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The Catholic Women’s League of Canada BC & Yukon Provincial Council National theme: One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Provincial theme: Joyfully Serving the Lord

Organization Communique #2 – Gisela Montague – Nov. 1, 2016

Today’s Dynamic Catholic Reflection reads : “Jesus came that we might make the journey from the people that we are to the people that we know we can be.”  Matthew Kelly, taken from: Don’t just try, train!

The Handbook for Organization Chairperson is designed to fulfill League policy to develop leadership qualities and provide training to enable members to take active roles in the affairs of their faith, community and society.”  I remember the first time I was introduced to this handbook I fell in love with it and ordered a copy for myself anf have used it often as a treasured resource.  Of course now it is available online and every organization chair should have a copy in her “box”.  The following training sessions can be found in the Appendices:


Guidelines for Planning Personal Contact Visits

General Guidelines for Workshop Facilitators

Tips for Facilitating Small Groups

Public Speaking

Preparing to Have a Guest Speaker

National Development Fund

Climate Setting Suggestions

A Short Exercise in Discernment

Self – Esteem and Motivation Incentives

You Are Unique…”Who am I?” Exercise

On Being Kinder to Each Other: A Short Workshop

Creative Problem Solving Ideas

Dealing with Conflict to Reach a Win/Win Solution

Evaluation Suggestions

How to Prepare a Parish Council Manual of Policy and Procedure

Guidelines for Reporting – Organization

Guidelines for Reporting Parish Activities

General Information on Reporting


By now the parish organization chairperson will have received their online reporting information.  Each standing committee in the parish will use a survey found online for the first time.  I have read through the questions and feel they are comprehensive and simple to answer.  The instructions are easy to follow and if anyone has any technical difficulty, Kim Scammell or her national office team can be contacted at 1 (888) 656 4040.  The system is open from November 1 to December 31, 2016.  Keep in mind that the due date is still December 15th.  The report can be submitted from different computers, either in your home, or your parish council may want to organize a “reporting day” or “reporting week”.  If a position is vacant, it still needs to be reported on.  Once completed, they will be able to save a copy as well as printing one as a PDF or Word file.  It is a good idea to read the questions first and fill out the report in the hard copy before starting the input online.  Anne-Marie Gorman, our National President –Elect  and Chairperson of Organization states in her parish mail-out: “Like anything new, we may feel somewhat concerned about a new way of doing something, but please be assured that once we have gone through the tutorial and reviewed the hard copy (paper pages) of the survey, we will see how easily manageable it is.”


The updated Provincial League Development Fund form is now on the provincial website.  Note that the cost for transportation has been changed to estimated gas cost and will be counted as actual gas cost in the final form.


This year we had 5 applications, one was redirected and one was not used as no expenses were incurred.  Another council decided to watch Sr. Nuala’s presentation on “Medically Assisted Death: Challenges for Christians Today” from the national convention in Halifax, available on the national website.  They invited other councils to this presentation and are planning to show it to their parish in the future.


For any council that will have elections coming up it is a good idea to offer workshops to the new executive, we have workshops from: How to write Communiques to Leadership Training and on Standing Chair Committees.  Please encourage your parish councils to apply for funding for any workshop, all that is required is that the topic should be related to League Development.  Once the request is received the provincial development committee will find or create a workshop to fill the bill.  S’mores is also available, it can be downloaded from either the provincial or national website.


In the parish mail-out, Anne-Marie Gorman reminds councils to apply for funds from the National Development Fund.  Councils are eligible to apply once a year and funding can be used to assist in the organization of parish councils, assist parish and diocesan councils to promote the League leadership training and other development workshops and promote League development through spiritual development.  She encourages councils to hold a development day for your region. The application can be downloaded from the national website, cwl.ca


Online Membership Registration

When parish councils change their membership convener or appoint a new one, it is important to find and fill out a form inserting the relevant signatures for the transfer of authority to take place and to ensure seamless acceptance of membership fees.


Need a gift for Christmas or Birthdays?  Why not give a CWL Gift Membership, forms can be ordered online.  With the parish councils mail-out a new “Price List and Order Form” was included as quite a few items will change in price effective January 1, 2017.


Lapsed Members

In 2015 BC and Yukon council had 942 members that did not renew their membership.  Do you have any success story about bringing lapsed members back to your council?  If you do, I would be interested to hear about it, no names are needed.


I wish your parish councils successful online reporting and I am looking forward to receive the collected data from National office.  As it states in the instructions, “…After completing the report, you will have picked up a new skill and will feel fabulous!”


May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us in all we do for God and Canada.


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