New Columbiettes service group for women forms in Hilton - Catholic Courier

New Columbiettes service group for women forms in Hilton

There is something powerful about helping others, said Janice Bradt, president of St. Leo Parish’s new Columbiettes group, a Knights of Columbus Council 9416 women’s auxiliary in Hilton.

"When you help others you grow," Bradt said.

Raising money for projects that help others is a main goal of the group, which installed 17 members in February during its first installation ceremony, Bradt said.

Several Columbiettes from a group in Mendon also are joining the Hilton group, which is currently the only active Columbiettes group in the Diocese of Rochester, Bradt said. There are other Knights of Columbus auxiliaries in the diocese, but they are not affiliated with the Columbiettes, she said.

Noreen Tymkin, recording secretary for the Hilton Columbiettes, noted that the group’s members do not need to attend St. Leo Parish; she is a member of St. Mark Parish in Greece.

"They can be from any parish," Tymkin said of Columbiettes members.

Bradt said members have begun participating in state Columbiettes service projects that help the blind and visually impaired and fundraising efforts for women religious called Nickels for Nuns.

The Hilton group has been raffling at least one themed basket each month, which has proved to be a popular fundraiser, Bradt said. In addition to service, the local Columbiettes also plan to participate in local festivals and events.

The auxiliary meets on the third Thursday of each month at St. Leo, and attendance at meetings is limited to members. To become a member, women must be Catholic and 18 or older, and installation ceremonies can take place prior to meetings. New Columbiettes do not have to be related to or connected with a Knight, Bradt said.

"If you are interested in joining, we will welcome you with open arms," Bradt stated. "We are very receptive to new people. We want to help others."

Although Columbiettes auxiliaries are spread throughout the United States and Canada, the first Columbiettes group started in New York City in 1939, according to the Web site of the Supreme Council of the Columbiettes.

The Columbiettes aid local Knights councils with spiritual, social and financial needs. Unlike the Knights’ four degrees of membership, the Columbiettes have two degrees of membership: first degree and a major degree.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For details on the Columbiettes, call Janice Bradt at 585-392-3640 or 585-281-1091.

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