Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

Wine tastingSaturday, June 22nd was a gala evening. The wines presented by a representative from the Wine Library, were from South American and featured whites, reds, roses and dessert wines. The most popular was a Malbec from Argentina, but one of the whites had a very distinctive taste, very different from popular varieties of French or Italian wines and delicious.
The silent auction brought in the competitive bidders with over thirty items to choose from. The big ticket items were Metropolitan Opera tickets, the “Forever Tango” Broadway revue, Geoff’s golf outing, and an indoor air conditioner. The Yankee tickets and Yankee memorabilia including a piece of the dugout bench from the old Yankee stadium were hotly contested items.
The proceeds will be put toward music scholarships as CHI expands its choir and brings in young talent.

CPR Training

CPRThose of us who attended Mike’s CPR training tonight were greeted with five rather life-like torsos all laid out and waiting to be resuscitated. Mike assured us that it was not an “official” certification program, but he put us through a rather strenuous CPR exercise nonetheless as we practiced on the dummies. The “new” method has eliminated the mouth to mouth breathing interspersed between chest thrusts. Now one simply depresses the chest in rapid succession, a hundred times a minute or more. Even our two-minute period left us panting. Hard to imagine keeping it up until EMS arrives.
We also learned when to apply CPR, how an AED works and what to do when someone can’t breathe. Mike ended the session by showing us the contents of the First Aid kit kept in the kitchen at CHI. A very worthwhile evening!

Welcome Gretchen!

A resounding welcome to Gretchen, our new organist, who has captivated the choir and delighted our parishioners with a glorious and uplifting postlude last Sunday.  Our sometimes quirky organ seems to pose no problems for her and her first Sunday at CHI was accomplished as smoothly as if she had been with us forever.

We also welcome back Donna to the choir.  The appalling apparatus has been removed from her foot to her great relief (and ours!).

Great good news that Aimee’s surgery was successful and she is now home.