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Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.


This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Terry Chapman

Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.
(Written by Bill Tonnis)

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Terry Chapman.

How do you measure the good done by someone who has shaped the lives of thousands of children here at Our Lady of the Visitation over the last 29 years? As Terry Chapman quietly and humbly exits his position here...we want to recognize the diligent work, upstanding character and positive faith that he has epitomized here since he was hired in July of 1988.

That he has built a school that exemplifies excellence in academics is without question. The proof is in the students who graduate from Visi who have shined in high school academics and beyond. Our grade school is acclaimed as a Blue Ribbon School, a national honor for schools which have achieved high levels of performance or made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups. Anyone who has observed the teachers here over the years cannot deny that the quality has been extremely high. Mr. Chapman is the one who hired them. And he then goes on to shape them and instruct them. Terry is also a Workshop Leader/Teacher for Initiative for Catholic Schools 2017 – 2018, a program of the Xavier Center for Catholic Education. Academic excellence is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. But the more profound legacy is Terry’s dedication to each of the kids.

Terry is in the cafeteria every day with the students. I’m told he has made it his business over the years to know the kids by name. Our former Business Manager, Diane Williams, says she was amazed at how Mr. Chapman would address the kids by first name as they would arrive at school. That takes not only dedication but a deep regard for each of the students. Birthdays for the kids are recognized each day in the announcements and Terry personally signs a card for each of them. While Terry’s concern as their principal was in academics for sure, he was equally concerned about their religious education. The sacraments are taught and administered with great devotion. Prayer begins and ends each school day. And the students overall have a respectful and caring demeanor that reflects their Catholic/Christian education. Terry models that for them and to them every day.

But it’s not all seriousness with Terry. He always has a joke on hand for the kids. There is humor when you least expect it. He has been known to be quite the entertainer at Grandparents’ Day and “Meet the Teacher” nights. Terry is also great with trivia and knows everything about the “Andy Griffith Show.” If you want a laugh, ask him to do his “Barney Fife” impersonation!

Terry and his wife, Debbie, have two sons, Kevin and Drew. He is not only looking forward to more time to travel, but also to being a grandpa! That will happen this August.

We wish him nothing but the best in retirement…and much happiness in the years ahead!

Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Terry Chapman for a job well done!

Kudos corner recognizes Terry Chapman

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Norb Trapp. April 2017

Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.(Written by Bill Tonnis)

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Norb Trapp.

Norb is widely known and widely admired here. And that’s because he has generously given so much of his time and energy. Norb was hired in 1995 after a career at the Government Accountability Office. Our Business Manager at the time, Diane Williams, says then VAC President Mike Wurzelbacher told her that she might as well hire Norb “because he’s up here all the time volunteering anyway!” Diane says, “I never regretted my decision. Norb always gave 110%. He went the extra mile by coming in on Saturdays for funerals and weddings when there were games to rope off parking.”

Norb is a fixture at the 7:30 Mass on Sunday mornings where he serves as an usher. He does the accounting and reporting for the school cafeteria. He oversees dismissal car pool each afternoon making sure parents keep it moving and that our children are safe. Norb is also a member of Parish Council and is active in St. Vincent de Paul where he serves as Treasurer. He often is involved in the pick-up and delivery of donated goods.

Norb and his late, beloved wife Judy had one son Michael. Michael and his wife Monica along with their 3 daughters Bella, Lilly and Maddie are also parishioners. Norb is often seen supporting his granddaughters at soccer games, gymnastic meets, etc.

