The Charbonneau Villager Newspaper 2020_Jan issue Villager newspaper - Page 19

THE CHARBONNEAU VILLAGER 19 January 2020 Boys and Girls Aid By ZOE NIKLAS Looking forward to a new start That Christmas I spent time dressed as an an- gel. There was a long line of white draped angels with tissue paper wings and tinsel NIKLAS halos on our hair. We sang birthday songs to baby Jesus. The golden light from all the candles filled the church and danced on the halos, sparking light everywhere. Back in my bed, hug- ging my new pillow, I watched the gate light in the front yard. The whole eve- ning was filled with light, no danger, no violence...I felt calm and at peace. My new pillow reminded me of my fos- ter mother’s hugs — smooth and soft. Open House :ĂŶƵĂƌLJϭϳ͕ϭ͗͗Ͳϱ͗ϬϬ January 17, 1:00-5:00 Meet Kelly, greet Sharon, and bid Connie farewell COURTESY PHOTO Megan Bos, development officer for Boys and Girls Aid, George LeDeaux of Knights of Columbus, Margie Wiesenthal and Diann Harland, co-presidents of the Cypress Branch, Frank Garcia of Knights of Columbus, and Suzan Huntington, CEO and president of Boys and Girls Aid. Her gift smelled of soap. When I hugged it tight, I was safe. The light in the dark yard gave me comfort, I was safe. The Lord was watching over me. Looking to the light, I fell asleep. Gifts, no matter how mundane, can be cherished by any child that has noth- ing. It is a part of a new start. Boys and Girls Aid Society is focused on Oregon’s children and determined to give those children a new start with hopeful gifts. Boy and Girls Aid was assisted this year by individual donations and a most generous donation from the Rotary Club of Wilsonville’s Foundation. Their gift was instrumental in making the Christmas Sports Bags Project a reality. The gift allowed the volunteers at the Cypress Branch, to stuff sports bags with basketballs, socks, workout gear, wallets with McDonald’s gift cards and two dozen homemade cookies! We sup- port our youth in foster care by provid- ing the means to achieve a new life, filled with positive activities and experi- ences (from picnics, boys’ basketball games and individual Easter Egg bas- kets for the girls). Our efforts were en- hanced this season by the amazing gift from the Knights of Columbus: 60 new warm coats! These wonderful people are paying it forward. The gifts from the Rotary Club of Wilsonville and the Knights of Colum- bus made the New Year for these chil- dren. By their acts of generosity, Boys and Girls Aid Society were able to give joy, health and safety to our most deli- cate of children. Boys and Girls Aid is celebrating its 135th year in Oregon and the Cypress Branch is celebrating 30 years and we draw participants from all over the North Willamette Valley. To find out more about our programs, come to our next luncheon, Jan. 16 at SpringRidge. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $15 at the door. If you are not a member, but would like to attend, call Cheri Sanville at 503-694-5826. That year, the court put me back with my parents. Mama burned my pillow. Charbonneau Country Club Website CONSTANCE S. SNYDER IS PASSING THE TORCH TO RUPP LAW ^ĂŵĞŽĨĨŝĐĞůŽĐĂƚŝŽŶĂŶĚƉŚŽŶĞ 8655 SW Citizens Drive, Suite 104 Wilsonville, Oregon 97070 (503) 682-8669 Join the play! ŽŶƐƚĂŶĐĞ^ŶLJĚĞƌŝƐZĞƚŝƌŝŶŐ͊ Beginning January 1, 2020 Kelly Rupp & Sharon Maynard are your local attorneys with more than 35 years combined experience x x x x x x Wills & Trusts Power of Attorney Probate & Trust Administration Family Law Personal Injury Probate and Trust Litigation With the recent distribution of information from anonymous groups and social media conversations, please remember to visit the offi cial website of Charbonneau Country Club for accurate information. Board members are always available for a conversation or attend one of our upcoming Fireside Chats. Charbonneau Tennis Club Singles, just $330 non resident $395/year; Family (includes grandkids), $449 non residents $595/year Outdoor/pickleball membership is $80 for singles, $120 for family, Initiation fee is $100. No wait list for Charbonneau residents Call Kim at 503-694-2300 or Steve at