St. Vincent de Paul Society

100 Turkey Dinners provided for Christmas! The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Guerneville, volunteers stood in the cold about 6 hours Friday assembling the boxes with turkeys, fresh fruit and vegetables, groceries, and dessert for 100 families’ Christmas dinners! I don’t have all the names but let me know who I left out! Fran Korn, President, Vicki Gonzales, VP, Jeannine Rossi, Rosie Bohnie, Eleanor Gerigk, Pam Guiney, Kathleen Sheridan, NP, Ken & Jeanne Koutz, Ben and Josephina Robles, Lynda Payne.  John and Katrina Angeli delivered the turkeys; Maureen Callahan  and Kathleen Sheridan’s granddaughter Haley helped. Jeannine’s sister Betsy Breen was there;  Jeannine’s daughter and grandson, Kelly & Dwayne Cramphorn volunttered also. We know our beloved George Ayoob was cheering us on from above! Very special thanks to Safeway Feed the Need, Mike’s Fruit Garden, Willy Bird Turkey and Redwood Empire Food Bank.


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February 22, 2018 Annual Dinner and Report for Year 2017

Thank you to our parish Vincentians who provide groceries to local people in need. President Francine Korn, Vice President Vicki Gonzales, Eleanor Gerigk, Denise Britten, Rosie Bohnie, Mary Anne Gustafason are Vincentians. They received recognition at the annual SVdP Dinner which was held this year at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, in the Mary Agatha Furth Center. Msgr. Whelton started the evening with a beautiful invocation.

Executive Director Jack Tibbets then gave a Report for the Year 2017 which is provided below in 3 sections:


The report included:

  • SVdP functions during fires in Oct. included ramping up food services to provide meals for first responders, volunteers and victims as well as regular clients
  • Application of “House in a Box” program providing home furnishings to displaced fire victims
  • Collaborations with Catholic Charities, Redwood Gospel Mission and Luther Burbank Foundation (Efren Carrillo liaison) and other private sector and government agencies
  • Continued services at existing SVdP shelters and kitchens
  • New armory facility acquired from the State of Calif.

Please consider donating to St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma at

Thank you to the Pasta King and all those involved in producing the event. It was a very hospitable and inspiring evening.


October 12, 2017

TO:  St. Vincent de Paul, Guerneville Conference
Dear Friends,
We have all been deeply affected by the fires in Sonoma County. This is going to be an incredibly long journey toward recovery.  We would appreciate hearing from you if you know someone personally who is temporarily displaced or knows they have lost their home. In addition, we would like to know if you have been volunteering or donating in some way (including if you are helping friends or relatives who have been affected by the fire). If you are willing and able to offer accommodations to someone short or long term, or, if you know of specific needs at this time, please let us know.  Hopefully, coming together, we can help in some way.
SVdP Guerneville is not going to have an official response right away.  There seems to be a lot of donations and volunteers stepping up at this time, but if you are able to volunteer or donate individually at this time, we definitely encourage you to do so. There will be many needs as time goes on, and SVdP hopes to be able to contribute what is needed at that time. Please help us collect the information from those in need to make the best use of our resources.
We understand it is equally important for us not to abandon those who were already in need before this disaster.  We know the Redwood Empire Food Bank is doubling down to provide food for the evacuation centers while still providing for all those they were previously serving.  This needs to be our model as much as possible.  For those of you who are able, we look forward to seeing you this coming Saturday for the monthly give away at the Food Pantry.
The Church Pasta Feed this Sunday is canceled and will probably be rescheduled at a later date. For those who have already paid, your money will be refunded or, at your request, will be donated directly to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.
Sending many prayers,
St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Elizabeth’s Conference



Volunteers are welcome and on the day we visited we met a teacher from the Guerneville School, Kathy Smith and some 8th grade students from Forrestville Academy who were fulfilling their community service requirements. Holly Stoufer and Neva Titus, from Forrestville Academy, were in charge of distributing fresh fruit donated from the Guerneville School. Andrew Smith, an eighth grader from Guerneville School, was also volunteering.

This year the Redwood Empire Food Bank donated 100 turkeys for the Christmas distribution and we express our deeply felt appreciation!

St. Elizabeth’s was represented by Francine Korn, whose late husband Bertram (Buzz) Korn was a life long volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul, Eleanor Gerigk, Josephina Robles, Rosie Bohny and her son Al Bohny and wife Kristy Bohny, visiting from Clovis. Our religious education instructor Denise Britten volunteers and the secretary/treasurer of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Vickie Gonzales is volunteer coordinator at St. Elizabeth’s.


If you would like to donate to the program you can donate cash or checks or dried food stuffs in the designated boxes in the back of St. Elizabeth’s Church. The church is open for 9:00 AM mass Tues thru Fri; 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday and 9:00 AM mass on Sundays. If you would like to volunteer at the Russian River Food Pantry contact Vicky at (707) 869-3314.

Special thanks to MIKE’S FRUIT GARDEN in Fulton. That’s that big fruit stand on the right as you exit Hwy 101 on River Road, right Fulton Rd. (see photo below.)


Mike's Fruit Garden, Fultonn
Beautiful fresh fruit for needy families donated by Mikes Fruit Garden
Shelves depleted after Christmas Food distribution.
Shelves depleted after Christmas Food distribution.


Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers having fun posing for annual photo. This is a very special part of Christmas for each of them, sharing with people in need.


UPDATE: We are pleased to hear the dinner and auction made a good profit! Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful evening.


Thank you to Julie LaPlante for the photos.

