Monday, November 8, 2010
I don’t usually do fundraising appeals from the blog, but my staff pointed out to me PayPal is running a contest this week for non-profits like St. Joseph’s. They will match any donation you make up to $5,000. There are bonuses for the charity with the most transactions and most money raised. The contest runs the next 4 days, November 9 – November 12. (www.stjo.org/paypal)
While I was in the chapel with my community for prayer and adoration right before lunch, I heard a great crash and felt the ground rumble. It was planned but still caught me by surprise. One of the ancient cottonwoods on Wisdom Circle had been felled. Foster, our groundskeeper told me he felt guilty about bringing some of the trees down, but they have gotten so large and heavy. Their location next to the buildings and playground makes them a risk to students and staff. The children in the Benedict homes who feed the squirrels were worried about their loss of habitat. They thought that Skipper (their name for the head squirrel) and his friends should be happy when the Burr Oak trees are planted and take root.
I recall a local rancher’s definition of an optimist – a resident of South Dakota who plants a tree! I daydreamed about all the children who have played under their shade over the years, and how as those trees grew, they witnessed how St. Joseph’s has taken root and grown over the years as well.
Big girls basketball game against our arch rival Chamberlain Cubs is tonight. I helped out in the concession stand, then worked at the scorer’s table for a quarter so Andy could make more popcorn for the large and hungry crowd. Chamberlain came away with two victories and bragging rights, but we’ll see them before the season is over and try again.