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The Mothers Club sponsors many activities at Gonzaga - please click on the Events & Activities tab above to learn more.  
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The GMC meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Lower Commons (cafeteria.) ALL ARE WELCOME! 
The Social @ 6:30, Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Please bring donations for the McKenna CenterWSG to any meeting.



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  • October Newsletter

    GMC October Newsletter 

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    GMC October Newsletter

    Dear Gonzaga Moms,

    It is hard to believe September is over and we are welcoming in the month of October.   So much as happened on Eye Street.  Hopefully your sons are settling into a routine and the freshman are feeling at home.  The GMC has been busy!  We have already had 5 Bake Sales, Back-to-School Night, the Gonzaga & Visitation Picnic, Conversations that Count and a wonderfully attended first GMC meeting.  Our first meeting featured an update of the school from our President, Father Planning, an overview of our website from our Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Mrs. Mary Clare Glover and a development awareness talk from our Vice President of Alumni and Advancement, Mr. David Dugan.  Thank you to all of our speakers, your talks were captivating and informative.

    On September 17th our families once again enjoyed the annual tradition of the Gonzaga-Visitation Mass and Picnic.  Thank you to Diane Tomb for helping the Visi team promote this event.  On September 27, freshmen and their parents came together for an evening of education and dialogue focused on the Community of Concern booklet “A Parent’s Guide for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use”.  Thank you to Eden Brown Gaines and Celeste McGlaughlin for providing food and drinks for all attendees of the Conversations that Count.  

    The Senior Parent College Admissions Night, hosted by our College Counselors on September 28th, was a great night where a wonderful panel of College Admissions Officers gave advice and answered our questions!   A special thank you to our Senior Liaisons, Mary Goodyear and Barbara Mulligan for providing us with wonderful hospitality for the night.  This year we have had fantastic Get Acquainted Parties and one is still yet to come!  We extend our sincere thank you to our chairs, Maria Borjas and Gerry Gretschel, and to our generous host families. What a wonderful Gonzaga welcome we extended to our new families!  

    The GMC Ignatian Reflection & Prayer Group, a group of Gonzaga moms who gather monthly to explore Ignatian spirituality, met on September 15th and will meet again on October 13th.  If you are interested in more information feel free to contact Anne Barsanti Griffith at ignatianprayer@gonzagamothers.org

    Friday, October 6 was the first Faculty Treats of the year.  Thank you to Maria Cindea and Kristen Kilguss and all the volunteers for providing and serving a fabulous breakfast for the faculty and staff.  If you would like to help with the next one on November 3, sign up for Faculty Treats.

    Let’s Get Together!

    Our next GMC meeting is the joint GMC/GFC meeting on Wednesday, October 18, in the Lower Commons at 6:30 pm.  Our guest speakers are our Director of Campus Ministry, Mr. Stephen Szolosi, and our new Associate Director, Mr. David Bowles.  Come and learn more about Gonzaga’s retreats, christian service and sacramental life.  This meeting will also be a great kick-off to Fall with a dinner of Chili, Cornbread, Salad, and Desserts.

    Winter Wonderland Gala!

    October 13 is the deadline for advertisements and donations for the Winter Wonderland gala.  Do you want to thank a teacher, support a team, or congratulate your senior?  We have pages available for you.  Purchase an ad and we will help you with the graphics.  Donate an item and help us make it a great gala.  While you are online, go ahead and purchase your ticket.  This event will sell out; don’t miss the fun!  

    We have a Gala Decorations Workshop on October 14th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and  we would love your help! Volunteer and help the Decorations Committee prepare our Eye Street for a Spectacular Winter Wonderland.  No experience or tools are necessary.  We just ask that you bring your willingness to lend a hand and have some fun.  The workshops are a fabulous way to meet new Gonzaga Moms and make lasting friendships.  You are not required to stay for the entire time, stay as long as you can.  Your sign up will give us an idea on how many enthusiastic volunteers to expect.  All workshops will be held on the 3rd Floor of Dooley Hall (take the elevator by the Cafeteria or Campus Ministry).

    The Gala Invitation Workshop is October 23rd.  We would love to have you join us for this fun workshop.  The Gonzaga Gala will be here before we know it! Invitations will be ready to be stuffed, stamped and delivered.  If you are able to spare an hour or 2 and help us assemble the invitations to be mailed out, we are very appreciative. We will meet in the conference room in Forte Hall at 9 am!  Please click on the link and consider helping us out while making some new friends.


