We are very pleased to announce that the “Rainbow History Project” has selected Bob Miailovich as a “Community Pioneer,” in recognition of his leadership and many years of service to the GLBT community, which of course includes his roles as a past President and current and former Treasurer of Dignity/Washington. On Thursday, October 4, The Rainbow History Project will be honoring 14 “Community Pioneers,” including Bob, at a 6:30 – 8:30 PM reception at the Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 – 12th Street, NW). This event provides the LGBT community an opportunity to say thank you to these individuals who are being recognized for their instrumental roles in creating and sustaining the DC LGBT community’s most important institutions. The reception is free and open to the public. Visit the Rainbow History Project Community Pioneer page for more information.
Here are some other important Dignity/Washington announcements:
Tables of Six - Scheduled for Saturdays, October 6 and 13, each hosted by a different Dignity/Washington member who provides the venue, and randomly-selected guests supply the rest. It’s an easy way to get to know others, and maybe new community members. Guests sign up in the Social Hall after Sunday Mass, or by contacting Tom McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Blessing of Pets - On Sunday, October 7, for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will be offering a blessing for pets at the end of our 6:00 PM Mass. You are invited and welcome to bring your (well-behaved) pets, or photos of them, for this blessing at Dignity/Washington’s Mass at St. Margaret’s Church on October 7th.
2012 Community Service Awards - The Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the Chapter’s 2012 “Community Service Awards,” which recognize individuals for their special efforts and service to the D/W community during this past year. If you’d like to nominate someone whom you feel should be recognized with one of these service awards, please either see a Board Member at church on Sunday evenings, or email your nomination..
Help the Homeless Walkathon – The Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon to benefit Rachael’s Women’s Center will be held on Sunday, October 7, immediately following our 6:00 PM Mass at St. Margaret’s. It will be a walk around the block. Rachael’s provides day shelter, meals, laundry and shower facilities, case management, employment and career counseling and referrals, mental health services, and permanent supportive housing to homeless women in DC. Registration fee is $20 for those age 25 and younger, and $30 for those over 25. Please sign up to help homeless women reach stability and independence. You can register on-line at Washington Metropolitan Area Help the Homeless page. (from list of beneficiaries, select Rachael’s #DC070, hit Go, click on join a Community Walk, then D/W and register); or, you can see Dave Pichette on Sunday night after Mass, to sign up for the walk with cash or credit card.
2012 AIDS Walk - Saturday, October 27th, is the date for this year’s AIDS Walk Washington, and Dignity/Washington and Dignity/Northern Virginia have joined in sponsoring a team for the event. Participants may choose to simply walk or enter into the timed race. D/W and D/NoVA have paid the $500 fee to register a team. Therefore, the first 20 people from our communities who register will be able to register free of charge. Our team name is Dignity Washington and Dignity Northern Virginia Team in memory of Jimmy DePersis. If you are one of the first 20 to sign up for the free registration, you might consider making an additional contribution to the AIDSWALK.
Visit our team's page and click the Join the Team link, and continue with your personal information. When you get to the donation page, enterDIG2012 in the "Discount Code" field. This will permit free registration for the first 20 folks who sign up. After those slots are filled, registration is $25 each.
Marriage Equality in Maryland – As many of you know, on the ballot this coming Election Day in Maryland is a referendum to uphold the recently-passed Civil Marriage Protection Act; and, Dignity/Washington and New Ways Ministry are two of the groups in the coalition “Catholics for Marriage Equality Maryland” which is fighting to uphold this landmark legislation.