The Ursuline Academy Alumni Foundation’s 43rd Annual Chicken Dinner

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Ursuline Academy
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Formerly the president of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp, Becky Catino now spends her time focusing on charitable activities and commitments. In addition to her position as chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati, Ohio, Becky Catino serves on the Ursuline Academy Alumni Foundation’s board of trustees.

The Ursuline Academy Alumni Foundation (UAAF) works to raise funds and serve the needs of the 150-year-old girls preparatory school in Springfield, Illinois. Members help to uphold the school’s traditions of quality Catholic education and learning through service with a variety of projects and events.

The Foundation recently held its 43rd Annual Chicken Dinner, thanks to partnerships with the Ursuline Academy Alumni Foundation and the local Knights of Columbus Council. Each year this entertaining event raises funds for the UAAF Scholarship Fund.

Volunteers prepare meals, set up the facilities, and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Attendees buy tickets, and then enjoy a big chicken dinner with coleslaw and all the trimmings. Generous participants can also choose to donate chicken dinners to residents of nearby Brother James Court, a care facility that houses men who are developmentally disabled.

RetroFittings Event at Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati

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St Vincent de Paul
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Becky Catino, formerly the president of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. in Ohio, is currently serving as the chairwoman of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization founded in the 1830’s, and exists to help local individuals by providing care, whether spiritual, emotional, or material.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati, where Becky Catino serves, sponsors many events throughout the year. An annual event in the fall called RetroFittings involves about 70 local university students in a special night of fashion and fun.

Participating students shop at any of Cincinnati’s seven St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores and find donated clothes within a budget of $15 to refashion into modern, runway-worthy outfits. On the night of the RetroFittings event, their designs are showcased for all who attend.

RetroFittings has been an annual event for more than ten years. RetroFittings 2016 will take place on Thursday, October 13. The location will be the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. To donate or volunteer, please visit www.svdpcincinnati.org.

Caring for Bicycle Chains

Cyclist
Cyclist

Becky Catino is the president of Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. Outside of work, Becky Catino is an avid traveler and cyclist who enjoys long rides, both at home and on her trips around the world.

All cyclists experience problems with their chain at some point in their life. There is no substitute for regularly replacing a chain, but these three tips will dramatically increase the lifespan of your bike chain and the drivetrain it runs on.

1. Clean your chain regularly. It should be spot cleaned routinely, especially after wet rides. Give your chain a scrub with an old toothbrush while it is still on the bike. From time to time, remove the chain and give it a thorough cleaning. This is especially important during winter months, when road salt and sand get into the chain.

2. Lubricate your chain properly. Choose a lubricant that is made for bicycles, preferably something with Teflon. Never use WD-40 to lubricate a bike chain.

3. Pay attention to how you ride. Avoid cross-chaining, or riding with the chain on the largest chain ring and the large cog on the cassette. Riding in this position puts too much pressure on the chain. It is also good practice to ride at a high cadence, which is both more efficient and better for the chain.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Provides Helps Meet Basic Needs

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St Vincent de Paul
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Business professional Becky Catino currently serves as the chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international Catholic charity, is committed to helping residents of communities across the world with their spiritual, emotional, and material needs. Becky Catino joins members of the Cincinnati District Council and a host of volunteers to provide a variety of services through several programs including food pantries across the city.

Food is provided to families in need through nine parish based food pantries including the Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry at the Liz Carter Outreach Center. The Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers and provides food to more than 800 families per month. Food provided at the pantry is provided completely by generous donors who care about area families. Additionally, annual drives help stock the pantry with much-needed food and personal care items.

Each winter, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati hosts the popular Food for the Heart drive in conjunction with Fox19 NOW and Kroger stores. In 2015, the successful drive collected enough food to provide 123,400 meals for area families. During the summer, St. Vincent de Paul partners with the Cincinnati Reds baseball team in their popular Strike Out Hunger event. If a fan brings three non-perishable items to the game, he or she receives a free ticket for a future Reds game. Businesses and schools and can also coordinate food drives to help make a difference in the community.

Three Trails Every Cyclist Should Ride Once

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The Munda Biddi Trail
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Formerly president of the Security National Automotive Acceptance Company, LLC, Becky Catino now serves as chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati, Ohio. Becky Catino enjoys taking cycling trips overseas when time permits.

Traveling by bike is a fun and rewarding way to see the world. Here are three must-ride trails for all bicycle lovers to experience.

1. The Ho Chi Minh train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Perfect for long cycling adventures, this 746-mile trail connects Vietnam’s largest cities. The trail hugs the coast for most of its length.

2. The Munda Biddi Trail through Western Australia. The trail covers 206 miles between Mundaring and Collie, taking cyclists through a lush eucalyptus forest. Cyclists can expect to see kangaroos, wallabies, and more. The trail is varied, with many sections appropriate for less experienced cyclists.

3. The Ruta Austral in Chile. This expansive gravel trail takes cyclists more than 810 miles through national parks, native forests, and right by the Puyuhuapi Hot Springs near Queulat.

An Overview of St. Vincent Thrift Store Locations

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St Vincent de Paul
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Becky Catino spent more than 25 years as president of Mason, Ohio’s Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. More recently, Becky Catino has spent time as chair of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and as a member of the Ursuline Academy foundation board of trustees.

Established in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an emergency aid group committed to serving the Cincinnati community in a number of ways. The organization oversees a variety of programs, including the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores and Donation Centers program. Through the group’s many thrift store locations, individuals can effectively shop while protecting a tight budget. St. Vincent contributors provide all manner of items, from pieces of furniture to cooking equipment.

To locate a St. Vincent de Paul store, visit the organization online at http://www.svdpcincinnati.org and select the “Give Help” link at the top of the page. From there individuals can find the addresses for seven locations throughout the state. Interested contributors can also find information on accepted donations and thrift store fundraising ideas. Individuals can also schedule donation pick ups over the phone.

Endowing the Ursuline Academy’s Legacy Campaign

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Ursuline Academy
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After founding Security National Automotive Acceptance Corp. in Mason, Ohio with her husband Ted in 1986, Becky Catino led the company as president until 2011. A leader in community charitable activities as well, Becky Catino is a member of the Ursuline Academy (Ohio) Foundation’s board of trustees.

The Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati, a four-year Catholic college-preparatory school for girls, was established in 1896 by Ursuline sister Julia Chatfield and 10 other nuns from France. In the spirit of Ursuline`s foundress, St. Angela Merici, the Academy has been dedicated to providing a superior education to qualified young women regardless of their ability to pay the tuition. The model worked well for decades, when Ursuline sisters comprised the entire faculty and taught for modest compensation.

In the 1970s, however, the cost of a Catholic education rose significantly, as enrollments increased and aging nuns retired and were replaced by more highly paid lay teachers, which impacted school finances and required increases in tuition. The board of trustees subsequently conducted special fundraising events and began an annual campaign, but these proved to be temporary, partial solutions, so in 1988 the board raised $250,000 and created an endowment, governed by the Ursuline Foundation, to be invested and used for future needs.

Since then, the need for financial tuition assistance has risen exponentially, and the funding from these two sources has not kept up. To address the issue, the Ursuline board of trustees approved a new fundraising campaign in 2013, named Endowing the Legacy, to add $5 million to the endowment.