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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 Lisa Smith

Lisa has very generously given of her time and talents to the parish over the years. She has been a major influence on our youth! If you’ve been involved in any of the plays and musicals over the years…you’ve no doubt seen Lisa. Going back to the early ‘90’s, Lisa first got involved when her kids were in school here. She then started volunteering to choreograph dances for a few of the shows and eventually started directing.

 

According to teacher Dawn Gruenemeier, “We have done about 12 shows here since the late 90’s, and Lisa was, in some capacity, involved in about 10 of them! For years she just helped out with the musicals because I asked her to. Her children had all graduated from here. She didn’t hesitate to get involved....even knowing it was a major time commitment!”

 

Thanks to Lisa sharing her love of theater with our youth, no doubt many of them discovered their talents to dance and sing…and then went on to share their talents with many morepeople.

 

Two of Lisa’s grandchildren are currently in school here and both were in the recent production of Annie Junior. “She is passing on to them her love of theater!” said Gruenemeier.

 

For a number of years, Lisa also directed Lent Event, the Youth Ministry’s play about the life and passion of Jesus. She also shared her deep passion for the Catholic faith.


Lisa is on the Board of Directors at Pregnancy Center West and has been President the last several years. Before that she was a client advocate.


Mrs. Gruenemeier says, “Lisa is amazing! Her youngest son, Evan, got married 2 weeks before Annie Junior opened and Lisa handled it like a champ. She had an open house at her home in between the wedding and reception. The following week she hosted an event for the Pregnancy Center!” 

Lisa has also served several terms on Parish Council and chaired the craft show and Christmas Walk for several years back in the ‘90’s.

She and her husband, Tom, have two daughters and two sons.


Kudos Corner thanks and honors Lisa Smith for her years of faith-filled service!

 


This month Kudos Corner recognizes Liz Byrum

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Liz Byrum.

Liz recently received an award from the parish for “Outstanding Catechist of the Year!”

She has run the Sunday preschool religious education program for at least 7 years according to Jeanne Hunt, our Director of Religious Education. Jeanne says she couldn’t have asked for a better catechist. “Liz has been so dedicated to the program that I haven’t had to give it a second thought.”

As part of her duties, Mrs. Byrum also recruited teachers, handled registration and any problem that could arise. She also supervised teenage volunteers.

Liz and her husband Tim have two daughters, Allison and Sarah.

Jeanne Hunt summed up Liz as the consummate “faithful servant…humble and holy.”

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Liz Byrum for her years of service passing along the faith to new generations!

 


This month Kudos Corner recognizes Ron Eisenacher

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 Ron Eisenacher.

 

We all are called to use our gifts to spread God’s love and to help build the kingdom of God. To do this…each of us is given certain talents. Ron Eisenacher was given the gift of carpentry…and has he ever shared that gift with our parish!

 

Ron and his wife Pat joined the parish in 1959. They have two daughters and seven grandchildren. Ron’s career was in construction and he liked doing the custom wood-working involved. So when it came to carpentry needs here at Visitation, Ron has been very generous in sharing his passion.

 

He was involved in helping board up windows and securing the property after the tornado in 1974. He has made all of the wood furniture on the altar and in the rear of church. He did the trim work after the church was air conditioned and also the votive candle holder. Ron recently made the new “St. Leo’s Food Pantry” box at the church entrance. He put a safety rail with Plexiglas in the balcony of church and built the cabinet to store the bells. He made the cabinet in the church hall as well as shelving and cabinetry in the two offices in church.

 

That’s not all! Ron designed all of the office furniture in the Parish Office. He made crosses for every classroom in school and the gym. He built the cubbies in grades 1 through 6 and any cabinets the teachers requested. Ron crafted all of the bookcases in the library and remodeled Jeanne Hunt's office. He also made the cabinets and table in the teacher's lounge and the tables in the art room.

 

“He always went above and beyond whatever we asked of him and has a high work ethic,” said former Business Manager Diane Williams. “He is like St. Joseph the carpenter as he cares so much about each project.”

 

We are truly grateful for the gift of his hands and the creations from those hands that have benefited so many!

 

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Ron Eisenacker


This month Kudos Corner recognizes Bill Anneken

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 Bill Anneken.

You may have heard of the saying, “To sing is to pray twice.” Well…one of our parishioners certainly has multiplied his prayers many, MANY times! Bill Anneken is celebrating his 50th year in the Visitation Choir. Yes…you read right: 50 years! To say that Bill is dedicated to the singing ministry is quite the understatement.

Bill joined Visi’s choir in 1967 after joining the parish two years before. Due to young children, it was impossible to join the choir right away. But his “calling” could not be silenced…so to speak. As he recalls, it was at Thanksgiving Mass in 1967 when, after belting out his favorite song, Battle Hymn of the Republic, as a member of the somewhat small congregation at that time, several fellow congregants came up to him and said, “You ought to be in the choir!” And so he followed their prompts…as well as his heart’s desire…and joined. Now, 50 years later, many are giving thanks for the wonderful singing he has added to our Masses ever since.

As a matter of fact, Bill has been singing in choirs since he was quite young. First at St. Henry in NKY and after a stint in the military during the Korean War, Bill performed 8 years in the choir at Our Lady of Victory. There have been at least 5 Choir Directors over his tenure at Visitation. Carolyn Witterstaetter remembers Bill’s great dedication to the group...sharing that when he worked in New York Monday through Friday, he would many times fly home for choir practice on Wednesday night then fly back to New York on Thursday! Now that is dedication! And according to Carolyn, Bill never missed a Sunday. Carolyn calls Bill “the most loyal person I know to his family, friends and his parish.” She went on to say, “If there was anything the choir needed, Bill would be there to help.” Bill also played a huge role in the updating of the church organ.

Bill and his wife Carol have now been married for 63 years. They have 3 sons and 2 daughters. As one longtime choir member put it, “Bill has spread such joy with his voice and his unique sense of humor.”

He has truly given…in abundance…of his time, talent and treasure and we have all reaped the reward of his generous giving.

Kudos Corner thanks and honors Bill Anneken for a job well done!

 



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!