Our Mission

Catholic Daughters of the Americas strive to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.

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Please Join us! in congratulating the incoming officers and thanking the outgoing officers!
June 13th our 2024-2026 Installation of Officers Mass at Holy Trinity Church.
Mass begins at 6:00 pm, dinner and brief business meeting to follow at Corpus Christi Center.

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We Honor, We Remember

#216 Cross Crew, Memorial Day weekend 2024. L to R: Pat Hassett, DeeDee Hunter, Rita Carlson, Sue Laufersweiler, Rosemary Ruddy, Etta Mae Blair, Mary Brezovan, Jean Konvalinka, Marilyn Savage, Eileen Yung, Cheryl Lychwich, Mary Salocker and Jackie Watters.

 

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Human Trafficking (click here)– Keep informed!
Thank you for joining us on May 9th for our
featured guest speaker Sr. Shirley Fineran O.S.F.

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#CDA Strong

 

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Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship recipients and our
Outstanding Woman in Leadership

Hannah Landwehr with her parents Mike and Sharon. #216 Regent Joan Peterson presented the 2024 Outstanding Woman in Leadership Award.

Caitlyn Croonquist, Court #216, 2024 Scholarship Recipient with her parents Scott and Angela. #216 Regent Joan Peterson presented the award.

2024 8th grade Scholars entering their freshman year this fall at St Edmond. Caleb Mosier and Charlie Sue Stucky presented by #216 member Rosemary Ruddy.

 

Court 216 2022-2024 Officers

Regent:    Joan Peterson, Email:  imjp2im@gmail.com
Vice Regent:    Leslie Nagel, Email:  l.nagel@mediacombb.net
Recording Secretary:   Deb Kelleher, Email:  debkelleher73@gmail.com
Financial Secretary:     JoAnn Anderson, Email:  JoAnnAnderson3@gmail.com
Treasurer:      Teresa Brown, Email:  teresaclare8@yahoo.com

CELEBRATING Court 216’s New Officer Installation Mass on June 10, 2022

Front Row L-R Banner Bearer Lois Schreck, District Deputy Marie Sheeder, Vice Regent Leslie Nagel, Regent Joan Peterson, Financial Secretary JoAnn Anderson, Recording Secretary Deb Kelleher, Treasurer Teresa Brown, Banner Bearer Marianne Kesten. Center: State Regent Rita Carlson.  Back Row: Knights of Columbus Honor Guard surrounded by Msgr. Kevin McCoy (center), Court 216’s Chaplain.

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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS!

The Reception of New Members Mass, November 9, 2023

 

You Could Be In This Photo!  Won’t You Join Us?

Pictured Left to Right:  Molly Illg, Jennifer Bruening, Rhonda Nelson, Kathy Jondle, Mary Horrell, Elizabeth Lawler, Catalina Perry, Regent Joan Peterson, and Peggy Bunker.  

Not pictured: New Members: Kelley McGonegle, Kathleen Salgren, Alexandra Tiernan.

WELCOME LADIES!  WE ARE SO GLAD YOU JOINED US!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CDA MEMBERS WHO RECEIVED 50 & 60 YEAR MEMBERSHIP PINS ON NOVEMBER 9, 2023

CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO CDA COURT 216!

Top picture L-R: Loretta Moon 50 years; Pat Glaser 50 years; Marilyn Savage 60 years.
Bottom picture Regent Joan Peterson presents Nancy House with her 60 year pin.

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CT 216 PRESENTS AN HONOR QUILT ON NOVEMBER 9, 2023 TO U.S. NAVY VETERAN VERN

SCHMITZ

Court 216’s Retired Naval Commander, Marie Sheeder and CDA Quilter, Kitty Nilles, presented this beautiful Honor Quilt to Vern Schmitz pictured here with his wife, Sherry.  Vern joined the Navy in 1966 right out of high school at the age of 17 and served 3 years transporting military to Vietnam.

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SWISS STEAK DINNER SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – OCT. 28, 2023

Our Swiss Steak Dinner was a HUGE SUCCESS!!  THANK YOU TO ALL who bought/sold tickets, brought groceries and desserts, worked before, during and after the event.  We raised over $4,000 after expenses for CDA scholarships and projects.  The food was delicious – thanks to our excellent CDA cooks – L-R: Marie Sheeder, Peggy Bunker, Jean Konvalinka, Marilyn Savage, Barb Pessica, Etta Mae Blair, and CDA Assistant Anthony Foote.

Also a special THANK YOU to our officers for preparing, working, and serving the dinner!

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MORE NATIONAL NEWS

Rita Carlson at the entrance of CDA National Headquarters in New York, NY

Thank you for completing the “Robe Survey” – Voicing your opinion on the future use of ceremonial robes. Learn more at iowacatholicdaughters.org.  Deadline for the survey was January 31st, 2024. Our very own member, Past State Regent Rita Carlson is a member of this national committee.
The committee of seven, led by Past National Regent Helene Shepard, recently met at the national office in New York to create our report to be presented to the national board and again at the national convention in New Orleans LA.
Stay tuned for more updates and information from the National Board.

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STATE NEWS

STATE CONVENTION FUN & MEMORIES – APRIL 28-30, 2023

     

Congratulations to our CDA Sister and recently installed District Deputy Supervisor, Marie Sheeder.   Court 216 wishes you all the best as you serve the next two years with the state office.

Congratulations to our CDA Sister Immediate Past State Regent, Rita Carlson, on her successful tenure as a state officer.  Court 216 is proud of your leadership and commitment to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

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SAVE THE DATE: April 28, 2024 to attend Iowa State’s National Regent’s Day in Algona, IA.
Photo’s coming soon!

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Court #216, Proud Members of the 1903 Society

 Click for Perpetual Members of the 1903 Society form

$$ Dues:  Dues statements will go out in late June.  Of course, there is no penalty for early payment 🙂  Dues are now $35 made payable to CDA Court 216.  You can mail your $35 check to JoAnn Anderson, Financial Secretary, 1209 Riddle St., PO Box 264, Gowrie, IA 50543.

Webmaster Emeritus Rita A. Carlson iowafarmgirl4@hotmail.com

Webmaster Past Regent Christina Rosch crosch76@gmail.com