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Friday, October 19, 2012

Additional Relief Society Meeting: Owl theme getting to know you

 

 
Last month I got a new calling.
I am no longer the gospel docterine teacher, I am the second councilor in the RS presidency.
I LOVE my new calling.
I have always felt best when serving in the RS so I am sooooo excited to be back!
As the second councilor I am in charge of the additional meetings.
 
Last night was my first one.
I decided I wanted to document my activities here so that I can come back for ideas in the future.
 
 
Anyways, when I got the calling I immediately started thinking of ideas, and after learning more about our RS and their specific needs, I decided to start out with a get to know you night.
This was for the month of October but I wanted to steer clear of a Halloween theme, mainly becuase it was a church thing and Halloween is about dark dead things!
So, I came up with an owl theme. It's still an october-ish thing and I love them so it was perfect.
The ideas started flooding in. I did most my thinking and creating in my head while I tried to fall asleep each night. For some reason that is when I do my best thinking.
 
I decided that the owl theme would be perfect for a get to know you night
 because I could use things like:
"Whoooooo are you?"
and
Whooooooo's Whoooo?"
 
which I did!
 
Here is the invitiation that I created (in microsoft word...lol):
 
 
 
 
As you casn see, I told the sisters to bring 3-5 items from home that describe them, their talents and interests, in a bag so that no one could see what they brought.
 
 
I had the refreshements set up in one room to start the night, and we then made our way to the RS room for the rest of the night.
 
Here is the entrance to the first room:
 
 
 
I had a sign on the table instructing the sisters to leave their bag of items there.
 
I had some name tags so that everyone would know everyone elses name
(which would come in handy later).
 
 I made a bunch of owl ornaments for each sister to take home with them. I found that idea here. She even has a a free download for the pattern she used, which I also used, but changed mine up a bit by using the sewing machine rather than doing them by hand like she did.)
 
I also added that big owl cookie jar as decoration to the table.  I found that thing at a yard sale this summer for a whopping 2 bucks and I love it.
 
 
For the refreshments I got a little cheesy and did owl cupcakes, which are all over pinterest.
I didn't LOVE this idea, cause it is a bit cheesy, but thought that regular old cupcakes would be boring, so I did it!
 
 
 
The other little cookie sandwiches just happend.
I made some pumpkin cookies, that turned out flat and blah, and since I only used one side of each oreo for the owls, I cut the pumpkin cookies in circles the same size as the oreo and sandwiched them together using frosting to keep them together and dusted them with powdered sugar.
I am not sure how they turned out cause I didn't try them, but that was just a last  minute concoction.
 
 
While the sisters were eating and visitng, I was in the RS room setting up all their items on display.
I grouped them together and numbered them.
 
 
We then went around and guessed who brought what.
This is where the name tags came in handy, in case there were sisters who did not know eachother.
 
I created this little list for each of them to write their guesses on.
 
 
 
 
After everyone was done looking through the items and making their guesses, I had each sister in order, come up and describe the items they brought and why.
 
The sister that got the most correct got a prize.
 
 
 
 


The meeting turned out so well.
I was BLOWN AWAY by the amazing talents of the sisters in my ward and we all got to know eachother so much better!
 
I already have some fun ideas brewing for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and Mar!
 
 
 
 


62 comments:

  1. So cute I love it! That's a good idea to document everything, I wish I would have been doing that for YW, I have created so many things for it, I guess there all on my computer somewhere! I can't believe you made all those ornaments for every one! How big is your RS? Ours is over 200 women, plus we get at least 3-4 new move ins a week its crazy! Anyway it looks like you put a ton of work into this, you did great!

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    1. we have alot of people in our ward/RS but many are sadly inactive. I prepared for about 40 and i think 25 showed up. Needless to say, I have owl ornaments on my tree this year =)

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  2. Ash!! This turned out AMAZING!! I bet those women had so much fun and are very grateful that you are in their ward! God sure knows what he's doing!! Great job!!

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  3. What a cute idea. I would love to use this for January. If you could email me your files I would appreciate it so much.
    thanks,
    Claudia
    justice_c@bellsouth.net

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  4. This is such a cute idea for an activity. I couldn't open the file to the invitation. Wondering if you could email the file to me?!

