Past President Communique #1 – Pat Deppiesse August 25, 2016.
Greetings, my dear sisters in the League. I hope you are having a wonderful summer. We have now been privileged to attend our conventions and had the opportunity to learn, laugh, love and pray. Some of you have been past president for a year, and some, like myself are newbies! We all know each other, having sat at the provincial table as presidents, and are experiencing the challenge of ‘letting go’ (at least I am!), and embracing Archives and History. Believe me, this is not something I was looking forward to! However, over the past few weeks whenever I have had some time, I have been going through the boxes given to me and have become absolutely excited about being past president!
For instance, I found a copy of the minutes of the very first provincial convention held in 1948! How these survived this long in the boxes without being discovered, I have no idea, perhaps God put them in there to get me excited about this position! I found minutes of meetings from 1948 and up to 1988 and have briefly read all of them. It’s so interesting to see all the members referred to as “Mrs.” with her surname only. Things have really changed. And yet, nothing has changed. When reading them you experience the love of the League from way back then to today. It makes you really appreciate how hard these women worked and how difficult it was for them to even get together or communicate, as most ladies didn’t drive then and certainly didn’t have Email! I typed up those beautifully hand written minutes and have attached them for you to see (some of the words were illegible).
At this time, I don’t really have any advice to give you until I delve further into the Archives and History books from the past and determine a way forward. I will do this over the next months, and keep you up to date by my Communiqués. I have appointed a sub-
In the meantime, I can also refer you to what I am becoming familiar with now, which is the Handbook for Past-
I want to encourage you to come along for the ride! Let’s make that fabulous history in our provincial and diocesan councils come alive. It’s only in knowing where you have been that inspires us to go to even greater heights in the future.
I was so excited finding those 1948 minutes, it made me realize that we all have diocesan anniversaries coming up. We will want to be searching out those minutes, pictures, names of officers, etc. to display. Let’s be ready for those requests! If this is not happening very soon in your diocese, at least help prepare for the future.
The Diocesan Past Presidents are as follows:
Kamloops Catherine L’Heureux
Nelson Janet O’Flynn
Prince George Laura Esposito
Vancouver Sharon Ciebin
Victoria Blanca Stead
Whitehorse Carol Vanderbyl
Please forward your Communiqués to each of these ladies and myself. Feel free to use any part of my Communiqués in yours to the parish councils – why re-
One thing I need to remind you of at this time, is regarding the National Policy & Procedure Manual. For the national manual, any suggested changes need to be submitted to our national past president Barb Dowding, through the national office (address in the League Magazine) before December 1st for the review and recommendation of the national executive (our provincial president, Evelyn Rigby is now a member). If you want to discuss any suggested changes with me or Evelyn, don’t hesitate to call.
Reminder: Every member of the League should have a copy of the Constitution & Bylaws 2013, please check that your members at every level have a copy.
I’m really looking forward to communicating with you in the future, have a great end to summer.
Love and blessings,