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Organization Oral Report to Provincial Convention 2016 – Evelyn Rigby

How many Presidents-Elect do we have here today? Please stand. Thank you for your courage, your commitment, and your wisdom in recognizing that this position is one of the best. Where else can you find two years of schooling comparable to this, and all for free! Well, there is possibly a slight cost on your part in toil, sweat and tears, but it’s great for burning up the calories!  I would like to acknowledge the presence of my first parish president, Eva, who gave me my first training and inspired me to continue taking on leadership roles

April and May were exciting months for me. President Pat gave me the opportunity to give a leadership workshop at three other conventions: Prince George at (Fort St John), Kamloops (Kamloops) and Victoria (Courtenay). It was heart-warming and encouraging to meet so many committed members.  In Fort St John I witnessed the supportive nature of sister councils, in Kamloops a zeal for resolutions, and in Courtenay a moving installation of new Life Member Agnes Geiger. From very small councils to the larger ones, all parish presidents showcased the strong heart and will of their members in carrying out many corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. The other presentations were top notch and the hospitality extended to me, outstanding. Sandwiched between these events were three meetings in Victoria to present our resolutions to members of the legislature, and my travels were topped off with the March for Life in Victoria, with 2700 like-minded citizens.

Before concluding my term, I did what I did at its outset. I checked our Constitution and By-laws and ran my eyes down the list of requirements for this Standing Committee, which are:

(a) recruit and maintain membership    (b) leadership development

(c) League Resource Material               (d) annual reports, and

(e) life membership.

I covered them all in my communiques, and if the results were not as good as I had hoped, I suspect they might have been a lot worse if I hadn’t tried. Ours is not the only voluntary organization experiencing membership losses.

While we have traditionally offered workshops at diocesan conventions, the new Provincial League Development fund (LDF) permits us to give extra workshops to members at parish and diocesan levels at other times of the year. If your parish or diocesan council would like a workshop on any aspect of the League, please apply. We need six weeks’ notice to set everything in motion. We provide the presenters, usually one provincial and one diocesan officer and we prepare a workshop tailored to your needs.  You will find the application forms posted on our website: www.bcyukoncwl.com.

In closing, my only recommendation is that if anyone encourages you to run for President-Elect, go for it!  What you lack in courage the Holy Spirit will provide, and you’ll have a ride like no other.