Provincial Treasurer Communique #3 – Suzanne Eng March 2, 2017
In his book, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Matthew Kelly includes the sign of Generosity. He says: Generosity is not a religious requirement…It’s a way of life, a way of bringing the love of God to the world. When I was diocesan treasurer, I was regularly amazed by the generosity of my sisters in the League. As Provincial treasurer, this amazement continues. Throughout our province, we give our time to our families, parishes and communities in countless volunteer hours. We give our talents in organizing and realizing our fundraising projects, from preparing food, making crafts, organizing dinners, lunches and various social events. And finally, we give our treasure in our donations to all the worthy causes that we support. Every single one of our members has earned a big Thank You.
As stewards of God’s bounty, I pray that we can all continue to share in showing God’s love to the world.
I have received the annual reports from my Diocesan counterparts, as well as the results of the new National Parish Reporting system. Several of the Diocesan treasurers noted that they had personally contacted the parishes that had not completed the National Survey to get their 2016 information.
One comment about the National survey was that the donation summary was organized by standing committee. There was no clear area defined where donations to the parish could be allocated. As a result, reported donations were significantly lower in 2016 than in 2015.
One other issue for the national survey was that some ladies do not have easy access to the internet. In my home parish council, the executive meets in early December and works on their annual reports together. If a couple of the members have their laptops with them, then the reports can be entered and submitted at such a meeting.
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY FUNDS:
There are 5 National Voluntary Funds currently:
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace (CCODP)
Canadian Missions in Canada (CMIC)
Coady International Institute (Coady)
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) (To August 2020)
Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) (To December 2016)
Descriptions of these groups can be found on the national website (www.cwl.ca) by accessing the National Policy and Procedure Manual. (Page 126) There is a specific form for submitting the funds which can be downloaded from the CWL website. Your cheques should be made out to Catholic Women’s League of Canada. The memo line on your cheque should indicate which fund the money is going to. A copy of the remittance form should be sent to the diocesan treasurer for information purposes.
AUTO AND TRAVEL EXPENSES
This item was included as a question from a few of the parish council surveys. In my home diocese of Vancouver, when a member of the executive has to use her car to travel on League business, she claims mileage according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines, which is 54 cents per kilometre. The Provincial Policy and Procedure Manual (P&P) provides for 3 5cents per kilometre. Something like this needs to be set up in your own diocesan P&P.
Once again, thank you for your generosity in serving the League and the Church.
May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to bless us all.