    Thank you all for joining and supporting the GMC. If you know of any friends or neighbors who have not yet joined, please invite them to come to a meeting this month. Check here for a list of Current GMC Members. Thank you to Gerry Gretschel, Membership Chair,for leading our membership drive. If you have any questions or suggestions to help with Membership, please contact Gerry at membership@gonzagamothers.org.

    Upcoming Events

    The 33rd Annual Carmody Open Golf Tournament is this Friday, October 13th. Volunteer responsibilities begin between 8-9 AM and conclude between 3-4 PM.  All returning and new volunteers are welcome so spread the word to one and all!  If you can help please respond to Sharon Dillon - sdillon720@me.com and Jane Tuck - j.tuck1@verizon.net

    The GMC’s Bake Sale to benefit the McKenna Center Hypothermia Program is October 25th.  Can you send in some baked goods or volunteer some time to help this great cause? Pies, cookies, doughnuts, oh my!  What could be better than donating baked goods to support the homeless in our area through the McKenna Center Hypothermia Program. Proceeds from this bake sale go towards buying new pillows, blankets, and other support materials for this year's Hypothermia residents at the McKenna Center.  Open from November 1 - March 31, the Hypothermia Program is designed to get participants into transitional or permanent housing by the end of the winter, or to provide an environment of stability for others to heal and focus on their journey. Sign up to send baked goods in with your son on Wednesday, October 25, or sign up to help sell baked goods during the day.  The Mother's Club Bake Sale is a great way to see our boys in their "natural habitat!"  

    The Parent Teacher Conferences are on October 26th.  We could use your help!  If you can set up, donate some food, replenish trays or clean up please click on the link for the Sign up Genius.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

    The Junior and Senior Parent Financial Aid Night is Thursday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. in Sheehy Theater.

    Junior Parent College Counseling Night is Thursday, November 9th at 7 p.m. in the Sheehy Theater.  Junior parents are invited to sign up for the College Counseling Remind.com text messaging for the class of 2019. It is a one-way communication about deadlines, upcoming events, etc. To join the College Counseling Class of 2019 text messaging please do the following:  Text @kh27kd to the phone number 81010.

    The GMC provides hospitality for these events; so if you would like to assist, please contact the Committee Chairs.  All Committee Chairs are listed in the back of the Gonzaga telephone directory and on the GMC website.

    Thank you to Hazel Lychak, our Communications Chair, for her organization and talents in putting together this and all of our GMC Communications! This month's E-newsletter is packed with information about upcoming events and many different opportunities to help our sons and our beloved Gonzaga community. Please contact the various chairs if you can help. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the  Joint GMC/GFC Meeting on October 18.

    We can’t wait to see you on Eye Street! 

    Mary Penny
    GMC President 17-18



    Joint GMC/GFC Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Join us for a homemade chili dinner & social time @ 6:30pm,
    meeting @ 7pm in Lower Commons



    Sponsorships, Ads, and Donations are due


     Friday, October 13 

    There are many ways help -  check out these links -
     thank you for your support!





                 Donation options


                 Donate an Item 
    Donate from Amazon Wish List
                 Help Fill a Basket
                 Make a Class Donation
                 Make a Cash Donation


                     Business Ads
                     Family Ads
                     Parish Ads

     Decorating and Invitation Workshops

                                       October 14 - Decorations sign-up
                                       October 23 - Invitations sign-up


    Questions? See the Gala E-blast and the website for more information or contact 2017 Gala Chairs Kim Howland and Maggie Sinnott Mejia at gala2017@gonzagagala.org



    Upcoming Events


         10/13 - Deadline for Gala Donations, Sponsors and Ads! GMC Gala
         10/13 - Carmody Open - Andrews Air Force Base
         10/14 - Winter Wonderland Gala Decoration Workshop 11am-2pm
         10/18 - Joint GMC/GFC Meeting 6:30pm - Lower Commons
         10/23 - Address Winter Wonderland Gala Invitations Session 
         10/25 - Bake Sale for McKenna Center
         10/26 - Parent Teacher Conferences 5-7:30pm - Carmody Center
         11/02 - Junior and Senior Parent Financial Aid Night 7 pm
         11/03 - Faculty Treats 6:15am-9am - Lower Commons
         11/09 - Junior Family Night for College Counseling 7pm
         Save the Date - 11/12 Mass of Thanksgiving - St. Al’s Church

    Full Events Calendar


    33rd Annual Carmody Open 
    Golf Classic

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Andrew's Airforce Base
    9 AM Registration


    Interested in Volunteering?

