I am hoping that the saying ‘a bad rehearsal is a portend of a great performance’ holds true! On Monday night, we had a paltry turn out for our kick off. This is our opportunity for the dads to gather, meet each other, and kick off our dads’ big event of the year. I know there are reasons why people did not come, but the vast majority did not show – it was actually rather deflating to the people who did. Some of Monday night’s attendees have been at 10 or more of these, and they still came. Why? I can think of two important reasons: 1. They are there for the simple fellowship of the event – getting to know new dads, sharing stories, and adding their own wisdom to how to best make the Golf-a-thon work, and 2. To support the school and all the dads in this effort. Thanks to all who did come, and to our putter competition winners, Anthony Grumbine and Josh Hidley.
On to the main act – the Golf-a-thon itself. We will be sending home paperwork to be involved as a golfer or a pledge partner, and to solicit sponsors or advertisers. Dads – this is our event! Let’s all get involved. Research data continually shows the immense benefit of dads’ involvement in their children’s school. We dads do not have that many opportunities to get involved, so this is a perfect opportunity to step it up.
One important question asked at the meeting was about distinguishing characteristics of the school. This is often a question asked by potential sponsors or pledges. This question elicited the longest part of the meeting, a listing of so many wonderful and unique parts of our school. From the high accolades we receive as a school while having the lowest tuition in the archdiocese, to our nature as ‘classical’, ‘family-oriented’, and ‘Catholic’. These are great to hear – for all of us – because it reminds us of what we have, why we are here, and it can refreshen our perspective as we encourage our children daily to work hard, stay the course, and grow in the virtues modeled and taught at the school.
So, today, please find enclosed in the blue envelope, a golfer packet. Read it through and return the Commitment Form (the first page of the document.) The Golf-a-thon day is just the fun day, the celebration…it is not a golf tournament. The Golf-a-thon is simply a vehicle by which we can share the story of St. Augustine Academy with our friends and business colleagues. Given this story, and YOU, the support will come. Nearly 90% of the philanthropic dollars in our country are given by individual people. And, further, these amounts are often small, regular gifts – and they are usually given because of the PEOPLE. Rule number one in fundraising is that people give to people.
Final note: since we are not as cute as the kids who simply stand outside of Vons and get jog-a-thon pledges, we have to go the extra mile and actually ASK for the support.
So….TELL the STORY….and ASK away – the pledges will come.
Making of a Memoir: Fr. Joseph Scerbo and Rosemary Alva (former SAA parent) will speak at the University Series to share their memoir production experiences in a talk titled, “The Making of a Memoir”. You’ll receive an inside look at both Fr. Joe’s memoir and what memoir means for you. Enjoy an exclusive presentation of photos and stories that will inspire you to appreciate God’s will in the lives of others and to seek it in your own. Ages 8-108 will enjoy this event. St. Paschal Baylon Church Hall, Thousand Oaks. February 19, 7:30-9:00pm and February 20, 12:15-1:00 noon (repeat performance) http://alwaysforwardbook.com/
CONGRATULATIONS to FRANCIS TOTH-FEJEL: Francis was appointed to the St. Francis Xavier Mission Team that will be visiting PERU this summer. This program is led by Fr. Willard of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
MOCK TRIAL HEATS UP – Our Mock Trial Team is in the final two weeks of preparation,
so they are now participating in scrimmages. This week they scrimmaged Camarillo HS.
- Monday, Feb. 16: Scrimmage v. Fillmore. Details to follow.
- Wednesday, Feb. 18: Scrimmage v. St. Bonaventure. 6 pm, at St. Bonnie’s.
- Mon-Tues, Feb. 23-24: Competition at Courthouse.
MATH COMPETITION – Thank you Mrs. O’Connor for organizing the Math
Competition. We look forward to another go at it next year!
BY THE NUMBERS:
1 – REJECTED application letter.
2 – Applications submitted by a wonderful and persistent mom – Susan Grayson!
2000 – DOLLARS!
The amount of the Garden Grant from Whole Foods to create a garden project on campus.
1 – Garden for SAA!