Treasurer Communique #2 – Suzanne Eng – Oct. 25, 2016
How time flies! We are fast approaching the end of the year–only two months until Christmas. As treasurers, though, we have a few other concerns:
1. This year, I understand that National will be sending standardized annual reports to each parish. To me the highlight of the treasurer’s reports has always been the summary of donations from the parish councils to all the wonderful charities that we support. The financial donations show only a part of the generosity of our members in giving of their time, talent and treasure. . In his book, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Matthew Kelly lists generosity as sign number three. He states that the happiest people he knows are also the most generous, and that human generosity is a reflection of God’s generosity.
I encourage you to celebrate the gifts your members share with each other and with the world.
2. As good stewards, we need to plan how to pay for what we hope to do. A budget is essential to help us plan. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or exceptionally detailed. However, every council has things they normally do year after year—like sending a representative to your diocesan or provincial convention, providing bursaries to high school students in your parish, and so on. Now is the time to plan where that money is going to come from. Goals are more likely to be achieved when they are written down. And basically, that’s what a budget is all about! The National “Guidelines for Treasurers” has a section on budgets, along with a sample to give you an idea of what you need to think about.
3. Have you arranged for your 2016 financial statements to be reviewed yet? As early as possible in the new year, you should have the books reviewed to ensure that your reports are fair and transparent. The review reinforces the ideal of good stewardship of our resources. There is more on this topic in the National “Guidelines for Treasurers”, as well as in the National manual of Policies and Procedures.
4. Finally, our new National Secretary Treasurer, Janet McLean, notes that it is some time since the “Guidelines for Treasurers” book has been updated. If you have any suggestions or comments on how the book can be improved, Janet would like your input. You can contact her through the National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the “Contact Us” link on the national website, www.cwl.ca.
God bless you all as we move into the season of Advent. I hope you all have a happy and blessed Christmas, and a happy and productive 2017.
May our Lady of Good Counsel bless us all.