     Please contact Sharon Dillon - sdillon720@me.com and Jane Tuck - j.tuck1@verizon.net



    Parent Teacher Conference Volunteers

    Our first PT Conference will be Thursday, October 26, 2017 
    from 5-7:30pm

    The Gonzaga Mothers Club provides the hospitality for the three Parent Teacher Conferences.  We appreciate your help in donating food and your time to make each event a success!

     SIGN-UP to Help Today

    Thank you in advance for your help!




    Ignatian Reflection and Prayer Group 

    “‘Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism… It is they who testify to the beauty of life’.” Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, (no. 174)

    Fridays: 8:00 - 9:00 am 
    in the Jesuit Dining Room

    October 13, November 17,
    December 8, January 12, Annual Retreat Feb 2-4
    February 9, March 9, April 13, May 18

    No need to sign-up, come once
    or every month!

    Questions? See flyer or contact 
    Anne Barsanti Griffith ignatianprayer@gonzagamothers.org


    Mother's Club Bake Sale 
    to Support the McKenna Center

    Wednesday, October 25 

    Sign up 
    to donate baked goods
    and/or take a shift to sell

    Pies, cookies, doughnuts, oh my! What could be better than donating baked goods to support the homeless in our area through the McKenna Center Hypothermia Program. Proceeds from this bake sale go towards buying new pillows, blankets, and other support materials for this year's Hypothermia residents at the McKenna Center.

    Open from November 1 - March 31, the Hypothermia Program is designed to get participants into transitional or permanent housing by the end of the winter, or to provide an environment of stability for others to heal and focus on their journey.



    Faculty Treats Breakfast

    Friday, 11/3
    Got breakfast?
    Our first Faculty Treats breakfast was fantastic! Thank you to the BEST volunteers!
    Join us next month 6:15am - 9am
     Sign Up

    You do not have to attend every month. Items can be sent in with other volunteers. 
    Oh, and there’s freshly brewed coffee….

    Questions? Contact Maria Cindea & Kristen Kilguss at facultytreats@gonzagamothers.org 



    Coming Soon!


    Gonzaga's Adopt a Family Program, organized through Campus Ministry, provides interested volunteers with a Christmas wish list from needy families in our community. 
    Stay tuned for details
    in the coming weeks!

    Want to know what is happening on Eye Street??

    Twitter follow:  @GonzagaHdMstr   @GonzagaMothers   @GonzagaGoodNews 

    Facebook like: Gonzaga Mothers Club    Gonzaga College High School

    Instagram follow:  Gonzaga Good News

    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 10:55 AM by GMC Webmaster
  • 2017 Gala News and Updates
    It's a BIG Week for the Gala, Gonzaga's biggest social event and fundraiser of the year! The deadline for Sponsorships, Ads, and Donations are due on Friday, October 13th. Please take a look below at the many ways you can get involved to make this year's event another incredible success.

    Questions about the Gala or how you can help? Please contact 2017 Gala Co-Chairs Kim Howland and Maggie Sinnott Mejia gala2017@gonzagagala.org

    Sponsorships and Ads
                                            OCTOBER 13
                                         October 6 
          Gala Sponsorship  don't miss out! click here
                                             October 13     Business Ad Deadline

                                             October 13     Deadline for Friend Level and Parish Ads

    Business Ads
    Business Ads promote your business and are an excellent way to reach Gonzaga supporters via online and print Gala catalogs. Your ad will be in the Gonzaga Gala program in print and in the color online version.  If desired, we will design your advertisement for FREE.  Click here 

    Parish Ads
    Parish Ads list the names of current students and alumni by parish. Ads will be placed in a master frame for you. The donation per family is easy to make through a one-step, simple and friendly process.  Click here 

    Family Ads
    Give your Senior a special tribute  *  Send Christmas wishes  *  Congratulate a team  *  Thank a teacher or coach  *  Wish your Eagle well  *  Acknowledge a special anniversary  *  Tell someone they are loved -  If desired, we will design your advertisement for FREE. Click here

    There are many ways to donate!
    All Donations are Due October 13 


    Help fill a basket!