Pastoral Associate for Facilities, Dave Feldman, says that Norb is a “rock star” in the school. “Kids have grown accustomed to his unique personality in the lunchroom each day. Little he does surprises them.” Principal Terry Chapman says the students love Norb and have loved him for years. This note from a current 4th grader sums it up:

“Dear Norb,
You are the best janitor anyone could ever ask for! I love all your light blue shirts and all of your famous sayings. You are always the highlight of my day. Lilly and Bella are so lucky to have you as their grandpa. Thank you so much for everything you do for me and all my other classmates.
Love, Camryn L

Mr. Chapman remembers a funny incident when Norb’s son Michael was in the first grade here. “Michael told Patti Schoborg his dad couldn't come to the “Meet the Teacher” event because he was in prison. He was in prison......doing an audit.”

The humor of that anecdote is reminiscent of Norb’s good-humor which he shares frequently...along with sharing his good heart. I can attest to that. One day while making a Communion visit to a disabled parishioner, I found the man on the floor after he had slipped from his chair. The man was unhurt, but unable to get up and I was unable to lift him. So I called the Parish Office for help. Nick Feldman and Norb soon arrived, but before Nick and I could say a word, Norb had the man in a bear-hug and gently hoisted him into his chair safe and sound. Norb didn’t make a big deal about it. That’s just the way he is. 

Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Norb Trapp for his many years of good-humored, good-hearted dedication to the parish!


This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Colleen Harmeyer

 

Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a  difference.

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Colleen Harmeyer.

For all who know Colleen Harmeyer,you know she is a “mover and shaker.” In other words, she gets things done! The blessing is that she gets great projects done here at the parish because she has a big heart for others. Her actions spring from her faith.

Recall these words from the Letter of St. James:
“What good is it if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14,17)

Colleen is a woman of many “works!” Two such “works” Colleen has created, organized and spear-headed over the last several years are the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party each November and the Family Sandwich-making Nights held each Lent and Advent. Thanks to Colleen’s determination, Visitation families have likely packed over a thousand shoeboxes with gifts and school supplies over the last six years. These shoeboxes were then shipped to children in third world countries where most of the kids would not have received any Christmas gifts if not for this charity campaign that crosses denominational lines.

The Sandwich-making Nights result in hundreds of sandwiches being made to feed those in need at Our Daily Bread in Over the Rhine. Colleen’s idea for both of these projects was not only to help those in need, but also to give an opportunity for entire families to gather and do a service project together. What a great way for our families to bond and to share their faith in doing good works for those in need!

Besides these projects, Colleen was also PTO President from 2012 - 2015. She has been head of the former Ladies Sodality group, and the spiritual leader for the CRHP Continuation Committee. Colleen was the one who put forth the idea for the playground and then helped make it happen. This will provide much fun and joy for our students and other children in the neighborhood for years to come. Colleen has also been involved in the school’s fundraising walk each year.

Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Colleen Harmeyer for her years of organizing great works that have touched thousands of lives and for inspiring so many of us with her faith!

 


This month's Kudos Corner recognizes Joe Schutte

There are many people working and volunteering behind the scenes at a parish. While they may garner little attention, they make a huge difference. One such person is Joe Schutte.

Joe regularly creates the schedules for Eucharistic ministers, lectors and servers. He’s been doing this since taking over for the late Deacon Bill Dehmer back when Bill began having health problems. That’s when Joe stepped forward to help and has been doing the scheduling ever since.

Managing these schedules is not an easy process. It involves using our parish data base and computer programs to schedule each area. There are frequent requests in each area from individuals who can only participate at certain Masses, on certain weekends, etc. This makes the scheduling process complicated and time consuming. On average Joe spends approximately 5 hours every week working on this scheduling process. That’s because there are several hundred parishioners volunteering as Eucharistic ministers, lectors or servers!

Joe receives frequent requests to add and drop people from the schedule. He tries to take into account families that have multiple members performing different ministries who request to all take part at the same Mass. Joe patiently carries out this complicated scheduling process with great dedication and care. 

Joe and his wife, Rhonda, have been parishioners since 1987 and have three grown children.

Kudos Corner thanks and salutes Joe Schutte for his tireless service behind the scenes. We appreciate you as so do the hundreds of current and past Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Servers!!