Past President Communique 5 – Pat Deppiesse – September 5, 2017
Dear Father Edwin and Sisters in the League,
As I write this Communique I recall that today, September 5th is the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Calcutta and offer you the following message:
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
Be the living expression of God’s kindness, kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
What beautiful words to start what I call our ‘new year’. To me, things always start in September when the kids go back to school. I want to extend warm greetings to all our Immediate Past Presidents as you work for God and Canada in this wonderful position:
Kamloops: Sheila Doherty
Nelson: Janet O’Flynn
Prince George: Carmen Foucher
Vancouver: Roxanne McDonald
Victoria: Blanca Stead
Whitehorse: Carol Vanderbyl
Please share your communiques not only with myself, but with your counterparts in the other dioceses – we can learn so much from each other!
I do hope you have all had a very relaxing and lovely summer, spending time with your families and friends. My prayers go out to those who have been affected by the forest fires throughout the province.
For myself, we have moved into a beautiful condo which we have totally renovated from the ceiling to the floors. It has been a lot of work, but my husband Paul and I have had so much fun! I also attended the 97th annual national convention in Charlottetown in one of my favourite provinces, Prince Edward Island! I love the east coast of Canada, and find the people so friendly and fun-
Of course, the big conversation was all about the strategic planning sessions. We had the opportunity to go on-
It is soon election time for some of the parish and diocesan councils. As past-
As our national past-
Policy and Procedures Manual
Would diocesan past presidents please encourage every parish council to have their own P&P. It is important that all councils have one, as it makes decision making so much easier and gives guidance as to how things are done in each parish. Once established, they should be reviewed once each term. I have attached a suggested procedure available in “S’Mores on page 65-