    We need a few items to complete our wonderful baskets for the Gala. Please click here to see the items needed.

    Pick an item off of the Gala Wishlist
    Do you want to donate but you're short on time?  No problem!! The Gonzaga Gala has set up an Amazon Wish list to donate an item!  It's takes a few seconds, and you're done....

    1. View Gonzaga’s Wish List to select an item to donate.
    2. Check out and purchase your item.  Note: Choose the Ship To for our Gala Wishlist coordinator: "Linda DiLenge's Gift Registry Address" in Great Falls, VA.
    3. Tell us what you’ve ordered!  Please complete the item donation form so that we can place your item in the Gala program.

    Other ways to donate...

    Donate an Item
    We need items for both the silent and live auctions--everything from tickets to a Redskins game to the use of a beach house for the weekend. Click here for more.

    Make a Class Donation
    You can donate on behalf of your son's class. Click here to help underwrite an auction item in honor of your son. 

    Make a Cash Donation 
    Cash donations are also greatly appreciated. Click here to give online now.
    Decorations and Invitations

    Gala Chairs and committee members are hard at work on
    Gala planning, and we need your help!  

    Bring a friend and join us for
    and Invitation Workshops -

    October 14 - Decorations sign-up
    October 23 - Invitations sign-up

    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by GMC Webmaster
  • October GMC Meeting Announcement
    Please note, the October 11th GMC Meeting is CANCELLED.  Instead we will have our October Meeting with GFC on October 18th at 6:30pm in the Lower Commons.
    Posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:59 PM by GMC Webmaster
  • September Newsletter
    GMC August Newsletter

    GMC September Newsletter

    This message is only being sent to the current 2017-18 GMC Membership.  
    To ensure that your friends are receiving GMC E-Newsletters and Communications,
    make sure they are signed up for GMC Membership.

    Dear Gonzaga Moms,  

    I hope you and your sons are enjoying a great start to the 2017-2018 school year. There is already so much happening on Eye Street! I would like to extend a special thank you to our Back to School Night ChairsTrish OMalley and Wendy Philips. With the help of their committee they provided food and beverages for our parents during the evening of meetings. Thanks to Trish and Wendy, our GMC volunteers and Eagle's Wings parents who assisted that night. 
    Bake Sales are scheduled for the year thanks to the hard work of Mary Knapp and the planning for the gala, Winter Wonderland” is in full swing with the guidance of KimHowland and Maggie Sinnott Mejia.   While each of these events are special and unique, they all highlight the GMC's mission to support the entire Gonzaga community of parents, faculty, staff, and students.  We greatly appreciate your hard work, enthusiasm, and giving spirit.  Thank you! 

    Speaking of our “Winter Wonderland” GalaHere are ways you can help:

    • Volunteer: We cannot do it without you and there are many ways to get involved!
    • Donate: We need silent and live auction items or donate from the Amazon wish list
    • Underwrite: Your financial support will underwrite a product or service for the auction
    • Sponsor: Organizations sponsoring the Gala will receive recognition in print and online
    • Advertise: Promote your favorite business while supporting the Gala
    • RSVP: Join parents, alumni, faculty and staff to celebrate our love of Gonzaga December 2

    Lets get together!
    I hope that you will be able to come to campus for the first GMC General Membership meeting on Wednesday, September 13 in the Lower Commons at 6:30 pm for social time with a light dinner and 7:00 pm for the meeting start.  Father Planning, our moderator, will be sharing some interesting and useful information about what's happening on Eye Street and Mr. David Dugan from the Development Office will speak. The Bookstore will be open for shopping and we have fun prizes for attendees, too.  

    Since you are receiving this email, you have already joined the GMC -- thank you!  Gerry Gretschel, our Membership Chair, has been doing a fabulous job with membership so far, but you can help by reminding your friends to renew their GMC membership each year.  They can join online with the link below or by coming to the GMC meeting, so ask a friend to join us on September 13th -- they will not want to miss it! 

    Please see below for details about upcoming GMC events and activities, contact the event Chairs if you are able to volunteer or need more information.    And a big thank you to Hazel Lychak, our Communications Chair, for publishing this E-newsletter.
    Hope to see you Wednesday,


    Mary Penny
    GMC President 17-18

    First General Membership Meeting
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    Light dinner & social time @ 6:30pm, meeting @ 7pm in Lower Commons


    Gala News

    Gala Chairs and committee members are hard at work on
    Gala planning, and we need your help!  Come join us
    for Decorating Workshops
    on 9/169/23 and 10/7

    Sign up here

    Don't miss out on sponsorships, ads and donations:
                          October 6       Sponsorship Deadline
                          October 12     Commercial Ad Deadline
                          October 13     Deadline for Friend Level, Parish Ads
                                                  and All Donations
    See the website for more information!   

