Black Swan Yacht Club Kicks Off Its Fall 2019 Season

Join us as the Black Swan Yacht Club begins the fall 2019 sailboat racing season on:

Monday, September 2, 2019
10 AM
Lake Charles
Shuttle service to Lake Charles will be provided.

Sailboat racing will continue each Monday at 10:00 am through October. The Black Swan Yacht Club (BSYC) is open to residents who have an interest in sailing. The club owns several boats which can be used by residents considering joining the club. The club provides fun, challenge, camaraderie, and the enjoyment of our lovely lake. No sailing experience is necessary, just having an interest in sailing and the opportunity of an outdoor activity. All women and men are invited to see how much fun model sailboats can provide.

For more information, contact John Ogaitis, whose contact information can be found in the Resident Directory in MyErickson.

Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group – An Update

The subject of racism in our country continues to be in the news almost daily. The Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group (MADG) planning committee has been hard at work over the summer to develop new programs for the coming year, 2019-2020. The participant evaluations that were completed in June 2019 for last year’s MADG curriculum were extremely positive and very helpful to our planning efforts. Many people indicated they wanted to “go deeper” into the subject of racism as well as feeling we should continue to focus on basic history and education.

We therefore plan to offer two MADG programs in 2019-2020, the first during the fall months and the second program during the winter/spring months. The fall MADG program will take place in the auditorium starting in October and will follow a different format from last year. There will be a longer video of about one hour, followed by group discussion. These videos will include some of the little-known history of racism in our country and show how this history still influences our institutions today. In the MADG program for the winter and spring months we are considering returning to our study of various topics in our history through facilitated small group discussions.

Each time people ask the question — “what can we do about racism?” — the answer from experts is to study our history of racism to help understand how we got to where we are today. History helps us look at all the systems that perpetuate racism, often without saying a word about race. We can make a difference by learning about our history and by talking with others who are concerned about racial injustice, but who may be unaware of the depth and consequences of the problem.

MADG Planning Committee Changes

We have had some changes to our MADG planning committee. We grieve the loss of Charlestown resident, Bill Ray, and feel extremely privileged to have known him and had his invaluable presence and wisdom. He will be greatly missed. In his place, we welcome Bernice DeBels to the committee this year.

Joan Green is taking a well-deserved rest from the co-facilitator role but will continue to participate on the committee and in all our programs. A big thank you to Joan for an incredible amount of time, energy and wisdom. Speaking of wisdom, Eugenia Collier has agreed to take the co-facilitator role. Her encouragement and deep commitment to this work is a real source of inspiration. The 2019-2020 MADG planning committee includes: co-facilitators Lois Schmidt and Eugenia Collier, plus members Kate Boucher, Barbara Carlisle, Bernice DeBels, Gil Fisher, Joan Green, Tony Hansen, and Carol Tilles.

Thanks to the committee for agreeing to continue this important work and to all of you who are attending the meetings of this discussion group. We encourage anyone who is concerned about racial injustice to participate and we look forward to the coming year. If you have questions, comments or concerns please discuss it with anyone on the committee or direct them to Lois Schmidt or Eugenia Collier. Please check the Resident Directory in MyErickson for contact information.

Tips on Using Safari at September CHUG Meeting

The Apple Charlestown User Group (CHUG) starts the new program year in September. The group focuses on the iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). The September topic will be Tips on Using Safari and will take place on:

Thursday, September 19, 2019
1 PM
Charlestown Square Classroom 116

CHUG will be at the Fruits of Our Labor (resident clubs fair) on Friday, September 13, 2019. If you would like to help at the table, email or call Ann MacKay, CHUG Leader. See the Resident Directory in MyErickson for contact information.

Our Lady of the Angels Auxiliary Elects Officers

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Officers of Our Lady of the Angels Auxiliary 13069, Knights of Columbus, for the 2019-2020 year were installed as follows: President, Millie Finck; Vice-President, Carmen Bauer; Treasurer, Loretta Harders; and Secretary, Virginia Duckworth.

Marian prayers and hymns immediately followed the Installation, while Laura Mianulli crowned our statue of the Blessed Virgin Mother. Millie shared the news that our Auxiliary was awarded second place for Best New Activity, Division D, at the Maryland State Knights of Columbus Convention on May 4 in Ocean City.

We’re growing in numbers and activities! Come see us on the third Wednesday of the months September through June, at 10:00 a.m. in the Emmaus Room, Pastoral Office.

Annual School Supply Drive July 29 – August 12

As in past years, residents of Charlestown will support schools by collecting supplies and raising funds for New Song Academy in Sandtown and Riverview Elementary in Halethorpe.  This endeavor has provided much needed assistance for these two schools in the past.  With another school year beginning in September, we are hoping our Charlestown residents will step up once again.  The drive will begin on Monday, July 29 and continue through Monday, August 12, 2019.

New Song Academy, located in the heart of Sandtown, about six miles from Charlestown, is a small school of about 160 children from Pre-K thru 8th grade. Because this school serves a relatively poor section of Baltimore city and because the size of the school precludes funding for some of the necessities, The Charlestown-Sandtown-Connection has stepped in to help both students and staff.  Last year, thanks to the generosity of our residents, we were able to contribute nearly two grocery carts full of supplies and a check for $2500!  Both were taken to the school in mid-August.  Each teacher received a portion of the funds so they could purchase items they specifically wanted for their classrooms.  One of the teachers exclaimed that she had never been given money to spend on her classroom before!

Riverview Elementary, another school in need of our support, is situated five miles south of Charlestown in Halethorpe.  The Erickson Living Values Team has collected supplies and funds for this school for many years.  They were assisted by The Fab 40’s for several years.  Last summer these two groups were able to donate several boxes of supplies and $1064 in funds to support both students and staff.

Please note that collection methods differ for the two organizations.  On Monday, August 12, 2019, members of both organizations will be available at tables at Fireside, Cross Creek and the Terrace between 11 AM and 2 PM.  Supplies or funds for both schools can be given at that time.  Prior to that date, please call Donna Chesson for pickup of supplies for New Song.  Donation boxes for supplies for Riverview will be placed at lobby desks during this time.  

If you would like to donate funds, checks for New Song should be made out to “Charlestown-Sandtown-Connection” and can be sent to Dave Douds, Treasurer.  For Riverview, make checks payable to “Riverview Elementary School” and send to Donna Ferrara. Both checks and cash will be accepted on August 12.  Do not place either in donation boxes.

Requested supplies include, but are not limited to, the following: pencils, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, pencil cases, washable markers, post-it-notes, erasers, loose leaf paper, pocket folders, highlighters, blunt-end scissors, hand sanitizer, Kleenex.  Check bulletin boards in late July and August for a complete list for each school.

Note: Contact information for residents listed above can be found in the Resident Directory on MyErickson.

Donna Chesson, Charlestown-Sandtown-Connection