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Lodge 47 February News

February 1, 2021

St. Nicholas is an ‘Essential Worker’
Typically, the days and weeks leading up to Christmas are filled with active decorating, festive lights and shopping, but like many other things, the Coronavirus changed the look of the celebrations. Rules limiting social contact and gatherings even meant the annual St. Nicholas “Thank You” dinner event was canceled. For many families who celebrated Christmas, the festivities were much different.

St. Nicholas did, however, make a lower-key arrival, amid a partial lockdown. Stockings filled with candy canes, coins, St. Nicholas prayer cards and other delights were in a beautiful basket under the church Christmas Tree the morning of December 6, 2020. Everyone at Liturgy that day received a stocking compliments of St. Nicholas and Lodge 47!

Traditions may change throughout the years, or even stop and start again, but the memories and sentiment of the traditions shared with each other will always remain.

Parish Matching Funds Check Presentation
On December 6, 2020, Sarah & Janet Kumpon along with Bob Suflita presented Father Peter Tomas with a check for $5,356.25 to defray the expenses for the Property Security System at Holy Spirit Church. The check represented proceeds from the church’s annual Calendar Lottery Project.
A sincere thank you to the GCU Home Office for the 2020 Parish Matching Funds and to everyone who purchased and helped sell the calendars. An extra special thank you to all who continue supporting this fund-raising activity. Lodge 47 is truly appreciative.

The Excitement of Bowling A 300 Game
What better way to spend a Tuesday night out with family, friends and other GCU members than bowling in the Lodge 47 league at Ripic’s Carousel Lanes in Binghamton, NY. With an average of 207 Bob Bakalar rolled a 204 in the first game and a 210 in his second game. It’s not unusual for Bob to get a lot of strikes, but on November 24, 2020 others started to slow down their own rolls so they could glance over on Lanes 1 & 2 in the third game. This particular night, the strikes kept piling up.

Bob later admitted that his nerves made an appearance during the ninth frame. There was never a need to worry because he threw three more solid strikes to lock in his sixth perfect game. WOW! As he welcomed congratulations from well-wishers and fans, you could see the excitement right through his mask. Great job, Bob!

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