    Questions? Contact 2017 Gala Chairs Kim Howland and Maggie Sinnott Mejia at gala2017@gonzagagala.org

    Ignatian Reflection and Prayer Group 

    No need to sign-up, come once or every month!

    Fridays from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Jesuit Dining Room on

    September 15, October 13, November 17 and December 8

     Annual Retreat: February 2018

    Contact Anne Barsanti Griffith  ignatianprayer@gonzagamothers.org

    The GMC, in cooperation with the Headmaster's Office, works with host families to prepare guest lists and schedule dates for small get-togethers to welcome incoming freshman and transfer student families. If you are interested in assisting with this fun way to welcome new families to Gonzaga, the GMC has some easy and simple ideas to get you started. 

    Questions? Contact Maria Borjas and Gerry Gretschel  getacquainted@gonzagamothers.org

    Attention Club & Team Parent Managers
    Bake Sale SignUp

    One of the best fundraisers, and loved by all the boys, is to host a bake sale for your team/club.
    If your team is interested in hosting a bake sale, please refer to the bake sale information guidelines here!
    Questions & scheduling contact Mary Knapp bakesales@gonzagamothers.org
    Come see the latest in
    Gonzaga swag!

    The bookstore will be open for the GMC Meeting on Wednesday evening, 9/13 - you can also place an order online and pick it up on Wednesday!
    Visit our website...

    Upcoming Events

    9/13 -  GMC Committee Chair Mtg 6:00pm - JDR
    9/13 -  GMC General Meeting 6:30pm - Lower Commons -
               All are Welcome!
    9/15 -  Ignation Reflection & Prayer Group 8am - JDR
    9/16 -  Gala Decorating Workshop, 11am-1pm, Dooley Hall
    9/17 -  Gonzaga/Visitation Mass & Picnic 10am - 2pm -
               Visitation Campus
    9/23 -  Gala Decorating Workshop,10am-1pm, Dooley Hall
    9/27 -  Gala committee chair meeting, 6:30pm
    9/27 -  Conversations that Count for Freshman Families
    10/7 -  Gala Decorating Workshop,11am -1pm, Dooley Hall
    10/13 - Ignation Reflection & Prayer Group 8am - JDR

    Gonzaga – Visitation Mass and Picnic


    Sunday, September 17, 2017 
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm Rain or Shine

    Georgetown Visitation Campus 
    1524 35th Street, NW, Washington, DC
    Mass 10:00 am in the Nolan Center
    Picnic Lunch, Games and Fun after Mass
    Annual Egg Toss and Tug-of-War
    Bring the Whole Family!
    Plenty of Parking on Campus

    For more info, contact Diane Tomb gvactivities@gonzagamothers.org
    Faculty Treats Breakfast Kick-Off
    Friday, 10/6

    Looking for a fun way to get involved and meet the wonderful Gonzaga teachers and staff? Sign up to volunteer for the BEST morning of the month! 
    Gonzaga Faculty Treats!
    Volunteer Moms, please join us as we prepare and serve a hot and homemade breakfast to our dedicated faculty and staff on the first Friday of each month.

    Sign up at:
    We arrive by 6:15 am in the Lower Commons. Service begins at 7:00 am. We are usually done serving and cleaning up by 9:00.  You do not have to attend every month. Items can be sent in with other volunteers. It’s an awesome celebration of food and fellowship!

    Please contact Maria Cindea & Kristen Kilguss at facultytreats@gonzagamothers.org for more information. 
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 7:33 PM by GMC Webmaster
  • 2017 Gala Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteering for the Christmas Gala is a great way to get involved with Gonzaga, see what the Gala is all about and make new friends. We need volunteers to ensure a successful event. Please indicate what opportunities interest you and we will be in touch regarding specifics.  Or feel free to contact Kim Howland or Maggie Sinnot gala2017@gonzagagala.org

    CLICK HERE for Volunteer Form

    Thanks for all you do!

    Posted Sep 7, 2017, 7:15 AM by GMC Webmaster
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