St. Vincent de Paul fund raiser
Fr. Luis with Rose Chromy and Grace Schemerhorn

What a spectacular event! The HARVEST FOR HUMANITY dinner and Auction Saturday night, Sept. 27, at the Friedman Center was a huge success. This annual St. Vincent de Paul Society fund raiser is always a wonderful night. This year the proceeds will benefit the Free Dining Room. Last year’s proceeds were used to purchase the new refrigerated truck for SVDP. One of the most stirring moments of the evening was the talk given by a man who had been homeless and helped by SVDP. He now is employed by SVDP and living independently.

Fr. Luis Penaloza
Our pastor, Fr. Luis Penaloza with Grace Schemerhorn and Rose Chromy

We had two tables for our group from St. Elizabeth’s and St. Colman’s which included Fran Korn, Sherilyn Parmeter, Kathleen Sheridan, Michael Hall, Rich and Gina Busalacchi, Eleanor Gehrig, Ken and Jean Koutz, Irene Deem, Nina LoGuiudice, Grace Schemerhorn, Rose Chromy, Julie LaPlante,  Jim Laughenberg and Micky Daly.

St. Elizabeth's Guerneville
Rose Chromy, Mary Ann Gustafson, Fran Korn, Jean Koutz and Grace Schemerhorn.

The highlight of the evening was our Fran Korn’s winning bid on item 5 which was a two night package in a 4 bedroom home in Marshall, with a home cooked meal for 8 people. 8 St. Elizabeth’s parishioners will enjoy wine, oysters, local and seasonal meat or fish, salad and potatoes in the beautiful setting this scenic town on Tomales Bay. Fran’s donation is given in memory of her late husband, Buzz (Bertrand) Korn who was very devoted to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years.

The food was delicious! I apologize I don’t have the name of the caterer but will publish it here as soon as I get it! The entrees were beef, salmon en croute, and a vegetarian entree, preceeded by a Caesar salad. We enjoyed wines from AVANT and Kendal Jackson. Cheesecake was served for desert. Kudos to the catere and the Friedman Center!

St. Elizabeth's Group at Harvest for Humanity
Jean Koutz, Irene Deem, Mary Ann Gustafson (back) Fran Korn, Ken Koutz (back)

Here are some of the Program highlights:

Master of Ceremonies: Dave Rogers

Auctioneer: Phil Trau (owner of Pure Energy Productions)


Jim Adams: Jazz guitar

Grace Schemerhorn (back to camera), Rose Chromy and Eleanor Gehrig. In rear Gina and Nina, Fr. Luis, Michael and Kathleen Sheridan.
Grace Schemerhorn (back to camera), Rose Chromy and Eleanor Gehrig.
St. Vincent de Paul Society dinner and auction
Caesar salad
Salmon en croute
Salmon en croute


St. Joseph Health Sonoma County

van Lben Sels/RembeRock Foundation


Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

West America Bank

American Ag Credit

Codding Foundation

First Community Bank

Sonoma Community Foundation

Kendall Jackson Winery




Summit Bank, Costco, Codding Foundation, Exhchange Bank, Luther Burbank Savings, Paradise Ridge Winery, E.R. Sawyer Jewelers, Santa Rosa Symphony, Bennett Valley Golf Club, Home Depot, Castello de Amorosa, Petaluma Poultry, Sonoma Raceway, Vineyards Inn Kenwood, San Francisco Symphony, A’Roma Roasters, Lance Kuehne-River Front Gallery, Ledson Winery, Chernoff Cosmetic Surgeons, The Villa Restaurant, Kelly and Young Wines, Adobe Golf Club, Rooster Run Golf Club, Oliver’s Market, Troy Michael Salon, St. Rose St. Vincent de Paul, Floreal, Jackson’s Bar and Oven Courtyard by Martiot, Steve and Colleen Rose, Cline Winery, Trione Vineyard and Winery, Sushi to Dai For, Pullman Kitchen, Sixth Street Playhouse, J. Leonard Sloan, Fountain Grove Golf & Athletic Club, Alexander Valley Wine Growers, Schwab, Starks, Brrasserie Restaurant, Oakmont Golf Club, Omelet Express, Dutton Goldfield, Oasis Spa, Santa Rosa Golf Club, Chevy’s, Paradise Ridge Winery, Windsor Golf Club, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Ellie Lui, Pedersen’s Furniture, Lauthr Salon, Charlene Vervais, Luna Cakes, St. Francis Winery, Laureen Clinton, Gallo, Fiedman Bros. Peterson Winery, Morgan Winery and Home Improvement Center.


Don Nowacki, Chairman

Dave Rogers, President

Dana Luce, Executive Director

Charlene Vervais, Linda Gilbert, Lisa Schieberi Sue Lanahan, Mary Briggs, Cherie Walker, Diane Tomczak, Frank Gironimi, Bob Solak, Cathy McCool, Pat Louks and Jack Tolin


Peggy Wyman, Linda Balick, Will Daye, Evelyn Estrella, Lorena Fontanelli, Leroy Halbur, Denise Laws, Shira Wright, Jim Kelly, Free Dining Room Manager, Merrill Louks, Patty Lugo, Olivia Mendez, LaurenPatz, Charlene Richman, Karalee Solak, Cherie Walker and Cheryl Walker-MacLean.

Thank you to the Friedman Center and Wine Country Catering for a delicious dinner graciously served, and to Avant and Kendall Jackson for the wonderful wines!

Thank you to all who contributed to this worthwhile event!


Volunteers from St. Elizabeth’s Guild participate with St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army in the Russian River Food Pantry Program (Partner Agency of the Redwood Empire Food Bank) here in Guerneville.

West County of Sonoma has a large number of people living in poverty or barely above poverty levels, and the Russian River Food Pantry provides fresh produce and groceries. We would like to express our gratitude to Mikes Fruit Garden in Fulton who provide the generous fruit baskets.

If you would like to volunteer  or donate call the office at (707) 869-2107 or email us at





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