    Thanks,
    Mel Valletta
    melodee.valletta@gmail.com

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  5. This is such a great idea! I am so grateful when talented women share their ideas. Will you email me the file also.
    Thanks,
    Tammy

    tammypapritz@comcast.net

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  6. We are planning a getting to know you activity for February and I stumbled upon this idea last night. I'd love it if you would share the file with me as well.

    Thanks!
    tonyaking45@gmail.com

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  7. We are going to do this same activity in February as well. Could I also get a copy of your files. Thanks for the generosity and creativity .
    sarahmost@gmail.com
    Thanks

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  8. How cute! I love this idea! We are also planning a get to know you activity for February and I would love to get a copy of your files as well.

    Thank you!
    meg.niel@gmail.com

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  9. I LOVE this!!! I was just called to relief society and I'm 2nd counsellor, so I'm in need of ideas for upcoming activities! Would you mind emailing me the files for this activity? Thank you so so much!

    Rjg285@gmail.com

    Becky Johnson

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  10. Ashlee,
    You are so talented! I just happened to stumble on this today and it would work great for our activity next month. The only thing is we're handing out invites Wednesday:/ I was wondering if you could email me the file. Thanks for sharing your talents I'll make sure to pass on your blog on, I can't wait to check back and see your other ideas.
    Thanks, Danielle
    Danimthompson@gmail.com

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  11. These are so cute and would love to use them for our march activity. Will you please send them to me? People like me that are put in this calling, but have no artistic ability love people like you who are talented and Willing to share :) Thanks so much!
    snyders@cdmonline.net
    Andrea

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  12. I would love to use these ideas for our march activity and am wondering if you would send me the files? Its great when talented people like you are willing to share with people in this calling who have absolutely no talent in the creative/crafty area (like me) :) I really appreciate it. This is so cute. Thank you so much!
    snyders@cdmonline.net
    Andrea

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  13. Great idea! Would you please email me the files with your cute owls? My email address is: dmsilvester@yahoo.com.
    Thanks so much!!
    Marilee Silvester

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  14. This is so darling and I would be most appreciative if you would be willing to share the files. My email address is austenmere@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  15. This is SO darling! If you are willing to share...my email address is sugarbritches_cakes@hotmail.com. Thanks!!

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  17. What a great activity. If you are willing to share, would you please email me at pcrlawter@embarqmail.com
    Thanks so much,

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  18. Inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Please email me your Whooooos Whooo flyer. my email is taradonnr@yahoo.com
    Thanks
    Tara

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  19. excellent! our branch is tiny, but i love this idea and would love to have it - im sure it would come in useful! charlieb1981@googlemail.com. thanks so much xx

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  20. Thank you for sharing your adorable ideas!! Could I please get a copy of your files? My e-mail is: ammm@sc.rr.com. Thanks so so much!

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  21. Could I have a copy too :) texash12 @ yahoo (dot) com

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  22. This is wonderful! We would love to use this in our additional RS mtg next month, can I get a copy of the files also? Thanks! k.mcgookin@yahoo.com

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  23. I just got called to be 2nd counselor in my ward and the person over R.S. activities will be gone until middle of September. I absolutely love this idea and would love to do it for our activity next month. Could I get a copy of the adorable owl files? I would be sooooo grateful!!!! lisam@infowest.com Thanks!

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  24. Love all of your great ideas! I can see why you were called to this calling. Wow, many people have asked you for the adorable owl files so I'm jumping on the bandwagon and asking as well. I hope you don't mind. My email is jewelsoccer4@yahoo.com Thanks!

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  25. I as well would like the files for this activity if possible! We would like to do this activity for this month! cassidee1992@yahoo.com

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  26. I would also love the files for this!! We'd like to use this for our fall activity, I live in a married student ward at USU and we get tons of new sisters each fall! cassidee1992@yahoo.com

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  27. I as well would like the files for this activity if possible! We would like to do this activity for this month! cassidee1992@yahoo.com

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  28. Ashlee, you have wonderful ideas and you're very creative! I would love to do this for our meeting this month. Would you mind emailing me the files please? mclanesimpson@hotmail.com

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  29. I love this idea! I was just called today as RS President in a brand spanking new ward. I don't even have counselors yet, but I DO have it in mind that we need to organize an activity fairly soon, and I think it needs to be a get to know you type of thing, since our ward was created with parts from three different wards. I appreciate this idea, and as I get counselors and we get to figuring stuff out, we might just use it! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I would also love to have the files for this activity. My email is kathyandbrett@hotmail.com. I love this idea and want to use it in November. Thanks

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  31. Ashlee,
    I would love to do this for our November activity. Would you mind emailing me your files please? kathyandbrett@hotmail.com.

