order page, select the "Deliver to Your Home" in the right-hand column next your item(s) ordered. The drop-down menu there has "Home" as a delivery option. Please select "Home" as the delivery option to have your order delivered to your own address. Thanks!
Per the PC website, s/h starts at $7.25 (orders <$20) and ranges up to $15.25 for orders up to $129.00. Orders of $130 and higher have s/h at 11% of the order total. Members may wish to combine orders and have them sent to 1 address, to reduce shipping costs.
Our fundraising level is 10% up to $600 in sales, & then 15% for sales above $600. Regina has also agreed to donate $10 to the Nokomis for Party Booking that is made & held during this Fundraiser (donation to be paid following the booked event).
Update (11.5.14): I have been advised by the Pampered Chef Co-Coordinator that we must have a minimum of $200 in sales for this to be considered a fundraiser.
Our End Date for the Fundraiser is on November 15th, 2014. Any questions, please contact me.
Thanks, All, and Happy Shopping!
NOVEMBER 8TH MEETING:
ANNUAL BAKE SALE: It’s that “yummy” time of the year again – the annual Bake Sale. Get out your favorite recipes and share those baked goods. Here’s how it goes: