May 2020 New Letter

Seasiders                                                                                                       Founded in 1951May 2020 Newsletter
Your Seasiders’ Board is hoping all our members are staying healthy and safe during this trying time.
We are all disappointed that we were not able to finish out our season with our normal events but we had no choice. Rest assured, we have planned for next year, all, of course, contingent on the state of the virus. I want to personally thank all our Board, Committees and members for a job well done this year.
Marcia Cohn was elected as our Second Vice-President/Nametags and will be installed at our Board meeting in May. She will be a great asset to our Board with her experience as Rotary President and with her pleasant personality. She replaces Mary Ann Gillis, who we thank for doing a great job these last two years. She always had a smile for everyone and kept the nametags up to date and ready for us.
Here is a list of your officers for 2020-2021 and the luncheon dates and some of our major events so you can mark your calendars:
President-Chris Mielke
First Vice-President/Newsletter-Lori Kollmeyer
Second Vice-President/Nametags-Marcia Cohn
Recording Secretary-Kendra Zizzamia
Corresponding Secretary/Reservations-Nancy Cogger
Treasurer-Kathy Ramsey
Past President-Georgette Kauhane
October 1, 2020 at the Islander
November 5, 2020 at Community Center
December 3, 2020 at Community Center
January 7, 2021 at Community Center-Seasiders’ 70th Birthday Party
February 4, 2021 at Community Center
March 4, 2021 at Community Center
April 1, 2021 at Community Center
May 6, 2021 at Community Center
Special Events:
Holiday Market-December 5, 2020
Annual Holiday Tea & Cookie Exchange-December 7, 2020
Annual Charity Bazaar-February 12 & 13, 2021
Bazaar Thank You Lunch-February 25, 2021
Taster’s Lunch-March 24, 2021
We do still need several people to serve on our Home & Garden/Four Arts committee so even if you are willing to help coordinate one event, please let me know. 
Please have a blessed, safe & healthy summer and feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns by phone, text or email. 574-298-6503 or

Message from Cindy Stevens:
As with all other events, Craft Workshops had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. However, Sue McManus and I have been planning sessions for next season.  During this pandemic, my son has been making a desk and bench out of wood pallets and he is cutting sign sized wood pieces for us to make decorative signs. Please send us any of your ideas of items that you think would be good to make for the Holiday Market.  (cstevens52@gmail.comThank you to the many who came to help throughout the season this year.  
Sandwiches will be made for St. Ann’s again next season. We had to send them a check for the remainder of our funds for this year because we could not continue during the stay in place orders. We close to doubled the number of volunteers this year who were available to help with the sandwiches and made 200 sandwiches each month! Thank you to the many who came to help throughout the season this year.
We want to thank Seasiders Carol Pirro, Dot Erickson, Chris Mielke, Cindy Stevens, Claire Graves, Nancy Cogger, Sue McManus, and community member, Dave Stevens, who helped students improve their literacy skills this school year by reading books with them in the Ben Carson Reading Room at Lincoln Elementary. We touched many students’ lives this year, but fell a little short in helping all K and grade 1 classes.  Please consider this project for next season.  It is only one hour a week. Lou Anne Colaneri, again, helped with the Disney production this year. Unfortunately the performance was cancelled because of the virus. I will be meeting with Lincoln’s principal, once school resumes, to see how we can help next season. 
We were happy to begin a new outreach with St. George this past season.  We helped serve a hot lunch once a month. It was great to get to know one another in this small outreach group.  Thanks to Chris Mielke, Cindy Stevens, Kris Beaudette, Sharon Kubu, Irma Deeg, Sue McManus, Lucy Diamond and Edie Galante for helping this past season. Consider joining us next season!
Please check the list of items that we are collecting year-round. It is listed on the Seasiders website and here in the newsletter. Please try to be on the lookout over the summer and gather some of these needed items for us. We will accept them at luncheons and Thursday workshops. We are especially calling for any children’s or adult December Holiday themed books. Actually, we will take any children’s nearly new books or toy animals, as we make themed gift bags with them. These have to be in especially good shape, as we will offer them for sale in our Nearly New Boutique at the Holiday Market.
Have a wonderful summer and please consider joining our committee next year, if you are not already a part of it. You don’t have to make a big-time commitment to be a part of our group. If you can help us or have any questions about any of our projects, please email Cindy at

