Card group honors members

The Catholic Ladies Relief Society honored four of their longtime members during the Our Lady of Lourdes Card Party on Saturday; Juanita Smith, Alma Hickel, Bobbie Jo Seaver, and Mary Overton (not pictured).

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An annual card party was a tournament of games but also an opportunity for the Catholic Ladies Relief Society to honor four of their prominent members for decades of service. 

On Saturday, members from the community gathered to play whist, pinochle, and bridge after being served brunch at Our Lady of Lourdes, in Colusa. 

The society’s mission is to be a “Ministry to those in need,” said their President, Rosemary Hicks. The society’s first charter was in 1929 and the longevity of the group is, in part, due to the many years of work done by the members. 

Bobbie Jo Seaver has been active with the society for 67 years and served on the Board of Directors. Alma Hickel has put in 65 years of service as the School Grand Recording Parish Secretary and Community Cheer Committee Director. Juanita Smith retired as Treasurer after 30 years but has put in 35 years to the society. Mary Overton also put in 35 years as the Grand President in the diocese, served on several committees, and acted as parliamentarian for the society. 

Father Matthew Blank chats with players in the Our Lady of Lourdes Card Party on Saturday.

Susan Walsh, co-chair for the society, said the four women were recognized for their work in the community and within the society. 

“They are strong pillars of the community,” said Walsh. “We help each other too. We are sisters in Christ.” 

As the new president, Hicks said she looks to the honorees as sages. “They are my go-to gals,” Hicks said. “They have wisdom and knowledge in our society, we could not do it without them.”

Walsh said that the Card Party was a very successful event, especially when the funds raised goes back to help others. She added that the funds raised from meals and auction prizes on Saturday will go toward the parish, the school, and anyone in need. The society also works with the Ministerial Association of Colusa County with “A Hand Up,” a program designed to feed the homeless. ■