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GMC September Newsletter

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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

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

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

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
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
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 for more information.