posted on November 21, 2011 04:43
THE FAMILY PANTRY NEWSLETTER - Summer 2010
Leo Dunphy Promoted:
As many of you know Leo is a mainstay of the Saturday morning crew assisting with any and all tasks. Most recently Leo was asked for a tour of the pantry and he must have done an outstanding job because he inspired our visitors to donate $15,000.00 to to the pantry!!! So Leo shall hereto forth be known as the Exalted Tour Director Extraordinaire and shall be given due respect by all! This is also a good reminder for all of us to treat everyone who comes through the pantry door with the warmest of welcome. It is either someone who needs help and our gracious welcome is as important as the food or it may be someone who wants to help us and without financial support we are nowhere. So even when you are busy and tired at the end of a shift please remember what Leo’s gracious welcome did for the pantry. No wonder he was the Volunteer of the Year a few years ago.
Pantry plans for the future:
As we began our 21st year the Board of Directors took on the task of strategic planning, funded by a grant from the Cape Cod Foundation. Chip Bishop, our consultant, worked with the Strategic Planning committee (Amy Camenga, Lorraine Cowhey, Kathleen Magnusson, George Morris & Chairman Richard Waystack) to develop the process. Chip then conducted focus groups with the Trustees, Volunteers & Community Leaders. At the same time Peter Luddy, Kay Sacramone & Ann Van Vleck interviewed several clients. This information was summarized by Chip and presented to the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Trustees, Rosemary O’Neill at an all day planning meeting where many good ideas were endorsed by the Board. President Dick Gomes has appointed five new committees: Executive, Finance & Fundraising, Human Resources, Public Relations & Volunteers for implementation.
Chairman Don Milbier and committee members Claudia Crockett & Kathleen Magnusson have researched many options for reusing the interior space at the pantry. They began their work with a survey of space needs for each of the areas of the pantry: office, clothing boutique, warehouse, food distribution, bottles & cans, conference room /kitchen, thrift shop storage, entrance/waiting area and potential furniture shop. Based on the committee’s recommendation after reviewing 3 bids the Board recently hired architect Mary-Ann Agresti to develop plans to best utilize our space. Mary-Ann will be giving us some preliminary options in early July. Directors Brian Michaelan & George Morris have joined this committee for the design phase.
Human Resources Committee:
The newly appointed Human Resources Committee includes Chairman & Director Kay Sacramone, Director Pete Moynagh, Volunteers Helen Marsden & Joyce Simonis & Managers Steve McLean & John Willis from Stop & Shop. The committee’s first task was to hire a part time Assistant Director. After advertising we received 43 applications which were thoroughly reviewed and the ten best qualified individuals were interviewed by the committee. The final selection based on her many qualifications was Patty Watson who will be joining the pantry on July 19th. Patty’s primary responsibilities will be volunteer & program coordination. Please give Patty a warm welcome!
Thursday Evening shift:
For 4 months we have been open Thursday evenings. from 5:30 to 7:30 but we have changed to 5 to 7PM as most of the clients arrive by 4:30 and by 6:30 it is very quiet. The first night 3 clients were treated like visiting dignitaries by our enthusiastic crew. And now we average about 25 households each evening. We are doing client check in directly with the computer folks, Karen Campbell, Eleanor Casey & Ruth Walicki, who have this process working very smoothly. Rick Whitehead is the Team Leader for Thursday night and he & his team graciously welcome each client as if it were their home and they were hosting a party.
Housing Walk With Love:
The Board of Directors has selected two pantry volunteers as Celebrity Walkers in the annual Housing With Love Walk sponsored by HECH Both individuals are relative newcomers to the pantry family and have made incredible contributions. For 2010 our pantry celebrities are Betty Anne Holman and George Platt.
Betty Anne Holman started at Second Glance when it opened in February of 2006. She has been an incredible asset to the thrift shop. Betty Anne works a full day on Fridays and very quickly emerged as a very talented window dresser. We have had many positive comments on our windows many of them include words such as “I had no idea you were a thrift shop until I came in…”. Betty Anne also fills in for other shifts and has done more than a few holidays! Betty Anne has also helped out with many other pantry events and has filled in for me on more than a few occasions on Channel 18 or speaking to local groups.
George Platt started as part of the warehouse crew on Tuesday afternoons about 2 years ago and we are very fortunate that he has taken on many tasks of the warehouse manager. George orders the food from the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) each week and he heads up the crew who receives it on Mondays. He also manages the food supply insuring that our ordering through vendors is timely. Because of his time commitment and management we order more surplus food from the GBFB which saves the pantry money. George has also documented procedures for food ordering for each vendor. It is so good to have this information documented rather than in a few people’s memory banks! This year George did an outstanding job leading the Umass Alumni in sorting the post office food drive
Please join the Board of Directors and me in congratulating Betty Anne & George. It is the pantry’s pleasure to have Betty Anne & George part of our family. This is a week long walk from Provincetown to Falmouth raising money for housing led by our very own Founder, Trustee & former President, Bob Murray. Join me as I walk in honor of Betty Anne & George part of the day in Harwich, Wednesday July 14, 2010.
