These two entries in the 1950 Chronicle are undated, but are likely from late September of that year:
New Chairs. The big class room has acquired the “new look” by the addition of 20 new desk-chairs. Frater Joel and company unpack[ed] and assembled them. Besides these, we also have 40 brand new folding chairs for the aula [the auditorium, now the bookstore]. Now the community and the choir (at practice) can sit comfortably.
Jetty in the Rib. A project worthy of note is the new jetty being built into the Rib River. The constant current against our river bank was washing away the soil so the clerics set to work to save the bank. They built a temporary bridge from our shore to island in the river and began to dig a trench through the island. All rocks and soil were carted to our bank and the jetty was begun. At present it is doing a fine job of diverting the water away from the bank.
Fast forward to 2020. Our newest additions are not chairs (we have more than we can use right now), but new video equipment so we can begin offering virtual options for retreats and programs. Tracy will help us get the equipment up and running, then Sr. Barb and others will be trained to help out. Just as in 1950, it takes a village to do what we do here.
And late September still seems to be a good time to finish up those outdoor projects before winter rolls in. The weather this past week or so has been conducive to outdoor projects. Besides the tree planting and tree cutting done last weekend, Bob painted the lattice that encloses the area under the gazebo. Over the past several weeks one of our volunteers, Terry, painted the gazebo. This week he was painting the trellis in the gazebo garden. The gazebo looks brand new since it was re-leveled this summer and now has a fresh coat of paint on the roof, walls and lattice beneath.
It seems like two constants throughout our history have been: 1) there are always projects that need doing; and 2) there are always new things that we need to buy, either to replace the well-used and worn-out or to keep us in the flow of meeting the world’s needs.
There is one more constant that has been true throughout our history: no matter the needs, it seems God always finds a way to fill them. God bless our volunteers and their willing hands. God bless our benefactors and their generous hearts. Deo Gratias!