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  32. Ashlee,
    I would love to do this for my activity in November. Would you mind sending me the files too. Thanks kathyandbrett@hotmail.com

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  33. could i have a copy of the files? knightjessica86@gmail.com

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  34. This is a super cute activity. Our ward boundaries were just reorganized and we need a way for the old ward members and new ward members to get to know each other. This would work perfectly. Could I have a copy of the files? ekl41@cox.net

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  35. Could I please have a copy of the file(s) also? Thanks and Happy New Year!!! mpieracini@bellsouth.net

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  36. This is so darling and I would be most appreciative if you would be willing to share the files. My email address is suhaila@rocketmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  37. Sounds like a perfect new year activity, thanks for sharing. Could you please send me the files as well mumz63@gmail.com. Thanks a bunch!!!

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  38. Super cute idea, thanks for sharing. Could you please send me the files as well mumz63@gmail.com. Thanks a bunch!!!

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  39. I need to whip up an invite ASAP and this is perfect for our activity. Could you please email me at jseelig@optusnet.com.au all Whoo's Whooo doc's by 7/2/14 if at all possible (understand if you miss this). I love your work. This is my first time on pinterest and I can see its going to be addictive. Thanks in advance :-)

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  40. Could I get your template? We just combined two parts of two different wards and badly need a night like this. I love owls :) my email is imvisa4@yahoo.com Thank you!

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  41. Could you also send me the files as well? koriannanderson@hotmail.com.
    I am so glad I found your blog!

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  42. Could I get a copy of the files by chance?

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  43. My email is ecarson@digis.net for a copy of the files. Thank you so much!

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  44. I'm not sure if the post went through. This is exactly what we are doing for our next Relief Society activity. Would you be willing to share your invitation file? I would greatly appreciate it. erinadams24@hotmail.com

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  45. Ashlee, this sounds like it was so fun! A cute grandma in my ward sent me your blog address. Would it be possible to get a copy of your files? Lara.howard00@gmail.com

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  46. We have this planned for June 11th. Would love the file! Thank you
    awf60 @ yahoo dot com

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  47. So cute!!! Please share! Thank you!
    traceyrogers68@gmail.com

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  48. This would be perfect for our upcoming RS activity! Could you share the file for the owl flyer? Thank you! My email is yoanagale@gmail.com

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  49. Love love this. Please send me the flyer. Skidkidsmom@gmail.com

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  50. Please send to copy of flyer. This is so cute and would love to use this in January for our activity. Skidkidsmom@gmail.com.

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  51. Hi I just came across this, Could I also get a copy of your owl files? We are doing a get to know you activity and this would be perfect! Thanks! tedi.clements@gmail.com

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  52. Could I get a copy of this file too? Love it. Raelynrw@hotmail.com

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  53. I was wondering if you could please send me your files for the Invitation and listing for this great idea you have posted. My email address is mom_robs@hotmail.com. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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  54. What a great idea! I have just been called to this calling and would love to do this for our first activity. I have been stuck in primary for years and hardly know anyone! Is it possible to get a copy of your invite and list you made? ferlanstephanie@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  55. Hi this is so cute! I am doing this for our activity in a few weeks as well. Would you mind emailing me the file as well (chanceman126@gmail.com)? Thanks so much for your cute ideas!

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  56. This is great! We are doing a getting to know you activity in our Relief Society. I would love a copy of these files too! My email is lindseymangum@mac.com Thanks, and amazing idea!

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  57. We have so many new sisters in our ward. This will be a great activity to get know everyone. Would you please send a copy of the files. My email is lifeonthefarm10@gmail.com. Thanks so much.

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  58. I know this post is old, but if you happened to still have the invitation and the guessing card on file, would you be able to send it to me? Thank you!! Katie_rc@yahoo.com

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  59. Love, love, love this idea. We are going to use it this month. I need to make the invitation to pass out by this coming Sunday, October 9th. Could you please email me your file please. I would really appreciate it. Thanks and again what a great idea. Judy
    Email: judyfreeman101@yahoo.com

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  60. This is such a great idea. Could you please send me the file for the invitation. I need to get the invitations out this coming Sunday, October 9, 2016. I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Judy
    Email: judyfreeman101@yahoo.com

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