Charitable Projects

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Court # 216
Circle of Love Program and Projects We Support

1. Projects CDA Court 216 supports in time, talents and treasure:

Local: Operation Christmas, Holy Trinity Food Pantry
High School Scholarships, Education Contest
Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity
Sister Trudy – Chaplain needs, St. Edmond Music Patron
Holy Trinity Parish Youth Projects
National: Disaster Relief Fund Habitat for Humanity
Holy Cross Rosary, Smile Train
SOAR (Supporting our Aging Religious). No. American College University
Morality in the Media Membership
State: Past Regents Club, Iowa CD Food Event
Iowa CD Hospital Chaplainry Fund

2. Leadership Committee:

a. Budget Committee – Officers and District Deputy
b. Board of Trustees – Regent and Past Officers
c. Yearbook Committee – History of the Court; scrapbook
d. Membership/Friendship Committee – encourage recruitment, retention
e. Program – Vice Regent plans for monthly meetings
f. Publicity – member appointed to place announcements; bulletin, newspaper, radio
g. Website – member appointed to manage Court 216 website

3. Spiritual Enhancement:

a. Sacristan – assist at Mass
b. Pall Bearers – funerals; honorary Pall Bearers
c. Memorial/Shrine – dedication to deceased members, Mary month of May ceremony
d. Marian Home Bingo – your birthday month assist the residents in playing bingo;
all are welcome to attend and help
e. Deceased Member Rosary/Wake – lead the rosary for deceased members, as many as
can attend; the family really appreciates CDA members’ attendance

4. Education

a. Education-national poetry/art contests, multiple grade levels, local, state and national
placement opportunities for the students
b. Scholarships
i. One $1,000 to High School Graduate – preference to student with closest
relationship to CDA member in good standing of at least 3 years, criteria
involves an essay, GPA, ACT score, church activities/involvement, other
consideration is financial need
ii. Two $500 awards to 8th graders entering St. Edmond High School
c. Lifesaver Project for Abused Women & Children
i. Candies distributed after Mass (free will donations accepted)
ii. Donations to Catholic Charities

5. Legislation

a. Current issues that affect our morals/values
b. Morality in the Media

6. Youth

a. Support retreats, trips and activities
b. Altar Server Trip
c. Youth Ministries

7. Life

a. Friendship
Cards to our ill/hospitalized members
Deceased member’s family
b. Friendship bags
Sewn cloth bags, material is donated, stitched and corded at the top (cinch bag)
Donated hygiene products, all donated to YWCA residents seeking shelter
c. Swiss Steak Dinner
Food preparation, table setups, servers and clean up

8. Food Committees

a. Plan menu
b. Prepare or cater
c. Set up table settings
d. Centerpieces/theme
e. Make beverages/serve
f. Clean up
g. One member assigned for reservations
h. Two committee members at door to collect dinner money
i. Two year commitment of 4-5 members+ (the more the merrier!), listed in the
membership booklet
j. The month of December – Court Officers plan and entertain

9. Miscellaneous

a. Our Court meets the second Thursday each month at Corpus Christi Center at
6:00 p.m. with Mass, dinner, program and business meeting to follow (no meetings in
July and August)
b. Mass is held in church the months of June (Installation of Officers) and November
(Initiation of New Members)
c. Dinner charge is $8.00 for RSVP
d. Yearly dues are $33 (includes $2 for Marian Home Bingo)
Our State Catholic Daughters of the Americas