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Youth Organization (YO) Annual Report January 2006

Prepared by Maria Kopulos

The Youth Organization meets in the conference room one Sunday of each month. YO is composed of 11 students ranging from seventh to twelfth grade. Our numbers may be few, but each soul exhibits the strength of at least two Christian warriors. These teens have a deep understanding of each other. They love to debate issues current to their everyday lives. They have shown growth in giving to those in need. They try to reach outside the walls of Saint Luke to any one who needs help. As a family they have bonded together and will continue to mesh with love and motivation as directed by God. 2005 was a wonderful and fruitful year for the group. I know 2006 will be even more successful with the zeal and ambition this groups displays.

As soon as they reconvened in September, they planned a fundraiser in conjunction with St. Luke's Feast Day. So on October 16,, they sponsored a continental breakfast to benefit the OCA 12th Annual Christmas Stocking Project. The children in Albania, Belarus, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Alaskan villages as well as some of the suffering and displaced children in the Gulf region benefited from this charity. With everyone's support, they collected $380 - that filled 75 stockings! A photo of the event featuring our youth was submitted to the national church for the oca.org website.

Plans for 2006

In February, we are planning Cosmic Bowling at Orland Bowl and dinner at El Famous Burrito. There will be a Saturday Lenten retreat in March. Another Lenten activity will be planned for April. Summer and fall plans are still on the drawing board.

WISHING As mentioned in the Church School report, we would like to improve attendance at the monthly YO meetings. It's difficult to plan activities if all members are not present. I truly hope that ALL members will attend EVERY meeting throughout 2006.