Last Call for Recipes:
We are still looking for more recipes for our Family Pantry Cookbook. Maisie Wall has taken over this formidable task & is doing a great job with a team of volunteers soliciting recipes from businesses in several local Towns. Maisie is looking for recipes from people who have not already submitted one so all you Martha Stewart wannabees this is your chance! Please email to email@example.com, mail to Mary Ann Wall, P.O. Box 212, Harwich MA 02645 or leave in the pantry office with Mary.
A Tip of the Hat to:
The Wayside Inn who donated some beautiful lamps and prints to sell at Second Glance.
The Cape Cod Symphony who took part in a national food drive collecting several tubs of food for us.
The Harwich Dennis Rotary Club whose annual Robert Stone 5K Race provided a full truckload of food as part of the admission to their annual walk. Thanks too to Jack Wyatt who drives the truck & collects the food & Billy Martin who joined Jack back at the pantry to unload the food.
Post Office Food Drive:
Monday May 10th was a great day at the pantry. The South Yarmouth Post Office food drive collected 9000 pounds of food for us! For the 2nd year the UMass Alumni came to the pantry Monday morning and sorted all of the food in record time. We are hoping they will make this an annual event. This day went particularly smoothly because the UMass folks were familiar with the process and most especially because of George Platt’s pre-planning which optimized the sorting process. George was also assisted by a crew of pantry regulars: Joe Dumas, John Healy, Dave McGlone & Dot Platt.
Second Glance Thrift Shop: Open Monday – Saturday 10-4 located at 4 Cross Street Harwich Port:
We are open Mondays for the summer and Lorraine Cowhey has extended the hours to 4PM. We will also be open for the Wednesday Music in the Port nights (July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18). This is a great time to drop in & see what great values we have. We are also always looking for some high quality items for the shop. So if you are cleaning out closets think of us. We welcome clothing, jewelry, books, and small household treasures which must be brought to the pantry because space is very limited at the shop.
Stone Horse Motel Yard Sale:
Bob Muscaro and The Growth Company, who are the new owners of the Stone Horse Motel donated all of the furnishings to the pantry. Many of the smaller items were taken to Second glance to be sold and then on Saturday June 5th we held a yard sale at the motel property. As with any good fundraising event it takes a good team of volunteers. This time we are going to recognize the volunteers with Family Pantry awards. The awards are listed in alphabetical order since they are so competitive!
ACE Movers Award goes to Pete Moynagh & his crew & Billy Martin & his friend. Best Line of the Day Award goes to Susan Mahan who said “we will just tell them if you are not back by 1:30 thank you very much for your donation to the Family Pantry.
Creative Math Award goes to Claudia Crockett who used the same $50 check to make multiple purchases.
Energizer Bunny Award –senior division goes to Dave Mahan and junior division goes to Joey Centrella. They were everywhere doing everything.
Initiation by Yard Sale Award goes to our incoming Youth Director, John O’Connor.
“I wanted to be a Watcher not a Loader” Award goes to Ray Sacramone.
Julia Child Award goes to Sara Chase who rarely got out of the kitchen.
Lead us into Temptation Award always goes to Jeanette Lynch who made us adjourn to the Hot Stove at the end of the day.
Maynard G. Krebs Award goes to “will work for food” Ralph Porter.
Never Miss A Pantry Event Award goes to Mary Kocot
Not Afraid of the Darkside & Always Ready to Do More Award goes to Joyce Simonis
Professional Paparazzi Award goes to Jack & Eileen Wyatt.
Queen of Electronics Award goes to Karen “Silver Remote” Campbell.
Rookie of the Year Award goes to Nathan
She Really Will Talk to Anyone goes to Kay Sacramone.
Smile, You’re on Candid Camera Award goes to Mike Provost
Top Sales Award goes to Nancy Stewart who used more sales slip books than you can imagine. It should be noted that this award is under review by the Ethics committee.
Trifecta Award goes to Charlotta Reyndres who worked Weds. at Second Glance, Thurs. at the pantry & Sat. at the yard sale.
“What really went on in the Gazebo goes to Sam Simonis.
Who Knew Bankers Were Such Fun Award goes to Amy Camenga.
“You want me to bring WHAT to the yard sale” Award goes to Bob Anderson.
Vanna White Award goes to Elaine McCarty who was fabulous in the display room.
Contact us at:
The Family Pantry
133 Queen Anne Rd.
Harwich, Ma. 02645
Tel 508 432-6519 Fax. 508 432-7083
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