PLEASE COLLECT OVER THE SUMMER! Year-Round Collection Items for Charities
Seasiders have many charities that we support with financial donations, but often these organizations are in need of many other things that are not that hard to collect. Please consider looking for these items, as you clean out your or your family’s things.  Flea markets and thrift shops are often good places to pick up some of these needed items.  
St Anne’s Place• Soft fruits (bananas, grapes or oranges) as well as canned tuna and raw eggs. Drop off at town hall Thursdays – before sandwich making dates October – May. • Men’s lightly used polo and t shirts • Any men’s pants/shorts; specially request small sizes (30-36) • Men’s underwear and socks (NEW only) • Deodorant, back packs, ponchos, men’s hats and bug spray 
St George’s Outreach• Jeans for men and women • Items for hygiene bags – suggest Dollar Store travel sizes or hotel samples (shampoo, toothpaste & toothbrushes, deodorant, bars of soap, new white socks) • End of Season food collection 
Lincoln Elementary• Empty printer ink cartridges and/or toner • Children’s clothes for uniforms (5-11 yrs. old Sizes 4-12) any color polo shirts, shorts, skorts, skirts, long pants in khaki, black or navy. Smallest sizes are in highest demand • Computer head sets and mice – also can be found in Dollar Stores 
Lake Park Elementary• Children’s clothes for uniforms (5-11 yrs. old Sizes 4-12) any color polo shirts, shorts, skorts, skirts, long pants in khaki, black or navy and belts. Smallest sizes are in highest demand • Gently used children’s books 
Community Service Craft Group could use clear glass jars for nuts and chex mix for the Holiday Bazaar. Mason jars in good shape are great. Pretty wine bottles with labels removed that could be painted on.  Nearly new holiday books for children or adults. Any nearly new children’s books and animals for making gift bags.
Items can be dropped off at monthly luncheons or at the Town Hall Meeting Room on Thursdays that Community Service meets there – 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays. We will be sure everything gets delivered to appropriate charities. Thank you for anything that you can contribute to help these causes!    

We will make additional donations in the Fall.
Seasiders’ Community Service is planning our annual Holiday Market for Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 8am to 1pm on the lower level of the Community Center. We have had great success the last three years in raising funds for our charities. More details will follow in the October newsletter but over the summer, please, if you are cleaning out, save us your gently used Christmas decorations. Also be on the lookout for small boutique type items like unused & unopened fancy soaps, packaged notepads, stocking stuffers & nice Christmas books, especially children’s. Save us any nice lidded pint or quart jars for us to package our chex mix & candy in. We plan to sell crafts, cards, decorations, boutique items, baked items & have a 50/50 raffle.

We are still seeking someone to oversee Bazaar donations for next year. If you can help with this, please contact Georgette Kauhane (
Thank you to everyone who paid their dues this year.  We enter next year 128 members strong and our bank accounts were healthy throughout the year.  Everyone was timely in submitting their receipts and cashing their reimbursement checks which made my job much easier.  I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your Treasurer this year and look forward to another healthy year beginning this fall.  Have a wonderful summer!  Kathy Ramsey

We have been working diligently on the guest speakers selection for next year. Many are all set and confirmed, just following up on a few loose ends. We’re looking forward to celebrating, collaborating and contributing to another Seasider season 😊
REMINDER TO MEMBERS: If any of your contact information (phone or email) or your address has changed please contact Nancy Cogger ( by August 1. 2020 with the changes. 
Meetings @ Community Center at 9:30 a.m.

Get a head start on your Book Club reading this summer! Here is our list for next season:
Oct. 14  The Way We Live Now  Anthony Trollope (F) Debra Richardson
Nov. 18  Crashing Through  by Robert Kurson  (NF)  Carol Whalen
Dec. 9  A Palm Beach Wife  by Susannah Marren  (F) Elaine Susany
Jan. 13  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (F) Kris Beaudette
Feb. 3  Americanah  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (F)  Nancy Cogger
Mar. 10  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion  (F)  Mary Stanton
Mar. 31  Book Selection @ Dot’s  318 Edwards Ln.
Apr. 14  Mary Poppins She Wrote- the Life of P.L. Travers  (NF) by Valerie Lawson  Barb Platner
Apr. 29  My Name is Lucy Barton by  Elizabeth Strout (F)  Dot Erickson
We the Jury by Robert Rotstein (F)
The Wine Makers Daughter by Timothy Eagan (F)
The Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher (NF)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsson (Hist. NF)

Hello Ladies,
We wish everyone a healthy, happy and safe summer and we are looking forward to our Social Event on Tuesday, October 20.  The sign up sheet will be available at our General Meeting on October 1.  Not every game needs 4 players.  The game of Canasta can be played by 2, so bring a friend and come for lunch.  Wishing you a most enjoyable summer.  Anne Rieger and  Pat Dameron

The United States Post Office seems to have misplaced many of our residents’ census forms. Residents at Cannonsport, for example, have received no census forms. 

If you are one of our many residents who failed to receive the 2020 Federal Census, please go to and click on ‘take the census.’ You will then be able to respond to the census! 

As you all know, your response directly affects the amount of disaster money we receive from FEMA. 

If the census website does not accept your response, please contact Mary Stanton or Janet Kortenhaus through the website. 

                  United, We Count!!