Groton Summer 2012 Auxiliary Newsletter

Groton Summer 2012 Auxiliary Newsletter

Let’s start off this edition by reporting on several recent events.

Child and Family’s 58th Annual Sale was back at Grasso Technical High School in April and proved to be a great success. At the recent wrap-up luncheon for Department Heads, we learned that this year’s sale netted over $38,000, a substantial increase over 2011.

Next came our Groton Auxiliary Spring Luncheon on May 8 at the Steak Loft which was well attended. We welcomed three new members: Lois Bailey, Linda Cahill and Jess Guiney. In addition we heard an enthusiastic review of one of CFA’s special programs, The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), which operates in the other end of the building housing our Charity Bookstore.

Then on May 17 we hosted our second annual A Time for Wine on a beautiful night at Branford House which brought over 300 wine-tasters to this fund-raising event featuring 20 dealers offering over 150 varieties of wine as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by students in Grasso Tech’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs. The live and silent auctions brought additional donations and after the dust settled, we had raised over $7000

The Charity Bookstore continues to thrive under Ginny McCormack’s able leadership. We started a “daylight savings” schedule in May by changing the Thursday hours to 2-6pm to see if we could attract folks to come in after work. Seems to be going well so far. Please sign up to work if you haven’t done so.

Volunteer Opportunities- For those of you who expressed interest in working directly with children in some of our programs, a meeting to explain the vetting procedure will be held at the Agency in the near future.

Now to Upcoming Events – The Groton Auxiliary will hold two summer luncheon meetings in an effort to offer a chance to get together in an informal setting and enjoy each other’s company! On Thursday, July 12 at 12:30 we will meet at Par Four in Groton. Come, bring a friend, significant other, etc., etc. and have a meal, or a snack and a chance to chat as well as hear about our Auxiliary’s activities

Then on Thursday, August 16 we will meet at Finn’s Café at 11:30 for a similar time together. You will be receiving a flyer about these summer socials shortly with an opportunity to make reservations for one or both of these events.

A note from our Treasurer – you will shortly be receiving your annual dues statement. The Agency operates on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year. Please try to respond promptly by sending in your check when you get your bill.

Agency News – Interior Inspirations 2012 is coming! This October 26-28, eight interior designers, including honorary chair Larry Laslo (profiled in the May 2012 Elle Décor), will transforms the Lyme Art Association into an exquisite designer showcase.

A boutique featuring delights from jewelry to stationary will give you the chance to indulge your inner shopper. A speaker series, including best-selling authors Jane Green and Alexandra Stoddard, will provide a fall weekend of inspiration. And save the evening of Thursday, October 25th for our fabulous preview party!

You are all invited to join in the fun of planning and participating in this signature event. Contact me, Julie Stone, at 860-536-866 or email me at I am Event Staffing Chair for this three day extravaganza and will need lots of help!!!!

Julie Stone, Newsletter Editor